What to Read Next

"Hasee Toh Phasee" - Watch out for Parineeti Chopra(IANS Movie Review, Rating:****)

Subhash K. Jha
7 February 2014

Film: "Hasee Toh Phasee"; Cast: Parineeti Chopra, Siddharth Malhotra, Adah Sharma; Director: Vinil Mathew; Rating: ****

She is certifiably wacko, eats toothpaste, hobnobs with foreign powers, steals from her father, talks Mandarin and bluntly asks her sister's fiance to marry her.

"I promise I won't run away...Life-time guarantee," Parineeti Chopra, as the zany fey and mad Meeta tells Siddharth Malhotra in a beautifully written and directed sequence in an empty bus.

Ab bus bhi karo! How many more commercial Indian films are going to be set in the Great Big Fat Indian Wedding? And really, after Kareena Kapoor in Imtiaz Ali's "Jab We Met", Kangna Ranaut in Aanand Rai's "Tanu Weds Manu" and Katrina Kaif in "Mere Brother Ki Shaadi" , there's nothing runaway brides can do to shock us any more...

So wait, don't go away. The good news is, there is no runaway bride in "Hasee Toh Phasee". But don't break into a Bhangra as yet. Because there is a runaway bridegroom.

Set during a Gujarati wedding between two souls who are not meant to be together, the film at heart is not a comedy at all...unless you think a grown-up girl who is locked up for hours in a room peeing in her pants is funny....so I wonder why it was promoted as one!

Though the surface mood of the film is skittish and cheeky, "Hasee Toh Phasee" is an unmistakably somber study of dysfunctionality as seen during a time of tremendous festivity.

So here's the the all-too-familiar scenario. Nikhil(Siddharth Malhotra) is about to marry Ms Money. Luckily for Nikhil and for the audience Karishma, as played by the sweetly believable Adah Sharma, is not a rich bitch like the hero's embarrassing fiancee in this weeks other release Babloo Happy Hai. She is rich. But not a bitch. Got that?

The characters in this darkly humorous tale of misfits and other adventurers steadily remain within the realm of the believable even the situations handed over to them by the uneven but effective script wobble dangerously out of control.

Many sequences such as the one where Parineeti takes a brood of old wedding guests through a wild walk through the bustling lanes of Delhi , lose their warmth in translation. They must have sounded engaging on paper, though.

Nonetheless there is so much here that just warms up the inner-most spaces in our hearts.

The longish sequence where Nikhil takes Parineeti outside her home so she can get a glimpse of her estranged father, or that moment when Nikhil picks her up from a dingy guest house...these are bravely written scenes.

The director is not afraid of silences. Several episodes are done without the prop of a background score. While there are too many songs popping up here there and every-wail, the "Zehnaseeb" track that shows up at the climax adds just the right flavour and fervor to the proceedings.

There are many sluggish moments in the storytelling. You wish the editing would have been tighter. You wish the film's setting and festive mood had been less cliched. And you wish there wasn't so much stress on catching the characters in a constant condition of quirkiness. It's like watching decent people on pot and on the potty all the time.

But then there is Parineeti Chopra, so wonderfully articulate even as she grapples to command the gibberish grammarof her character's screwed-up personality. It's definitely not easy to play a wacko with such steadfast empathy. Parineeti again proves herself one of the finest actresses of our times.

Siddharth Malhotra seems more taken up with putting his best profile forward on screen. He struggles to subjugate his innate vanity and look sincere in his space. But it's a losing battle. One doesn't see the actor identify with his character's wayward entrepreneurship and his sudden discovery of a protective warmth towards the zany girl who jumps in to his life.

Mohan Joshi as the bride Adah Sharma and the bride's sister Parineeti Chopra's father gives a first-rate performance. To me this is more a father-daughter drama than a loverboy-wackogirl rom-com.

No matter how you look at it, the film and every rich resplendent moment in it, belongs to Parineeti Chopra. She irons out all the rough spots in the storytelling, hides all the wrinkles in the jaded plot and makes her character seem far more empathetic than it would have been in a lesser actress' hands.

Yup, if the film gets your undivided attention it's because Parineeti won't let us look away.

10 Cards for People Who Have Great Credit

What card offers up to 5% cash back? And which one offers 24/7 concierge service? See the best credit cards of 2016. Apply online, quickly & easily.

Reconnect With Your High School Friends

Classmates® has the largest directory of high school class lists. Remember the good times and reconnect to create new memories.

Why You Should Pay Attention to Free Sample Sites

Sign up now for freebies so good you will feel guilty not paying for them! No credit card or purchase necessary.

Millions Stunned By New Mortgage Payoff Method

Don't pay your mortgage until you read this. New home refinance plan that has banks across America on the edge

How To Pay Off Your Mortgage (It's Genius)

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this...

Banks Are Worried Homeowners Will Do This.

Homeowners are surprised and furious. If you owe less than $625,000 on your home, you better read this.

Kid sleep troubles email series for moms

We get it. We’ve been there. Sign up for our email track to learn how to handle kids who won’t go to sleep or won’t stay in bed.

Insane Navy Seal Flashlight, should it be banned?

The Military has recently released technology that is now available to the public. Get yours before they run out - Limited Supply!

Powerful Tactical Flashlight Flying Off Shelves!

This new tactical flashlight was just released to the public and is flying off shelves in the United States. Limited supplies left, act quick!

What Has Been The 2015 Best Skin Tighteners ?

Women everywhere are saving thousands of dollars on plastic surgery by reducing the appearance of wrinkles from the comfort of their own home.

Brilliant Mortgage Payoff Method Has Banks On Edge

You could bet your bank doesn't want you to know this brilliant and simple way to pay off mortgage. Read how it works here...

Is your insurance comp Laughing Behind Your Back?

New Studies Show that if you drive less than 55 miles a day you can save a ton on auto insurance.

What Has Been The 2016 Best Skin Tighteners ?

Women everywhere are saving thousands of dollars on plastic surgery by reducing the appearance of wrinkles from the comfort of their own home.

The xE1 Does All the Work For You_

The xE1 Wedge Eliminates Fat or Thin Pitch and Chip Shots.