Sara and Vicky's Hatke movie has delivered a hilarious yet memorable message Bachke!

Sara and Vicky's Hatke movie has delivered a hilarious yet memorable message Bachke!
Cast: Vicky Kaushal, Sara Ali Khan, Inaamulhaq, Sushmita Mukherjee, Neeraj Sood, Rakesh Bedi, Sharib Hashmi
Directed by: Laxman Utekar

Plot: A couple's quest to have their own house, even if it means implicating themselves in the toughest chores to achieve it.

Vicky Kaushal, a true standout performer, packs a powerful punch with this role. His ability to convey a wide range of emotions adds layers of complexity to Kapil Chawla. His character makes the movie engaging and memorable. Vicky's effortless ability to draw us into the world of a middle-class family allows us to experience every triumph and tribulation alongside him. 
Sara Ali Khan steals the show with her delightful and charismatic portrayal of Saumya Chawla. She injects infectious energy that permeates the entire film. Her comic timing is pitch-perfect.

Inaamulhaq's performance and comedic prowess are truly unmatched. He hits all the right notes when it comes to providing a fun dynamic in the movie.

This film tugs at your heartstrings in quiet and genuine moments. Laxman Utekar, depicting the story of a working-class family, gives us a good escape from reality. Zara Hatke Zara Bachke adds some over-the-top instances to its storytelling, but Laxman Utekar makes sure the tale remains grounded and leaves an impact on the audience.

Sachin–Jigar composes the music for this venture while lyrics are written by Amitabh Bhattacharya. The soundtrack is capable of transcending you to an immersive experience. The film's captivating score weaves a spellbinding tapestry of melodies, with "Phir Aur Kya Chahiye" by Arijit Singh easily being a favorite.

While the writing isn't bad, it is inconsistent for the most part. Dialogues are a hit and miss here. Some sequences will leave you in splits, some will move you, and others will pull you out of the story. It tries its best to bring out an aspect of a story everyone is keen on watching. However, in the need to bring everything together, the script doesn't seem to add grit and grip to the play. Nonetheless, there are several instances in the movie that made us care about the characters and the story at large by unfolding arcs and themes through writing. Whenever it conveys the inner workings of a family, it shines. The first half went quickly because there were no lengthy monologues, which worked in favor.

Zara Hatke Zara Bachke clocks in at 132 minutes. While the first half makes you wish you could spend more time with it, the second half makes you question that thought. The movie's duration was overly long, hindering the overall enjoyment. The excessive length led to pacing issues and moments of disengagement, making it feel unnecessarily drawn-out. Tighter editing could have made the viewing experience more impactful.

Final thoughts:
If you want a fun family outing, this is your jam! The lead cast's performances, supporting cast delivery, and direction are Zara Hatke, but the lengthy duration and slow second half sei Zara Bachke.

Stars: 3/5