Stars: Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra, Adah Sharma, Manoj Joshi, Sharat Saxena, Neena Kulkarni
Director: Vinil Matthew
Hasee Toh Phasee is not a romantic comedy but more of a dysfunctional hot mess starring the adorable Sidharth Malhotra and Bollywood’s favorite heroine, Parineeti Chopra. There aren’t any crass jokes, no nudity, no extreme drama or steamy sex scenes yet Hasee Toh Phasee will have falling in love with it’s characters.
Parineeti Chopra plays the quirky Meeta, the black sheep of the family. Meeta is a brilliant scientist but she’s also quite the rebel, always following her dreams, she steals from her dad, is always on medication, speaks mandarin and is a former drug addict. Clearly, she’s not the average bollywood heroine, but then again neither is Parineeti Chopra.
The hero, Nikhil, played by Sidharth Malhotra, is an emotional fool who always plays it safe and is more of a personal assistant than a boyfriend to his actress girlfriend, Karishma. Nikhil is a young entrepreneur, trying to make it in the world in order to keep up with his beautiful and successful girlfriend, Karishma, played by Adah Sharma. Nikhil has been working hard to impress his wealthy father-in-law played by Manoj Joshi as well.
The story revolves around Nikhil, played by Sidharth Malhotra, marrying his girlfriend of 7 years, Karishma. During the insanity of the wedding Karishma asks Nikhil to accommodate a guest for the wedding which turns out to be Karishma’s sister Meeta who ran away from home 7 years earlier. In order to impress Karishma, Nikhil keeps Meeta at his house. During the hysteria of the wedding Nikhil tries to find himself while helping Meeta find sanity and keeping his girlfriend Karishma from breaking up with him, again. Through this mess love blooms, compassion is found, laughs spill out, and places bechara Nikhil in a whole lot of stress.
Parineeti does an outstanding job as Meeta, there is no other actress that can pull it off! She is truly an actress redefining the role of Bollywood’s leading ladies. Sidharth is adorable as the lost boy but not always too believable. Sidharth’s chemistry with Parineeti is contagious, I think Bollywood may have found its new epic jodi! Adah Sharma is likeable as the rich girl, she doesn’t come off as a brat but sweet and hard working. Manoj Joshi is amazing as the bride’s father, the way he support’s his daughter, Meeta’s individuality is a memorable tear-jerker. The love between this father-daughter pair really plays a beautiful role in this movie. The rest of the cast does a good job supporting the film.
The storyline, though unusual ends in a predictable manner. The characters are developed decently throughout the film. The dialogue, co-written by Vinil Mattew and Anurag Kashyap, is hilarious with one-liners that will stay on your mind long after the movie is over. Although fun to watch the flick lacks any memorable music. “Zehnaseeb” and “Ishq Bulava” are the only tracks that is well placed and pleasing to the ear, romantic numbers that are in the backdrop of the budding romance between Nikhil and Meeta.”Drama Queen” is a fun number but not everyone will be jamming to this one after the movie is over. Music could have played a smaller role and if the creators took some more experimental steps this movie could have been something even greater.
Overall a 4/5, funny, sweet, quirky and innocent, Hasee Toh Phasee is a definite worth the money. Parineeti and Sidharth’s jodi is so loveable audiences will surely love to see these two pair up again! Keep it locked on Urban Asian for more reviews on the latest films!