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Toh Baat Pakki

Cast: Tabu, Sharman Joshi, Uvika, Vatsal Seth, Ayub Khan, Himani Shivpuri, Sharat Saxena.

Producer: Ramesh S Taurani

Director: Kedarh Shinde

Story: Pramod Sharma

Music: Pritam

Banner: Tips Films

Rajeshwari (Tabu) is a blunt woman to a fault yet she knows when to handle the situation from going out of hands. Her priority in life is to get her younger sister married to a well placed, well paid young man. Besides, his being a Saxena is mandatory. Her zeal to find such a suitable boy is mercenary. In comes Rahul (Sharman Joshi), a civil engineer in the making and a Saxena too! Rajeshwari offers shelter to Rahul who, till then, was her loud neighbour’s (Upasana Singh) paying guest. She also gets her younger sister Nisha (Uvika) over to get her acquainted with Rahul and encourages their romance; manipulates him into agreeing for an early marriage.

But, nothing or nobody is good enough for her. Soon there is another suitor on the scene, Yuvraaj (Vatsal Seth). He is employed with Godrej in a respectable position and is due to get a bungalow as an official accommodation, too! Rajeshwari instantly discards Rahul and chooses Yuvraaj for her sister. Rahul now has to be one up on Rajeshwari, if he has to win his beloved, Nisha.

Toh Baat Pakki is meant to be a romantic comedy, but it is far from it. Romance is symbolic, if it is there it is because the writer-director insist. The comic situations are forced and fail to tickle one’s funny bone. There is neither any laugh worthy scene nor a repartee. If Rajeshwari is mercenary, Rahul is manipulative and selfish. Justification being, ‘everything is fair in love and war!’ Not only things are predictable, they are predictably bad!

Eventually culminating in to a game of one-upmanship between Rahul and Rajeshwari, the film wastes a lot of talent by misusing or not using at all artistes like Suhasini Muley, Sharat Saxena, Himani Shivpuri and Ayub Khan. Among the rest, Tabu gives a seasoned performance even in a mundane script. Sharman oscillates between good and fair. Uvika does well while Vatsal Seth is fair.

Directorially, the film is poor with no sense of continuity. It has a couple of peppy numbers but not good enough to lift the film. The choreography of the songs is unimaginative. Dialogue has no punch or humour. Photography is passable. Production values are average.

Toh Baat Pakki, in essence, is a poor attempt at the David Dhawan kind of joy ride!

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