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A little fib goes a long way in love

There is a saying in Tamil: “You can tell a thousand lies to conduct one marriage.”

That adage can now be extended to pre-marital romance and everything associated with the affairs of the heart, for, if a fib here and a white lie there can keep two souls together, it has to be a good thing.

Bollywood films thrive on the beaten track, lifting stories, sequences and songs, but plagiarism is seen as the finest form of flattery. On such a score, you could be forgiven to find similarities between Jhootha Hi Sahi (‘Lying is Ok’) and Notting Hill (a 1999 British comedy film) and some ‘inspiration’ from the popular television series Friends.

Mind Blowing Films operating on either side of the Tasman will release Jhootha Hi Sahi for public view from October 22, 2010. It will be screened in Sky City Cinemas in Manukau and Queen Street and Hoyts Cinema in Sylvia Park in Auckland.

Director Abbas Tyrewala has made some bold attempts in his film, turning the macho hero John Abraham into a ‘comedy of errors,’ with one lie leading to many others. As a simple fellow going about his work conscientiously, he is turned into a nervous wreck as one telephone cross-connection leads to a somewhat unholy alliance with Miksha. The subsequent scenes have been well captured.

It may be good to romance on the telephone and whisper little something into the ears of a girl but the day the two come face to face, something else happens. From her erstwhile suicidal mood, Miksha begins to understand the value of life and that it is too precious to be wasted on thinks like ‘early retirement.’

Jhootha Hi Sahi would have its soft, funny, melodramatic and realistic moments, encouraging Siddharth to make the right move.

Abbas has cast his real-life wife Pakhi as Miksha opposite Sid, hoping to provide a fresh face to the industry, although this is not her first film.

Nandana Sen, the Bengali beauty who is making heads turn and Tamil film industry favourite Madhavan are also in the cast.

A R Rahman’s music should lift the value of the film further.

According to industry sources, Jhootha Hi Sahi was initially titled, 1-800-Love and was later renamed as Call Me Dil. The final title stuck.

Jhootha Hi Sahi Credits

Producer: Madhu Mantena

Director: Abbas Tyrewala

Cast: John Abraham, Pakhi Tyrewala, Raghu Ram

Manasi Scott, Anitha Nair, Omar Khan

Alishka Varde, Madhavan, Nandana Sen

Release Date: October 22, 2010

Cinemas: Sky City (Queen Street, Manukau) Hoyts (Sylvia Park) Auckland

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