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Hasee Toh Phasee - Movie Review

Verdict – “Heartfelt and profound at times, but it's nothing unusual to the regular Bollywood rom-com genre”.

2014 is just a number when it comes to Bollywood, cause we are surprisingly stuck at a point where everything was normal, routine and more intently just trying to play safe. Hasee Toh Phasee falls into that category where it was slightly genial, inexplicable and customary.

Ensuing the same the old formula, Hasee Toh Phasee kicks off with Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) who was impulsive and enduring in his character getting married to the deliberate and charming Karishma (Adah Sharma) after upholding their relationship for seven long years. Right before their marriage, Karishma's sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) appears.

Being dissimilar and disparate in her behaviour Meeta is considered as an odd one who is purposely hated by everyone in the family and was completely excluded. Karishma requests Nikhil to take care of Meeta during the whole occasion as he hesitantly accepts and he eventually discovers that he and Meeta had a brief meeting seven years ago. Will Meeta and Nikhil develop an unfeigned relation between them? That's predictable!

The traditional storyline doesn't really astonish for a brief amount of time, a series of unwanted cliched predictable scenes drags to a point where it has nothing to offer. Parineeti's wayward and striking screen presence keeps you engaged for a while but the underwhelming and the unthoughtful screenplay may let you down if you're able to pick up the sequence rapidly which I twig that as predictability.

But then again, don't get me wrong. Hasee toh Phasee had it's emotional stirring moments within the climax where it gets serious and somber about the situation. However, it's quite late!

Director, Vinil Mathew is impressive, as his main job is to manage and pull out some decent performances from the leads, he had done his part quite well. But the screenplay and story by Harshavardhan Kulkarni doesn't really engross me and with a monumental team including Karan Johar, Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya and Vihas Bahl monitoring the whole thing happening, where did it go wrong? Even the music from Vishal-Shekhar didn't really engage with the movie, it was quite normal and outmoded.

Nevertheless, the performances from the cast were splendid. Parineeti Chopra stole the entire movie with her dexterous screen presence, a clever female character is quite rare to find in Bollywood and Parineeti impressed me with her genuine ingenious performance and certainly the best she had given till date. Siddharth intregrated well with his character and was a perfect fit for that unsure, skeptical role.

On the whole, Hasee Toh Phasee had it's heartfelt moments to care about but it's monotonous story and screenplay doesn't really had the potential to twirl the movie into a successful one. Anchored with few great performances from the leads, HTP is a decent one time watch if you feel like investing your money into something which was not that spectacular.

My Rating - 2.5/5
Grade - C+ (It deserves your attention for a while!)
-By Surya Komal aka KM

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