Karan Johar‘s company Dharma Productions is in a happy place as far as off-beat, quirky romances go. They have got the formula right not once, but three times over with Wake Up Sid, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu (EMAET) and now with their latest offering Hasee Toh Phasee(HTP). Says Karan, “In my opinion, HTP worked because it not only broke formula, it also managed to have its own individual voice. Vinil Mathew’s script made you laugh and cry, but more importantly it managed to strike a chord with its individualistic nature.”
The filmmaker says that he was pleasantly surprised that so many of the reviews mentioned that after the Kareena Kapoor Khan-Imran Khan love story EMAET, HTP is another film that managed a similar feat of being out of the box and yet so lovable.
“I’m happy that both these unusual romcoms were produced by my company. This not only brings longevity to our brand, it also marks an important movement within our mainstream Bollywood cinema space. In Hollywood too, you have a lot of ‘indie’ films that, from time to time manage to break the clutter and earn box office appreciation. We too are attempting to do something similar out here.”
Speaking of the chemistry between Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra, Karan says, “The term ‘chemistry between the lead actors’ is used very often. But I think it worked tremendously in the case of Sid and Pari. They are so good together that almost everyone in the theatre is rooting for them. The true test of a chemistry having worked is measured when the audience roots for a lead pair. Of course what is really and truly gratifying is the fact that over the weekend, we (Phantom Films and I) noticed how HTP has earned love and made money. What more can I ask for?”