Yeh Faasley is the torturously long and convoluted story of a young girl unravelling her mother's mysterious death.
Arunima, played by Tena Desae, returns home after a long stint in boarding school. Her father Devinder, played by Anupam Kher, is generous and loving but slowly Arunima discovers that his version of how her mother died isn't the whole truth.
Devinder has hidden from Arunima many aspects of their troubled marriage - the two met in college and she, a Rajasthani princess fell in love with a "Jath-mazdoor," as he describes himself.
Arunima begins to investigate and finds herself torn between her love for her father and her duty to her dead mother.
There is a sliver of a story here but director Yogesh Mittal has twisted and stretched it into a tale of mind-numbing foolishness and boredom.
It feels like Mittal couldn't decide what he was making - a thriller, murder mystery or family drama - and so bunged in a bit of everything: we have the spooky hill station house where the incident happened; the scared servant who may or may not be telling the truth; another man - Pavan Malhotra posing as Rajasthani royalty - who may or may not have been in love with the mother.
None of this is very interesting to begin with and the amateurish acting and direction only makes it worse.
Fine actors like Malhotra and Seema Biswas are wasted.
Anupam Kher tries hard to portray the complexities of a man who is passionately in love with his wife and yet deeply insecure but he is also mostly reduced to screaming and curling back his lips.
And what can I say about the dialogue? At one point, Devinder says he hated his wife's passion for music because: hum mazdooron ko music se kya lena dena and at another, Kiran Kumar, playing his lawyer says: Ek ek jam baap beti ke pyar ke naam.
The tragedy is that Yeh Faasley isn't even unintentionally funny so it doesn't make the grade of so-bad-that-it's-good. It's just pure tedium. I'm going with one and a half stars.