Hasee Toh Phasee Hindi Movie Review
There is something about ad-film makers joining the film industry. They have invariably managed to get some freshness onto the big screen with their own quirkiness. Vinil Mathew adds to the list. This director who has made scores of well remembered ad-commercial [Cadbury, Imperial Blue, Surf Excel many other] makes a rather emphatic debut as a film director with Hasee Toh Phasee.
It's not the novelty of the story that pleases. The story in itself draws inspiration from many earlier films, where one character stays unsure throughout and makes a sure decision at the climax - in most cases it's about love. Hasee Toh Phasee too is about Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) who is in love with a Karishma (Adah Sharma) and how things change when he meets Karishma's sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra). Sounds jaded? Think twice! Like the wise say, originality is about how you put inspiration to use.
Hasee Toh Phasee scores on its lead characters. Nikhil, who is willing to adapt to demands of a relationship despite too many hassles as he believes there is no guarantee that it could be better than what he has; and a rational Meeta, who through her own problems still manage to see life in plain shades. It is about the development in these characters, influenced by each other.
The detailing to each character strikes. They have professions, they have family and the story sails through both. So you see the scientist Meeta blabbering jargons and talking in Mandarin with her Chinese colleague, Nikhil trying to get money for his event company, the families into their respective businesses... and behaving accordingly!
Needless to say there are umpteen moments which will make you smile, wishfully. And that's apart from all those moments which will at least let a chuckle out of you, if not a laughter.
Parineeti is at her best. She makes it virtually impossible for the audience's eye to waver from here when she is on screen. She plays two avatars - a druggie genius and a lovable girl next door - with class. Siddharth Malhotra surprises in his second film. He finds his own and manages to establish himself as someone who cannot be ruled out. Adah Sharma is comfortable in her relatively smaller role. The delights are the seasoned Sharat Saxena and Manoj Joshi. They had moments which take your heart away.
Having said that Hasee To Phasee comes with its own flaws. Of course it is a predictable fare. More than that, the film seems longish at times. But then some impressive dialogue gets you back.
Hasee Toh Phasee is a directorial winner. While it entertains, it also springs forth another director worth looking out to. It is a film which gets you to root for the protagonist. And you know you have winner when a film makes you feel such.
PS: There is something about seven days and Bollywood. A habit may take 21 days to formulate, but in Bollywood, a lot more could happen in seven days.