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Jhootha Hi Sahi

Release Date : 22 October 2010
Year : 2010
Banner : Saregama , HMV
Producer : Madhu Mantena , Abbas Tyrewala
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Genre : Romance | Social
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Jhootha Hi Sahi SYNOPSIS

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?

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Jhootha Hi Sahi: Helpline Hottie, Goody Liar!

By MovieTalkies.com, 22 October 2010 2.5 / 5

Abbas Tyrewala is back with his second directorial venture, 'Jhootha Hi Sahi' After the phenomenal success of 'Jaane Tu…Ya Jaane Na', the expectations from this writer director are immense and Tyrewala fulfills quite a few of them. In fact, quite like his first film, this one too is all about love and friendship. And, again quite like 'Jaane Tu…', this too is not a conventional love story and has its pleasant twists and turns. In fact, Tyrewala carries a lot more into this movie from his first one, most of which is his generic style of writing. He has the knack of contemporising Hindi and managing a very youthful sounding Hinglish, which works well for the movie and fits the characters that inhabit this movie. So while this movie has a lot of cute aspects, most of them unfortunately are not about the lead pair, who lacks chemistry, a big stumbling block for a love story surely. But what makes up for this is the gang of friends, who are quirky and fun. The reason why this review begins with some comparisons with Tyrewala's earlier film, is because he may have moved this film away from the college campus, but much of his idiom and style remains the same. It's not such a novelty second time round but he still manages to hit bull's eye number of times in this movie. The film's story centres around Siddharth (John Abraham), who lives in London and works in a bookstore during the day and is a volunteer on a suicide helpline during the night. One such caller, Mishka (Pakhi Tyrewala) seems to reach out and touch his heart and compels him to seek her out in real life. By night, he is her nameless friend and guide but by day, he becomes her boyfriend as they meet and fall in love. But there is also a whole lot of lies that he has told her over the phone in order to appear exciting and he is not sure of how to tell her the truth, which is that he is a simple bookseller with a fairly boring life like most people and has a girlfriend that he is not sure he loves. The problem with the film, one feels, is that a major chunk of the movie is not about Sid and Mishka but also about Sid's various friends and the twists and turns in their life. These subplots take away a lot from the main love story, and the result is that in places the film becomes tedious. While the outline of this film is extremely interesting, there is a lot left to be desired about the manner in which the screenplay unfolds. Somehow, Tyrewala is unable to get it all across cohesively as one is not left satisfied at the end, when the lovers are finally united, which is the feeling that most love stories elicit. That sense of completeness is not there. With the writing lacking consistency, there are parts which sparkle, the film fumbles and stutters mostly, quite like its main character, Sid. That magic is missing even in the music department. A.R Rahman, who had earlier delivered a fantastic score for 'Jaane Tu…', fails to get that x factor right, hence the songs lack that catchy quality, that easy appeal, which has generally been a Rahman trademark. 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. Pakhi delivers a confident act. The other actor who stands out is Raghu Ram, who makes quite an impression. However, R Madhavan makes an appearance as Mishka's ex and is quite wasted. On the whole, 'Jhootha Hi Sahi' has a lot of interesting sequences and Tyrewala has a lot of scope for showing off his directorial prowess, especially in the manner in which he handles some of the sequences. But he fails to put everything together in the right measure, specially the crazy, whacky element. The ingredients are all there but the broth is quite inconsistent.

Jhootha Hi Sahi: Sweetly Simple

By MovieTalkies.com, 04 October 2010 3 / 5

Abbas Tyrewala made a terrific debut as a director with 'Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na'. Love and friendship seems to be the theme of his second film, 'Jhootha Hi Sahi', as well. The film which stars John Abraham and Tyrewala's wife Pakhi, has maestro AR Rahman composing the musical score, just as he did for the director's first film with the lyrics being composed by Tyrewala himself. Their first outing together was quite memorable and one is hoping for them to repeat that magic in this album as well. The musical album kicks off with the track, 'cry cry' which has been sung by Rashid Ali and Shreya Ghoshal. It is, frankly, quite a disappointing track. There is nothing in it that touches or moves one even though the singers, especially Rashid seems to give it his all. Shreya doesn't help matters either with her entry and this remains a very mediocre song and a poor opening for the album. The next number 'maiyya yashoda' is an exceedingly simple number which has a catchy feel to it. It is quite unlike a Rahman composition, lacking the kind of layering that he imparts to every single number. There are no Rahman type innovations in this track and it is as simple as it can get. However this number has what the opening track lacks, loads of energy and a positive vibe. The number has two versions, a Jamuna mix, which is about Indian sounds and a Thames mix, which is very 'videshi.' The number has been sung very well indeed by Javed Ali and Chinmayee, both of who manage to inject the right kind of vibe to the number. The third track on the album is called 'hello hello' and has been sung by Karthik, with a lot of youthful energy. As one knows, the telephone has an important role to play in this movie and the track is filled with telephone tones and some very innovative lyrics. The fourth track on the album has been sung by Sonu Nigam and is called 'do nishaaniyan'. This is by far one of the best tracks in the album as it is melodious and extremely pleasing on the ears. It is an exquisite piece of work and seems to be tailormade to suit Sonu's silky vocals. It's been a while since one has heard this level of singing from Sonu and it is Rahman who gives him that platform and opportunity with this number. Sonu rises to the occasion and moulds his voice perfectly to suit the needs of this mellow, romantic track. The song has a 'heartbreak version' as well which is quite impactful too. The next track is another energetic number called 'pam pa ra' and has been sung by Shreya. While the singer gives a spirited rendition and seems to enjoy the song, the number itself works in bit and places only. Frankly, this solo by Shreya hardly does full justice to her vocal capacities. Vijay Yesudas comes in to sing the next number, 'I've been waiting' which is part in English and part in Hindi. The newcomer really impresses with his rendition of this number, which is short, sweet and romantic. There is a slight jazz feel to the number and the vocalist slips into the song perfectly and creates a wonderful atmosphere with his heartfelt rendition. The album rounds up with another Rashid number, this time called 'call me dil', which could also be called the title track as it contains the name of the movie among its lyrics. In contrast to the opening tack, this one is a delightful number, which has an intrinsic sweetness about it which comes across very effectively through Rashid's vocals. Like he has been doing all through this album, Rahman strives to keep it simple and sweet and it works brilliantly with this number, which proves to be quite enticing. The musical album of 'Jhootha Hi Sahi' does not have a very promising beginning, but it ends brilliantly. Even though most of the numbers are very atypical of what one is wont to expect from Rahman, the result is quite interesting as seen in songs like 'hello hello', 'call me dil', 'do nishaaniyan' and 'I've been waiting.' The effect is not as dramatic as one gradually settles into the album, and its tracks slowly work their magic on the listener. This is an album which is shorn of all the flamboyance that one normally associates with Rahman and his work. The composer decides to take the simple route and keeps it sweet, if not memorable.
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