REVIEW- HASEE TOH PHASEE

Directed by Vinil Mathew
Produced by Karan Johar
Vikas Bahl
Vikramaditya Motwane
Anurag Kashyap
Written by Harshvardhan Kulkarni
Starring
Music byBackground Score Vishal-Shekhar
Amar Mangrulkar
Cinematography Sanu John Varughese
Studio Phantom Films
Distributed by Dharma Productions

Romantic comedies! Our filmmakers have more or less stuck to the basics, always! Most of them followed our very own Mr. Yash Chopra (The ultimate king of romance who passed away in 2012) and in today’s time, it is Imtiaz Ali, who somehow came up with something new and different all the time.
Karan Johar is famous for rom-coms and larger than life, massy cinema, whereas Anurag Kashyap is the man who took our cinema worldwide. The king of art cinema in India! What happens when these two filmmakers decide to collaborate? Decide to produce a film together? Well, we get to see a rom-com with immense class, standard, emotions and laughter. That’s exactly what happens, when we watch Hasee Toh Phasee.

Meeta and Nikhil, both are two unusual people. Both have their respective backgrounds and upbringing. Meeta is always cursed by her family and relatives for being different and not “girly.”
On the other hand, Nikhil has always been cursed by his IPS father.
Yes! It sounds very typical. But when we watch it on screen, we realise that it’s totally different from what we perceived or predicted in the beginning. The childhood build up takes time and we tend to wonder, is this actually going to be “Cuckin Frazy?”
The answer: YES, FOR SURE!

Nikhil and Meeta’s journey is like a roller coaster ride. It has all the craziness, all the butterflies and all the elements. How Nikhil falls for his fiancé’s sister and how he is not the one who confesses and how Meeta gets her father back? All these things with a heavy amount of comedy, decent amount of build ups, equivalent emotions and exceptional performances: A treat for every viewer. Undoubtedly!

MENTIONABLE SCENES:

Nikhil’s family leaves for a movie and they leave him at home, while his father is leaving, he orders his hawaldar to keep an eye on Nikhil and make sure that he doesn’t come out. The hawaldar says: “Haanji sir, main Nikhil baba se Darkhaas karoonga ki vo andar raven.”
-The hall couldn’t stop laughing at this.

When Nikhil rescues Meeta from the pathetic guest house. The beauty of the silent shots and the camera work, the innocence Siddharth had in his eyes and the realistic and impromptu 2-3 liners on the phone. Amazing!

When Meeta takes all the women for shopping, that  scene has its confusion and humour. It’s laughable and unavoidable.

When Nikhil locks Meeta in one room and leaves for the pooja, and comes back, he realises that it has been too long and since, she couldn’t go the loo she had peed inside her clothes. That silent moment with exquisite background score and Siddharth’s beautiful expressions, that moment certainly becomes the highlight of the entire film. That moment makes you believe that Nikhil and Meeta are meant to be.

When Meeta asks Nikhil to leave Karishma and marry her instead. That is a beautiful scene with a romantic giggle involved.

When Nikhil tries to fulfil Meeta’s wish of meeting her father and he enters his room at night, asking him to come out and talks rubbish. That too, twice! It’s hilarious and it’s done with so much of ease.

The scene when Meeta is surrounded by all the relatives after 7 years and her kaka curses her, abuses her and slaps her. That scene! Manoj Joshi nails every bit of that scene and undoubtedly proves that he is an “actor,” not just a good comedian. It’ll make you cry, it’ll make you weep. That’s how a father is, that’s how they love their daughter, irrespective of what she does. Kudos!

The scene where Nikhil tries out the surprise he had planned for Karishma. It starts off with untouchable craziness and humour but ends up with a tincture of romance that is clearly visible in Partineeti’s eyes when she looks at Siddharth.

Last but not the least, the climax. Parineeti Chopra, Parineeti Chopra and Parineeti Chopra! The way she cries, the way that entire scene has been shot. The Manchala sequence…it is worth the money. Realism and filmmaking strikes gold with that scene.

PERFORMANCES:
Siddharth Malhotra is here to stay. After SOTY, I felt that he might just be the typical model, who doesn’t know how to act but my apologies Siddharth, my apologies. He is brilliant and carries Nikhil’s character with ease and finesse. After Shahrukh, he is the only person who has magic in his eyes. Be it romantic, be it emotional or even straight face scenes, his eyes are EXPRESSIVE!

Adah Sharma, as Nikhil’s fiancé and Meeta’s sister is amazingly beautiful. She is not just pretty but an honest actor too. I hope she gets more films after this.

Manoj Joshi deserves a standing ovation for sure. His comic timing is unmatchable, we all know that. But, that one scene which I’ve mentioned above. The emotional outburst of a father, he deserves a special mention for that. Take a bow.

Sharat Saxena is hilarious even though he doesn’t have much dialogues. The scene where we see him investigating the petty robberies and when he gets caught, it generates crazy laughter.

Anil Mange who played the Kanpurian Idol and mimicked Anu Malik, most of his scenes generated natural and impeccable humour.
“Ek garam chai ki pyaali.”
The CID parody and the scene where Nikhil asks him to guard the room. You can watch it again and again, and still continue laughing.

I’ve saved the best for the last: PARINEETI CHOPRA! She is playing two characters. One is the crazy and the weird Meeta who transforms after the pills that she takes. The other one is the actual Meeta. The Meeta who is beautiful, who is depressed, who is innocent, who is madly in love with Nikhil, who is super intelligent and who is her papa’s favourite.
Parineeti switches characters with perfection. The mental Meeta is perfect with decent and requirable expressions and attire. The actual Meeta makes you fall. Parineeti steals it throughout. Her straight face dialogue delivery, her wittiness and humour, her dance, her expressions, her romance and her emotional appeal. God! She is the best we have ever seen. Yes, Vidya Balan and Deepika Padukone are amazing. Yes, they have the capability to sink into all the characters that they portray but Parineeti is the next superstar! She is an institution. She hasn’t set a benchmark, she IS a benchmark.
3 films old and we get to see such a performance. Imagine, what will happen when she gains experience.
Watch Out!

MUSIC:

Zehnaseeb, Ishq Bulava and Manchala are the soulful, soothing ones and are gonna stick to you, even after you walk out of the theatre. Drama Queen, Wedding Song and Shake It Like Shammi are the songs we’ll be listening to at weddings and sangeets. Overall, Vishal-Shekhar, nail it once again. There is one Gujarati Rap song in between the investigational sequence, composed by Amar Mangrulekar whereas it is penned and sung by Khamosh Shah. It is a quirkily funny one. Deserves a mention. 😀

OVERALL VERDICT:

Harshvardhan Kulkarni and Vinil Mathew deserve an applause for such a different projection of a fictional but a real love story, with real characters. Everything is right about this film, it might bore you in the beginning, as it takes time for the characters to build up. But, once it strikes the chord, it doesn’t stop after that! Everyone is brilliant in this film and another special mention: Mr. Mukesh Chhabra, the casting director is bang on with the casting. Bang On!
Siddharth and Parineeti are a treat to watch, Siddharth has raised his bar this time but Parineeti can be the independent reason for you to watch this gem. My review’s a bit late but people who haven’t watched this film, please go and watch it because it might lose out on the collections due to Gunday and Shaadi Ke Side Effects.
Parineeti Chopra, you deserve to be rewarded for this one!

RATING:
4stars

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