Dobaaraa Movie Review

critic’s rating: 3.0/5

A young nurse named Antara (Taapsee Pannu) and her husband Vikas (Rahul Bhatt) have recently moved into a new home in Hinjewadi, Pune. They chance upon an old TV set, connected to a video camera, where they watch the antics of a boy who had resided in the house two decades ago. A freak storm ensues, and Antara is somehow able to communicate with the boy. He was a witness to a murder and was accidentally killed while fleeing a crime scene. Antara tells him of these dangers and saves his life. But in doing so, she changes her own timeline in the process and lands up in a parallel life where she’s married to someone else and, worse, doesn’t have a daughter. How she solves a 25-year-old murder in order to get her own life back forms the crux of the film.Dobaaraa means again in Hindi. It’s also a play on words in the sense that it was 2:12 am (Do baraah in Hindi) in the night when the young boy got killed in the first timeline. The film is intriguing in the sense that when Taapsee wakes up in another timeline, her questions become your questions. She runs from pillar to post trying to find answers towards her new existence, and it’s logically all that you’d do too. It takes her time to come to terms with her new reality. There is something called the Chaos Theory in mathematics, which deals with probabilities. It basically tells you that even small alterations can lead to strikingly different consequences. Taapsee’s character becomes aware of the paradox and tries her hardest to solve it, believing that it would ultimately lead her to her own plane of existence. It’s all very new and exciting. Marvel explored the concept recently on a grandiose scale in Spider-Man: No Way Home and in Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness, where even small attempts to alter timelines led to disastrous outcomes. So if you have seen the above movies, you won’t have a hard time understanding the concept of different realities existing side-by-side. For those who aren’t aware of the phenomenon, the going would get slightly confusing because the writing does get muddled somewhat in the middle.The director is aware that Indian viewers or Hindi film viewers, by and large, wouldn’t be familiar with the multiverse theory. So there is too much explanation thrown in, which kind of hinders its narration. Cinema calls for a suspension of disbelief, and so we forget the complex narrative and its glitches because, despite it all, the film makes for engaging viewing. Ultimately, it’s the performances that count. Saswata Chatterjee is one of our finest actors and channels his inner Sanjeev Kumar while playing the villain of the piece. But the film tells us that there are no heroes or villains, and ultimately we’re victims of circumstances, so both Saswata and Rahul Bhatt, who plays a caddish husband, get a chance at redemption. Pavail Gulati plays the strong and silent police inspector, who doesn’t let his past get in the way of duty, with consummate ease. It’s good to see him paired with Taapsee in a positive role after Thappad. The film revolves around Taapsee Pannu. She’s as natural as they come in the role of a woman who finds her circumstances altered overnight. She flows from one bewildering twist to another quite convincingly and makes you root for her character. Dobaaraa is another feather in her cap, alright.Science fiction is not a genre that’s much taken up by our filmmakers. Anurag Kashyap has shown that you don’t need tonnes of money if you want to dabble in the genre. The film is a remake of Spanish film Mirage (2018). Another lesson the film imparts is that remakes should concentrate on replicating the emotional core of the original, and as long as you’re able to do that, viewers will surely connect to it, even if they don’t understand the esoteric theories.

Trailer : Dobaaraa