So… I booked the tickets for this particular movie…. in doubt.  Some suggested the Abhay Deol starrer “One by Two” instead of Hasee toh Phasee. But for some reason, I chose Parineeti Chopra over Abhay Deol. This movie is the brainchild of two producers who have belong to diametrically opposite genres of Indian cinema. As Anurag Kashyap’s phantom and Karan Johar’s Dharma productions are introduced together in the opening credits, I expect something quirky, something which has the raw, wry humor of Kashyap’s films and the romance, style and opulence of Karan Johar’s movies.

The movie starts with the childhood incidents of Parineeti aka Meera and Siddharth aka Nikhil. Parineeti is a brilliant mind, a science freak who is for some very silly reasons not accepted by her family and society. She finds encouragement only in her father, who is a small time “saree businessman” living in a chawl. Nikhil is the chronic liar whose father is a strict IPS officer with a permanent scowl on his face. So Nikhil lies and sneaks out to catch a movie. He lies to escape from studies and from his affection-less father and thus is socially considered weird (Hey, give the kid a break!)

Just when you think the movie is going to revolve around Meera and Nikhil’s struggle and about their respective unacceptance from the society, the kids suddenly grow up!

Nikhil-the-chronic-liar, grows up to be a bigger liar and manages to sneaks out to Goa where he meets cute-and-nerdy Meera. Meera and Nikhil share more than a conversation. Meera runs away to Goa after throwing out an outlandish idea about revolving cricket fields to Nikhil. Nikhil listens to the ideas, pitches some of his own ideas as well and then keeps staring into space minutes after she leaves. Enter Adaah Sharma, as the sexy, prim and proper Karishma. Nikhil and Karishma fall for each other and the story takes a time leap.

Nikhil is going to marry Karishma, but is hassled bcoz of money and career issues. Nikhil meets Meera again who is actually Karishma’s ostracized sister, who stole money and ran away from her sister’s wedding only to return and steal more money from her another sister’s a.k.a Karishma’s wedding! All this because of her science project based out of China which makes polymer balls. Well clearly, the director didn’t care to bring about some intelligent description of the project maybe because he thinks it would be to much for the Indian audience. So Meera video chats in Chinese with her research mates, cries when she sees chinese goons thrashing her lab and in the meanwhile wins the heart of a Anu Malik inspired guy who happens to be one of Nikhils’s reatives. Meera is addicted to drugs, eating toothpaste, chocolates and sugar. So Nikhil, the chronic liar who grew up to be the confused and hassled but “sanskaari” and simple guy falls for Meera. The movie continues in mayhem till both of them sort out their differences, learn to understand their own imperfections and decide to marry each other.

The movie scores only because of the bitter sweet chemistry between science girl Parineeti and simple guy Nikhil. At some points, the logic is missing but credit should be given to the director. He brings out the story of a young Indian couple who don’t dance around trees. He brings out two lead characters who are a far cry from our typical Blbollywood lead heroes and heroines. The girl is a rebel and a drug addict. The guy runs around arranging money to be given to his father-in-law. The confusions and thoughts of the lead pair are very relatable to the modern Indian couple. Some typical KJo moments are relived, such as the Punjabi wedding songs and dances, the boy-ties-girl’s-choli scenes. Anurag Kashyap’s influence is not felt much throughout. Parineeti’s character is very quirky and eccentric but real and identifiable. Siddharth comes across as a surprise playing the confused middle class Indian to the T. Watch it for the innocent chemistry between the lead pair. And I am glad i put my money on Parineeti, she didn’t let me down.

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