Every film should be judged purely on the basis of its merits/demerits. Comparisons or drawing parallels with another film, even if it's helmed by the same director, is not right, in my opinion. But if the posters/billboards/newspaper ads/promotional material of JHOOTHA HI SAHI has an eye-catching line that screams 'From the director of JAANE TU YA JAANE NA', if not comparisons, the expectations from JHOOTHA HI SAHI do multiply five-fold, since JAANE TU YA JAANE NA was, in terms of economics, the biggest hit of 2008. Sadly, Tyrewala's new offering fails on many levels and does not get anywhere near his previous venture, even though it has an interesting plot and concept to begin with.
Its a love story at its heart, and all love stories work on the small moments during its course to reach its finale as well as the chemistry between the lead pairs. Unfortunately, Jhootha hi Sahi fails on both these testing portals. Much of the film’s problem lies with the fact that it’s trying too hard to be cool. The films trying too hard to be contemporary too and it kinda deviates the movie from its central point. The situations start looking forced after a while and the humor looks forced in the plot. The only point where I laughed in the whole movie was when Raghu Ram crack a racist joke on Muslims, which I was not supposed to laugh at also, lol. The film does have a few clever moments which have been handled well by Abbas. The interesting concept of two people becoming friends over phone does not build on to transform into something solid and too many subplots steal away the lustre. Towards the second half, the plot becomes predictable and the subplots just add to the dull movement of the main plot. There’s an idiotic subplot involving Mishka’s ex-boyfriend, played by R Madhavan, and his is easily the film’s worst written character.
Jhootha Hi Sahi gets a few things right though. The plot catched your attention right away. Sid's (John's charactter) interest in Mishka (played by Pakhi) and the way he goes about it to get to know her and hang out with her is funny at times because he makes mistakes playing both the phone friend as well as the friend. Again, this is a heavily borrowed concept from Rab ne Bana di jodi. The finale and its execution, although Bollywoodish, is highly interesting and well handled. John and Pakhi put in earnest performances and try their best to pull the movie through. John delivers a responsible performance and manages to look good at the same time. Pakhi is a good find for the industry. Though she needs a lot of grooming, she can deliver in more author-backed roles. R Madhavan is wasted. Raghu Ram is good. Other side characters are okay. Music by A R Rahman does not strike a chord. Cinematography does not do anything new. Dialogues are over-written.
On the whole, JHOOTHA HI SAHI is an absolute letdown in terms of content. Given its high costs on one hand and weak merits on the other, the film will make a big hole in the pockets of its investors. Also, the marketing of the film has been really low key and the producers never really bothered to get the word out there, so thats gonna work against it too.
Watch it if you dont have anything else to do!
Rating - 2/5