Hasee Toh Phasee (transl. Smile and get snared) is a 2014 Indian Hindi-language romantic comedy-drama film directed by Vinil Mathew and produced by Karan Johar and Anurag Kashyap. The film features Sidharth Malhotra, Parineeti Chopra and Adah Sharma in the lead roles. The film was released on 7 February 2014 and collected around ₹620 million (US$8.7 million) worldwide.
Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) is a struggling businessman, who thinks he loves Karishma (Adah Sharma), an actress. Nikhil is characterized as a person who believes that once committed to a girl, there should be no straying. Karishma asks Nikhil to arrange ₹50 million (US$700,000) before marriage, which is 7 days later, to earn a contract.
Nikhil meets Meeta (Parineeti Chopra), Karishma’s younger sister, with whom he had a brief encounter 7 years ago. Meeta, who is an IITian in Chemical Engineering and PhD., is a super-intelligent geek with unusual habits and tics, who ran away 7 years ago to China after stealing money from her own father (Manoj Joshi), leading to his heart attack. Now, just a week before Nikhil and Karishma’s wedding, Meeta has turned up to meet her father, but Karishma is scared that her sister’s sudden appearance might ruin their wedding. Hence, Karishma assigns Nikhil to keep Meeta away from her father.
Meeta has returned with an intention to steal again but her involvement with Nikhil during the next 7 days diverts her attention. During these 7 days, with many personal and social activities, Nikhil and Meeta fall in love but Nikhil backs off as he doesn’t want to betray Karishma. He comes to know that for her research, Meeta has taken a heavy loan of ₹100 million (US$1.4 million) from a Chinese investor by forging her father’s signature. The deadline for payback is over and an extension of three days was given, during which she has to steal money from her father’s account to save him from the investor’s goons. Nikhil helps Meeta to hack her father’s account but advises her to apologize to her family. Meeta reunites with her family and Nikhil realizes he is marrying the wrong girl.
Meeta is unable to gather the courage to steal her father’s money and tells her father the truth. Her father forgives her and provides her with the money. Nikhil later tells Meeta on the phone that he should have gone with her to Goa when she asked him to come with her 7 years ago. Meeta tells him that it is not too late for them to run away.
When Nikhil comes to Meeta’s and sees Karishma happy and joyful with her sibling and returns home, realising the complications that he can not hurt Karishma. Nikhil scolds Meeta for being selfish and only thinking of her own benefit. Nikhil tells her to go away from here. Mr. Adlani call Nikhil showing his interest in Nikhil idea.
On the wedding day, Meeta leaves her house without informing anyone, leaving her mobile phone in Karishma’s room. Nikhil tries to call her and sends many texts, which go unanswered. On reaching the mandap Meeta’s father informs him that she has left for China. Karishma finds Meeta’s phone in her room, reads the messages, and realizes she has lost Nikhil. During the wedding she asks Nikhil to leave and her decision is supported by her father. Meeta cries at the airport and tries to end her life but gives up and goes back to wedding. She and Nikhil reunite and express their love for each other sealing it with a kiss.
The movie ends with Nikhil and Meeta at the airport, scheduled to travel to Germany. Meeta tells him that there is another problem waiting for them.
Sidharth Malhotra as Nikhil Bharadwaj
Parineeti Chopra as Dr. Meeta Solanki
Adah Sharma as Karishma Solanki
Manoj Joshi as Devesh Solanki, Meeta and Karishma’s father
Sharat Saxena as S.B Bharadwaj, Nikhil’s father
Neena Kulkarni as Nikhil’s mother
Samir Sharma as Nikhil’s brother
Anil Mange as Abhinandan
Sameer Khakhar as Alpesh Bhai Solanki
Sunil Upadhyay as Salim
Garvita Sharma as Amrita
Gulzar Dastur as Nikhil’s aunt
Lily Patel as Baa, Meeta’s grandmother
Akash Dabas as Nikhil’s friend
Karan Johar in a Special appearance
Tinnu Anand as Mukesh Adnani (Special appearance)
Jaymeet Sinha as Ruhaan
Bobby Darling in the song “Drama Queen”
Namit Shah as young Nikhil
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