Hasee Toh Phasee Review: Inconsistent But Nice

Hasee Toh Phasee’s unimaginative poster does not do justice to the film which is surprisingly a good watch. I usually don’t have the time and intention to watch teasers and trailers. I often make the sole decision to watch a film based on the cast and the posters. Hasee Toh Phasee didn’t seem promising on either front and so I avoided the film when it released. The only reason I watched it now was due to the positive reviews and comments. I must say that I was surprised because contrary to the average¬†marketing of the film which gives the impression that this is just another routine romantic comedy, Hasee Toh Phasee has content and uniqueness. The only shortcoming of the film is the inconsistent performance of Parineeti Chopra but I place that responsibility on the director than the actor.

In the beginning of the film, Parineeti’s character is established as a quirky and eccentric girl who may even have some serious health problems. Parineeti’s portrayal was quite impressive complete with the “crazy eyes” and odd mimics with her mouth. But in the second half of the film, the character becomes a completely “normal” woman as though touched by a magic wand. I suppose the writer tried to explain that with her use of antidepressants but I did not find this sudden transformation very realistic or convincing.

There is also a different worldview in Hasee Toh Phasee. It is a world where some of the social norms that we live in are different. It’s a world where a handsome guy with a beautiful fiancee can fall for an odd geek. It’s a world where he can choose her over what’s more attractive. In true life, such incidents are near impossible but I’m certainly not going to suddenly expect realism from Bollywood. Plus, we only have films to get away from the bitter realities of life. So I don’t mind that many of Bollywood rom-coms are fairy tales.

Overall, I recommend this film. I suggest overlooking the inconsistencies in Parineeti’s character in the second half. Both Siddharth and Parineeti did a great job in this film. I saw Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhania and Hasee Toh Phasee back to back and Hasee Toh Phasee was far more enjoyable. Even if you don’t watch this film, you must listen to the excellent song “Ishq Bulaava”. I suggest putting it on replay for a few hours.

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