When you list down the best rom-coms of movies made on the earth, you will observe that in fact a layer of emotional quotient is the hidden heart. Hasee Toh Phasee undoubtedly fits the bill in qualifying for one of the best rom-coms Bollywood has produced.
Again, it’s not a rom-com in a conventional sense. It’s not a battle of sexes either. It is a story that has its natural flow with its characters taking the movie forward.
Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra) is the odd man out in his family having his own way of building his life. So is Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) with an aberrant behavior but with a mind of a genius. Nikhil attends a wedding and he meets Meeta, when she is running away from her abode. At the wedding, he falls in love with Karishma, who is also Meeta’s sister. After 7 years, Nikhil and Karishma finally get engaged. Meeta returns but is kept away from the family by Karishma, and Nikhil befriends her. The rest of the story is how the equations change with the situations.
The story-line at the highest layer seems to be wafer-thin. However the writing takes us deeper into the complexity of the situations making a strong connect with the audience. Of course, there is some cinematic liberty taken, but the majority was a laudable dealing. The humor is very natural, and tickles you with its funny moments. Every scene between Siddharth and Parineetha were flawlessly written. A couple of scenes might even leave you moist-eyed. Such is the impact. Kudos to Harshavardhan Kulkarni for his writing and Vinil Mathws for the execution.
Parineethi Chopra is simply taking big leaps repeatedly with every movie she does! She is extra-ordinarily brilliant. There is a thin line between acting as a retard and playing a character that has an aberrant behavior and presentation. She understands that thin line so well. A slot is reserved for her in the Best Actor (Female) in all the award functions next year. Siddharth Malhotra is a revelation! A mature performance indeed. The entire ensemble greatly complemented the leads, namely Adah Sharma and Manoj Joshi .
Cinematography was good, and so were the melody tracks composed by Vishal-Shekar. A minor drawback of the movie is its length. A trimmed version without some unnecessary tracks would have helped.
Hasee Toh Phasee, not just has enough ‘Hasee’, but the emotions that are woven around it will surely touch your hearts for sure. This one cannot be missed!