Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi: Another failed attempt at being ‘different’

Mumbai: The quest for something different, something that can be made in a limited budget and without big stars continues. As such, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is an experiment to that end.

Producers: Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Sunil Lulla.
Direction: Bela Bhansali Sehgal.
Cast: Boman Irani, Farha Khan, Kavin Dave, Daisy Irani, Shammi, Kurush Deboo.

The casting of Boman Irani and Farah Khan, as well as Bela Bhansali Sehgal directing a film for her brother’s banner, gets the film ample media attention. Parsis are known for marrying late or not marrying at all and that forms the basis of this film.

Farhad (played by Boman Irani) is a 45-year-old bachelor with a dominating mother and loving grandmother. He makes his living working as a salesman at a local lingerie shop. Shirin (Farah Khan) is a single Parsi woman of 40 years. One fine day she walks into the shop where Boman works to buy a bra. She is specific about what she wants and Boman tries to convince her on a different size putting his years of experience to use. The sparks fly and both are drawn to each other. Boman, a pure heart simpleton, and Farah, an aggressive kind, want to meet again and again.

Unknown to both of them, Farah is already enemy of the state as far as Boman’s mother, Daisy Irani, is concerned. As the secretary of the Parsi Trust, she has been responsible for destroying an illegal water storage tank which Daisy Irani’s late husband had lovingly built! Her late husband had done only two worthy things in his life: build that water tank and gave her a son like Boman. So there is no way Farah Khan can be her daughter-in-law. This apart, Boman and Farah keep having their own lovers’ tiffs and misunderstandings too.

As the film makes it to its post interval part, it shreds any notion of being the love story of a middle-aged couple; it tries to incorporate everything that a regular teenage love story would have. The film’s backdrop is the famous Khushrow Baug in South Mumbai and almost all Parsis are made out to be nutty characters and their trust meetings are usually a free for all. What is more, the film concentrates only on the Parsi community with no non-Parsi character around.

There are few characters in the film except when there is a meeting that turns into a free for all, which is made to look inevitable at each gathering. The film rests on the shoulders of Boman, Farha, Daisy Irani and Shammi. Shammi and Daisy Irani still make their presence felt. Boman Irani is his usual self, very natural. Farah carries a smirk all the time as if she was enjoying the experience.

Directorially, Bela Bhansali Sehgal makes her debut but looks like she has a long way to go; the script is patchy and there is little she can do to rise above it. Dialogue is routine. Music wise, songs are well tuned but are out of place in most cases.

Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi promises no box office prospects.

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