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Hastey HasteyHastey Hastey : Movie Review
30th May 2008  18.30 IST
By Aparajita Ghosh  


It's no laughing matter - to make a gripping romcom. Director Toony tries this in his light-hearted but mawkishly sentimental Hastey Hastey , but fails miserably.

The cheesy punchline 'Follow Your Heart' in the film's posters is just an indication of what's in store for you. Here's a story that treats love like it was ten years behind the contemporary times. The tale has a cocktail of comedy, romance and scandal, but none has been dealt with convincingly by the writers. And with a shoddy story in the first place, no director can work miracles unless he happens to be someone with the caliber of a Speilberg, which Toony clearly is not.




The movie stars Jimmy Shergill with newcomers Nisha Rawal and Monishka Gupta.

Neel (Jimmy) is a brilliant student at Columbia University. His pedantic personality and his charming looks have Maya (Nisha), an upper-class Catholic-Indian girl, floored. It is a two-sided love which looks like headed to the altar until Neel's career ambition gets the better of him.

Sunny (Rajpal Yadav) is Neel's roommate and a close friend with an incurable inclination towards flirting with girls. Though he flirts, his heart beats only for one girl - a stunning blonde named Tina.

Neel and Maya's love story is put in limbo when he travels to India to start a call centre. In this initiative he is helped by an enterprising Tanvi (Monishka) who has a crush on Neel. But when Neel rebuffs Tanvi's advances, she plots revenge. She hatches a conspiracy and Neel finds himself stuck in a scam.

'Hastey Hastey' becomes somewhat watchable thanks to Jimmy Shergill and Rajpal Yadav . Though Jimmy's performance appears half-hearted at places, overall he manages to carry the film on his shoulders. Rajpal Yadav chips in some light moments. Newbie Nisha Rawal and Monishka Gupta have great scope for improvement as far as acting is concerned.

At best, 'Hastey Hastey' is a mere timepass flick when you have nothing better to do with your time. There are two good-looking girls in love with a single man. There are sporadic funny moments, thanks to Rajpal Yadav in a triple role. To soothe your eyes there are pleasing shots of foreign locations aplenty, and there is some lilting music as well. But there is hardly any touching, engrossing development in the plot to win your heart.

Rating: *



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