Despite an unoriginal script, Hasee Toh Phasee is not the kind of film you'd want to write off, for it has its moments. Of love, of togetherness, of fun, of humor. It starts off slow and on a stereotypical premise but it's the treatment that's fresh, courtesy debut director Vinil Mathew. He manages to get you by, despite an uninspiring plot.
Parineeti delivers and with ease. The girl-next-door seems to be stealing her star sister's thunder. (Or is it Priyanka's choice of films lately?) She charms, she annoys, with her frantic ways, and her crackling chemistry with Sidharth Malhotra is one reason you might want to watch this one. They get along like a house on fire. And yet the director never overdoes it or underplays it. That's what worked for me. The swooningly adorable male lead hits home that our dear producer's find was spot on. After a fairly decent performance in Student of the Year, Sidharth goes a step ahead with Hasee Toh Phasee. Few more acting lessons and we might see a 'star' in the making ;-)
The film is supported well by the rest of the cast. Manoj Joshi (playing Parineeti's father) and Sharat Saxena stand out among others including our wannabe Indian Idol (Inspector Daya) :p Visually the film looks stunning. (The flowers and fireworks scene, with Siddharth rehearsing a surprise for his fiancée, is surreal). The sound design is brilliant and so well timed. The songs are peppy, catchy, with Zehnaseeb being the best of the lot.
Overall, if you're ardent fans of Parineeti/Siddharth or hopelessly romantics, watch it on the theater. Else, wait for the DVD!
For those of you who've seen the film, how did you like it? Let's talk in the comments below!