Hasee Toh Phasee
“A bright-and-breezy, charming and refreshing rom-com” - Taran Adarsh, BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA
“A timely shot in the arm for a traditionally mishandled genre” - Rahul Desai, MUMBAI MIRROR
Every year, romantic comedies are responsible for drawing vast crowds into cinemas around the world. Fantasia is no exception. We only need to look back at films like HOW TO USE GUYS WITH SECRET TIPS (2013), SOPHIE’S REVENGE (2010), TRAIN MAN: DENSHA OTOKO (2006) or the classic MY SASSY GIRL (2002). Each of these have impacted Fantasia in their own, unforgettable way. This year, it’s time for HASEE TOH PHASEE to leave its mark.
Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) has his hands full with wedding preparations. He wants everything to be perfect. To add to his stress, his fiancé, Karishma (Adah Sharma), has just asked him to take care of her younger sister Meeta (Parineeti Chopra). The latter suddenly ran away from home a few years ago, a flight which was deeply scarring for her parents. Consequently, Meeta must have absolutely no contact with her family. That’s when the trouble begins.
Many things work together flawlessly in Vinil Mathew’s debut feature film. He delivers a solid piece of entertainment filled with funny moments, rich dialogue and fantastic performances from its cast. The latter is in fact the film’s strong point, combining a charismatic protagonist, an actress at the top of her game and hilarious supporting roles. Meeta comes to life magnificently in the hands of Parineeti Chopra. She transforms a lead role that easily could have been boring and redundant into a dynamic, original and adorable character. With a presence as memorable as Meeta’s, it would’ve been easy for her to eclipse the rest of the cast, but Mathew picked a marvelous bunch that totally complement her performance. His script is simple but efficient, innovative without transgressing the genre. His new ideas work perfectly well and bring a breath of fresh air into the rom-com. It is rather interesting to have the leading man fall for a natural young lady who doesn’t require total physical transformation to catch his eye. The delicious soundtrack composed by Vishal Dadlani and Shekhar Ravjiani (ARJUN: THE WARRIOR PRINCE) will have toes tapping up a storm, especially “Punjabi Wedding Song”, which will definitely stay stuck in your head for a good while.
HASEE TOH PHASEE is relentlessly heartwarming and full of delightful moments that will make you smile, while standing out from other typical romantic comedies. It’s an authentic flick that has its heart in the right place and will easily seduce more many a viewer.
— Éric S. Boisvert