Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan, Enamul Haq, Neeraj Sood, Rakesh Bedi, Sushmita Mukherjee, Sharib Hashmi etc.
Maitreya Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan
Dinesh Vijan and Jyoti Deshpande
02 June 2023
Actors, technicians and directors from other languages have done a lot of work for Hindi cinema. One of these names is that of cinematographer Laxman Utekar, who became a director of Hindi films from the film ‘Luka Chupi’. Before this he has also directed two films in Marathi. Incidentally, Jio Studios has two films ‘Mumbaikar’ and ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ releasing this Friday and both are by cinematographer-turned-director-technician. Utekar’s previous film Mimi was released directly on OTT. Utekar’s new film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ is also something different. In this film, he has shown the courage to satirize the society around him by bringing cinema. His film very well reveals how a mafia is busy baking its bread behind fixed houses being distributed free across the country. However, the film has been promoted as a love story and as per its DNA, it fully deserves the title ‘Luka Chuppi 2’.
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The pair of Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan is from the film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’. His previous films as lead actors were released three years ago at a gap of one week. ‘Bhoot Part One The Haunted Ship’ and ‘Love Today Kal’ achieved the same fate at the box office. After this, two of Vicky’s and three of Sara’s films were direct OTT. Released on Both their fathers are still maintaining their place in the film industry and the stalwarts of cinema have also taken the responsibility of keeping both of them stable in Hindi cinema. In this sense, the film ‘Zara Hatke Zara Bachke’ is no less than a litmus test for both of them. During their promotions, the duo tried to make it clear that the film is a love story but what Laxman Utekar actually created was kept under wraps during the film’s promotions.
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Vicky Kaushal’s character appears to be an extension of his previous film ‘Govinda Naam Mera’ released on OTT. Laxman Utekar once or twice gives the impression that Vicky Kaushal will be doing bodybuilding while showering in the bathroom wearing Janeu in his big action film, but nothing special happens anywhere. All the action of the film’s story is with Sara Ali Khan and Vicky Kaushal’s role is like a supporting actor in front of him. The only thing he does like the hero in the entire film is that he assigns his ex-wife to the watchman of the society under the government housing scheme. And, woe to the writers of the film who do not know that the beneficiary cannot transfer the house received in any government housing scheme to someone else. Getting his home loan EMI paid by someone else is a far cry. Akash Khurana, Rakesh Bedi and Neeraj Sood are capable batsmen for the men’s team. Neeraj Sood lends strong emotional support to the film, especially in the scene after his wife is admitted to the hospital in the role of son-in-law. But, if any actor has given the most eye-catching performance in the film, it is Enamul Haque. Being a peon by day and a silver cutter by night, Inamul has impressed again after the film ‘Jolly LLB 2’.
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Feel like saluting Laxman Utekar for making this movie. There are only a few people left in cinema who keep an eye on the present and try to present an event from an unbiased perspective instead of any bias. His story is good. The screenplay is good and the actors’ dialogues in Indorei accent are excellent. Yes, the film falls apart due to those small mistakes and long scenes which are written only to increase the length of the film. And, this deficiency will be considered as his captain. A 90 minute film based on the story would have been great and audiences would have thronged the theaters to watch such a film without any intermission. Nonsensical scenes and clumsy dialogues spoil the fun of the film as it neither proves to be a complete comedy nor does it live up to the love story it was promoted as. Cinematography by Raghav Ramdoss has left no stone unturned to make the film a touristic film of Indore. The songs penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya and composed by Sachin Jigar are superb. Especially the song ‘Tu Hai To Mujhe Phir Aur Ki Chahiye’ sung by Arijit is amazing.