Vinil Mathew's Hasee Toh Phasee hits theaters this Friday. With Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap backing the movie, expectations were high. Thankfully, the film lives up to its promise. Hasee Toh Phasee is a fresh and smart romantic story that defies stereotypes at several points.
Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) is trying his best to impress his girlfriend Karishma (Adah Sharma) who is an actress. Nikhil is a small businessman trying to find his own ground. He is soon introduced to Karishma's sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra).
The movie traverses the journey of Meeta finally gaining her sanity (the 'mental' that she is) and Nikhil losing his!
Parineeti wonderfully essays the role of an addict who is also a brilliant scientist. She balances between the emotional and innocent shades of her character very well.
Siddharth Malhotra, Sharat Saxena (Nikhil's dad), Neena Kulkarni (his mom) and Manoj Joshi (Parineeti's dad), too play their parts with precision.
Tinu Anand and Karan Johar are also seen in the movie. While Karan is there for a fraction of a second, Tinu plays a small part of a rich businessman in his own funny style.
The film breaks stereotypes in its due course: Parineeti is a drug addict and a rebel, on the other hand, Siddharth plays almost a funny personal assistant to his girlfriend, simply to avoid a break-up!
Hasee Toh Phasee gets better in the second half where you are treated with well-balanced melodrama and humour. Especially, the sequence where Sharat Saxena interrogates Parineeti has the elements in the perfect mix. While there is a clear indication of the beginning of romance between Siddharth and Parineeti, ACP Pradyuman and Daya-gyan from CID keeps the audience smiling.
The dialogues, co-written by Anurag Kashyap and Vinil Mathew, are impressive and have a character of their own. Sample a few:
"Retirement ke baad log alsa jaate hain...ye to pura baura gae hain"
"Mere usool hain papa ke alawa kisi ke yaha chori nai kar sakti"
"Mann ki gurantee, pyar ki gurantee, tumhe to gurantee card ke saath paida hoina chahiye tha"
There is no extra-melodrama, yet the movie is emotional. There are no crass jokes, yet it is humourous and to top it all, there are no love making scenes, yet the movie defines romance it its own style!
It is an experimental rom-com that should not be missed.