Toh Baat Pakki this week’s one of two releases, is a romantic comedy with a twisted arrange marriage story. The film stars veteran Tabu along with Sharman Joshi, Vatsal Sheth, Ayub Khan, Himani Shivpuri and Uvika Chaudary. Seeing Tabu onscreen itself is often incentive enough to go watch the film but a film like TBP has difficulty drawing audiences given its lack of publicity and conventional star power and unfortunately about 20 minutes into the film is all it takes to tell you that this one’s not worth a trip to the big screen even for Tabu!
The story revolves around Rajshree (Tabu) and her search for a potential suitor for her sister Nisha (Uvika). Rajshree only wants the best for her little sis so it’s not a surprise that when she finds dashing young engineering student Rahul (Sharman), she acts real quickly to set him up with Nisha. Rahul becomes a house guest who soon falls in love with Nisha. All is well in this happy tale until Yuvraj (Vatsal) comes along. He’s richer, more handsome and he already has a job so obviously Rajjo didi now wants Yuvraj to be Nisha’s groom! Can she re-arrange the marriage she arranged?
TBP does have a nice story to say on paper but the screenplay and execution of this film takes away the innovative story big time! The first half is excruciatingly slow and boring; the humour seems forced and very surprisingly, especially in the first half Tabu seems to be overacting! One is kept wondering in the entire first hour as to where this story is headed. The fun does begin post interval though when Vatsal is brought into the picture because that is when the camaraderie between Sharman and Tabu comes forth. Be it their bickering, trickery or comedy when these veterans enter the arena that’s when it becomes mazedar! The two make a good team onscreen but then just when I thought the film was finally getting interesting it broke into another boring song and what followed was some extremely predictable storytelling.
Through out the film debutant director Kedar Shinde tries to not-so-subtly throw in social messages like anti-dowry and promotion of the girl child but ironically Tabu’s character that strongly believes in these ideals seems very comfortable with going back on her word of marriage that she promised Sharman’s character. Ayub Khan does a fine job of portraying Tabu’s supportive husband while Uvika has a bad dub job and by the looks of it a bad lip job too! All she does through out the length of the film is pout her lips. Vatsal really doesn’t get much scope while Sharman and Tabu both shine out.
The music is strictly ok barring the popular track Jis Din Mera Bya Hoga. There are also many glaring errors with regard to attention to detail… the story is supposedly taking place in Palanpur which in the film is supposed to be in UP but when Tabu and Sharman are walking down the street the names on the shops are written in English and a South-Indian language! Though whatever the place, the cinematography of the film is very pleasing filled with vibrant colours and a beautiful rainy temperature.
Bollywood stalwarts like Hrishikesh Mukharjee often dished out beautiful stories which were light hearted and villain-less but these masterpieces had really strong plots to fall back on. While TBP may be light hearted, villain-less and even breezy but with a wafer thin plot and poorly executed screenplay this film falls flat on it’s face and it’s one’s better left along.
Rating – 1/5.