Jhootha Hi SahiCast: John Abraham , Pakhi , Raghu Ram , Manasi Scott , Anaitha Nair , Alishka Varde , Prahsant Chawla; Director: Abbas Tyrewala; Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

‘Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na’ director Abbas Tyrewala is back with his new film ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’ with his wife Pakhi as the writer and female lead in the film. We wonder why Pakhi, who is not a bad screenwriter, herself decided to act in the film. If she wanted to be an actress, she should have decided to make a debut ages back as she looks too old and totally unappealing in ‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’.

John Abraham plays a simple and shy guy Siddharth who runs an Indian bookshop in London with his friend Omar (Raghu Ram). Sid’s number is printed as a suicide helpline number by mistake and he ends up helping depressed people on phone every night. He becomes friends with Mishka (Pakhi) who is nursing a broken heart over the helpline and the two eventually fall in love. However, Sid doesn’t reveal to Mishka that he is her boyfriend in the day and phone-friend at night. Enter Mishka’s ex-boyfriend and you are left wondering when the whole disappointing drama will end.

Director Abbas Tyrewala is 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. The first half is weak and moves at a snail’s pace. Second half picks up pace but uninteresting sub-plot hampers the effect. The story by director’s wife Pakhi has a fresh base but the nuances in this modern day tale don’t translate on the big screen. The characters look caricaturized and there’s nothing much happening in the screenplay. The film has very few moments which stay with the audience like the one when Mishka enters Sid’s bookstall for the first time or the one when John climbs the bridge in a dramatic style to woo his ladylove. The restaurant scene where Mishka scolds the waiter indirectly wins brownie points.

Bollywood heartthrob John convincingly transforms into a simpleton. John is likable as an introvert guy who stammers when he is around a pretty girl. On the other hand, Pakhi’s debut as an actress is unlikely to get thumbs up. Her screen persona is very mature and unappealing. Add to this her unappetizing dance numbers and you want the torture to end asap. Pakhi also needs a stylist badly. The other actors do their job well but look made-up. Madhavan’s cameo is half-baked. Voice cameos by Imran Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Riteish Deshmukh are hardly noticeable.

‘Jhootha Hi Sahi’ is a disappointing drama. The film starts off well but soon goes haywire with the lead actress’ unappealing debut as the main eyesore. Jhootha Hi Sahi’s strength lies in the fact that it is the only light film releasing this week. Take it or leave it.

Source: Big Oye

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