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Cast: Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra, Manoj Joshi, Tanuj Bhatia, Sunil Appal, Sharat Saxena

Director: Vinil Mathew

Genre(s): Romance, Comedy

Run Time: 141 Minutes

Rating: 3.2/5

Hasee Toh Phasee is a romantic comedy exploring the chemistry between an aspiring entrepreneur, attempting huge strides in the business world (Sidharth Malhotra) and a multitalented yet crazy scientist (Parineeti Chopra) in Vinil Mathew’s debut feature film. Parineeti Chopra’s outstanding performance is the highlight of the film. There are visible flaws, but a good one-time watch and certainly better than its trailers.

The story unfolds with Sidharth Malhotra bumping into Parineeti Chopra on her sister’s wedding, just as Chopra is making an escape. Years gone by, and with Sidharth Malhotra and Adah Sharma (Chopra’s sister) days away from tying the knot, Chopra decides to make a surprise return, but she is immediately sent away by her sister. Sharma hands the task of keeping her sister hidden from the family to Malhotra, who takes Chopra under his wing. As time progresses, feelings emerge between the two and they begin to draw closer to one another, but with the wedding approaching, will Malhotra choose Chopra over Sharma? Will he pick his heart over his mind?

Sidharth Malhotra’s second film and he’s certainly done well for himself. He’s young, talented and his performance is vast improvement from his debut film, Student of the Year. But the talking point will be Parineeti Chopra’s brilliant performance – she has very much single-handedly pulled the weight of the film. She eats toothpaste, is not afraid of heights, and can even restart a broken down car with the help of her wacky imagination. She’s hyperactive and may come across as ‘annoying’ at first, but her character certainly grabs the audience’s attention. The film is likely to be remembered as Parineeti Chopra’s, with little, if any, mention of others. The supporting cast has done a reasonable job, with Manoj Joshi and Sharat Saxena doing what they do best – entertain!

There are several comical scenes that are likely to get a chuckle out of the audience, like the scenes where Malhotra wakes up Joshi in the middle of the night to discuss his wedding plans, and Saxena playing the role of a detective to suss out the mystery thief in the house. Malhotra also pays the price for arriving late at a business meeting: an interview with the manager which has now been shifted from the boardroom to the steam room.

On the downside, the film is pretty slow in shifting gears. The story is not straightforward and the film could have been cut short by 20 minutes or so. The songs are commendable, especially, Zehnaseeb, Manchala, Punajabi Wedding Song, and Drama Queen:all likely to remain with the audience for sometimeThe directorial debut of Vinil Mathew is unlikely to escape without any critique due to his inexperience but he has certainly done a good job.

A three-point-two rating for a highly satisfactory film. Though, the film leaves plenty of room for improvement, it certainly is a good one-time watch. Sidharth Malhotra is good in his second film, while Parineeti Chopra steals the limelight. It’s slightly different from the usual films, and if you’re a Parineeti Chopra fan then Hasee Toh Phasee is a must-watch because she certainly gives a ‘cuckin frazy’ performance.

By Attique (DubaiBliss Team)