Movie Review: Toh Baat Pakki (2010)
A 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.
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 ’.