- Film: Hasee to Phasee
- Starring: Siddharth, Parineeti, Adah Sharma, Manoj Joshi
- Release Date: 7 Februray,2014
- Produced by : Dharma Productions(Karan Johar), Phantom Productions( Anurag Kashyap, Vikramaditya Motwane, Vikas Bahl)
- Directed by: Vinil Mathew
- Story/Screenplay: Harshvardhan Kulkarni
- Music: Vishal Sekhar
The genre of Rom Com, the current favourite of Bollywood, seems to be coming of age, with innovative stories being backed by reputed production houses. Last week, it was the Abhay Deol starrer One by Two, which despite a promising story-star cast, squandered itself with insipid writing/screenplay. This weeks new release Hasee to Phasee(Dharma/Phantom Productions) treads a new line as well, and thankfully, despite being a bit predictable, it doesn’t disappoint, because of the refreshing treatment meted out by the newbie director Vinil Mathew and writer Harshvardhan Kulkarni.
The plot revolves around an aimless yet good hearted Nikhil ( Siddharth Malhotra), who is sandwiched between his own wedding preparations with his rather controlling fiancee Karishma (Adah Sharma) and arranging funds for his event management company. In comes Karishma’s sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), a demented but a genius scientist, who was on the run for 7 long years, after robbing her family for being denied of financial aid for nurturing her dream project. She comes back to her family with her own selfish intentions, and Karishma chains Nikhil to take care of her crazy sister till their D-Day.
The entire story is weaved with some wonderful yet subtle vignettes, unravelling to a rather cliched and predictable climax. There are several moments incorporated in the screenplay which will win you over–A shopping day in Bhuleshwar turns into a expedition of sorts with one of the rickety grandmas losing her sandal-strap. Our lead hero’s sidekick undergoes a traumatic experience while taking her bhabhi for a city ride. Nikhil’s retired IPS father faces a disconcerting experience when he is up for a grill in front of his family when an expensive necklace mysteriously vanishes from the house. One of the family aids reprises his Indian Idol experience with ‘Garam Chai ki Pyaali Ho’, and in one of the most endearing scenes of the film, Nikhil wakes up his would be father in law , in the middle of the night, to discuss the wedding arrangements. Absolute fun!. There are umpteen poignant moments as well, specially in a remarkably restrained scene where Nikhil realises his mistake after locking out Meeta for a sizeable number of hours.
Parineeti Chopra churns a masterstroke with her geeky act of Meeta. An absolute delight to watch, she steals the show with her perfect sketch of a vulnerable and quirky scientist. Siddharth Malhotra is a revelation, impressively delineating a character dealing with the conflicts of head and heart. In fact, its the chemistry of the lead pair which is the selling point of the film. The film also gains marvelous support through its strong bunch of supporting actors. Manoj Joshi, Sharath Saxena, Adah Sharma, Sameer Kakhar..lend astute credibility to the film. Vishal Sekhar’s music impresses, with ‘Zehnaseeb‘ and ‘Manchala‘ being the stand out tracks.
Though the film is mired with a bit of a drag during the post interval portions and a done to death climax, a distinctive approach coupled with several gratifying moments and witty dialogues makes its a breezy entertainer. Despite the minor hiccups, Hasee to Phasee is one of the earnest romantic comedies coming out of bollywood in recent times.
Popcorn Entertainment Rating: 3.5/5