Anurag Kashyap and Taapsee Pannu reunite in ‘Dobaaraa’, a solid, entertaining sci-fi outing that’s content to exist on the surface

Posted on August 19, 2022

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Spoilers ahead…

It’s fun to see an Anurag Kashyap movie where the angst is almost entirely external, where the characters are basically gears that keep the screenplay machine in motion.

There’s a melancholic bit of humour at the beginning of Dobaaraa, directed by Anurag Kashyap and based on the 2018 Spanish film Mirage. A kid is cycling down the street, and on the soundtrack, we hear this song from Golmaal: “Aane wala pal jaane wala hai / ho sake to isme zindagi bita do / pal jo yeh jaane wala hai.” Translation: “The present moment is all we have. It’s going to disappear soon, so live in the moment.” The film is about living in the moment that the title suggests: when the clock shows 2 hours, 12 minutes. As in: do baarah. As we will soon discover, the present moment is all that that kid has. And “do baarah” is the moment Antara’s life hinges on. Taapsee Pannu plays Antara, and one of the meanings of that name, that word, is “something in the middle”. That’s where Antara finds herself for most of the movie: caught in the middle of alternate timelines.

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