Jhootha hi sahi - Preview
Gen X - it takes everything in stride - pre-marital pregnancies, sexual orientation, double-timing - everything is cool. A group of friends excels in the leg-pulling game and has fun like you and I do. If only, they didn’t end up in a tiring climax that doesn't have a superlative or expletive to describe it. Quick quips are shot down by aimless sub-plots, songs and did I mention, awful climax.
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"Boy meets girl. On the phone. Boy lies about stuff. Love happens. Time to tell truth, now what?" That's almost your every other love story. Sure, it might not be the very premise of the plot like it is in Jhootha Hi Sahi, but the theme makes its way into a part of a love story, more often than I'd like. Mainly because it's cliché and given the genre we generally know how it's going to end. And the worst part is that there is barely anything one can do to make the inevitable "forgiving of all lies ever said" look fresh.
Top it off with director, Abbas Tyrewala's blatant choice for spoof for his earlier venture, Jaane tu yaa jaane na. Sure it had set the premise well in the first 5 minutes of the film, yet, I cringe at the thought of a writer of his stature directing a typical scene to close the film. I cringed then too.
He's a witty, intelligent man, and it hurts to see him do things that he thinks that the "masses" would enjoy and bring his buck. Sample his interpretation of the title of the film in one of his tweets -
Jhootha Hi Sahi means "Even Though He's A Liar", but also "The Liar Is The Right One"
Isn't the second one nice?
But, a glance at John Abraham's nerdy look reminds you of the stereotypes you have to look forward to. Now put that in combination with "mass-appealing" things like, a smart-looking girlfriend (min 0.19 in trailer below). What's my problem with a smart girlfriend? Point me to a geek in real life with a girlfriend, let alone a smart one! But we are talking about John Abraham, after all. At least he has supposedly gone to great extents to get a paunch to blend in with the typecast -
when I was told that I had to shave, wear glasses and not go to the gym, I told my director Abbas I'm really worried because people know me for my physicality, which is fair enough. But after now seeing the film I gave Abbas a hug and said 'Thank you for not letting me go the gym
Also, I'm sure his look reminds us all of Uday Chopra in Pyaar Impossible. I doubt anyone would call that a good beginning. At least, John Abrahamdoesn't have Uday Chopra's silly smile in the name of an expression.
Speaking of expression, supposedly John Abraham has learnt a few
new tricks . ahem -
Abbas Tyrewala taught me how to speak a lie, and now I won't be a pathetic liar anymore
Actually, the trailer gives us glimpses too. He does have some voice variation going here (min: 1.35). Also, there's body movement (min: 0.48), so we can't complain about absence of body language.
Ok-ok. Apologies. What do I do, it's just so tempting to take pot-shots at his non-acting. I love John Abraham's recent choice of films. He's been very bold and some of them might actually have never been made, if it were not for him. And I'm actually looking forward to Jhootha hi Sahi because it might just be one of those 'different' films he's known to take up. Also he reassures us that 'Jhootha Hi Sahi' has turned out to be 100 times better than the promo. And that he's confident wouldn't have to eat his words.
There is another aspect that adds to my curiosity. Pakhi, the script-writer, plays the female protagonist. The writer playing a major role is a new one, no (barring the times when the writer is the director and actor in the film)? AND she is also the director's wife. This is how they handled the complications such a fatal combination can bring -
Both Pakhi and I decided that once the script was locked, we won’t let the film come between our relationship. Pakhi went into a different mode and was extremely professional. Even while we were shooting in London, for three months, we got separate rooms and decided not to have a personal life at all.
I just hope the lady wasn't responsible for the awful text superimposes in the trailer "Nothing lies like true love", "A not so simple love story". On the other hand, I loved the text image on Jhootha hi Sahi's facebook wall.
Such little things associated with Jhootha Hi Sahi, make the ever-hopeful-me cross my fingers for an enjoyable. It does have scope to be a good relationship drama.
Anyway, the beginning is not too exciting. Whatever little music I heard from the film isn't quite impressive. The music reviews on the web are sort-of lukewarm too.
- milliblog - As if making up for Endhiran’s bombastic outburst, Rahman delivers and succeeds with a gorgeous experiment, quite confidently!
- music aloud - Simplicity and subtlety win you over
- HappySing - The music is good and while I was expecting the lyrics to go really down after cry cry, they aren’t that bad either
- Apun ka choice - The music is slow, and beats are ear-friendly.
- IANS - keeps the listeners' interest intact.
- Bollywood Hungama - starts on a jerky note and actually takes some time to settle down
- Rediff - Rahman isn't the god I used to worship but he certainly has a lot more up his sleeve.
- Bollyspice - Rahman is a master at his craft, and with each new album he impresses you all the more.
- buzzintown - vintage Rahman
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