Even If It's a Lie (2010)

Movie


Even If It's a Lie (2010)
Jhootha Hi Sahi (original title)

London-based Siddharth Arya gets a number of telephone calls from three suicidal males in one night. Subsequently, he is approached by Suhana Malik from 'Dost India' and requested to volunteer his time every night counseling East Indians from killing themselves. Siddharth, who stammers in presence of attractive women, but not on the phone, agrees to do so - much to the chagrin of his Air-Hostess girlfriend, Krutika. One of his callers is a distraught female, Mishka, who wants to kill herself as she has been jilted by her long-time boyfriend, Kabir. Siddharth not only talks her out of it but also convinces her to make new friends. Both meet at the bookstore that he manages with his friends but he refuses to divulge his identity. Both continue to meet and are drawn towards one another - but not for long - as soon Krutika will demand an explanation, as well as Kabir will attempt to re-enter Mishka's life.
India
UK
IMDb  6.2 /10
Creators
Director Abbas Tyrewala
Writer Pakhi
Writer Paakhi A. Tyrewala
Information
Release Date2010-10-22
Runtime2h 22mins
GenreComedy, Drama, Romance
Content Rating
Awards
Company1-800-Love, Big Bang Media, Saregama India
CountryIndia, UK
LanguageHindi, English
Siddharth Arya / Fidato
Mishka (as Pakhi Tyrewala)
Alishka Varde
Alishka Varde
Aliya
Prahsant Chawla
Prahsant Chawla
Uday
Kabir (as R. Madhavan)
Suhana Malik
(voice) (as Ritesh Deshmukh)

Jhootha Hi Sahi

Jhootha Hi Sahi (transl. Even if it's a lie) is a 2010 Indian romantic comedy film co produced and directed by Abbas Tyrewala under the banner of Sa Re Ga Ma. It stars John Abraham, Pakhi Tyrewala, Raghu Ram, Manasi Scott and Alishka Varde in the leads roles. R. Madhavan makes an extended Cameo appearance along with Nandana Sen in a Cameo appearance. It features a successful score and soundtrack by A. R. Rahman. The film is about a suicidal woman, whose "final" call mistakenly connects her to a man who gives her something to live for.


Plot

Siddharth "Sid" (John Abraham) works in a bookstore in London named Kagaz Ke Phool with his Pakistani friend Omar (Raghu Ram). His girlfriend Krutika (Manasi Scott) never leaves a chance to dominate him and he is so fed up.

The twist comes when Sid starts getting calls from people who are attempting suicide as his number was mistakenly printed on fliers of a suicide helpline, and later on he takes on the phone counselling job.

One night, he gets a call from a beautiful and lonely sad Mishka (Pakhi Tyrewala) who has had a bad relationship with her ex bf Kabir, and is on the verge of taking her life. Mishka discloses her suicidal feelings and then they become phone friends. However, as a rule, Sid must keep his phone identity hidden so Mishka starts calling him "Fidato".

As coincidence, Mishka comes to Sid's bookstore to buy some books, and Sid falls in love with her but wants to hide his Fidato identity so Sid pretends he has a stammer. Mishka befriends Sid not knowing that he is Fidato, her phone friend-counselor.

Then Sid and Mishka get closer and bond closely where Sid takes the unique opportunity to impress her by telling her all the things which she used to confide in her phone friend Fidato.

One day, Fidato mentions Kabir by name by mistake whereas Mishka had only mentioned Kabir name to Sid, not Fidato. things patch up.

However, another twist arises when one fine day, Kabir (ex-boyfriend of Mishka) springs up and apologise to Mishka, and when Mishka ignores him telling him she is with Sid, he becomes suicidal.

When Mishka sees Kabir has true love for her, she can't bear the separation any longer and they get closer much to Sid's disappoinment as he had fallen in love with Mishka.

The final straw comes in when Mishka's neighbor is suicidal takes poison and calls Fidato help line, and Fidato recognized that it is Mishka's neighbor and immediately calls Mishka in the middle of the night to call 999.

Later on, on the London Bridge, Sid and Mishka finally end their differences and the film ends on a happy note when sid any how went one side from another to take the last chance provided by Mishka although the bridge gates were closed. At the end they two hug each other & the movie ends with a slow romantic song in the background.


Cast

  • John Abraham as Siddharth "Sid" Arya / Fidato
  • Pakhi Tyrewala as Mishka
  • Raghu Ram as Omar
  • Alishka Varde as Aliya
  • Manasi Scott as Krutika
  • George Young as Nick
  • Omar Khan as Amit
  • Prashant Chawla as Uday
  • Anaitha Nair as Sushi
  • Madhavan as Kabir (Extended Cameo Appearance)
  • Nandana Sen as Suhana Malik (Special Appearance)
  • Abheek Sinha as Ankur
  • Jodie Fenwick as Dancer (Special Appearance)

Voice-overs:

  • Imran Khan as Akshay / Akash Dixit (Caller No 1)
  • Ritesh Deshmukh as Amar Dixit (Caller No 2)
  • Abhishek Bachchan as Jai Dixit (Caller No 3)

Production

The film was originally titled 1-800-Love, later renamed as Call Me Dil and released under the title Jhootha Hi Sahi. The heroine of the film is Pakhi Tyrewala, wife of the director of this film Abbas Tyrewala. R. Madhavan and Nandana Sen make guest appearances in the movie while Imran Khan, Ritesh Deshmukh and Abhishek Bachchan lent their voices. The first look billboard poster of the film was unveiled by John Abraham, in a first of its kind on 12 August. The theatrical trailer was unveiled on 27 August 2010 and the music was released on 17 September 2010.


Release

The movie released on 22 October 2010. Earlier it planned to release on 4 July and 15 October, but was delayed since the re-recording of the background score by Rahman took more time than planned.


Music

The original score and songs of the film were composed by A. R. Rahman with lyrics penned by Abbas Tyrewala. He composed eight tracks for the film; however, a track by Shaan and Sunidhi Chauhan was not featured in the film or soundtrack album. There were rumours that KK and Adnan Sami have recorded songs for the album, but this did not happen. Rahman recorded some of the background score at his K. M. Musiq Studios in Los Angeles. Rahman wrote on a social networking website, "Recorded with a Los Angeles jazz quartet, a couple of whom have played with the likes of Barbra Streisand and Billie Holiday." A few of the songs were recorded in London, while the rest was recorded in Chennai. There were reports that the re-recording of the score took more time than planned and this led to the delayed release of the movie.


Controversy

Warner Bros. filed a case of copyright violation alleging that the movie was copied from their television series Friends. The producer of the film, Madhu Mantena, responded that it was not true and that the film had nothing to do with Friends; director Abbas Tyrewala has also denied the allegations.


Reception

Critical response

Jhootha Hi Sahi has received mixed critical responses. On the review-aggregation website ReviewGang, the film scored 5.0/10 based on 4 reviews. Nikhat Kazmi of The Times of India rated it 3.5/5: "The script has a few teasing twists and turns that do not let it fall into the rut of predictable run-of-the-mill romances". Aniruddha Guha of DNA rated it 2/4: "The film may have its moments, but not enough to leave you with a smile at the end. Not even recommended as a date movie". Sukanya Venkatraghavan of Filmfare wrote, Jhootha Hi Sahi is like an amateur college play where everyone is trying too hard and the writing is just plain cocky, with no depth or direction". Sukanya Verma of Rediff wrote, "John's the best, forget the rest". She gave a 2 out of 5 rating to the movie. Mathures Paul of The Statesman gave the film 2 out of 5 stars, noting, "It really doesn’t matter if Abraham lost a few stones to play Sid, if Pakhi is a good scriptwriter (though she looks like a middle-aged aunt with two left feet), AR Rahman is the music director and Abbas Tyrewala's last film was the modestly successful Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na. They all work in different directions".

Box office

The film opened to 50 – 60% occupancy in the first week. However, it managed to surpass other close releases from the next week onwards, reaching number one in the Indian box office and reaching number 20 in the United Kingdom box office on its opening weekend. By the end of its theatrical run, it had collected ₹ 15.6 crore (156 million) worldwide.