Review of Hasee Toh Phasee

Hasee Toh Phasee

One wonders about the name of the movie. Why this name? But otherwise, this is a pretty damn perfect romantic comedy.

All good romantic comedies have some often used tropes –

1) The girl or boy is a bit off. By off I mean – nerdy, strange haircuts, irregular habits

2) The girl and the boy don’t immediately fall in love, or even if they do, they take a real long time to admit it to themselves

3) The boy and the girl, both help to realize each other’s dreams (I wanted to be a business manager but I have been a playboy because I was bored, or I have always wanted to be a doctor, but I was too busy being lazy, so on and so forth, which they all overcome after they fall in love)

4) There is something big that keeps the boy and the girl apart (a girl is pretending to be a boy so the boyfriend has to deal with being a homosexual, both are of the same sex and hence face a lot of issues, one is much elder than the other and other such things)

If you have watched as many Korean Romantic Comedy movies as I have, you would realize that these are pretty much constant in every good romantic comedy. And also, how easy it is to achieve this on some level (or it should be easy).

Coming to Indian movies, it has always baffled me as to why these simple things could not be achieved so easily. Why it took such great effort for us to achieve such simple story telling. Why we always had girls and boys who are perfect, who dress extravagantly and have perfect hair at all points of time. Unreal sets and unreal characters. Where is the fun!!

But this film has hit the nail on its head. With the astounding supporting cast who come with perfect comic timing, to the simple telling of a story, to capturing the romance so well. It has done it all. This is how I want to laugh in a movie. This is how I want to be made to laugh. Let’s not even mention the unmentionables who are giving us questionable comedy at this point of time.

The humor in this movie is subtle, dramatic, so well crafted and so utterly delicious. The writing is excellent. Often people assume that comedies, and romantic ones at that are easy to pen. But in fact I find that romantic comedy is one of the hardest genres to write for and even make. Yes ,even act in. So to fall across this gem is truly delightful. It doesn’t happen often in Indian movies, and one often has to settle for something as inane as ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ (also from the same production house)

The direction, and all other technical departments are spot on. And a special mention has to be made about the cinematography, because here we see the meeting of Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap streams of Indian Cinema (Yeh Jawani… meets Aamir). And it’s good, nothing to fear. No harm is done. Phew. And we in turn get to see some lovely visuals, Indian cities that look like Indian cities, and still are so beautiful, especially in the early morning and early evening light. We see sets that are true to life, even people. Unlike a polished gang of Kal Ho Na Ho, and other such tripe.

Loved the film and the entire cast. I never really expected to find Parineeti Chopra and Siddharth Malhotra so utterly charming. Happy to see Vikramaditya Motwane and Anurag Kashyap as the executive producers. I am not a big fan of Anurag Kashyap’s films, and not at all a fan of his writing which I find highly limiting. But the movies that he executive produces? they are all gold. Almost all such movies have been great experiences- Udaan and Aamir come to mind immediately. So it goes with this movie also, the visuals are a bit different, true to life, and lovely. Same as the characters.

Again, loved it. WATCH THIS! A great way to spend 2 and half hours of your time. A happy film.

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