Shirin Farhad ki Toh Nikal Padi – ReviewSeptember 21, 2012
There is nothing safer than to make your first movie designed on the Hrishikesh Mukherjee brand of movies. Debutant director Bela Bhansali Sehgal, daughter is Sanjay Leela Bhansali has done the exact same thing. The result is a sweet, short and uncomplicated story with many funny and feel-good moments.
As mentioned earlier, Shirin Farhad ki Toh Nikal Padi is based on the kind of movies that we were used to when Hrishikesh Mukherjee was in his prime. Shirin Farhad ki Toh Nikal Padihas many good characters with a heart of gold. You get the chance of seeing their lives, how they deal with their problems and how easily they resolve any issue without making a fuss.
Sehgal tries to fill some Bollywood moments like dreamy songs and occasional drama in her movie about two Parsis in their forties finally finding love. One might feel that Bela Bhansali Sehgal has tried to make a spoof of some popular Bollywood movies. However, it is advised to keep your logic at home before you watch this movie.
The story revolves around Shirin (Farah Khan) and Farhad (Boman Irani). They are middle-aged people who are still waiting to find their true love.
Farhad is 45 years old but he still is afraid of his mother and is shy when it comes to talk to people. Shirin is responsible to bring Farhad out of his shell and Farhad finally finds someone with whom he could share all his dreams and even his craze for Dukes’ Mangola. Shirin is impressed by Farhad’s simple nature and they evidently become a couple. However, they face trouble soon as their families are against this relationship.
The movie is filled with many laugh-till-your-stomach-hurts moments. For example, the scene when Shirin comes to meet up with Farhad’s family is one of the many laugh-aloud moments in the movie. The comic relief and humor is consistent and well spread across the whole film. Farhad as a character is entertaining more so because of the fact that Boman Irani has brought this character alive with his little touches and an effortlessly flawless performance. His interactions with Shirin are funny and at the same time romantic. At one point, Farhad spells out his matrimonial bio, as if out of habit, while expressing his love for her. “Name: Farhad, Age: 45,” and so on, before proclaiming: “First love: Shirin. Last love: Shirin.”
One will understand why Farah Khan was chosen for this role after watching this movie. She fits into the character of Shirin from every angle. Actually, the whole movie stands out just because of the chemistry between its lead pair. There are a few Parsi actors who give the movie a more ethnic feel like Mahabanoo Mody-Kotwal and Kurush Deboo. We also get to watch the enigmatic Shammiji after many years of absence. She portrays the role of Farhad’s grandmother to the hilt.
A few points that could have been avoided or made better are the inconsistency in the storyline, production values not as high as one would expect from a Bollywood flick and unnecessary music. There are too many songs and they only slow down the pace of the movie. The Parsi-style jokes are funny in the beginning but they seem to become a drag by the end of the movie.
In almost two hours, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi delivers enough for a viewer so as to not grumble about wasting money and time on it. I will advise you to watch Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi for some truthful moments and an endearing performance by Boman Irani.
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