I don't know what it is with directors who like to take the sting off a situation just when they have whetted the appetite of the viewer.
E. Niwas begins this quirky love story in a cutesa
manner with a frightening twist. Aman (Ali Zafar) is on his way to meet his fiancee Asha (Yami Gautam). In his conversation with her on the telephone, he jokingly mentions a bomb as a gift for her folks who he is meeting for the first time in their London home. The word 'Bomb' is heard by a cop on the sidewalk who takes no time in summoning his forces to trap Aman.
Just then, there is a song! It takes away the suspense that was being built up.
Anyways, given that starting hiccup, Niwas manages to take the viewer on a roll in the entire first half with a splendid display of guile and craft as Asha takes Aman home. The pandemonium that follows is well-captured. The entire movie is wrapped up in one evening!
Asha is an Indian and Aman a Pakistani. Being a Punjabi, her mother is ok with her boyfriend being a Muslim. But Asha forgets to mention that Aman is also a Pakistani, a fact that comes out a little late in the meeting that sets off a series of hilarious events.CHECK OUT: TOTAL SIYAPAA movie dialogues
Ali and Yami both make a wonderful pair. The situations that Aman gets into whilst trying to impress her mother and Asha coming to Aman's rescue time and again are moments that are well captured.
Asha's sister played by Sarah Khan adds a twist in the tale as she tries to 'woo' Aman, adding to the already heightened chaos.
Kirron Kher as Asha's hyper mother is first-rate. Sarah Khan is a scene-stealer giving off a confident performance in her debut film. Ali and Yami marvel with their act. However, the character designed for Asha's brother is a bit loud, ditto the grandfather and Asha's brother-in-law.
The second half goes a little off-balance as Niwas begins to lose his grip on things. But thanks to the 'cute quotient' between Ali and Yami, things don't go terribly out of hand.
TOTAL SIYAPAA is different, and palatable!