Movie Review: Total Siyapaa (2014)
Aman (Ali Zafar), who is in London, hopes to marry Asha (Yami Gautam), an Indian girl, also in London. He visits her parents’ house to seek their permission to marry her. However, his plans to impress the family start failing when they discover that he is a Pakistani. Total Siyapaa (Total Chaos) is about a series of unfortunate events that befall a good-hearted but hapless Pakistani boy while visiting his girlfriend’s parents, leading to some of the funniest, chaotic and outrageous situations.
Picking on this pert premise screenwriter Neeraj Pandey does a special 69 on cross-border politics. Borderline tensions are defused to the point until we see just the ludicrous futility of cultural bickering. It’s a delicious idea to build a plot around.
Pandey derives inspiration from a Spanish film Seres Queridos, in which the conflict between the Palestinian boy and his girlfriend’s Jewish family was served in a feisty feast of farcical episodes, all meant to draw humour from the dysfunctional family’s dysfunctionalism.