Right from its inception Dharma Productions were known for making big budget mainstream films. Karan Johar changed the whole look of the production house and the films with this banner were termed as Karan Johar's type of films. Majority of the films under this banner were romantic comedy films with good peppy music and starry cast. But under this same banner which has been known for making romantic films for the masses, have given us some different and good romantic films like 'Wake Up Sid', 'Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu', 'Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani' and few more. These movies beard the Karan Johar trade mark but still were different and path breaking in their own ways. Like every production houses, Dharma too had some bad choices of films like 'Gori Tere Pyaar Mein', 'We Are Family', etc which ended up being good packaged films with no soul or content attached to it. 'Hasee Toh Phasee' is the latest film from this production house with interesting promos and foot tapping music. So let's find out whether 'Hasee Toh Phasee' will be typical Karan Johar type of film or might be among those few different films from this banner ya might be just one of those packaged films trying to cash in over its star popularity.
'Hasee Toh Phasee' is story of Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) who is going to get married to Karishma (Adah Sharma). Just few days before the marriage Karishma seeks Nikhil's help to look after her sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra). Thus, starts a new bonding between Nikhil and Meeta which eventually leads to falling in love with each other. What happens next is what the entire film is all about.
Screenplay & Technicalities:
Story is repetitive and done to death types. We have seen many films in past where a marriage is about to take place and the lead protagonist falls in love with some other person. But 'Hasee Toh Phasee' despite of having a cliched story line is still different and daring in its own way. The characterization and performances takes the movie to different level. Though the first half of the film is super slow and takes lot of time in establishing the film. Once set, the movie goes on an enjoyable and feel good track in the second half which is much better than the earlier one. There are some good scenes which establishes the movie right from the opening scene with the main protagonist as the child followed by Sidharth's bonding with Parineeti in the night, Sidharth's funda over the break ups, locking up Parineeti in the room, Sidharth awaking Manoj Joshi in the night, Parineeti proposing Sidharth, Sharat Saxena investigating Parineeti, Manoj Joshi defending Parineeti and few more. These scenes make you laugh as well as give a lump in your throat. On the flip side it's the slow narration, weak first half and length of the film which dilutes the merits of the movie. Many scenes in the initial part of the film should have been trimmed down. Also, the climax part looked bit hurried in comparison with the whole feel of the film. Cinematography is good and gives a different and realistic looks to the film.
Music & Direction:
Music by Vishal Shekhar is very good. 'Shake It Like Shammi', 'Punjabi Wedding Song' and 'Tenu Takta' are foot tapping and enjoyable. 'Zehnaseeb' is the soul of the film and is brilliantly used in the film. Other songs are fine.
Debutant director Vinil Mathew gives us a simple feel good film with human emotions attached to it in his own style. He takes his own sweet time to establish the film and deals it very well as it progresses ahead. Though, he along with the writing team could have done wonders if the first half was well written and placed properly in the film.
Sidharth Malhotra looks great and goes perfectly with his role. There is a tremendous rise in his performance out here in comparison with his debut film. Paritneeti Chopra is mind blowing and manages to give an outstanding performance. It's due to her you accept the weak moments in the film and will be totally impressed with her performance. She looked cute in her tomboy avatar. Her character might faintly remind you of Sridevi from 'Sadma'. Adah Sharma is fine in her parts. Manoj Joshi is fantastic in his role. This ace actor has been known for his comical roles but from now on will be remembered for his intense and heart touching performance. Sharat Saxena, Sameer Khakkar, Neena Kulkarni and Anil Mange lend great support.
So bol meri 'Filmi Khopdi' iss film mein kitna hai Dum?
Dum? Well there might be little less dum for all those expecting an out and out rom-com with fun filled ride due to slow narration and weak first half. But, it's a must watch for people who love different type of romantic films with foot tapping music and will definitely have a hasee (smile) after watching Parineeti's performance.