What if you had a secret hotline to the heart of the girl you love? If you could read her deepest thoughts, know her every emotion and manipulate her every choice. And all you had to do was lie a little; well, not that little. The kind of lie that, if she knew, would break her heart. What would you do? Would you give up you...more
What if you had a secret hotline to the heart of the girl you love? If you could read her deepest thoughts, know her every emotion and manipulate her every choice. And all you had to do was lie a little; well, not that little. The kind of lie that, if she knew, would break her heart. What would you do? Would you give up your secret? Would you hang up the hotline? Or would you lie? Lie for love? less
“It's long and at time predictable, but has it's moments as well. Worth a watch!”
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Sigh. It sucks that the lead actress is married. Boy, is she cute !!! And Johnny baba holds his act surprisingly well this time. Welcome to a naughty little story with a lot of spunk.
Siddharth (John) runs a Indian bookstore along with his friends Omar(Raghu) and Amit. Due to a misspelled phone number, he unwillingly becomes a counsellor for a suicide helpline, persuading people to give life another chance. On the personal front, he seems to be doing quite well, both financially (unbelievable that one rag-tag bookstore is able to sustain 3 people) and personally, with a very diverse set of friends - a Pakistani best-friend, his pregnant sister, her Japanese boyfriend, 2 gay dudes, and a steady but bad-tempered girlfriend. Enter Mishka, an on-the-edge PYT who needs emotional support, which Sid has surprisingly become quite good at (he had celebrity callers like Imran Khan, Riteish Deshmukh & Abhishek Bachhan for practise). Slowly, he starts falling in love with her, and they accidentally meet in person.
Thus start a series of lies, wherein as a phone-friend, he manipulates Mishka into fallng in love with real life Siddharth, overlooking his sweet little idiosyncrasies, the most prominent one being his inability to speak without stammering in front of good looking women (borrowed from a US Sitcom 'The Big Bang Theory', I think). No surprises in the end, here.
Jhootha Hi Sahi reminded me of 'Karthik calling Karthik' and 'Anjaana Anjaani', and yet proved to be much more watchable than both of them. The film has loads of intelligent and comic sequences and dialogues, some of which will really make you laugh out loud. The side characters are all very well-etched out too - even the teeny tiny role by Anaitha Nair, who reprises her first outing from Chak de India - complete with streaked locks and a devil-may-care attitude. Raghu 'Roadies' Ram acts surprisingly well as a Pakistani bookseller promoting the Bhagavad Gita, and add to the mix obnoxious Amit, a brash sister, and her lovelorn boyfriend to complete the package. Pakhi Tyrewaala is unconventional for Bollywood - going by her dressing sense and hairstyle, but still a pleasant surprise. John looks different with glasses, albeit he loses them quite early.
The music is good, but not chart topping. It is actually meant to blend into the film without drawing too much attention. 'Cry Cry' is better than the rest. Coming to the background score, the Director uses it minimalistically, emphasizing on the dialogues - in the first half, you will rarely hear any.
One helluva fun movie, suitable for ages 8 to 80. Very highly recommended.