Yeh Faasley

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Yeh Faasley is a perfect thriller. It’s a shame that the first hour and the court room scenes are very mediocre. Which is why the twists and turns post-interval come both as a pleasant surprise and make for one of the best climaxes I've seen in a long, long time.

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Director: Yogesh Mittal
Running time: 150 minutes
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Yeh Faasley's first hour is one of those in which you'd want to walk out of the theater. Like that of a badly made B-grade film. The excessively grainy texture doesn't add any fun either. It is way too distracting. But then, the actual plot starts unfolding and man is it a thrilling ride! It's not just the surprises; the psychological element that the story carries is one mind-bending process.

In fact, it is one example of how even a straightforward, linear narrative can take a fair share of your brainpower. After leaving the theater, you go back and forth between why Dev (Anupam Kher) behaved the way he did. It also adds some insight into why Arunima (Tena Desae) who thinks her father killed her mother would still want to bond with her dad. Like anyone in love, she wants to hold on to the last thread of hope, which will keep her from hating her father she once loved.

"Why did he kill her? Is he the man she thinks he is? Was there no love at all between them? Did he kill her at all?" These are the questions Arunima pulls you into, when you were half-ready to leave the theater. You didn't only because of your respect for Anupam Kher. And while he doesn't let you down, we know he could have done so much more with the scene in which he breaks down. Instead, there is a plain voiceover narrating the emotions. Such a shame.

These are decisions for which the director has to take complete blame. Also, the courtroom drama ...actually can't be called drama because it is rather blah considering how smartly and subtly the psychological part of the plot is played out. The screenplay also doesn't support the story in terms of consistent pace. The set-up is boring and takes too much screen-time. The actual action starts much later and has very little time to play itself out.

Yeh Faasley's story at its core is beyond awesome. I'd have loved to see what a different director and another screenplay writer would have done with it. Oh well, at least they didn't mess the way it turns out in the end. The psychological nuances and motivations explain everything.

Off late, with any movie that I've started to like at any point, I dread the climax - it invariably is butchered by awful writing for the climax or commercial needs. Yeh Faasley is the other way round. The climax is just perfect!

- meeta, a part of the audience

22 reviewers(?) - 0 yays 1 so-so 21 nays

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So-So, by Manu Agarwal, Desi Martini : ...a shabby script filled with unnecessary flashbacks and repetitive sequences does it in... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhil Kumar, Apun Ka Choice : ...A nice premise certainly, but how one wishes that director Yogesh Mittal hadn’t botched it up... full review

Thumbs down, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks : ...But sadly the interesting plot and few honest performances remain the only highlight of the film and overall it failed to generate any kind of excitement in the few people watching it in the theater.... full review

Thumbs down, by Pooja Rao, Bolly Spice : ...had strong makings of a decent father-daughter based thriller, but isn’t crafted out well, thus making it an unsatisfactory film experience.... full review

Thumbs down, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama :'s the written material that lets director Yogesh Mittal down. There are gaping holes in the screenplay that can't be overlooked.... full review

Thumbs down, by Vikramjit Singh, Desi Martini : ...But if you're the kinds who absolutely do need closure on every story, maybe you could find something towards the end. Even under the circumstances, I grudgingly accept that the climax did interest me a bit.... full review

Thumbs down, by Smita, Desi Martini : ...this is a good attempt at a different kind of story. But as my costing teacher Professor Premchander said to me when I was going to fail his subject in spite of working hard Its not the effort but the result that counts.... full review

Thumbs down, by Pankaj Sabnani, : ...Even the courtroom scenes lack drama. Every scene in the last 20 odd minutes of the film seems to be the last, but it goes on and on. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Aakash Barvalia, : ...One reason for this anguish story would that when I read the crew details here, there’s being credited 6 people under the Story title, and so this might be the major reason why the story was such a waste... full review

Thumbs down, by Kaveree Bamzai, india today : ...Even its Rashomon-like multiple versions of the same climactic chase become tedious. Interesting but not enough... full review

Thumbs down, by Shubhra Gupta, indian express : ...debutant Desai is a game trier and comes across all right in some patches, but is made to switch from anxiety to high-pitched hysteria too often... full review

Thumbs down, by Komal Nahta, koimoi : ...Rushad Rana delivers a good performance but looks odd with a beard throughout the film. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Bryan Durham, MiD DAY : ...oo self-indulgent, Yeh Faasley only serves to widen the distance between you, the viewer and the object of attention, the film itself.... full review

Thumbs down, Movie Talkies : ...Though pretty, Desae needs a lot of polish on the acting side, her attempts at emoting being especially painful to watch.... full review

Thumbs down, by Minty Tejpal, Mumbai Mirror : ...suffers in almost all departments, starting with poor writing, shoddy camerawork, poor production design and very mediocre direction.... full review

Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, NDTV : ... Anupam Kher tries hard to portray the complexities of a man who is passionately in love with his wife and yet deeply insecure but he is also mostly reduced to screaming and curling back his lips. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Noyon Jyoti Parasara, Now : ...The story takes twists and turns, turning up a new surprise every time you think it is over. However the way it moves ahead is not quite welcome... full review

Thumbs down, by Shaikh Ayaz, Rediff : ...Tena Desae struggles to leave an impact but fails because of her limited acting abilities and a not-so-impressive presence. Having said that it would be unfair to lay all the blame on her.... full review

Thumbs down, by K K Rai, STARDUST : ...A below average fare.... full review

Thumbs down, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...The repeated flashbacks with a not-so-happening actor-duo playing out a young Anupam Kher and his wife are meandering and meaningless, as are the daughter's rants about good daddy-bad daddy. ... full review

Thumbs down, by Mr Care, Upper Stall : ...It is repetitive, beating around the premise of Arunima wanting to know if her mother really died of a car accident or was it something else, and to learn the truth about her parents' past.... full review

6 tweeters(?) - 1 yays 1 so-so 4 nays

MahzbinDeVitre: Saw "Yeh Faasley" today!!!! Guys, its a must watch film!!! Vry well shot.. Amazing perfrmnces!!! plz go n wtch it!!! :))))

KreativeAccess: Yeh faasley good story fab performanes by @AnupamPkher and Tena Desae.. But way too stetched.m

marketingdunia: Review: Maintain your distance from Yeh Faasley

friendinlove: The tragedy is that Yeh Faasley isn't even unintentionally funny so it doesn't make the grade of so-bad-that-it's-good

filmibaat: Saw Yeh Faasley mashed up, lazily made paymyrent stuff. Kher asserts hes most versatile actor, maybe should just hide all proof of this one.

BombayDrifter: How terrible a movie can one director working alone make? Watch Yeh Faasley to find out. Or don't.

5 readers - 2 yays 3 so-so 0 nays

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So-So, by Alok : Haven't seen it.

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: Fist fights. A murder is at the core of the story.
  • Language: Clean
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: Love between a father and daughter, a daughter and her mother
  • General Look and Feel: Very, very grainy and dull

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150 minutes

Comments (2)

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@Roy yeah, true. This one has a wonderful build-up too. ANd maybe I liked it much better because of the psychological implications.

@This field is required - o-kay...tell me, what do you want to know about the film?

@Alok in this particular review, I think I've done that. I've talked about the two main characters, the storyline and in fact i've talked about a little bit that happens after the interval too, because nothing much really happens till interval. It might not be as specific as you'd like. My general guideline is, what would I have not liked to know before watching the film, and I avoid talking about those things.

@Apurva Thanks!

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