Movie Review: Toh Baat Pakki (2010)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★☆☆☆
Box Office: Flop

still2A lot of present-day directors seem inspired by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee’s movies. The veterans told simple stories in the most simplistic manner. Director Kedarh Shinde, one presumes, also seems inspired by their master works and attempts to narrate a story that’s identifiable and at the same time, 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, at several points, falls flat. Especially towards the penultimate portions.

Rajeshwari Saxena (Tabu) is a distinctive middleclass housewife who wants to get her younger sister Nisha (Yuvika Chaudhary) married to a well-to-do guy. In a dowry-demanding society where it’s difficult to find a good groom, she is on a constant lookout for a suitable match for Nisha.


Seeing an engineering student Rahul (Sharman Joshi) as a prospective partner for Nisha, Rajeshwari tries to hook up the two by hook or crook. Just when the two fall for each other and marriage is on the cards enters Yuvraj (Vatsal Sheth). With his gaadi-bungla-naukri status, Rajeshwari sees a more potential partner for Nisha in him. So she now proposes marriage of Nisha with Yuvraj much against Nisha and Rahul’s wishes.

Now Rahul has to win back Nisha but not against the will of her family. So he does a Shah Rukh Khan of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge by entering the Saxena household and playing a wedding planner.Simultaneously he schemes and manipulates Yuvraj’s mind against Nisha like Uday Chopra of Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai . After much marital mayhem in the climax like in Priyadarshan’s Hulchul , the culmination of a film, for a zillionth time, resorts to the climax of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai as Vatsal Sheth does a Salman Khan, handing over Nisha to Rahul with the customary cliché ‘ sambhalo apni amanat ’.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “Don’t miss it for its small town charm and wonderful acting”
Real Bollywood
3.0 “promises some pakka entertaining moments”
3.0 “A pleasant watch”
Times Of India
Average Reviews
2.5 “reminds you of the films from the house of Rajshri. But it is just not up to that level”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “The film has some wonderful moments, some old-world charm, but the humour, at several points, falls flat”
DNA India
2.0 “entertains in parts. The performances are good, but can’t save the film”
Now Running
2.0 “will have to rely on a strong word of mouth, especially from family audiences, to stay afloat”
1.5 “Risk it only if you have nothing better to do this weekend”
Buzz 18
1.5 “the story makes no sense, the screenplay is flawed, direction is amateurish”
1.5 “a complete disaster”
IBN Live
1.0 “we’re served up a bland, preposterously dated ‘comedy’ with lame jokes and little to laugh at”
1.0 “half-baked, ignoble fare”
Zee News

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