Hasee Toh Phasee Review: Redefining Bollywood


ImageYou sit around for just five minutes watching this movie and thoughts crawl into your mind: Is it gonna be another Shuddh Desi Romance? Keeping average expectations I sat through the movie, when every time I looked up to the screen, it tethered my eyes and locked my gaze to it.  As much as I disliked the promos and trailer, I loved the flow of the movie. 

The story is very simple and casual. Nikhil Bhardwaj (Sidharth Malhotra)is a smart, but peculiar guy and Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) an alluring but wayward girl, meet and get separated, and years after that incident both meet again and are drawn towards each other when Nikhil is about to get married to Meeta’s sister.  

With this familiar story, Director Vinil Matthew and story writer Harshavardhan Kulkarni envelope it with unprecedented perception of ingenuity and present it to the audience. In addition to its main story, it also talks about the Chinese connection with Meeta and her dysfunctional relationship with her family. The story meanders its course and gives a lively feel. The moments of blabbering and rants by Meeta are a real pleasure. Offer of obeisance to the details infused by the director and to the guy who decided the tagline of the film ‘Cuckin Frazy’. 

Direction and Cinematography:

Director and dialogue writer Vinil Matthew has come up with a rom-com which is full of laughter and has those little gleeful moments, even though newbie Sidharth is wane in bits, Matthew has managed to create laughter within the audience. The movie at no point showcases any incoherent moments and comes off vigorously. He is very pragmatic and astutely uses the resources to bury the gaffes. The film is picturesque in every bit and skillfully shot. It starts a wave of ecstasy and is a sheer example of visually pleasing rom-com movie recently. 

Star Performances:

Sidharth Malhotra elucidated quite clearly in Student of the Year, that he’s going to play sweet guy’s roles. This movie features him in a quite similar character, but fails to make intended impact. Comparing this act with his former project SOTY, he is aplomb much more comfortable in this film.

Parineeti Chopra has transcended colossally with every film and this is the quintessential example of that. She has set the bar pretty high after Shuddh Desi Romance. Playing this character must’ve been very difficult and taking it to another level is something we don’t see everyday. Her countenance and her dialogue delivery is praise-worthy.

Adah Sharma does justice to her character and fun to watch.

Manoj Joshi as bride’s father, Nina Kulkarni as Nikhil’s mother and Sharat Saxena as her husband and former Police Inspector are teemed with energy, relish and devoted towards their work.

The Final Word:

This is a rom-com movies, which goes further and talks about much more than love. There’s no extra-melodrama, still it is very emotional. It does not have any straight jokes, still it is amusing. It does not showcase any love-making scenes, still it is romantic, in its unique way. The protagonists do fabulous job to entertain, especially Parineeti Chopra, who has really ignited the spark after just three films. Watch it for serious but laughter cracking dialogues, a good story, a beauty created through camera, sheer freshness of the music by Vishal-Shekhar, and Parineeti’s and Sidharth’s exuberant and full zest effort. 

For this fresh and experimental projection, I’m going with 4/5.