Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Kal Ho Na Ho. These are some high-rated films Dharma Productions has given us. They have gifted us with a few gems, albeit budding, like Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt and Siddharth Malhotra with last year’s hit Student Of The Year. Starring Parineeti Chopra and Siddharth Malhotra, Hasee Toh Phasee is a complete family entertainer that has top-notch performance delivered by the two stars.
Teaming two very distinct individuals, when Dharma Productions took upon itself to grace the 70 mm with a “coming-of-the-age-film” (as Karan Johar puts it) alongside Phantom productions, it was indeed a very good decision on their part. It is commendable that despite being just one film old, Siddharth, who plays Nikhil, has the ability to awe the audience with his skills while Parineeti, who plays Meeta, goes “cucking frazy” with her third one. She is one heck of a geek. She can charge the car battery and unlock the automatic jammed doors of the car. Her only problem in life is her family’s inability to accept her gifted being. The only person who supports her throughout is her father. After a “certain heist”, she runs away from her sister’s wedding 7 years ago. Meeta, then, returns to Mumbai to attend another sister’s wedding. Here, she meets the boy who is perfect for her and yet is not hers. Nikhil is as crazy as Meeta but in his own sweet way. He has failed in his life and has been petting his girlfriend, Karishma, for past seven years, fulfilling all her demands. However, Karishma’s persistent threats to break-up, eventually leads him to fall in love with Meeta. Nikhil and Meeta, two flawed beings who come together gradually.
Amongst the many scoops about the film, one had been its similarity to a yesteryear film called Aaina. In some ways though, it is similar to Aaina yet has a feel of its own. It is inimitable and wild, all at the same time. It is a lighthearted Rom-com that will not only bring a smile to your face but will evoke whirlpool of emotions as you see the desperate need of Meeta to get a glimpse of her father. The negligence of Meeta’s family towards her as well as their seething hatred is what induces sympathy for this character. The film may be a Rom-com or a coming-of-the-age-film, yet Meeta’s strong presence also makes it a character film. She isn’t the typical graceful heroine of a Hindi film who is waiting for her Raj. She is unconventional, eccentric and ambitious. Meeta is the catalyst who helps Nikhil find his hidden talents and encourages him towards choosing his career path. Other actors – Adah Sharma, Manoj Joshi, Sharat Saxena, Neena Kulkarni and many more add to the X-factor of the film with their refined acting.
From Bhuleshwar to Filmcity, director, Vinil Mathew, captures the nooks and corners of Mumbai in his camera, making the film visually appealing. The film boasts of flashy sets, a signature style of Dharma. The dialogues of the film are as unconventional as Parineeti’s character. Set amidst a wedding the film is packed with Bollywood masala. Be it drama, romance, comedy, tragedy, suspense, the film is a balance of all the aesthetics of Hindi cinema. Vishal-Shekhar’s music doesn’t fail to placate the listeners. The film has peppy and foot-tapping numbers which add to the zeal of the wedding atmosphere.
Why must you watch this film?
Overall, 141:19 minutes long, this film is a must on your weekend planner if you are a Hindi movie buff. It is a fresh and refreshing take on Rom-coms set in the contemporary times. It is an engaging film with promising actors and a few cameos that will surprise you.