Just when you think youâve seen it all and your eyes have become the jaded eyes of someone who has watched too many Bollywood desi-style romance flicks, along comes a movie like the Karan Johar produced âHasee Toh Phaseeâ. The movie is simply fun to watch. The strengths of the film are based on the superbly unpredictable script by Harshavardhan Kulkarni, the steady direction (plus witty dialogues) by director Vinil Mathew, the emotionally touching music by Vishal-Shekhar, and the outstanding acting by the lead pair (Parineeti Chopra and Siddharth Malhotra).
So, letâs break down this âcuckin frazyâ film. The story centers around two fairly eccentric characters. Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) is the black sheep of the family who gets in trouble for being different than her sisters. Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra), is the son who never listens. Both characters come together by rather unique and strange circumstances as Nikhil is getting married to Meetaâs sister Mitali (Adah Sharma). To say more would ruin the film, but letâs just say that out of the ashes of clichĂ©d flames, comes a unique story that will win you over.
The music is some of Vishal-Shekharâs best. There are the usual upbeat tracks like âPunjabi Wedding Songâ and the better âShake it Like Shammiâ (which will have you twitching this way and that like the great late actor did) and more standard âDrama Queenâ. Yet, it is the more soul touching numbers that really resonate to elevate the music (which gets even better once you watch the film). âManchalaâ, âZehnaseebâ and âIshq Bulaavaâ are outstandingly melodious. The music is an integral part of the film and director Vinil Mathew shrewdly knew when to actually include the song as a part of the narrative vs. have it play in the background for more emotional impact.
Finally, last but certainly not least is the great, natural work of the two lead actors. Parineeti Chopra is picture perfect in her portrayal of the often time weird but strangely attractive Meeta. Parineeti Chopra is not your typical fashion model wannabe starlet that gets by on revealing clothes and monotone dialogue delivery. She is a really amazing actor, with an eclectic body of work. Itâs her portrayal of the many times unglamorous and flat out weird Meeta that wins over the heart of viewers and the male lead Nikhil. This brings me to Siddharth Malhotra who we last saw in âStudent of the Yearâ (another Karan Johar production). He matches Parineeti Chopraâs acting perfectly. Heâs natural, and never over acts, plus is able to carry the narrative forward with his characterâs trials ânâ tribulations. Hereâs hoping both he and Ms. Chopra continue to get the kinds of opportunities they deserve.