Dobaaraa Movie Review: A Special Sci-fi Interaction!

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Anurag Kashyap is the director of the new Hindi-language science fiction mystery thriller movie Dobaaraa aka 2:12, which translates to “2nd time.” Pavail Gulati and Taapsee Pannu both appear in the movie. Dobaaraa is formally a remake of the Spanish film Mirage from 2018. It premiered at the London Indian Film Festival in 2022, was released in theatres on August 19, 2022, and received largely favorable reviews from reviewers.

But the movie didn’t work at the box office. Showcasing; when a storm comparable to the one that killed a 12-year-old child 25 years earlier occurs in the present as well, a lady has the chance to save his life by connecting with him via television.

Cast and Characters in Dobaaraa

  • Antara Awasthi played by Taapsee Pannu

Taapsee Pannu is an Indian actress who predominantly appears in Hindi, Telugu, and Tamil movies. She was born on August 1, 1987. She has two Filmfare Awards to her name for the movies Saand ki Aankh in 2019 and Thappad in 2020.

Taapsee Pannu as Antara Awasthi

Before making her acting debut in the 2010 Telugu film Jhummandi Naadam, Taapsee worked as a model. She later appeared in the 2011 Tamil film Aadukalam. Served as her debut Hindi film was the comedy Chashme Baddoor in 2013, starring David Dhawan.

Pannu became well-known for her roles in the critically acclaimed and financially successful Hindi espionage movies Pink in 2016 and Baby in 2015. Pannu owns The Wedding Factory, an event planning business in addition to performing. She also owns the badminton team Pune 7 Aces, which competes in the Premier Badminton League.

  • DCP Anay Anand portrayed by Pavail Gulati 

Indian actor Pavail Gulati mostly performs in Hindi-language movies and online series. Most people are familiar with Pavail Gulati from the movies Thappad in 2020 and Dobaaraa in 2022. His performances in the television programs Yudh in 2014 and Haq Se in 2018 are also well remembered.

Pavail Gulati as DCP Anay Anand
  • Nassar plays Dr. Sethupathi 

Indian actor, director, producer, dubbing artist, singer, and politician M. Nassar was born on March 5, 1958. He mostly works in the Tamil and Telugu cinema industries. He now serves as Nadigar Sangam’s president. In the movies Baahubali: The Beginning and The Conclusion, he plays the crucial role of Bijjaladeva, for which he is mostly remembered by the viewers.

Along with movies in South Indian languages, he has also appeared in movies in Hindi, including Chachi 420 in 1997, Phir Milenge in 2004, Nishabd in 2007, Rowdy Rathore in 2012, Saala Khadoos in 2016, and Serious Men in 2020.

Nassar as Dr. Sethupathi
  • Vikas Awasthi portrayed by Rahul Bhat

An Indian actor who appears in Hindi movies, Rahul entered the Graviera Mr. India competition in 1998 to start his career as a fashion model, and he later appeared in several commercials and music videos. He rose to stardom thanks to his breakout performance in the 1998 to 2003 television series Heena. He took a break from performing after appearing in the movies Yeh Mohabbat Hai in 2002 and Nayee Padosan in 2003. Instead, he started producing television serials, such as Meri Doli Tere Angana from 2007 to 2008 and Tum Dena Saath Mera in 2009.

Bhat returned to acting in 2013 with a pivotal part in Anurag Kashyap’s thriller Ugly, for which he won praise from critics. Since then, he has acted in the films Fitoor in 2016, Daas Dev in 2018, and Section 375 in 2019.

Evaluation of Dobaaraa

Do Baaraa, the authorized adaptation of the Spanish film Mirage. Dobaaraa is set in Pune and jumps between the mid-1990s and the present. Twelve-year-old Anay was killed in a car accident during a violent rainstorm night shortly after seeing his neighbor hiding his wife’s death. After witnessing the crime, Anay attempts to flee from his neighbor’s (Saswata Chatterjee) home when he is knocked off by a large truck.

Anay before all the incidents on a stormy night

Plus and Minus Points of the movie

The retelling of Mirage by Anurag Kashyap is intriguing. Due credit must go to Aarti Bajaj’s editing for making the duration engaging for the most part. The initial shot of the movie draws you in and gives you the impression that something sinister is going to occur.

You wonder where this is all going as events, one by one, start to take shape and hope that a course correction for the characters’ travels will eventually make its way into the story. This is an extremely clever version of the “time-travel” concept, and the screenplay keeps you on the edge of your seat right up until the very end. One doesn’t begin to become impatient with the runtime until somewhere toward the very finish. The thriller would have been more suspenseful if it had been a little bit shorter.

The Television through which Anay and Antara communicated

The dialogue and screenplay adaptation by writer Nihit Bhave are both well-balanced; they maintain a sense of the source material while giving it a believable Indian flavor. Clean and straightforward character graphs are used. Additionally, the script contains some cool straight-faced humor. The story maintains its focus on being a romantic time-travel thriller that is quietly layered and complex rather than being too profound like many of Anurag Kashyap’s other movies.

Cinematography and Emotional Dimension

We must also praise the film’s very beautiful graphics. They unquestionably match the style. Cinematographer Sylvester Fonseca excels in his position and has a fantastic understanding of the narrative as seen through a camera lens. I was riveted by the camerawork in particular, during the little scene before the title. Every scene’s background music was appropriate and contributed to the tension in each moment.

The same stormy night as on the day of Anay’s accident

The movie features two songs, but the story might have moved along without them. The creative team was also required to pay more attention to the little features in a few different spots. Additionally, with Anurag and Taapsee in the equation, one could have anticipated a bit more from this movie – that added dimension and emotional depth that makes their chemistry sparkle to a greater extent. 

Actors Performances

The performances of Taapsee Pannu and Pavail Gulati enhance the story and tone of the movie. These two performers are at the story’s center, and their efforts to fully inhabit their roles are evident, with credible results. And  Rahul Bhat was also fantastic in the role of Vikas. He gave an amazing performance, and fans adored his humorous character.

The supporting cast as a whole performed admirably in each of their parts. I must admit that fans appreciated Nasser’s little involvement. They liked how a south Indian was portrayed in this movie. Everything, even down to the name and sporadic, brief Tamil dialogues. It’s the greatest portrayal of a south Indian film that Bollywood has ever had.

Antara interrogated about the incident with DCP Anay Anand

Dobaaraa Movie Review

So much so that you might feel driven to see the film again only to dispel any residual questions you might have about how precisely story pieces were related. A word on acting: While the majority of the actors had excellent performances, Tapsee Pannu carried the movie.

Pavail Gulati and the young actor who portrays Aney provide adequate support. The film’s director, Anurag Kashyap, has made sure that it will be highly regarded in the future as a standard for other Hindi language time travel films!

The neighborhood of Anay’s house

Quite simply, I adored this movie. Even though this was yet another remake, I didn’t find any issues with it as a fan of the original movie. Bollywood needs to explore this and other uncommon genres more as an industry. One of the time travel, parallel timelines, and butterfly effect movies that is exceptionally beautifully crafted is a suitable analysis of Mirage.

It takes you on a wild ride full of twists and turns, and there are many points where you might think that things are only going to get worse. You might even predict depressing, hopeless conclusions, but the film outperforms your expectations and provides a perfectly satisfying conclusion in which everything works out as it should. Dobaaraa is a compelling thriller that is worth your time but be careful not to linger too long over the popcorn else you will miss the action. Go ahead and start paying close attention to this one.

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