Friday, August 31, 2012

Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi



Rating : 4/10
Release Date : 24th August, 2012
Time : 122 minutes
Director : Bela Bhansali Sehgal; Writer : Sanjay Leela Bhansali; Music : Jeet Ganguly
Starring : Boman Irani, Farah Khan, Daisy Irani, Shammi


Boman, a Parsi, is 45. Dominated by his loving mother. Cherished by his grand mom. Is sweet and honest, even explains the truth patiently to a prospective brides family when his mother exaggerates to get the rishta through. Is tired of people belittling his profession, that of a lingerie salesman, despite everyone having to wear underwear. Is hounded by some well-meaning relatives, who ask too many questions and try to run his life.



He gets a shot at romance when he meets and falls for Farah, another Parsi, whom he meets in his shop. She is feisty and straightforward, lives with her comatose father and unwed paternal aunt. She hits it off with Boman, both enjoy a few moments of romance.



But soon, thanks to a squabble regarding an ancient tank, Boman is forced to make a choice between Farah and his mom, while all the other usual Parsi suspects make brief eccentric appearances.



The movie is cute, well-acted, clich├ęd and predictable. It would’ve been interesting as a short story, but seems stretched as a feature, with the conflict being nothing more than a storm in a teacup, the resolution as obvious as the recipe for a boiled egg. The writing is good, but here the dialogue needed to overcome the threadbare story and the characters needed to be able to surprise you occasionally to ensure interest was maintained. Neither occurs and so the movie remains in the territory of watch, but only with a remote at hand…

3 comments:

Neel Mehta said...

Hi Apurva,

Sorry Apurva you got this one wrong. I really enjoyed this film. I would give it an 8/10. The story line was deliberately simple. It was meant to be a sweet simple story (a rarity in today's cinema) and had no pretension of being profound. The film made me laugh and I had a blast. Boman was hilarious and lived up to his high standards. Farah was a refreshing change although acting does not seem to be her forte. Daisy Irani and Grandma were very good too. Great comedy. Overall a highly watchable film.

Neel Mehta said...

Hi Apurva,

Sorry Apurva you got this one wrong. I really enjoyed this film. I would give it an 8/10. The story line was deliberately simple. It was meant to be a sweet simple story (a rarity in today's cinema) and had no pretension of being profound. The film made me laugh and I had a blast. Boman was hilarious and lived up to his high standards. Farah was a refreshing change although acting does not seem to be her forte. Daisy Irani and Grandma were very good too. Great comedy. Overall a highly watchable film.

Apurv Nagpal said...

Hi ! Neel - am really glad you enjoyed the film. Unfortunately, it didnt make me laugh, found the jokes / Parsi characterizations ordinary, and neither the story or dialogue having any bite. I really wish it had the same impact on me, that it had on you, but sadly it didnt...