John Abraham comes in two avatars - a self-assured one and a geeky one. The former gives gyaan to the heroine on phone. The latter starts stammering on seeing her beautiful face. The girl alternates between the alter-egos, oblivious of the real identity.
Due to some hera pheri of his phone number with a suicide helpline number, Siddharth (John Abraham) starts getting unsolicited calls of people who seek his advice to stop ending their lives. He volunteers to help and one fine night gets a call from Mishka (Pakhi) who wants to end her life. Siddharth counsels her in her perilous situation.
After subsequent and continual calls between the two, the suicide helpline slowly begins to transform into a phone-a-friend option and the two start to develop a strong bonding over the phone. Soon Siddharth meets Mishka personally without revealing his true identity. As he gets to know more about Mishka through the phone calls, he wins her love personally. And all this while, Mishka remains unaware that both the identities belong to the same individual.
Like most romantic comedies, even this film is pretty predictable but it somehow appeals to one’s softer side as the on-screen pair manage to somehow win you over. However other than Aliya (Alishka Varde) and her Pakistani Brother (Raghu Ram), the others actors do not have a role meaty enough to be put to effective use. Nevertheless the little subplots of a gay's crush and a Japanese banker's repeated attempts to propose to his pregnant girlfriend definitely make you chuckle.
However, things change as Mishka's ex-love Kabir (R. Madhavan) suddenly emerges. It’s a wonder that a talented actor such as Madhavan agreed to do such an insignificant role as Mishka’s nagging ex-boyfriend.
The last bit of the film seems to go on a bit more than necessary and predictably, Siddharth reveals his true identity just before the film’s climax.
A. R. Rahman's music, even though not as catchy as some of his other work, does seem to suit the theme of the film. The Cinematography is quite good and the performances by all the actors are decent. John Abraham manages a convincing nerdy act and stammer. Pakhi looks beautiful and puts in a confident act. Raghu Ram, contradictory to his tough Roadies image, comes across as a talented and good-natured supporting actor with good comic timing. Alishka Varde is good. Anaitha Nair, a super talented actress, is wasted in a tiny role. Mansi Scott and Omar Khan add good support.
However, Madhavan’s talent and his reputation as a fantastic actor is completely wasted in this meaningless role, which the Director/Script Writer, could very well have omitted, without affecting the plot of the film whatsoever.
The movie has a few shortcomings, yet is, pretty appealing to the cinemagoer. All-in-all, I would say that “Jhootha Hi Sahi” is a cute movie, worth a watch.