5 Reasons Why You Should Not Miss “Hasee Toh Phasee”

Posted on February 17, 2014 in Lists, Media

By Saurabh Gandhi:

Disclaimer: You can read this review irrespective of whether you have seen the movie or not.

‘Hasee Toh Phasee’ is like no Karan Johar movie. Yeah, it is a “Boy meets girl and falls in love” movie with a “big fat Indian wedding” and the all-important “airport sequence”, without which a love story cannot end; but all of this has been shown with a twist. Here are 5 reasons why you should watch ‘Hasee Toh Phasee’:


1. The girl runs away from a wedding but…
After ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’, Parineeti Chopra can claim to have a lot of experience in running away from a wedding. She does it again in this movie, though not from her own wedding but her sister’s. This is probably the first time that a lead actress is running away from her house not to avoid a marriage or to run away with her boyfriend but after stealing money from her father in order to fund her research project. Yeah, we are talking about Meeta (Parineeti Chopra). She is a scientist in the movie and a mad one at that (More on this later).

2. “Boy meets girl” but they talk about…
As Meeta is running away from the wedding, she meets the hero, Nikhil (Siddharth Malhotra). And here is the twist — they talk about cricket. Yeah you heard it right. Both have “innovative” insights into how the game can be played better. He feels that there should be flying fielders in the first 15 overs of the game while she feels that the cricket field should be a revolving one. Realizing that they have gone too far in their imagination, he tells her, “Tum dheel acha deti ho.” She immediately quips, “Tum lappet te bhi toh acha ho. Socho main idea hoti aur tum technology. Hamari patang kya mast udti na?

3. There is the “Big Fat Indian Wedding” but…
Have you ever witnessed an Indian wedding where the outstation guests come just to attend the functions? I guess (a very proven guess at that) not. But a movie hardly goes beyond the “naach-gaana” and the fights between the aunties. This one however, does. It not only shows the travel enthusiast relative who tries to find the white lotus in Juhu beach, but also highlights the omnipresent uncle who goes about asking every young guy in the wedding, “Aur Baki?” so that he can know you better and decide whether you are “marriage material” or not.

4. The Upcoming hero…
When you have someone like Parineeti in a movie, it’s difficult to look beyond her. But the actor, Siddharth Malhotra’s performance is worth a mention. In fact, he is not just one of those tall, dark and handsome guys. He doesn’t have a straight face like Imran Khan (Sorry, ladies). He can act naturally and also dance well. He has the flamboyance of a hero and it would be no surprise if he goes on to make a mark in Bollywood.

Now, last but certainly not the least:

5. Parineeti’s madness…
Parineeti is known to be the “blabber mouth” and fans expect her to be the same in every movie. In fact, she disappointed some of her fans (me included) by keeping herself toned down in ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’. But here, she doesn’t speak much. It is her actions and expressions that keep you laughing. Be it eating toothpaste or rolling her eyes and making faces — you just can’t help but laugh. As Meeta, she maintains her “raw spirits” in the movie (she orders two half-butter chickens in a restaurant because the quantity is more when you order two half than if you order one full).

Final verdict — You can’t afford to miss it if you are a Parineeti Chopra fan. Even if you are not, you have to see it if you are of the present generation. It is a refreshing watch which doesn’t focus on clichés.

The article was originally published here.