Director : Vinil Mathew
Cast : Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Adah Sharma
Directed by Vinil Mathew, Hasee Toh Phasee is a film for the people who prefer their romantic side to be intact and not a spoiler! In his directorial debut, Vinil tried to be fresh with his characters and also brought out the essence of love. Since the film is produced by Dharma Productions (Karan Johar) and Phanton (Anurag Kashyap), it has the elements of Karan's and Anurag's forte!
The film starts off in a small chawl in Mumbai, shifts to a police officer's home and changes focus again. It gives a little insight on the childhood of the characters in the beginning. But jumps 14 years where Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) runs away from home to attend a friend's marriage. At the same time, Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) runs away from home and bumps into Nikhil.
Nikhil is an optimist who believes in a committed relationship. However, Meeta is a go-getter in her personal and professional life. Their personalities are poles apart but there is a certain connection between them that keeps the audience hoping and waiting for more.
Soon, the film disappoints once again and jumps 7 years ahead. By then, Nikhil is engaged to Meeta's elder sister Karishma and is about to get married. At the same time, Meeta returns back as she hasn't met the family for seven years.
On Karishma's request, Nikhil keeps her away from the family and takes care of her needs. When Nikhil realizes that Meeta is Karishma's sister, he looks after her too. From here starts the turmoil and brings them both closer. While Karishma is the demanding girlfriend, Meeta is the happy go lucky one who makes Nikhil smile.
Meeta misses her father but needs a companion like Nikhil who cares for her and who accepts her the way she is!
Hasee Toh Phasee tries to be different but fails to keep the audience engaged. The first half is boring, but the second half picks up only to drop once again with family drama and romance. Unlike typical Karan Johar films, this one is quite different when compared to his forte of narrating love stories the reason being, Anurag Kashyap's element of bringing in something different. Hence the combination of both the producers' work but only for a ONE TIME WATCH! While Sidharth Malhotra gives full justice to his role, Parineeti Chopra acts a bit sloppy and spastic! The film had a good screenplay and had entertaining moments but does not last for too long.
It's a mixture of emotions and reactions for Vinil Mathew's Hasee Toh Phasee. We give it a SLAP!