Hasee Toh Phasee

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Hasee Toh Phasee
Hasee Toh Phasee
HASEE TOH PHASEE is a weird but totally fresh romedy!
It takes some time as a viewer to settle in comfortably in this unconventional drama and there’s no scene here that reminds you of anything you’ve seen before. But the beautifully sketched and enacted lead characters keep you glued throughout, despite a relatively ordinary script.
The story is about a still unsettled Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) whose girlfriend Karishma (Adah Sharma) is an actress. He believes once you are committed to a girl, there should be no straying around – the guy every girl would love to have. But owing to his unstable casual attitude towards his career, Karishma asks Nikhil to arrange 5 crores before marriage which is 7 days later. In the mean-time, Nikhil gets to Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) who is Karishma’s younger sister, with whom he had a brief meet 7 years ago. Meeta who is an IITian, is super intelligent and believes in bringing a change to the world. She has no limits and unlike Nikhil, goes on to do what her heart says. They spend 7 days together and develop a love that’s unsaid.
The film’s greatest strength is that it keeps you riveted throughout, which isn’t a mean feat, considering the uncanny treatment it showcases. The scenes aren’t always explained, and the developments are, well, quite unreal, but never unbelievable. The script is refreshing, but too fragile for its insightful aspiration. While the screenplay lacks depth, the characters are nurtured and built upon quite perceptively. So there are sparks of genius by the director Vinil Mathew, but never a well-lit fire, thus depriving the film of the high it could’ve reached. Visually, it’s stylishly gorgeous, satisfactorily fulfilling the most important criteria in a Karan Johar film. The melodies are impressive too, maintaining the feel of the subject aptly.
Among the performers, each one does well. Not even a single actor can be pointed out for a dull output. Parineeti Chopra is obviously the brightest among all. Her character has alternating demeanours, which she portrays impeccably. Her seamless switch between every scene is awe-inspiring. Sidharth Malhotra is, just like his debut, composed and very convincing. He looks pleasing, and performs well too. Adah Sharma is decent, and never nearly as expressive as the others. All other character actors do a wonderful job.
In all, HASEE TOH PHASEE is a quite differently fun film that need not be taken too seriously. Watch it for its magnetic leads, and go with expectations set not too high. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed.

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