Movie Review: Zara Hatke Zara Bachke Is Right Combo Of Family Drama And Romance, A Melodious Musical Journey

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is Hindi language comedy-drama movie that is scheduled to release in the theaters today on June 2, 2023. The film features Vicky Kaushal and Sara Ali Khan in the lead roles and is directed by Laxman Utekar and produced by Dinesh Vijan‘s Maddock Films.


Kapil is a yoga instructor, Soumya is a tutor; their two-year-old marriage still has spark. Both are suffocated due to no space in their house as they love with joint family full of Mummy, Daddy, Mama, Maami and nephew. The only way out, as Soumya sees it, is an abode in which they can enjoy their privacy, and to which end, the two embark on a path on which there are several roadblock. Background is lit up with a joint middle-class Pandit family living in a small house and Punjabi ‘chant’ bahu who they believe has lured their son into the marriage.

The two are the happiest with each other but Somya does feel the pinch of not having any privacy in the house and is desperate to get her own dream house soon. Since they can’t afford heavy EMIs, they fall for a government scheme and end up faking a divorce to be eligible for a lottery allotment. Pretending to hate each other, they separate and start to live separately. How far this drama goes and what’s the fate it eventually meets forms the plot.


Vicky Kaushal doesn’t fit the role physically at places but he is first rate when it comes to deliver first rate performance. His restraint act in second half keeps the film engaging. Sara Ali Khan is decent but still goes overboard at places with over the top ‘Punjabi’ act. She looks the character and holds the song exceedingly well. Supporting cast is full of masterful performances: Rakesh Bedi and Sushmita Mukherjee as Somya’s parents are funny and true to their characters. Neeraj Sood is probably the scene stealer of the film. Colony guard Daroga (Sharib Hashmi) is okay in comic scenes. Crooked and dubious agent Baghwandas (Inaamulhaq) delivers his part pretty well and brings a comic relief in the whole story.


Story by Maitrey Bajpai and Ramiz Ilham Khan along with Laxman Utekar is interesting. Screenplay is average as not much happens in first half but dialogues are apt and funny which lifts the film. DOP Raghav Ramadoss has shot film really well. Editing by Manish Pradhan is crisp as film holds well in 132 minutes of running time. Production design by Subrata Chakraborty and Amit Ray gives perfect feel of small town and still keeps it colourful.

Costume by Sheetal Sharma are inconsistent and seems like a lazy work. Background score of Sandeep Shirodkar could had been better as it’s keep oscillating between too loud or too subtle. But the major highlight of the film is music by Sachin Jigar and lyrics by Amitabh Bhattacharya. Actually lyrics should be given more credit here as every song sounds fresh due to lyrics. Though absence of Baby Tujhe Paap Lagega from the film disappoints a little. Still Phir Aur Kya Chahiye and Tere Vaaste are chartbusters and enough to lift the film.

Director Laxman Utekar has done a decent job but to be honest this is his weakest film after fresh Lukachuppi and critically acclaim Mimi. Here dialogues, fresh chemistry of lead pair and music have saved his day. Performances are inconsistent and so is writing g specially in first half.


Zara Hatke Zara Bachke is a good musical family entertainer and should work among masses of small towns. Film should do decent numbers at box office as it has two week open run. It will also work on ott post it’s theatrical run as it’s rare offering in this genre from Bollywood in last quite some time.


Critic’s Rating: 3.5/5

Box Office Rating: 3/5

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