Vinil Mathew
Direction & Dialogues

Harshavardhan Kulkarni
Story, Screenplay & Dialogues

Anurag Kashyap

Movie Review
Hasee Toh Phasee:Fun-filled Family Rom-Com

Don’t go by the somewhat misleading title. Especially when, after quite some time there is a chance to lay your hands on a refreshing film which will definitely make you laugh. In fact, it may also succeed in making you shed a tear. Debutant director Vinil Mathew’s Hasee Toh Phasee is no college/teenage romance, as suggested by the title; but it’s a rare romantic comedy that manages to club a typical North Indian wedding excitement with mushy romance. 

Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) is to get married to his girlfriend of seven years Karishma (Adah Sharma, absolutely ravishing!) within next few days. He is the son of a retired IPS officer (Sharat Saxena) while she is one out of the five daughters of a Gujrati businessman (Manoj Joshi). Not everything seems to be all right between him and her though. They’ve developed a pattern of breaking-up every now and then over petty issues, biggest of them being Nikhil’s sluggish career growth. Re-enters Karishma’s eccentric sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), the girl whom Nikhil had met seven years ago at her elder sister’s wedding. She’s an impulsive (occasionally autistic) girl living the life of a vagabond after she stole money from her father. One still sympathizes with her because her heart is at the right place. It’s pretty clear what this set-up would lead to. Nikhil and Meeta have a lot in common than what appears on the surface and one knows that they are going to end up together. But the predictability of the overall story doesn’t diminish the fun as the witty treatment and some hilarious sequences roll on one after the other. 

Hasee Toh Phasee has a cliché story but it works because of its treatment. Even a few loopholes and some convenient tracks don’t count against the film. For instance, one doesn’t know what Nikhil’s big idea with IPL matches is (And seriously, why every time there is a money issue in a Dharma or YRF Productions film, it has to be in the multiples of 5 crores?). However, you would surpass all that if you are looking for a lighthearted film, because everything else seems to be falling in place. The writer (Harshavardhan Kulkarni) takes things easy not rushing to make the lead pair fall in love while also focusing on other characters, thus, presenting a vibrant fat-Indian-wedding environment. The ensemble cast (thanks to Mukesh Chhabra, the casting director) is a big plus in which all the actors play their parts to perfection creating many enjoyable scenes. Dialogues (Anurag Kashyap, Harshavardhan Kulkarni, Purva Naresh & Vinil Mathew) are full of vigor and quirky, but relatable, humor. 

The lead actors do justice to their roles while Parineeti Chopra stands out and carries the film on her shoulders. Adah Sharma proves she can be a good bet with meaty roles. Sidharth Malhotra looks dashing but he is third from the top if you have to weigh the acting abilities. There should be a special mention for Manoj Joshi who plays the father of the girls, and who compels the sentimental kinds to draw their handkerchiefs in the final confrontation scene with Meeta. Sameer Khakhar, Anil Mange and Sharat Saxena pitch in adequate support. 

Songs are passable but they don’t hamper the film’s pace. They either take the story forward through montages or have their choreography in sync with the joyous texture of the film. Camera and edit are as good, or rather say, patterned, as any other Dharma Productions film. This film also marks the debut of Phantom films (owned by Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane and Vikas Bahl), as the co-producers, in the typical youth-centric commercial cinema zone. It’s likely that they will reap a good end-result. 

This valentine’s week, don’t miss your share of laughter and in fact, take your family along to the theatres for Hasee Toh Phasee - a pleasing family entertainer. 

   Dinkar Sharma


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