Cute, Funny, Entertaining…. EKDUM SAHI!
It’s all in the family this Friday for the Tyrewallas with their new venture Jhootha Hi Sahi starring John Abraham, Pakhi Tyrewalla, Alishka Varde, Raghu Ram, Omar Khan and Anaitha Nair. Director Abbas Tyrewalla’s second film after Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Naa this one already had expectations before it hit the screens Jhootha Hi Sahi is far from being at par with the spunk of JTYJN but nevertheless it’s cute, fresh and funny in its own right.
Living in London, Siddharth aka Sid (John Abraham) is a geeky young bookseller who has an amazing set of friends but is so not in love with his dominating girlfriend Krutika (Manasi Scott). This geek by day turns into phone superman one night when a Desi suicide help-line prints his phone number on their pamphlets by mistake. Sid’s boring life is suddenly abuzz with phone calls from strangers at night who want to commit suicide! And one such caller is Mishka (Pakhi Tyrewalla). Over the phone all that Sid is, is just a voice… a voice that can belong to anybody… so over the phone just for Mishka Sid is everything he wants to be - a mountaineer, a deep-sea diver, a drug-racket-exposing hero… the whole shebang! Trouble brews in paradise when Mishka from the phone world clashes with Sid in the real world! … The real Sid, an ordinary book store owner. Can Sid make this phone-y love story work while he shuffles between his two identities?
Jhootha Hi Sahi has a very cute storyline that is new and quite entertaining. There can be no comparison between this film and JTYJN because they’re as different as chalk and cheese. Jhootha Hi Sahi is a more mature love story that toys around with the grey shades of a relationship… is it ok to lie and manipulate someone if it’s all for true love? There are a few points in the film where I felt that Sid was being too manipulative with Mishka but otherwise on the whole you can’t help but smile wide for his character… he’s really cute!
The movie has a good pace… it’s a bit lengthy and the story is predictable but still enjoyable. The first half is quite funny but the pace drops after the interval when it just feels like there’s one song too many to not make it drag. The screenplay is tight with humour that is very spontaneous and witty… there are a few scenes that really make you laugh out loud like John’s first interaction with Pakhi in the bookstore.
Jhootha Hi Sahi wouldn’t have been even half as good as it is if it weren’t for all the supporting characters and the cast. All of Sid’s friends are beautifully written characters… very well etched and the kinds that make you want to have a group like that (to be honest that was also the kind of feeling one got after JTYJN). The actors in the supporting roles have done a phenomenal job kudos to Alishka Varde who plays Aliyah in the film… she couldn’t show her full potential as the dimwitted Boms in JTYJN but in Jhootha Hi Sahi she does a great job as the pregnant unwed strong willed rebel who’s constantly turning her boyfriend down. Raghu Ram brilliantly plays Sid’s best friend Omar from Pakistan. Anaitha Nair doesn’t get much scope as Mishka’s friend Sushi. The other guys with the homosexual angle in the film are okay and provide a few light moments.
Coming to the hero … John Abraham this time around he’s not showing any butts, calves or abs in fact he’s downplaying it as the geek. John does a great job as Sid though his stammer is very unconvincing at a lot times it’s very forced. Though as usual he looks too cute and John fans would be super happy seeing even the geek side of him in this film. Pakhi Tyrewalla who’s Abbas Tyrewalla’s wife doesn’t seem like the best cast for her part… in a lot of scenes she looks older than John and she’s just unable to bring the cuteness and the chemistry that was very much required from her character. R Madhavan comes in for a tiny part but he too seems like a misfit for his character looking really plump and ill in this film!
Cinematography is good with London being a very picturesque yet urban backdrop.
The biggest flipside of Jhootha Hi Sahi is the music! I was shocked to find out that the composer was A R Rehman because barring Cry, Cry there’s no other number that is catchy in the film. The music truly lacks soul!
On the whole Jhootha Hi Sahi is totally watchable and I would completely recommend at least one watch on the big screen. So this week if you’re not in a mood for the RGV’s dishum dishum or if you’re looking for a good date movie then Jhootha Hi Sahi is a great choice.