Hasee Toh Phasee Review.
Directed by Vinil Matthew, this not a movie that caters to the die-hard romantic Bollywood masala film fan. It is a movie that suits the finer tastes, kinda like the people who order their martinis stirred and not shaken.
The debutant director Vinil Mathew’s approach is pretty straight-forward and smart. The characters Nikhil(Sidharth Malhotra) and Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) are quirky, lovable and fresh. Nikhil is a love-sick optimist with somewhat outdated principes of commitment while Meeta is exlosive. No other word for it. She does whatever it takes to get what she wants; either in her personal life or her professional life.
What happens when the opposites meet? That forms the story. All through the movie, the audience is under a constant hope that they will end up with each other but the two give the totally opposite impression with their chemistry.
The story starts off with Nikhil getting engaged to Meeta’s elder sister Karishma. He promises to marry her once he is ‘settled’ in his professional life. That’s how he meets Meeta; and eventually lets her stay at his place when she needs a place to stay.
As Meeta spends time with Nikhil, she realises there is an emotional void within her life; a void created because of the years she spent chasing her professional dreams. She realises Nikhil is the only one who can bring some coherence into her chaotic life.
This coming-of-age-ish rom-com makes the most of everyday situations that the characters face among their families and friends and brings humor out of it. It also has the right amount of emotional touch, whenever there is a Meeta & Father scene in the film.
The songs Shake It like Shammi and the Punjabi Wedding Song bring that element of filmi-ness to an otherwise simple and realistic narrative.
Parineeti has proven herself again with her performance in this film but we think this might end up with her being typecasted.
Siddharth Malhotra’s acting skills are a lot better than what they were in this first film Student Of The Year.
In short, Hasee Toh Phasee is a film that is perfect for a Valentine’s date.