Every film should be judged purely on the basis of its merits/demerits. Comparisons or drawing parallels with another film, even if it's helmed by the same director, is not right, in my opinion. But if the posters/billboards/newspaper ads/promotional material of Jhootha Hi Sahi has an eye-catching line that screams 'From the director of Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na', if not comparisons, the expectations from Jhootha Hi Sahi do multiply five-fold, since Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na was, in terms of economics, the biggest hit of 2008.
Sadly, Abbas Tyrewala's new offering Jhootha Hi Sahi falls flat for this reason [it doesn't meet the expectations] as well as several other reasons. What comes across is unexciting, boring and lethargic. Moments make a love story work and Jhootha Hi Sahi never reaches there. It lacks the fizz and heart, to put it bluntly. Also, the chemistry between the lead pair - John Abraham and Pakhi Tyrewala- is plastic.
Another department where the film fumbles, besides writing, is its music. It's an unspoken rule that love stories should be embellished with terrific music, but maestro A.R. Rahman's compositions in Jhootha Hi Sahi are lifeless.