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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.Read more
"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.
News links courtesy: reviewgang.com
- meeta, a part of the audience
A friend is a friend is a friend. He has moral support, come what may. To that extent, Jhootha Hi Sahi is true-to-life and very enjoyable. Like any other group of friends, each one in this bunch has below-the-belt insults in store for each other and yet they'll watch out for each other in the most ridiculous situations. This initial set-up is hilarious and mucho fun. But, set that aside and almost everything is superficial, improbable, and many-a-time outright stupid. Even if you ignore everything else that's wrong with Jhootha Hi Sahi, the songs (every, single thing about them) and the climax , unfortunately are turn-offs HUGE enough to make you dislike the whole film.
The crisp dialogue, its delivery, the slapstick and its timing is simply brilliant as the film starts. Yes, I laughed out loud at the most typical slapstick. And I have only the director to thank for that because brilliant actors have brought an eye roll with predictable slapstick. Of course, the actors did their bit here too. Else, who would've thought John Abraham would make me laugh with him? But that happens only when he is not preaching philosophy or flitting like a butterfly (I shall NOT elaborate).
Anyhow, every once in a while, he and a few of the others have "quote of the day" type lines which deserve and got a cringe and a few more.
The others actors did well only because of the banter-type lines that go between friends. But, Anaitha Nair and Alishka Varde fit in perfectly as the kind of girl-friends I'd like to have, spirited and always bring a smile!
Pakhi on the other hand, doesn't necessarily ooze charm. But it's just refreshing to have a non-glam, non-wannabe-size-zero as the female lead. She has to play a character she has written, Mishka. While I don't know whether that made it easy or difficult for her, I appreciated that Mishka grew as a woman and wasn't defined only by the men in her life. Also thematically, it was a delight to see an inclusive attitude towards the homosexual community. Not only were there non-trivial gay characters, Mishka is also shown going "aaawwww" for a fleeting moment in a song when she sees a lesbian couple. Heartening beyond measure.
Besides that and other close-to-life, normal characters, the script ranged from random sub-plots to uninhibitedly absurd. There are characters and they have stories, but their motivations are unknown and their actions unjustified. There's the girlfriend who doesn't seem to care but is supposedly in love and there's the friend who doesn't want to marry the guy she's in love with. When nothing comes of these sub-plots, they look like mere props in the grander scheme of things.
In fact, that is partly true of the main character, Siddharth, as well. The film makes you wonder whether he or his friend, Omar know when (let alone why) he falls in or out of love? Then again, maybe that's cool too, because that is a mere reflection of the confused 'gen x'?
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Dunkdaft, Movies Music and Me : ...The real star of the movie is John. This is undoubtedly his best performance ever. As a confident guy on phone and a stammering confused guy in real life, he acts !... full review
Thumbs up, by SpiceZee Bureau, Zee News : ...Abbas` fresh treatment and John’s excellent act as a stammering, fumbling bespectacled chap makes ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’ an exciting and a must watch. ... full review
So-So, by Deepa Garimella , fullhyd.com : ...It doesn't help that John Abraham isn't as much of an actor as, say, Ranbir Kapoor or Imran Khan - people who might have brought his character and the film to life... full review
So-So, Movie Talkies : ...As for the actors John makes a brave attempt to break away from his hunk image and tries his best to get into the garb of a regular Joe. However, he doesn't quite get the stutter right, which mars things a bit... full review
Thumbs down, bigoye.com : ...able to incorporate a few fun moments, characteristic of his hit film ‘Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Na’ (read bunch of friends, love triangles, hero running to meet his love in climax, etc) in this haywire tale but alas, the film disappoints... full review
Thumbs down, by Blessy Chettiar, DNA : ...Looking not only older than a more hip Abraham, Pakhi also needs an acting workshop to understand the difference between acting and overacting.... full review
Thumbs down, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...Tyrewala, who wrote such gems as Munnabhai MBBS and Maqbool, has directed JHS from a script written by his wife Pakhi. For a guy so well-known for having written engaging dramas, it’s surprising he agreed to direct a script which is so scattered,... full review
Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...In all this mind numbing mix of faux philosophy, there is a Pakistani brother sister duo who keep saying janab and tauba to establish their nationality... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta , indian express : ...The conversations between Pakistani Omar (Ram) and his pregnant sister Aliya (Varde) are hilarious; so is Aliya’s Brit boyfriend who stalks her with a ring. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror : ...Jhootha Hi Sahi is full of running gags, like a Japanese suitor who keeps wooing Raghu’s sister in bizarre ways, puns on characters names etc, all of which gets very irritating.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ...Almost every hetrosexual character in the film has a crush on Mishka, including the neighbour’s adolescent son but it’s not clear why this is so.... full review
Thumbs down, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...There are other moments straight out of Hollywood fare like Notting Hill: the staged confusion when the group is covering up for Siddharth, the bumping into the ex-flame, the frenzied `now-or-never’ finale. ... full review
vodkaholic: Attended a preview show of Jhootha Hi Sahi last night. Liked it because it didn't expect me to think too much. #JHS
tushitaarora: loved jhootha hi sahi...really cute movie....great performances by all the actors...
true_blue_26: the movie was awesome! "JHOOTHA" hi sahi... #JhootaHiSahi
ThePrachi: Alright. Jhootha hi Sahi is a good film.
Technowizzz: 'Jhootha hi sahi' is kool lighthearted watch, no bullshits..
Tamilnambi: Jhootha hi sahi.. Kinda slow.. But i like it..
sumitdey: Jhootha Hi Sahi, first day first show (after ages). No regrets! Nice views of #London. While John was different, I think Raghu was amazing!
skyknight81: "Jhootha Hi Sahi"... Second half was very very good. Overall, a nice experience.. Two nice sounding words - Mishka & Fidato #fb
shilpavk: It's disappointing to read the reviews on jhootha hi sahi. Looks like the intellectual critics could not understand a few simple facts.
shilpavk: Quite liked jhootha hi sahi!!! Definitely worth a watch! Just be prepared for the over the top climax n unnecessary song sequences.
ShashiKSingh: I like JHOOTHA HI SAHI. It's like a beautiful poetry. Pakhi N John have done a good job. Yes, I mean it... JOHN has done a good job.
sanketzcool: watched jhootha hi sahi..nice movie,a refreshing one..i lyk it
sanjoyj: I liked jhootha hi sahi and I am proud to say it :)
sabihamahbub: watched Jhootha Hi Sahi (1-800-LOVE) a simply fab mavie....John and Pakhi absolutely rocked in the movie..!!
runa_b: people please stay away from 'jhootha hi sahi' :(
RoyallyMe_x: Saw Jhootha hi sahi and really really liked it. John♥ \Raghu/
ronypatra: Watched JHOOTHA HI SAHI with friends at INOX Siliguri yesterday....must say, @john_abraham has worked hard, but the real star is Raghu Ram!
raorules18: Loved Pakhi & her acting & every thing in Jhootha Hi Sahi.....
Radhilisation: Such an awesome movie...Jhootha hi sahi #iamjustsaying
punit_jp: Jhootha Hi Sahi.... Good comedy !
pulkits3: Watchd jhootha hi sahi... Nyc muvie.. I #like !!
Priyagii: Jhootha hi Sahi is a must watch... Only if you're out of your mind!!!
pranky_d: Jhootha hi sahi.......cool
nithinvb: Jhootha hi sahi - Neat
nishant_kaushik: jhootha hi sahi steps up the paddle even above JTYJN! what a film!
nehadahiya: My weekend homework : jhootha hi sahi... Awesome movie... Truely entertaining... Loved it... Its a must watch...
nautanki: Jhootha Hi Sahi. Awesomeness :D John. Awesomeness :D Pakhi. Meh :D Songs. Awesomeness :D
narenthemafia: "jhootha hi sahi" was slow moving movie... but movie was awesome.. john mine fav , u always roczzz...
Namitaved: Jhootha hi sahi-GULS, watch it 4John, he looks damn cute in d entire film! & his chemistry with Raghu rocks! 3.5/5 from me! :)
mynameismehta: "Jhootha hi sahi was great fun".John rock,s.............
MS_2511: ok yes though i hate most bollywood movies & second critics' comment but this time my views differ from most critic.I liked Jhootha hi sahi
manozksarma: Went to see kota's dushehra fair vid family n some guests..just returned home...it was fun . Also saw 'Jhootha Hi Sahi'..nice movie
manish87d: do din do movie...ek bollywood ek hollywood both r gud,, Jhootha hi sahi n Law abinding citizen..
laxmikant_g: seen jhootha hi sahi. Mast movie to watch
lashrocks: Just saw new movie 'Jhootha hi sahi'.awesome
KZENTERTAINMENT: If you haven't already seen John Abraham's new film Jhootha Hi Sahi make sure you check it out..its hilarious!
kiyers: Jhootha Hi Sahi was all fun.....! found a many things similar 2 me n ma friends...!
kishoresivaji: Watched Jhootha Hi sahi..good one
khunal: Jhootha hi Sahi is a good movie. Simple and beautiful.
karthik_08: Jhootha hi Sahi is a nice movie.
jskrahul: Lyked de movie jhootha hi sahi :)
IyerMurali: Caught "Jhootha hi Sahi" - nice, earnest movie; slips up at times, and the focus is too much on Pakhi, while its John who steals the show!!!
iRajivRanjan: go & wtch JHOOTHA HI SAHI.a nice movie,will mk u rfrsh agn.dnt go on critics rating.dey al su*ks.my rating **** stars
Imran_Khan1437: just watched Jhootha HI Sahi its a gud film!!
iMaheshS: Just saw Jhootha Hi Sahi. For most part I thought Pakhi is @VJAnusha. Nice movie..
iamvinays: Jus returned frm 'Jhootha hi sahi'. I luvd it. Story has taken generous help frm my fav movie 'Notting hill'. Kinda cute sweet movie. Gnite
iamptk: watched jhootha hi sahi.....awesome movie......a must watch...!!!!! best romantic movie after ddlj & jab we met....this year best movie...
IamPears7: 'jhootha hi sahi' awesome movie......
GaurravDhar: Kudos 2 @Khalilbachooali @apurvnagpal 4 Jhootha Hi Sahi. #uck the critics..loved d film..a decent film.Hope this Crab mentality changes.
flavasava7june: Jhootha Hi Sahi Was Awesome!!!
fidaa_toh: Great..must watch it...dont miss d masterpiece RT @sumantdubey: howz "Jhootha Hi Sahi" ?
dilip_d: i just watched Jhootha hi sahi.... Nice movie
deepa_jacob: Jhootha Hi Sahi - one-time watch, amazing London (wish to visit sometime), lovely songs and yeah Raghu rocked!!! :-D
coolvnkt: Good movie....Jhootha hi sahi....4 out of 5
coolvnkt: Jhootha Hi Sahi: The movie has good songs,John n Pakhi looks good n the entire friends angle in the movie is pretty interesting...enjoy!
CoolKamikazeCat: Caught 8pm show of Jhootha hi sahi. Was pleasantly surprised at the quality of the movie. Would rate 3.9/5...close 2 the 4/5 for Aakrosh.
braich_gal: Just watched Jhootha Hi Sahi!!! Loved it!!!
blossomprincess: Saw Jhootha Hi Sahi yesterday ... Loved it !! One of the best movies I've ever seen!!
bijithmb: Jhootha Hi Sahi happened to be the first movie I watch on Day 1. Also the first one watched on consecutive days
Bigda_Shehajada: I never saw London as beautiful in any movie as I saw it in "Jhootha hi Sahi". A visual treat!!!!
b11kul: Jhootha hi sahi,its a hit,well directed & acted by all,especially,new actor OMAR KHAN,music by A R Rahmat was an asset to the movie
awaaz_neeche: Though i like john generally, but i hav luvd JHOOTHA HI SAHI for more than d actors. The music n most importantly d feel of d movie.
ashi5h: Hey! Go watch Jhootha hi sahi, if you like hatke movies.
arunDasyam: JHOOTHA HI SAHI... wow ..njoyed a lot..dnt miss it guys :)
anjani_srk: watched JHOOTHA HI SAHI 2da ..wat a MIND BLOWING MOVIE!!! d actors hav done a brilliant job ...loved RAGHU's perfrmance d most though :)
anisabombay: Jhootha Hi Sahi, thoroughly entertaining, with a bunch of new talent, check it out guys @AbbasTyrewala
anindyar: watched Jhootha hi sahi just now. Oh my god. John is actually showing expressions. Btw good movie. rating 3.5 out of 5
amex07: Jhootha hi Sahi is a must watch. Mishka is hotttt....
abstrusemusings: Jhootha Hi Sahi was cute!
5aurabh: Saw Jhootha Hi Sahi... Cutest movie of 2010... must watch IMO...
satpalsharma: "Jhootha Hi Sahi" for me is 6/10: Not one of the predictable romance types, a light fun-filled movie with lovable gang of friends. #ratings
satishsays: Saw Jhootha hi Sahi. And as with all recent Bolly flicks, I wish it was 15 minutes shorter. Just throw the songs out, mahn!
RJADITI: Jhootha hi sahi is better to watch aftr Interval... But stil much excited for Hiss :) #fb
ridwanua: watched jhootha hi sahi..ntn so special just a usual hindi movie....
raveblast: There were some really gud, hilarious portions in the movie 'jhootha hi sahi' which had raghu, rest #fail
rajendravijay: Watched Jhootha hi sahi yesterday. people not liking it. I somehow didnt get bored. Though it was as slow as my mind at late night
niyatirokani: - Jhootha Hi Sahi a one time watch nothing exceptional but as always John looks soo cute :)
nishantways: Jhootha Hi Sahi happened today..poor first half..much better second half! 2.5/5!
nirajsinghal: Jhootha hi sahi is gud- but heroine cud b mor photogenic.. how many can say No to wife esp. if she is intelligent & beautiful.
nash_moviefreak: Jhootha Hi Sahi: One time watch only.. Before Interval Boring and good after.. Paakhi is good, John need more work on his crying part! 5/10
Mirchi_Vadodara: MIRCHI BIOSCOPE: Jhootha Hi Sahi  Mirchis Out of 5........
manntw: so today watched the #movie Jhootha Hi Sahi in #Cinemax. Not bad..there was a huge opportunity for camera work..but they missed it..
maahin: Jhootha Hi Sahi was alright. Just alright. A lot of little things could have been improved to make it better.
LeenaSohoni: 2day watchd Jhootha Hi Sahi..Not bad..though a few scenes reminded me of Notting Hill..
Jai_Bhatia: The magic of @AbbasTyrewala was evident.. But Jhootha Hi Sahi could've been better.. @arrahman always rocks.. All in all not a bad choice :)
bonoo: Jhootha hi sahi. Okie dokie kinda movie...
ankurarvind: Jhootha Hi Sahi was decent enough. 2nd half was better.
ajitjt: #JHOOTHA HI SAHI...nothing xtraordinary..but i liked it & definitely didnt bore me like how #THE AMERICAN did.. @bipsluvurself
0zair: Jhootha Hi Sahi... A terribly long movie. Wd hv been much better if shorter. Shades of Notting Hill n Superman. N I likd tht new girl Pakhi.
_prithwish_: love the story of jhootha hi sahi but performances didn't touch my heart like abbas tyrewala's jaane tu ... ya jaane na.
yeayeaiknow: Went to watch Jhootha hi Sahi. Back before the interval.
yashrocks09: I think overdose of humor, some character sketches not upto the mark and the dullness in the screenplay works against Jhootha hi Sahi.
vaibhav28: just seen jhootha hi sahi and was yawning all the time .it is boring
TheSmackD: Law of Averages caught up wid Abbas Tyrewala. After superlative Jaane tu ya jaane na he makes 'Jhootha hi Sahi' #TotalWTF
szri: Asked a cousin who saw Jhootha Hi Sahi in hyd for her review - She texts this 'Nalla Bore Aayitundu' Well Well! | @mamtamohan
sushantdusad: jhootha hi sahi.... Abbas ne jhoot kaha...
singhcd: #singhcdFILMreviews Jhootha Hi Sahi-John gives a sincere performance.well wife of d director is bad as a heroine and even worse as a writer
singhcd: #singhcdFILMreviews Jhootha Hi Sahi-big letdown frm Tyrewala,after JaaneTuYaJaaneNa.big bore.raghu provides few laughs.
shantusharma: Jhootha hi Sahi : even the Great A.R.Rahman was at his boring best. bad music. bad. bad. #movie
shantusharma: Jhootha hi Sahi : sheer disappointment. The guy who directed ' Jaane tu ya jaane na' has to prove now if it was not a fluke.. #movie
sandyism: missed *combined* in earlier tweet ! #RaktaCharitra much better than anjaana anjaani, jhootha hi sahi, knock out, hisss COMBINED ! @implex
saket22: watchd "Jhootha hi sahi"...crap muvee!...nothing good at all...
Purvaja: i knew it. Jhootha Hi Sahi is utter crap. #itoldyouso
prasadchubachi: strongly recommends 2 stay away from Jhootha Hi Sahi. good get2gather though. Chal.. 'Flop' Hi Sahi ! :)
pranaymjain: jhootha hi sahi.. yet another happy go lucky movie from #abbas_tyrewala #fail
paddyverma: ''jhootha hi sahi''........director deserve joota hi sahi......... #shareBoredom
nithin1989: jhoota hi sahi ko jhootha maarna hai....10 mins of comedy cant be a ROM-COM....dont waste ur money on this crap...#fail
navinbajaj: Rakta Charitra is all blood & gore. Maha bore. Jhootha Hi Sahi is no better. Bad casting. Pakhi Tyrewala is not 'heroine' material.
mrdhirendrapal: Review: Jhootha Hi Sahi JHS has sparks of brilliance and offers hope that it won’t opt for the clichéd, and then goes ahead and disappoints
malhotrasaurabh: Post mortem of Hissss and Rakht Charitra done! The other dud of the day is Jhootha hi Sahi with a song 'cry-cry' that warned us all. #fail ☹
KETAN_MISHRA: watched jhootha hi sahi...........below expectations..............raghu ws fab
karishmau: Pakhi, the lead actress of Jhootha Hi Sahi should do herself a favour & NOT act ever again.
kamaalrkhan: i m cutting scene, adding scene, shooting scene etc. And finally Abbas has made the crap film lik jhootha hi sahi. means he is real jhootha.
GhantaGuy: Sometimes I ponder about deep things like- Where do we go when we die? or Why the fuck did I watch 'Jhootha Hi Sahi'?
CreativeWolf: An hour of Jhootha Hi Sahi and I know for sure, I've wasted money and need to buy a strip of Disprin as well!!!
anupamsaxena: Missd posting my reaction to Jhootha Hi Sahi.The most patchy disjointed 'film'if you call it one.I still love Rahman's soundtrack and BGM
amul_mohan: Just saw Jhootha Hi Sahi. Its so bad u wanna commit suicide. Mr Tyrewala please go fuck urself I know who made Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na now!
_CricketFreak_: Jhootha Hi Sahi Wat an Ending Absolute Bullshit......
Yay! Thumbs Up, by alisha aggarwal : the movie is surely watchable.thumbs up
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anand Sachdev
Yay! Thumbs Up, by ayaz arab : Good one for Johns fan. Superb acting by him
Yay! Thumbs Up, by chinmay sarpotdar : good movie.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by DesiBhai : Worth a watch
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Devendra : Yes Surely watchable and Really Funny, and excellent story... Rating 4 from me
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Neehar : Awesome , Comic & fun filled......must watch!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Paras : Do Watch!
Yay! Thumbs Up, by rishabh : 3.5/5
Yay! Thumbs Up, by ruthwik : 4
Yay! Thumbs Up, by siddharth : 88
Yay! Thumbs Up, by surjya shreshtha
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Venkat : Don't miss it if you are looking for light comedy, a slice-of-life kinda story and upbeat songs :)
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Retro Lesbian
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Boy meets girl. On the phone. Boy lies about stuff. Love happens. Time to tell truth, now what?