This film consists of small stories merging into one as it approaches the climax focusing on four people, all of whom coming from dissimilar backgrounds.
The Runaway Bride
Tilottima Punj (Konkana Sensharma) is on top of the world because she's married Hemant (jimmy Shergill) who she met and loved though the Net. In spite of their sizzling chemistry: their honeymoon is cut short because he has to return to his job in the US.
The fugitive stockbroker
Salim Rajabali (Irrfan Khan) is the stockbroker son of aGodmother. He's besotted by the much older but sensuous Namrata (Suhasini Mulay). Even as he involuntarily gets involved in a killing. He discovers that she has been cheating on him.
The excited student
Rahul Bhide (Ankur Khanna) is a brilliant but poor student who's already got admission into a prestigious university abroad. But he's hardly excited, nor appears to be too keen on going because of a lack of funds and an incapacitated father.
The uncomplicated showman
Rajubhai [Paresh Rawal] is a small-time organizer of foreign shows. To be a part of his show will cost an aspiring dancer/singer a few cool lakhs. Old flame Tara [Ratna Pathak Shah] mortgages her house so that Rajubhai would include her only daughter [Shahana Goswami] into his show. And so the seasoned and hardened Rajubhai finds himself fathering a wide eyed, innocent girl on her first trip abroad.
Directorially, Naseer works best when he tackles drama. He has executed a number of sequences with flourish, not making you feel even once that the film has been helmed by a first-timer. But the rough edges do show as the script [writer: Uttam Gada] leaves a few questions unanswered. There's no scope for music [Viju Shah] in the film, yet the theme song has a haunting feel to it. Cinematography [Hemant Chaturvedi] is consistent. The D.O.P. captures the bylanes of Mumbai with as much flourish as Manhattan. The film has an ensemble cast, but the characters you take home are in this order: Paresh Rawal [superb], Konkona Sen Sharma [brilliant], Ratna Pathak Shah [first-rate], Jimmy Shergill [efficient], Irrfan Khan [competent], Carla Singh [proficient], Sameer Sheikh [able] and Saroj Khan [a complete natural].
The director has worked extremely hard on building the drama and the moment the camera zooms to September 11 and stays focused on the date for a good 30-45 seconds, you expect a nail-biting, hair-raising culmination.
On the whole, Yun Hota Toh Kya Hota is repetitive use of time-lapse photography.