Dobaaraa Review: Taapsee Pannu Looks Convincing in this Time Travel Sci-Fi Thriller | Newmoviereviews

Director: Anurag Kashyap

Dobaaraa Cast:

Taapsee Pannu, Pavail Gulati, Saswata Chatterjee, Nassar, Rahul Bhat, Aarrian Sawant, Himanshi Choudhry, Myra Rajpal, Sukant Goel, Madhurima Roy, Medini Kelamane, Nidhi Singh

Release Date:

The film was released in theatres on 19th August 2022 and had a Box Office collection of Rs 1.74 crore after 2 days of business in India.

Dobaaraa Review: Story, Performance & Analysis

Aney, a teenage boy who lives in Pune with her mother, went cycling nearby when the weather outside was very bad. He came back safely and saw her mother busy with the upcoming Bluecross hospital’s design. He wakes up at midnight and started the TV to watch the video clip featuring him and his father. After a few moments, he saw their neighbour Raja Ghosh (Saswata Chatterjee) engaged in a fight with his wife. He tried to wake up his mother but she was in deep sleep so could not respond well.

It was raining heavily outside but Aney went to the neighbour’s house to check what was going on there. He found the dead body of Raja’s wife there and the moment Raja saw him, he tried to run away but died after getting hit by a vehicle on the road.

After nearly 3 decades, Antara Awasthi (Taapsee Pannu), a nurse by profession at Bluecross hospital shifted along with her husband Vikas (Rahul Bhat) and their daughter Avanti to the same house where Aney and his mother stayed.

Vikas connected the TV, with a video recorder, and an antenna to play the same old cassette featuring Aney and his father. They heard the story of Aney’s death from their friend Kabir. At the midnight she started the TV again and was able to manage to travel to the past. She found Aney in front of the TV and stopped her from going outside thus she saved him.

The rest of the story revolves around how saving Aney in the past will change the present and how it will impact Antara’s life in the parallel universe.

Director Anurag Kashyap added his elements with Oriol Paulo’s Mirage which make this thriller more engaging but it suffered due to faulty execution & at times the narrative looked a bit boring. Aarti Bajaj’s editing and Sylvester Fonseca’s cinematography were impressive.

Taapsee Pannu delivered another finest performance which makes this sci-fi genre film a worthy watch. If we see her selection of movies and performances in the last few years she is absolutely on top of her career. Movies like Saand Ki Aankh, Mission Mangal, Rashmi Rocket, Thappad, Haseen Dilruba, and Shabaash Mithu gave a boost to her career and hopefully, we will even better performances from her in the coming days.

Pavail Gulati is convincing during his screen-time, except in a few scenes where his expressions could have been better. Like in the climax scene, for a moment his expression made us feel like he will recognize Antara but in the very next moment, he changed the expression.

Anurag Kashyap did not provide much focus to develop the character of Saswata Chatterjee who could deliver a far better performance than he did here. 

Sukant Goel, Nassar, Rahul Bhat, Madhurima Roy, Medini Kelamane, and Nidhi Singh provided good support with their respective characters.

Final Words

Taapsee Pannu’s performance and the engaging plot are the only parts that you can consider for watching Dobaaraa, else you can choose Tamil Rockerz on Sony LIV. The collection of this movie indicates that after movies like Shamshera, Laal Singh Chaddha, Ek Villain Returns, and Rashtra Kavach Om, the Box Office disaster of the Bollywood movies continue with Dobaaraa too.


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