The first half just about manages to hang together but in the second, Toh Baat Pakki derails. The writing is dull and Shinde further slows the pace down by bunging in songs that feature the otherwise traditional and simple characters in hip clothes. The film could have clearly done well without the surplus song-and-dance.
But though this film essentially works partly because comedy keeps overshadowing candy floss in the treatment. The humour is not slapstick which adds to the appeal. Shinde tries hard to channel the wholesome humour of comedies like those of Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee, elaborately stagey pieces of extremely family-friendly fare. He seems so inspired by their master works and attempts to narrate a story that's identifiable and at the same time, dipped in humour. But what he doesn't realise is that those films were masterpieces of plot and dialogue, and that just having people smile a lot doesn't make up for the complete lack of a script. His direction holds your attention at a few places only. Especially during Tabu and Sharman's portions towards the first half. But the patchy writing lets him down.
This family sit-com style plot could have yielded a few laughs but director Kedar Shinde doesn’t know how to pitch the film.
2 / 5