The title is far removed from the actual content of the film. The movie too is different from your ordinary romance. It takes a while to fall in love with the film, but thanks to the lead triangle of Sidharth Malhotra, Adah Sharma and Parineeti Chopra, things are palatable. Thanks also to Anil Mange, who drops in for a 'super show', and the unintentional comic scenes that turn out to be sensational.
Director Vinil Mathew moves into unchartered territory to paint a love story with a difference. And although logic goes for a spin in the formatting of the plot, you do tend to ignore it because the screenplay and overall acting saves the day.
The film begins in 1992, jumps to 2006 and then finally decides to settle in 2013 where all three years are woven together. In 1992, we are shown a young girl upto pranks who is doted upon by her father. This girl is Meeta (Parineeti). Alternately, we are shown a boy who is equally adept at pranks. He is Nikhil (Sidharth). Meek start I must say. In fact, what was the need of it?
Fourteen years later, they meet when Nikhil runs from Delhi to attend a wedding in Mumbai. Since his father, a police officer, would refuse him permission, Nikhil decides to go without informing his parents. Here, he bumps into Meeta who is running away from her home. He helps her with her luggage and into an auto. At the wedding, Nikhil falls in love with Karishma (Adah), the bride's sister. CHECK OUT: HASEE TOH PHASEE Movie Dialogues
Seven years later, in 2013, Nikhil and Karishma have been through several break-ups (with each other) and are now ready to marry, when in comes Meeta. Karishma requests Nikhil to help Meeta find a home to stay.
From here builds the suspense as to why Meeta is behaving so weirdly and what connection Karishma has with Meeta. Once Nikhil realizes who Meeta really is, he changes his attitude and goes out of his way to try and understand her and solve her problems. All this while he is also busy planning his wedding and going through some more break-ups with Karishma as well as trying to find an investor for his business, when he is not asking money from Karishma's father.
The film is part-romance and part-comedy.
After STUDENT OF THE YEAR, Sidharth comes up with a confident show. Completely in sync with the role he has to portray, he matches the brilliance of Parineeti, who once again proves that she is a force to reckon with. Adah too throws in a confident performance. She proves that her performance in 1920 was no flash in the pan. In fact, her presence and performance is a welcome surprise when the promos deliberately concentrated on Parineeti and Sidharth. It was not an out-and-out Parineeti-Sidharth romance! This is also one of the reasons why the film worked for me.
Although the film grows on you towards the end, the love angle does defy logic.
HASEE TOH PHASEE will work for some!