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Saturday 23rd October 2010 09.00 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network
The pre Diwali phase is hitting business badly as the new releases opened to very low numbers. Only Hisss managed to have face saving collections but only at select screens.
Jhootha Hi Sahi opened around the 35% mark and did not show much improvement in the evening as some romantic comedies do. The film has a fairly big investment which will be impossible to recover unless it has a miraculous turnaround.
Rakht Charitra opened at around the 25% mark and is likely to make little impact at the box office.
Dus Tola was very bad with 0-5% and will be out of theatres very quickly.
Aakrosh had an 11 crore nett week one and despite steady weekdays the overall collection is very low. FLOP
Knock Out also had steady weekdays but only a 4.25 crore nett week. DISASTER
Anjaani Anjaani added around 1.50 crore nett in its third week and will finish at 40.25 crore nett and a distributor share of 19.50 crore approx.
- By Taran Adarsh, October 22, 2010 – 21:51 IST
Four releases – RAKHT CHARITRA, JHOOTHA HI SAHI, HISSS and DUS TOLA – and the business seemed clearly divided. JHOOTHA HI SAHI opened marginally better at plexes of metros, while HISSS was poor at plexes but better at single screens of mass centres. The Telugu version of RAKHT CHARITRA fetched a flying start, but the Hindi version didn’t, while DUS TOLA went completely unnoticed. The films may generate some interest over the weekend in some sectors, but weekdays onwards, the films are not expected to sustain.
The pre-Diwali phase is expected to take a toll next week and the industry feels that the business on weekdays is expected to decline considerably.
Abbas Tyrewala’s Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was the biggest surprise of 2008. While the film was in production, no trade pundit, or even its cast and crew members expected the film to take such an electrifying start and do a terrific business at the BO. Hence, the curiosity levels were skyhigh for Jhootha Hi Sahi, Tyrewala’s second flick. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t meet all the expectations and falls short of the level Tyrewala had set for himself with Jaane Tu. However, go for the film without comparing it with Jaane Tu or any other film and you are bound to enjoy. Jhootha Hi Sahi has a soul and loads of sweet and simple fun that makes it a perfect bet for this weekend for you and your friends/loved one!
The story of the movie: Siddharth (John Abraham), a shy and introvert guy, runs a bookstore named ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool’ along with his Pakistani friend Omar (Raghu Ram) in London. He’s compelled to take the part-time job of a suicide counselor after a suicide helpline agency wrongly publishes his number on their pamphlets. One night, he gets a call from Mishka (Pakhi). And life is never the same again for Sid. Both develop a bond for each other. Sid becomes her nameless and 4AM friend. He encourages her to live her life to the fullest once again. Sid, knowing for sure that he’ll never be meeting Mishka face-to-face brags as to how he has done it all…space travel, mountaineering, shark-taming! However, one day, they accidentally meet. Soon, Sid finds himself falling in love with Mishka. And that’s not good since he has said mountains of lies to Mishka. And not to forget, Sid isn’t single…he is ‘most probably’ the boyfriend of Krutika aka Kuttika (Manasi Scott).
Jhootha Hi Sahi after a point gets clichéd and also predictable, especially towards the climax. However, they are several factors that make Jhootha Hi Sahi an enjoyable fare inspite of the glitches. Firstly, most of the characters are hilarious and you instantly develop a liking for them. Be it Omar, her dominating pregnant sister Aliya (Alishka Varde), Aliya’s desperate-to-marry boyfriend Nick (George Young), Krutika and Sid and Mishka themselves, all are nicely sketched and nicely performed too. There are some more characters but the focus is more on the aforementioned ones who make this entire 2.30 hours film a treat. Secondly and most important, the film has a uniform pace. The film at no point gets dragging that you become restless or too fast that you don’t know what’s going on. It goes ahead with a perfect pace with significant developments happening at regular intervals.
The film begins on a humourous note with Sid receiving 3 calls in need of assistance (with voices of Imran Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan). The scene where Mishka calls Sid for the first time was intriguing. The film gets better as Sid (and also the viewers) discovers more about Mishka. The problems faced by characters seem straight out of life and hence very relatable.
As mentioned below, the pace just doesn’t fall even during the 2nd half when most films tend to get drag before the onset of climax. Nothing as such however is to be seen in Jhootha Hi Sahi. Although the pre-climax portion was weird (Mishka breaking off all ties with Sid), the film thankfully gets on track soon. The climax was amazing but too filmy. Still it works! And anyways, even Jaane Tu had such an unbelievable climax and we still liked it, didn’t we?
John Abraham like everytime gives his hundred percent to his role and comes out with flying colours. This role was way different from his previous films but yet comes up with a fine performance. Pakhi was brilliant. Casting a debutant like Pakhi and not any established actress is the best decision taken by the makers. This way, we judge her purely on the basis of her performance in this flick. Also she looks so cute and performs so convincingly that you can’t help but actually sympathize with her even though the problem her character was facing in the film is beaten to death by many other films. A brilliant debut indeed!
Raghu Ram seemed confident and provided lot of laughs in the film. He’ll be seen next in Farah Khan’s Tees Maar Khan. Alishka Varde was excellent as the dominating sis without going over the top in any scene. George Young impresses while Manasi Scott gets it quite right. R Madhavan wasn’t the right choice for the role. Nandana Sen and Anaitha Nair were good in their respective roles. Others do a fine job.
A R Rahman’s music wasn’t the best from his stable but worth listening to. 3 songs – Cry Cry, Do Nishaaniyaan and Pam Pa Ra – have a high repeat value. Pakhi has even written the story which wasn’t fresh and new but the screenplay ensures that you don’t lose interest from the film at any point. If the film touches your heart, it’s also thanks to Abbas Tyrewala’s wonderful direction. It’s unsure whether Jhootha Hi Sahi will get its commercial due but one thing is for sure-Abbas Tyrewala, the director has certainly evolved and is here to stay!
Some of the best scenes:
1. Sid gets 3 mysterious calls
2. Mishka calls Sid for the first time
3. Mishka at Sid’s bookstore (hilarious!)
4. Sid at Mishka’s DVD Store
5. Sid and Mishka go for dinner
6. Mishka at Aliya’s place for dinner
7. Omar and Krutika go out for dinner (funny!)
8. Sid and Kabir (Madhavan) meet for the first time
9. The last 20 minutes
On the whole, Jhootha Hi Sahi is a sweet and cute entertainer that will surely make up for the perfect outing this weekend with your friends or loved one. Go for it!
My rating-*** ½
TNN (BOMBAY TIMES; October 22, 2010)
The director of Jaane Tu… Ya Jaane Na, Abbas Tyrewala, is back with a bang with his much-awaited film, Jhootha Hi Sahi. This movie, produced by Saregama, has become a little more special for Abbas as his wife Pakhi has not only written the movie, but she also makes her Bollywood debut as the lead actress opposite a geeky John Abraham. The filmmaker returns with a love story again, a realistic one that everybody can relate to, and is about a new set of friends.
Jhootha Hi Sahi is about a guy called Siddharth, played by John, who gets into trouble in his love life because of his white lies. John has already garnered rave reviews for his appearance as he sports an interesting, geeky look, which is accentuated by him wearing spectacles and having a body not nearly as perfect as we are used to seeing John with. The film holds a lot of promise as it is anticipated that such a package of a star cast and music created by AR Rahman will make it a winner at the Box Office, as well as bowl over the critics. The wait to catch the film is now over as it releases today, and John is urging one and all to not miss this light-hearted movie. John says, “This is a fun film, and I promise you that you’ll fall in love with each and every character. Abbas has done a great job with the film.”
By Taran Adarsh, October 22, 2010 – 08:28 IST
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.
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Sadly, Abbas Tyrewala’s new offering JHOOTHA HI SAHI falls flat for this reason [it doesn't meet the expectations] as well as several other reasons. What comes across is unexciting, boring and lethargic. Moments make a love story work and JHOOTHA HI SAHI never reaches there. It lacks the fizz and heart, to put it bluntly. Also, the chemistry between the lead pair – John Abraham and Pakhi – is plastic.
Another department where the film fumbles, besides writing, is its music. It’s an unspoken rule that love stories should be embellished with terrific music, but maestro A.R. Rahman’s compositions in JHOOTHA HI SAHI are lifeless.
Final word? Thumbs down!
When Siddharth [John Abraham] wakes up one night to a call from a desperate man threatening to jump out of the window, he isn’t prepared for what lies ahead. A mixed-up phone number. A desi suicide helpline in London. And various callers demanding that Sid give them a reason to live. Or else… Until one fateful night, Mishka [Pakhi] calls. And they both discover an unlikely bond.
Sid becomes her nameless friend. Her faceless philosopher. And she becomes his reason to rethink about life. Along the way, he also lies to her. Lies about his exciting adventures and daring escapades. The mountains he has climbed and the sharks he has tamed. Until the day they accidentally meet. And Sid falls in love.
How can he tell her the truth? That he’s just a simple bookseller? With four friends, a small apartment and a girlfriend whom no one likes and he doesn’t love.
The first and foremost thing that you expect from a film is an engrossing story and of course, a cohesive screenplay that keeps your attention alive for the next two hours. But the screenplay [Pakhi] is devoid of moments that bring a smile on your face at the end of the screening. Ideally, one would expect the focus to be on the principal pair, but the sub-plots [the friends and their sequences] dominate a good chunk of the film. And that, consequently, makes the film verbose, talk-heavy, tedious and verrry lengthy.
On retrospection, the female protagonist [Pakhi] comes across as a confused character, who finds stability in her life when John stages an entry, but goes back to her ex [Madhavan] for no particular reason. And the moment she does that, she drops John like a hot potato. That’s not all, she, all of a sudden, dumps her ex too and goes back to John. Thanks to this reason, the character comes across as someone who’s stone-hearted, cold and confused and that’s also the reason why you don’t jump with joy when the lovers unite towards the end.
Also, like I pointed out earlier, the multiple tracks in the film are a deterrent. The track of the gay couple is silly and unimaginative, while the relationship between the aggressive and dominating pregnant sister and her Japanese fiance is weird. Also, if the sensibilities of the film are Western and the humour British, the ending becomes Bollywoodish conveniently. The entire sequence at the bridge looks so filmy.
Director Abbas Tyrewala has filmed a number of sequences impeccably, but the writing is flaccid and the prime reason why the film fails to register an impact. Rahman’s music is of the fast-forward variety and that’s all the more surprising since the duo [Rahman and Tyrewala] had come up with a winning score in JAANE TU YA JAANE NA.
John makes a sincere attempt to look the part, but he’s awkward, especially in sequences when he stammers. Pakhi is a complete miscast. She looks too matured and has her limitations as an actor. Amongst the sundry characters, Raghu Ram is noticeable. R. Madhavan should avoid such flimsy characters.
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.
By Bollywood Hungama News Network, October 15, 2010 – 13:02 IST
Jhootha Hi Sahi is just around the corner for release and news surfaces, that the lead actor John Abraham has been sentenced to 15 days imprisonment. The first thought is whether this is a publicity stunt or is this for real… Well, seems like its true.
In April 2006, John was involved in a road accident where he apparently rammed his bike into a cycle thus injuring two people. However, the actor who hurt himself in the incident took both the injured men to a hospital for medication.
The verdict for this case of rash and negligent driving was declared yesterday which sentenced John to 15 days simple imprisonment, along with a fine of Rs. 1500 considering his act of responsibility towards the two injured people. However, the actor acquired bail immediately and continued the promotions for his upcoming film.
Debutante director Faruk Kabir will have to wait to see his debut film Allah Ke Banday
The film, which was scheduled to release on the 22nd of October has now been pushed to the 12th of November.
The change came as Jhootha Hi Sahi has now been postponed to the 22nd of October, making it difficult for Allah Ke Banday to get more cinema halls.
When contacted, Faruk Kabir said, “Yes it is true, we will be releasing the film on the 12th of November now.
The problem is that with Abbas Tyrewala’s Jhootha Hi Sahi shifting to 22nd of October, along with Ramu’s Rakta Charitra, we had problems getting single screens.
But this forced change has given us a chance to give more time to the marketing.”
Allah Ke Banday, based on juvenile crime, stars Naseeruddin Shah, Sharman Joshi and Faruk Kabir in lead roles.
Writer-director Abbas Tyrewala has roped in Imran Khan, Abhishek Bachchan and Ritesh Deshmukh for voice cameos in his latest flick Jhoota Hi Sahi, which also stars his wife Pakhi Tyrewala as the female lead.
A source from the crew spills the beans and reveals the surprise which was meant to be kept under the wraps till the release of the film.
The source reveals, “The movie begins with three phone calls that the protagonist receives.
Initially, Abbas dubbed the scene with three voice-over artists but it didn’t have the impact that the beginning of a film should have.
Suddenly one day Abbas came up with the idea of asking his actor friends to do the voice cameos.”
When we contacted Abbas, he sounded a bit surprised but confirmed the story.
But the producers of Jhootha Hi Sahi, which has been pushed to October 22, insist that it’s to offer the maestro more “creative freedom”
Jhootha Hi Sahi which was slated to release on October 15 has been pushed by a week. The reason being its music director A R Rahman. The background music of Jhootha Hi Sahi still requires some work and therefore director Abbas Tyrewala has decided to postpone the release. The film will now release on the October 22.
Our source said, “Abbas Tyrewala wanted to give A R Rahman creative freedom and not nag him with deadlines. Therefore without batting an eyelid Abbas decided to push the release date and give A R Rahman more time to work on the background score of Jhootha Hi Sahi.
|A R Rahman and Abbas Tyrewala|
Although Abbas was travelling with Rahman everywhere to finish the background, it is obvious that the work is far from over. Abbas took a completely creative decision when he postponed the release date by a week. He feels that what Rahman brings to a project is very valuable. He did not want to hamper A R Rahman’s creative process by bogging him down with time limits.”
Producer Madhu Mantena confirms the news. “It’s true that we’ve decided to release Jhootha Hi Sahi on October 22. It’s only good, as we will utilise this extra time in promoting our film. It was a decision that we all took together. Rahman and Abbas have been working on the music and it sounds fantastic. However they feel that a little work is still required towards the end of the film. So we decided to push the film for now. It is for the betterment of the film and no date is more important than the film itself.”
When asked about the deadline to finish the music, Madhu said, “See they can still kill themselves and complete the flick in time as we have a week. However it is not fair to put these creative people under so much pressure. I think they need time to do their best work and that’s what we are doing.”
It is all very cooperative of these folks. But we wonder what Side B of the same argument sounds like.
By Taran Adarsh, October 5, 2010 – 08:38 IST
There’s a strong possibility that JHOOTHA HI SAHI may be postponed by one week. Slated for release next week [15 October], the film may now arrive on 22 October because music composer A.R. Rahman is yet to complete recording the background score of the film. Producer Madhu Mantena doesn’t rule out the possibility. “Yes, the film may get shifted to next week. It’s true that Rahman hasn’t completed recording the background score. Also, with two major films clashing on 15 October [AAKROSH, KNOCK OUT], there’s no point releasing on that date. Besides, the music of JHOOTHA HI SAHI is picking up and if we shift the film ahead by one week, it will only help the music to grow further,” Mantena states.
If JHOOTHA HI SAHI is shifted to latter date, Madhu Mantena will hold the distinction of releasing four films on a single Friday – JHOOTHA HI SAHI and the three versions of RAKHT CHARITRA [Hindi, Tamil and Telugu].