Every once in a while I’ll check out a Bollywood movie in theaters by myself. I go for the very first showing on a Sunday morning. I’m usually dressed like a bum in yoga pants and a law school sweatshirt. Because no one is there to judge me, I go all out at the concession stand (nachos with extra cheese, soda, Kit Kats) and I sit in the middle of an empty movie theater. I used to do this all the time when I was actually IN law school as a ritual to obtain a sense of calmness. To this day the whole process makes me feel centered when I leave the theater. Weird, I know but we all have something we do that’s strange, right?
Last Sunday I finally got around to watching Hasee Toh Phasee starring my new crushes Parineeti Chopra and Sidharth Malothra. I thought it was going to be a hysterical movie, but WTF, it totally wasn’t! I mean there WERE funny parts, but there was so much more to it. To give you a brief synopsis of the story (No Spoilers!):
Nikhil (hero) is getting married to long-time girlfriend Karishma he met at a wedding seven years ago. They have a horrible relationship, but he refuses to start over with another girl because there “are no guarantees the next one will be better”. Karishma wants him to not only pay for the wedding but to get investors to give him 5 million dollars before the wedding. Karishma believes that will demonstrate that Nikhil not only has a future but that he’s proven himself to her. Then, Meeta (heroine) enters the picture again. Nikhil met her at the same wedding seven years before but Meeta was escaping the wedding by climbing over the outside fence. Meeta left seven years ago because of horrible circumstances with her family, and she’s back to commit the same acts. Nikhil is charged with taking care of Meeta as a request from Karishma, and slowly they begin to not only understand each other but to fall in love.
The movie was really good. My crushes were FANTASTIC. Parineeti acted so well that I actually have hope for the Bollywood industry. But what really killed it for me was the chemistry between Parineeti and Sid. I mean, they do not look like they would go together when you see their pictures at first. But during the movie, they shared these moments, whether it was a long look, a secret smile, or hands brushing together that got my blood pumping.
And THAT, ladies and gentlemen, is why I love romance. Something so small as a secret smile (i.e. smiles that demonstrate characters have the same thought and know that they share the thought with each other only in a public setting where everyone else is clueless) can affect feelings in such a HUGE way.
If I was rating this movie on a scale of one to five, I would give it a 4.5. The story was different, the dialog was fresh and relatable, and the romance was great. I cut off a .5 because there was an external conflict element that kind of lost me for a sec, but you have to see the movie to know what I’m talking about.
So that’s my Bollywood review! Let me know if you see it and what you think!