Review: 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi'
A good choreographer need not be a good dancer. A director need not be a good actor. And for a film to have a decent run, the casting needs to be taken seriously, rather than giving out roles based on friendship in the industry.
The premise of 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi' is fresh. Lead actor Boman Irani acts his age and does everything right. But like a good dancer paired with a bad partner, so is Boman's Farhad Pastakiya. Boman is paired with Farah Khan (Shirin) who fails to rise up to his level of sincerity in her performance.
'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi' is a crack at the Parsi community. And although most would take it on the chin, a few within the community may find it in bad taste. I mean it's Ok to take a dig or two, but to have a major part featuring loony Parsis, crazy fights at society meets and how the community is dwindling and there are no girls left ("only divorcees and widowers will be your next choice," Farhad's mother tells him), is taking the joke too far.
To be fair, there are a few cute and funny moments but all that is thrown out of the window, when Shirin's dad wakes up from a coma, almost seven years later, and asks for a Dukes Mangola!
Farhad is a 45-year-old mama's boy who works as a salesman in a Bra and Panty shop. His entire neighbourhood wants him to marry, including his mom who is always getting him to meet prospective brides. Farhad too wants to marry, but he has not yet found the right girl, and he is willing to wait.
He finds his mate in Shirin who walks in to his shop one day. But as fate would have it, Farhad's mother dislikes Shirin.
Boman fits himself into the role with sincerity. But whenever the camera moves on to Farah, you feel that she is not doing enough or giving enough to the character. It's as though Farah is having an idle chat with an old friend. There's no attempt to be the character she is supposed to play.
First-time director Bela Sehgal does well with an off-beat script, but casting is a big letdown. Also, her constant references in scenes to 'Dil To Pagal Hai', 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge' and 'Hum Aapke Hain Koun..!' show that the creative department was short on ideas.
On the whole, if Farhad's Shirin was a better choice, who knows, the film might have taken a different turn.
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