Hasee Toh Phasee (2014) : Bollywood Film Review

By The Gorgeous Palah Chingu

Parineeti Chopra

Parineeti Chopra might not look like a typical Bollywood heroine but dude, she can act and she is brilliant in delivering her emotion on screen. I have been her Number 1 fan since I watched Ishaaqzade. Parineeti’s Portrayal as a Muslim girl named Zoya in that film is powerful and she did receive a special mention in the National Film Award of India. It is a kind of big deal in India to receive such award. For someone who don’t even go to acting school and graduated with triple Honours Degree (in Business, Finance and Economics) that’s not slightly related to performance act, you got to give her a big respect. She drew people’s attention in Ladies vs Ricky Bahl’s Film. Although that film didn’t went crazy in Box Office India, people did remember her as one of the ladies. One of the film critics said that Parineeti managed to engage with her audience causing the other ladies in the film seems so forgettable. She did win several awards as a newcomer in Bollywood for her role in the film. After ladies vs Ricky Bahl and Ishaaqzade, Parineeti then continue experimenting with her role by acting as a modern, independent and liberal girl in the film of ‘Shuddh Desi Romance’. She was amazing in that film. As someone who kind of not really give a shit about marriage and thought sex as one of the necessity things to have, her role reflected more or less of whom I really wanted to be.

My Rating: 4/5
My Rating: 4/5

Hasee Toh Phasee is a film that I really look forward to watch in 2014 (aside from Gulaab Gang, Roy and Kil Dil). Parineeti said in her interview that this film offered a very challenging role to her. She did face difficulty doing the role, she admitted that. Of course, if you have seen her work before, you will not plant any doubt about her. She’s going to do it flawlessly. I am right, by the way. She nailed her role successfully. A critical reception over that film is totally leaned on the Parineeti’s performance as Meeta Solanki. I always love the fact that Parineeti can easily blend her chemistry with any co-actors that she ever worked with and she don’t let them over shine her. She let her acting flow and keeps the audience’s eyes fixated on her. In other words, you may remember who the hero was in the films, but you will end up telling people how amazing the heroine in that film. Her previous co-actors like Arjun Kapoor, Sushant Singh Rajput and Sidharth Malhotra is really blessed to have a charismatic personality and strong presence. Otherwise, we may end up not remembering any of Parineeti’s co actors at all. *exaggerated much, Palah?

Meeta and Nikhil first meeting 7 years ago
Meeta and Nikhil first meeting 7 years ago

How difference is Hasee Toh Pahsee with other contemporary romance Bollywood is? Gosh, I don’t even know how to begin. First, the portrayal of Parineeti Chopra as Meeta Solanki is a top notch act. Meeta Solanki is a smart girl with a vision. She ran away from home right after she stole one of her sister’s Dowries for the wedding. Upon that event, her father had a heart attack on that day. Since then, nobody even said her name, her absent as one of the daughters in Solanki family goes unnoticed and she is forever shunned by her family. She earned her PhD in Chemical Engineering after living in abroad for almost 7 years and currently in need of fund to complete her project. In this story, Meeta Solanki is shown to always has a special spot in her father’s heart. The story begins with how the young Meeta always experimented with many things and ended up seen as troublesome kid by the mess she created. She always being scolded by her uncle but her father embraced her playfulness and curiosity over things. He didn’t get angry and always approve of her youngest daughter brightness. Meeta grew up in the conservative culture (though she did has a father who is willing to bend any rule for her). She constantly is being told by her uncle that she didn’t behave like a girl her age and does not even look like a girl at all. Adding to the pressure on Meeta that she has other sisters who look like a normal and ordinary Indian girl. Meeta return to India after 7 years abroad and ask his sister, Karishma Solanki to help her reconcile with her father. She wanted to apologize to her father.

Karisma Solanki (portrayed by Adah Sharma)
Karisma Solanki (portrayed by Adah Sharma)

Karishma Solanki is portrayed by Adah Sharma as one of Meeta’s sisters. She does not want to handle Meeta at all as she already is in so much pressure for her upcoming wedding. She will get married to Nikhil Bhardwaj (by Sidharth Malhotra) in a few days and Meeta is seen as someone who could not get a better time to return. She couldn’t take a risk that Meeta might have other scheme to steal in the wedding as she already done it before. She called her fiancée, Nikhil to solve this matter by himself. She didn’t even tell who meeta is for her. She just wanted Nikhil to do whatever he could to make Meeta didn’t come to her house before and during the wedding. Karishma portrayal by Adah Sharma is pretty much okay. I have nothing to like or hate about her. She is a bombshell girl that guys could go crazy over. Her relationship with Nikhil started as love (I am quite confident that it’s a lust actually) at the first sight. After 7 years, they still are together. I am pretty sure that they are not in love. They just love the 7 years relationship and how much they complete each other. If you are pretty like Karishma, you don’t really say no if a guy like Nikhil chase you, right? You would just say okay and see how far the relationship will take you. When this happened, it causes so much misery in their relationship. They fought almost every day and then, they make up. The same routine repeats itself each day. Both are afraid to break up because they may not have chance to find a perfect companion again. Perfect here meant ‘good looking, rich and came from a good family’.

Nikhil Bhardwaj (Portrayed by Sidharth Malhotra)
Nikhil Bhardwaj (Portrayed by Sidharth Malhotra)

Nikhil met Meeta for the first time in a café somewhere around the town where he lived. Karishma told Nikhil to handle it however he likes. She didn’t even introduce Meeta as her sister to Nikhil and keep referring her as a guest. Nikhil suddenly remembered that he met Meeta 7 years ago at the wedding where he and Karishma hit on each other for the first time. They met when Meeta try to elope and her shirt is hooked on the coil wire. Nikhil then help Meeta escaped from it and asked Meeta where she’s running off. Meeta told Nikhil the location and he helped her carried her baggages until some taxi stopped to send her to airport. That’s how they met 7 years before. Nikhil met Meeta first before Karishma. However, Meeta’s appearance and facial expression recently is really weird and it freaks Nikhil out. It turns out later that Meeta have a tendency to swallow many anti depressant pills to keep her stable, well functions and to avoid from facing any complicated emotion naturally. Later, Nikhil found out that Meeta is Karishma youngest sister. He could not bear the fact that Meeta is treated that way and brought her to his home. Meeta is introduced as one of friends from Nikhil’s best buddy. Nikhil learned so many things about Meeta and the truth behind why she steals from the wedding 7 years ago. The more time they spend time with each other, the more they realized that they did fall in love with each other. Meeta confessed her love to Nikhil and asking him to elope with her because she assured that Nikhil will be miserable in life by marrying to her sister. However, Nikhil couldn’t do it as it will be a betrayal to Karishma and they did spend 7 years try to maintain the relationship.

Meeta 2.0 by Parineeti Chopra
Meeta 2.0 by Parineeti Chopra

This film seriously began with how hilarious parineeti’s face when she made her ‘Meeta 2.0’ as Nikhil would call it. Meeta 2.0 will appear right after the normal Meeta swallow a dozen of her anti depressant pills. You will laugh your ass off. When it reaches to the scene when Meeta bumped into her relatives, that’s when you realize there’s tears streaming down your cheek. When Meeta was insulted by her sister and uncle for coming home just to rob them again, you can sense her helplessness. She could not explain why she did it and even she wanted to, nobody would fucking listen. When her uncle slapped infront of her relatives that is when her father appeared. Her father cried and asked why her daughter is being hit. The scene of how Meeta’s father defended her infront of her entire family is so touching. He didn’t care about the money that Meeta stole from him as he claimed it did belong to her at some point. Meeta is his daughter. This particular scene really breaks my heart. It showed how a father didn’t care at all about the money and just glad that his daughter returns to home. The wedding event proceeds as usual even Meeta begged Nikhil not to do it. Meeta then said goodbye to her father on Karishma’s wedding day and planning to return to China to complete her project. Karishma found out about the two of them and confronted Nikhil about it. She told Nikhil that marriage would not be the same as the relationship. There is no on and off relationship. When Karishma called off the marriage, Nikhil run from the altar only to find that Meeta already waited for him at the back gate where they first met before.

Suprise Event for Karishma Solanki went wrong!
Their Chemistry is really good actually!! ;D
Last but not least, topless scene by Sidharth Malhotra. Woot2.

Actually, Meeta did return to India to get more funds for her project from her father. For Meeta, she had one principle only. She will steal but only from her father. She knew her father will forgive her unconditionally. She then regrets it when she knew that the day she stole from her father, her father’s having a heart attack. That’s why she asked Nikhil assistance in the first place. They are spending so much time together on planning how to get more funds. In that few days, they realized that they loves each other. There is one scene that I found very sweet is when Nikhil disturbed Meeta’s father in the middle of the night. It’s later revealed that Meeta’s really missing her father and wanted to see him even from afar. That’s when Nikhil wake Meeta’s father up and asking him to go on the rooftop with him. Nikhil acted as he was concerned about the wedding and the groom procession. Meeta did catch a glimpse of her father on rooftop with Nikhil’s help. I actually like Sidharth more in this film compare to student of the year film. Sidharth in this film is more mature and revealing his other side of being an actor. He’s insecure, depress in the sense of wanting to make more money, coward in voicing his opinion (even when he’s right) and he’s afraid to follow his own path. All his life, he always is being told to do this and that. Parineeti may contributes ¾ for this film but Sidharth completed it with ¼ from his role. Their chemistry as Meeta and Nikhil really touch the core of my heart.

Overall, this could be my new favorite romantic film all the time after Barfi. It got all the right flavors in some romantic film could not offer. The soundtrack of the film is just awesome. I really like modern beat hindi songs. I like all songs in this film (from Manchala (which is freaking sad song) to a very sassy and feisty sound like ‘Shake it like shammi’, ‘Punjabi Wedding Song’ and ‘Drama Queen’).

BEFORE MIDNIGHT – 2013 Film Review


Ratings: 1565324432246644 over a motherfucking 10 and it still isn’t enough


So what can you say about the greatest love story of all time?

That it’s fucking great and I can never and will never get enough of it. Jesse and Celine, these two lovers would always occupy a special place in my heart. Though they are just a pair of fictional characters created brilliantly by the film’s director, Richard Linklater and spiced up by the actors (ever amazing Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy), the film easily made me believe in the notion that love can happen and happen unexpectedly in its purest realistic form.

Before Midnight stems from a not-so-new idea. It is the sequel of a 1995 film, Before Sunrise and a 2004 film, Before Sunset, both films narrating Jesse and Celine’s meetings with each other.Both characters are played by the same actors since the first film. In short, they have been working together for close to 20 years just to tell us audiences the same continuous story about Jesse and Celine. That is some serious commitment, shared not by many. That, people, is dedication and as a die-hard fan, I am grateful to the people who worked so hard on the three films until the day I die. And yes, I am being extremely dramatic.


The story of Jesse and Celine is fairly simple. In the first film in 1995, they met on a train and fell in love with each other after spending a day together in Vienna. They promised to meet each other again in 6 months though the meeting never happen. In the second film set in 2004, they met again in Paris, doing the same thing as they did in Vienna – talking and catching up with each other.

No huge drama. No huge events. No world problems of humanity and the likes. Just conversations that somehow turned into a life-changing event for the both of them.

The film ended in a mysterious note – Jesse stayed in Celine’s room, both of them looking at each other as she danced to a Nina Simone song and him resting on the couch. Fast-forward 9 years later, in this film, Before Midnight, they actually decided to be together – Jesse divorced her wife in New York and moved to stay with Celine – and had a pair of twin daughters.

ImageBefore Midnight is the aftermath of the romantic tale. The aftermath of a happy ending. What exactly happens after the pursuit for the love of your life ends? How do you stay passionate in a relationship where you actually have to face the love of your life every single fucking day, being exposed constantly to his or her weaknesses, craziness and tons of insecurities? Would you, as a partner, be okay with that? I know I wouldn’t. That is why I was so nervous as I was about to watch the film.

What’s going to happen? Now that they are together with kids, the story could only develop to the point where they have to be un-togethered. Since the idea is about the challenges of being in a permanent relationship, it has to be very negative. I don’t want to see them in a negative side. However, for the past years since I’ve last watch Before Sunrise and Before Sunset, my heart has been leaping with joy the moment I knew that the premise of the third film is that they are together. Like, finally people! It should have happened a fucking decade ago!!

Crazy would be the perfect expression to describe the emotions I felt throughout the film. The plot and the scenes are very minimalistic (they consisted of them talking to each other, mostly, having dinner, interactions and more interactions and tons of expressions of opinions and thank God, one scene of graphic foreplay!). Thus, us audiences are allowed to focus more on the characters in the film itself – Jesse and Celine – and their struggles. The messed-up parts of their individual traits get the spotlights easily in a simple story. I feel for them, I was absorbed in how their interactions with each other grew into love and how, in this third film, the love seemed to fall apart. (Did it? Did it not?) They are so cute together but at the same time, their severe clashes of opinions drive me crazy! Why can’t they agree on one single thing? There are disagreements, unhappiness and past conflicts they could not let go.

I feared for their love and I am not even joking. If Before Midnight ended with them not being together, I’m not sure how I shall believe in humanity ever again. *being dramatic, again*

The films share one common thing – despite their differences – Jesse being the more laid-back literary guy and Celine the neurotic strongly-opinionated woman, they love each other so much and their chemistry together is just phenomenal. Despite the clashes, it is undeniable that Jesse and Celine love being in each other’s company and talking to each other, expressing their feelings. That is what make the films so special – the dialogues between them. And that is what makes Jesse and Celine very real to us. They are not just the characters in the film – they ARE the film. The stories revolve around their lives. As if the trilogy is a documentary.

Perhaps, that is why for us fans, Jesse and Celine are real. We know that they are not, duhh, but we’d like to think that they are.

How can two simple characters consume the screen so passionately? They were not having sex or whatever. They were walking to their hotel room, talking to each other, sometimes arguing, most of the time listening and reacting yet it made me feel, as the audience, that they are meant to be with each other. The way the characters communicate with one another makes me to want them to never separate. Fuck the world, fuck everything else. Jesse and Celine belongs together! *CRIES* or else there is no salvation to humanity!

I know I’m over-dramatic but this trilogy just gets to me so hard, I am not able to enjoy a romantic film as much as I enjoy watching them.

Love these films, please. I beg you. Because if you don’t enjoy watching Jesse and Celine together, that means you are just a cold-hearted emotionless bastard. This is not love of the Cinderella-type. FYI, there is no such thing. Wake up. Love rarely exists. Chances are we are going to die without ever experiencing love. We are an ugly lot, many of us, and our lives are going to be very romantically miserable.

My advice? Go see these films, for they are the closest you can ever get to love and passion.