Zara Hatke Zara Bachke movie review: A playfully quirky and cautious comedy with a relevant message

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke movie review: A playfully quirky and cautious comedy with a relevant message

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke movie review: A playfully quirky and cautious comedy with a relevant message

What: Zara Hatke Zara Bachke – starring Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan and made by the Mimi, Tapaal and Luka Chuppi fame Laxman Utekar, the movie explores the relationship and family bond with a different angle highlighting the push and pull between people and spaces.

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke movie synopsis

Set in Bhopal (M.P) Vicky Kaushal (Kapil Dubey) and Sara Ali Khan (Saumya Dubey Chawla) are lovers happily married. Saumya dreams of moving into her own home as she struggles to find privacy in Kapil’s home which consists of Kapil’s parents’ father Ved Prakash Dubey (Akarsh Khurana), mother Mamta Dubey (Anubha Fatehpuria), Kapil’s uncle Purushottam Mama (Neeraj Sood) and aunty Deepa Mami (Kanupriya Pandit) along with their son.

The State Government comes up with an housing scheme for a section of the society who don,t have a house of their own.  

Kapil and Saumya get excited as they see their dreams of a house of their own soon becoming a reality. They meet Bhagwan Das (Inaamulhaq) who has some inside connections and to make sure that they get the allotment, Kapil and Saumya are asked to take some unexpected steps. They agree for the sake of their future but destiny has something else to say.

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke movie review

In a fascinating scene from the film, Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan are starring at an upcoming sky rise at night from the terrace of a building. Immediately in an extended long shot we see the security in charge of that building Daroga Raghuvanshi (Sharib Hashmi) happy with his wife and kid, Daroga Rahuvanshi is staying in that terrace by building a tent as he cannot afford a house in the city.

Mimi, Tapaal and Luka Chuppi fame Laxman Utekar’s Zara Hatke Zara Bachke ( am still wondering why such a title) basically by its soul is about the pathos of people livin gin big cities, thorn between their needs and desires with sly comment on inflation and a recollection of the difference between a house and a home plus the importance of a family.

Writer director Laxman Utekar with his co-writers Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan warp the above elements into a quirky rom com.

The comedy at times is unnecessarily loud, the lawyer’s character may entertain the masses but why we need to make fun of the judiciary system.

The movie finds its emotional zest in the last 20 minutes and that’s where it becomes an emotionally packed slice of life drama as well.

The topic of Zara Hatke Zara Bachke had more social relevance than Mimi, however Laxman Utekar at vital points adopts a casual approach and seems to be cautious in not getting into any controversy. Though there are sly attacks on the system but that sweeping comment is missing.

Plus, Laxman Utekar ignores to give explanation to certain important issues during the second half, I really wanted to know why the allotments of the Housing Scheme by the State Government came under scanner. And how did the allotment finally happen.

Coming to the humour part, its good and at times hilarious as well. The chemistry between Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan is wonderfully striking. You just can’t get your eyes off.


Vicky Kaushal wins heart with his agile and pleasing aura backed by rare spontaneity. He is extraordinary.

Sara Ali Khan is bubbly, loving and charmer throughout. Her comic timings remind of her mother Amrita Singha and she is amazingly natural. Superb.

Sharib Hashmi as Daroga Raghuvanshi is a metaphor nicely used by Laxman Utekar. Sharib in his portrayal of the honest Daroga adds his own nuance that makes his character stand out. Excellent.

Inaamulhaq is such an actor who can adapt to the mannerism with ease. Here as Bhagwan Das with that accent he is like the “lala, Baniya’ next door in M.P. Outstanding.

Rakesh Bedi as Harcharan Chawla – Saumya’s father is fabulous in that scene with Vickey Kaushal. Sushmita Mukherjee as Saumya’s mother is fine. Akarsh Khurana Akarsh Khurana has his moments same for Anubha Fatehpuria. Neeraj Sood leaves a solid impression. Kanupriya Pandit is fine.

Final words

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is an entertainer with message, its funny, emotional and has Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan representing the dreams and aspirations of a common middle-class people in big cities.

Rating : 3.5/5

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