Sharat Saxena, Neena Kulkarni, Karan Johar (Guest Appearance), Bobby Darling
(in a Song)
Motwane, Anurag Kashyap
Toh Phasee, undoubtedly
is not a regular rom-com movie with a typical love triangle, or a runaway bride or a
movie with long romantic dialogues. The lead pair Nikhil Bhardwaj (Siddharth
Malhotra) and Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) are weird, quirky, and unconventional. Nikhil
feels that asking money from would-be father-in-law is not a threat to his
self-respect, and on the other side, Meeta steals her own father’s money; both do
so for breakthrough in their respective careers. Meeta completely wins us over
with her deglamourized performance.
is distinctly different from the usual ones and both Siddharth ‘emotional dhakkan’ (in his own words) and Parineeti as ‘bahut hi khatarnak experimental’ are terrific together.
from a Chawl in Mumbai to Delhi and back to Mumbai over a span of
two decades which though moved very fast, but the background / plot of the
movie was build up in a sluggish manner. Still, bizarre mannerism displayed by
Parineeti (a runaway daughter, who comes back from China), popping up pills followed
with projection of a weird expression on face and the confident screen presence / endearing smile of Siddhartha are definitely refreshing which pulls us through the first half.
This unusual, soft and neat decent love between the lead pair develops slowly
through lot of freakish / comical / bizarre incidents. Let me tell you, there is
no mushy-mushy love in this movie.
is good in the role of an actress, ready to be hitched, who is particular that
her fiancée earns on his own capability, announcing break-up every now and then
(since she is sure that her fiancée would never leave her).
father) excels and we get to see wonderful emotional bondage between father and
the eccentric daughter Meeta whom he finds extremely intelligent, creative and
original. The poignant reunion of the father-daughter duo after a period of
seven years do moist our eyes. Sharath Saxena (as Nikhil’s father) is also good
as a retired IPS officer. Neena Kulkarni (as Nikhil’s mother) is also good.
that the debutant director Vinil Mathew should have enhanced the pace of the
movie atleast a bit more so as to engross the audience (when I say pace, I mean
the pace of Tanu Weds Manu, Jab We Met, Banti Babli etc.).
take on the modern day romance. Dialogues by Anurag Kashyap are simple and
clean without double meanings or slangs. The cinematographer Sanu John
Varughese has done a good job in capturing the Panoramic view of Mumbai’s
sweeping Powai Skyline and other locale.
to the ears and a romantic treat. Though other numbers viz. Punjabi wedding number,
Shake it like Shammi, Drama queen, Manchala, Ishq Bulaava are youthful but easily
and are ready to enjoy a very soft, clean, unconventional yet baffling romantic
comedy (though it is neither a hard core romantic movie nor a comedy).
Hasee Toh Phasee may not drive you crazy with laughter but am sure you may get
trapped in the positive tone of this movie.