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Movie Review: Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi makes you smile

Aug 24, 2012

Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi

Rating: *****
Director: Bela Bhansali Sehgal
Cast: Boman Irani, Farah Khan, Daisy Irani and Shammi

Story: "Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi" shows Shirin Farhad... challenges the norms of a normal love story. Instead of super good looking hot bods as its lovestruck protagonists, the limelight shifts to two 40 plus Parsis who remained unmarried due to various reasons.

Farhad Pastakia (Boman Irani) is a 45-year-old virgin who is a little under the thumb of his mother. He’s shy around women despite being an innerwear salesman and as a result hasn’t got married as yet. A chance meeting with Shirin Fuggawala (Farah Khan), a 40-year-old who hasn’t bothered with marriage as her father is in coma for some years, leads to true love. Now, what’s love without trials and tribulations. Misunderstandings lead to heartbreak but thankfully, the couple head towards a tearful happy ending in the end.

It serves us warm helpings of middle class families loving, fighting and living. We can identify with some of the ever so loving relatives who tend to (perhaps unwittingly) smother us with love. Khatta Meetha (1981) introduced us to some Parsi stereotypes, which were time and again reinforced and Shirin Farhad... is no exception. The film lampoons the community by exaggerating their eccentricities. Let’s hope someone comes up with a true presentation of modern Parsis someday.

One forgives the attempts at caricature as the film clearly has its heart in its right place. Its takes lots of courage to make middle-aged love stories. Love certainly isn’t bound by age and it’s fun to see Boman and Farah cast aside inhibitions and revel in the moment. Both actors are required to be loud in places but they look their best when they are just being themselves. One hopes that other filmmakers take up the cause and gather different hues of love rather than the Mills and Boon variety that serves as a norm. And that we get to see more middle- aged actors getting lead roles.

Review:  It’s a good first film which succeeds in putting a smile on your face for two hours. There are unnecessary song and dance routine and the dream sequences.