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Toh Baat Pakki is half-baked

Toh Baat Pakki is half-baked

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By: Taran Adarsh/IndiaFM

Critic's Rating: 17/5

Friday 19 February 2010

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Movie Title

Toh Baat Pakki

Director

Kedarh Shinde

Star Cast

Tabu, Sharman Joshi, Yuvika Choudhary, Ayub Khan, Vatsal Sheth

A lot of present-day directors seem inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee. The veterans told simple stories in a simple manner. Director Kedarh Shinde also seems inspired by the masters and attempts to narrate a story that's identifiable and, at the same time, is dipped in humour.

But Toh Baat Pakki is not as invigorating as one expects it to be. The film has some wonderful moments, some old-world charm, but the humour often falls flat. Especially towards the penultimate portions.

Final word? It's half-baked fare!

Rajeshwari [Tabu] is married to Vinay [Ayub Khan] and dreams of getting her sister Nisha [Yuvika Choudhary] married to the most suitable boy within their Saxena community. Rajeshwari is also against the dowry system.

She finds a good Saxena boy who is studying engineering and has a promising future. Rahul [Sharman Joshi] is a good match for her sister and she gets him to move into her house as a paying guest.

When Rajeshwari learns that Rahul is not interested in marriage, she plots to make him meet her sister, confident they?ll fall in love. And they do. The wedding is soon fixed.

Things take a turn when Yuvraaj [Vatsal Sheth] comes to Rajeshwari's house. Yuvraaj is also a Saxena and has a good job. He?s also waiting to move into his own house. Rajeshwari can't believe her luck. This is a better prospect and now she wants Nisha to hook up with Yuvraaj.

The problem with most storys is that what sounds good on paper doesn?t translate as well on screen. On paper, the four-para synopsis of Toh Baat Pakki holds promise, but the screenplay, spread over two hours, has many hiccups.

For instance, the portions depicting Sharman helping Tabu during the marriage celebrations are far from convincing. In fact, the screenplay starts losing its grip from here on. Even Sharman's attempts to poison Himani Shivpuri and Vatsal Sheth's mind appears childish. Ditto for the abduction drama towards the end.

Kedarh Shinde's direction holds your attention at a few places. Especially during Tabu and Sharman's portions in the first half. But the patchy writing lets him down. Pritam's music doesn't work, except Jis din mera byaah. Dialogues are too flowery at times.

Tabu is a pleasure to watch. She's natural and it must be said that it gets difficult to look away when she's on screen. Sharman, again, is likable and gets it right. Vatsal does fairly well. Yuvika doesn't get much scope. Ayub Khan is passable. Himani Shivpuri and Suhasini Mulay are as usual. Upasna Singh is loud.

On the whole, Toh Baat Pakki has a few interesting moments, but not enough to keep you hooked. It will have to rely on strong word of mouth, especially from family audiences, to stay afloat.

Verdict: Two Stars

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