Just when you think you’ve 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 “Hasee Toh Phasee”. 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, let’s break down this “cuckin frazy” 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 Meeta’s sister Mitali (Adah Sharma). To say more would ruin the film, but let’s just say that out of the ashes of clichéd flames, comes a unique story that will win you over.
The music is some of Vishal-Shekhar’s best. There are the usual upbeat tracks like “Punjabi Wedding Song” and the better “Shake it Like Shammi” (which will have you twitching this way and that like the great late actor did) and more standard “Drama Queen”. Yet, it is the more soul touching numbers that really resonate to elevate the music (which gets even better once you watch the film). “Manchala”, “Zehnaseeb” and “Ishq Bulaava” 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. It’s 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 “Student of the Year” (another Karan Johar production). He matches Parineeti Chopra’s acting perfectly. He’s natural, and never over acts, plus is able to carry the narrative forward with his character’s trials ‘n’ tribulations. Here’s hoping both he and Ms. Chopra continue to get the kinds of opportunities they deserve.