If ‘Baar Baar Dekho’ was a Greek drama it would feature Katrina Kaif as ‘Abs-rodite’ and Sidharth Malhotra as ‘Pythagoras’.
Baar Baar Dekho stars Katrina Kaif as Diya Kapoor and Sidharth Malhotra as Jay Varma who grew up together. The first few scenes quickly establish that the couple were childhood friends, subsequent sweethearts and are now in a committed relationship. Jay is a mathematician who is pre-occupied with maths most of the time and gives little importance to the other development in his life. As a result, Diya takes charge of many of the situations that affect their lives. Accepting his non-existent romantic streak, Katrina proposes, he passively accepts and the movie swiftly moves into big fat ‘North Indian’ marriage territory.
At this point, I was ready to review some typical ‘bollywood bling’ wedding outfits and then the gloriously unexpected happened – they were nowhere to be seen! The wedding festivities start with an evening party where Diya wears a beautiful handloom sari with a lovely blueish dot patterned blouse. The next day, the bride-to-be drapes a beautiful traditional pink and gold sari (it looked like Chanderi silk but it was hard to tell) with a sleeveless gold blouse piped in green. Green glass bangles adorn her wrists and a round green bindi along with classic gold earrings round off her ‘meet the pandit’ look. The entire look of her wedding wardrobe is very ethnic, very beautiful and very sexy! The choice of traditional handloom type saris for the wedding, in rich Indian colours and motifs, is a genius styling move given that ‘bollywood bling’ has become the norm in depicting big fat Indian weddings. In one fail swoop, these relatively traditional clothes convey a sense of normality to the proceedings where everyone is not wearing designer all day. In the much talked about ‘closet kiss’ scene, her nails are bare without nail paint and yet she looks as radiant as any bride. The pink sari is followed by a relatively simple floral lehenga choli with silver embroidery on the neck and ethnic silver jewellery as seen in the song ‘Nachde Ne Saare’. Again, the ensemble works well because the vibrant outfit is worn with natural hair and minimal make-up allowing the bride’s natural beauty to shine through.
Given my penchant for traditional Indian menswear, it would be wrong not to mention Jay’s wedding attire in this fashion review. Jay looks dapper in the main wedding scene wearing a beautiful light blue kurta with a navy bandhi with an embroidered galla (neck). The buttons on his kurta match the dark blue of his bandhi and nestled in the pocket is a paisley pocket square. I loved the attention to detail in this outfit and I think it is suffice to say I have never had a Maths teacher who looked this good! Had I had one, my calculus may have improved but I digress…
Following the wedding scenes, the action quickly shifts to Jay and Diya’s honeymoon in Phuket, Bangkok. In keeping with the laid back vibe of the island, Katrina wears a multitude of ‘boho-inspired’ outfits that include cut-off denim shorts, crop tops, cotton boho jackets and sneakers. Again, credit to the stylists for ‘keeping it real’ and managing to put together outfits that ‘normal’ people her age would wear to a relaxed island type vacation. Whether ‘normal people’ would look quite as good as Diya in these ‘normal’ clothes is another matter altogether. A special mention must be made of the luminous one-piece bathing suit with multiple cut-aways that she wears in the water. The choice of colour and pattern works exceedingly well and one can’t help but admire her swimsuit appearance.
The outfits that follow show an older Diya at different ages throughout her life. For her first art exhibition after many years, she chooses a simple red sheath type dress and pairs it with a black and white check coat and pumps. It is a ‘grown-up’ look and well-suited for the occasion at hand. I particularly liked her much older avatar as an established artist with long white hair tied back with a little braid, tunic like outfit and minimal makeup. It may have been stereotypical but it flowed cohesively with her fashion sensibilities throughout the movie.
All the supporting cast is dressed well and I loved Jay’s mother’s (Sarika’s) lovely handloom saris paired with contrasting blouses. I think Sayani Gupta as Chitra, a mutual friend of the couple, deserves a special fashion call-out. She displayed some great examples of fusion dressing throughout the movie, effortlessly pairing ethnic jewellery with western outfits. I particularly loved the miniskirt outfit with the silver necklace she wears when she visits the food truck her husband finds himself working at (I may be wrong as to the exact scene when she wears this outfit).
On a separate note, Diya seems to have problems holding onto her dupatta in this movie. It conveniently disappears in the song ‘Nachde Ne Saare’ but she seems to find it before she takes Jay to show him the new residence her father has helped purchase for them. A similar thing happens in the song ‘Tera Kala Chasma’ – the song starts with her wearing a red and green lehenga with a red dupatta but she soon loses it and appears in a gold blouse and red bottoms. This inability to retain her dupatta works well in showcasing her ‘Greek Goddess abs’ and hence my name of ‘Abs-rodite’! As a special mention, I loved the sequined fringe on the shoulder of her blouse in this song – it added a certain rock and roll chic to the outfit that worked a charm!
For me, this was a joyous viewing experience from a fashion perspective. Thank you from the bottom of my ‘fashion heart’ for showing us that Indian wedding fashion does not have to be ‘Bollywood bling’ all the time. I am a fan of ‘Bollywood bling’ as well, however, it was refreshing to see that Indian wedding fashion can also mean Indian handloom and silks in their simplest yet most striking forms.
I find that most of us have an innate style that underpins our personal styling sensibilities. While I greatly admire people who can ‘change it up’, the stylists in this movie managed to showcase the basic ‘fashion personality’ that defines Diya’s individual fashion sense. She is all about a relatively fuss-free look but that does not mean she lacks a great fashion sense. She is someone who loves to wear colour and this is even demonstrated in her choice of clothes for her divorce proceedings where she wears green and not all black which would have been the convenient styling choice.
Best Katrina Outfit: The gorgeous pink and gold sari she wears during her wedding festivities. Pairing it with a simple gold blouse piped in green and traditional accessories worked wonderfully – it was a sari I would wear in a heartbeat!
Worse Katrina Outfit: There was no particular outfit that was offensive in any way but if forced to pick one I did not care for, I would go for the lackluster white shirt and red macramé type vest she wears when she proposes to Jay.
Isha’s Verdict: 9/10. The stylist’s choice of Indian wedding attire in this movie bowled me over. It was unapologetically traditional, effortlessly beautiful and totally festive! Diya’s entire wardrobe, both western and Indian, was entirely on point and blended seamlessly with her on-screen personality of a sensible yet fun-loving girl. In my opinion, the styling was a job very well done!