February 19, 2010 (Sampurn Wire): ‘Toh Baat Pakki‘ is a 2010 Hindi movie directed by Kedarh Shinde with Tabu, Sharman Joshi, Ayub Khan, Vatsal Seth, Uvika Chaudhary in lead roles. Read the film review at CalcuttaTube.
Toh Baat Pakki: A clean family entertainer
Rating: 3.5 out of 5*
Starring: Tabu, Sharman Joshi, Vatsal Seth, Ayub Khan and Uvika Chaudhary
Director: Kedarh Shinde
Rajeshwari (Tabu) stays with her hubby Surendra (Ayub Khan) and two kids in small town Palanpur. Within her Saxena community, she aspires for a perfect well settled match for her younger sister Nisha (Uvika). She wants someone who will be also against dowry system. When she encounters an engineering student, Rahul (Sharman) at first she ends up arguing with him over a trivial matter but soon realizes his goodness and also the fact that he is a Saxena too. She looks at him as a perfect prospect for her sister. She then even convinces him to stay with them as a paying guest. After bringing Nisha to stay with them too, Rajeshwari succeeds in Rahul and Nisha falling for each other. As she gets his marriage fixed between Rahul and Nisha in comes Yuvraaj (Vatsal). Yuvraaj is a Saxena too and well settled in his job and is also about to get his own official bungalow. Rajeshwari then immediately dumps the prospect of having Rahul marrying Nisha and decides to go after Yuvraaj instead. What mess it all leads to forms the second half of the film.
Toh Baat Pakki comes in the tradition of Hrishikesh Mukherjee entertainers. Pure clean comedy mixed with emotions and a happy ending for all concerned. Vibha Singh in her script blendes both comedy and emotional sequences well. While the portions leading to Sharman and Uvika getting their baat pakki from Tabu are amusing, the ones in the second half where the film takes a bit of a serious turn when Vatsal and Uvika’s marriage is fixed are equally entertaining as well. Sharman’s attempts at sabotaging their marriage never go over board. However, the unwanted multi character confusion could have been avoiding in the climax as it only ends up prolonging it.
Back on screen in a big role after a long time, Tabu dominates the film completely and is a treat to watch. Sharman never disappoints and is extremely lovable in this one. Vatsal Seth gets less screen time compared to Sharman but he still manages to impress with his charm and underplay acting. Ayub Khan complements Tabu well. Uvika Chaudhary is cute and does well. Sharat Saxena brings on many laughs. Suhasini Mulay is good. Himani Shivpuri fits the part. Both the kids are cute.
Debutante director Kedarh Shinde has handled both the comic and emotional sequences with equal panache. He is a very big name in the Marathi film industry and looking at his Hindi debut he is all set for a longer innings here as well. Pritam’s music is good with Ek Din Mera Byaah Hoyega by Mika being the pick of the lot.
After a long time, a clean heartwarming family entertainer has hit the screens. Don’t miss it for its small town charm and wonderful acting.
TOH BAAT PAKKI – Independent review 2 by IANS
[ReviewAZON asin=”B0034HN09E” display=”inlinepost”]Film: ‘Toh Baat Pakki’; Cast: Tabu, Ayub Khan, Vatsal Seth, Sharman Joshi; Director: Kedar Shindre; Rating: *
It’s ‘Click’ that’s meant to be this week’s horror flick. But ‘Toh Baat Pakki’ is a bigger horror than anything in any recent weeks. And to think that the divine Tabu stars in it makes the blood boil.
On paper, the idea of playing the busybody housewife Rajeshwari, who seems to have only one mission in life, namely to see her sister (newcomer Yuvika) married off, must have sounded like an exciting new character to explore for the brilliant actress. Alas, Tabu had not bargained for the mundane situations and the pedestrian dialogues that her character has been put into.
‘Toh Baat Pakki’ is one of those tragic comedies that don’t elicit a hint of humour. The plot is intrinsically bereft of ingenuity and the direction is strained most of the way.
Among the many problems that plague the plot is the lack of inherent drama in Tabu’s character. Her character has no inner life, no motivating emotions except hatching silly match-making schemes for her giddy-headed sister. She first invites Sharman into her home as a tenant…And then Vatsal.
Tabu plays the annoying, part-schemer, part-dreamer housewife. Unlike the shrew that Sridevi played with full-blooded passion in ‘Judaai’, Tabu’s Rajeshwari is a woman caught in annoying confusions of self-assertion. And she’s not to blame.
The lingering condition of a hangover mixed with yesterday’s leftovers stays with the film right till the bustling conclusion when all of Rajeshwari’s match-making manipulation come to fatuous fruition.
‘Toh Baat Pakki’ tries hard to be charming and quaint. But it lacks that lightness of weight that would have made the characters appear larger than life in an unstrained atmosphere.
A pity, since the ethereal Tabu is hardly seen in any film. She tries bravely to get out of her dramatic space to deliver a broad satirical performance that screams for behind-the-scenes fine-tuning.
She gets no support from her co-stars except maybe Ayub Khan who, as her supportive husband, plays a thankless part with warmth. Sharman Joshi as Tabu’s sister’s first suitor has done the goofy act lately in ‘3 Idiots’. Here he has nothing new or appealing to add to his uninspired character.
Vatsal Seth, as suitor No.2, gives his clean-cut, good-boy role a genial treatment. The second half, where Sharman pretends to be the bride-to-be’s well-wisher and tries to influence Vatsal against the marital alliance, is suspiciously similar to Yash Chopra’s ‘Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai’.
While the older film had some derivative energy to sustain its silly romantic movement, ‘Toh Baat Pakki’ is as inert at its centre as a clock that stopped ticking while you were sleeping.
Avoid the film even if you are a diehard Tabu fan. In fact, please avoid it if you are a Tabu fan.