Movie: Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi

Director:Bela Bhansali Sehgal

Cast:Boman Irani, Farah Khan,Daisy Irani and Shammi

Jagran rating:    (Average)

Setting in the milieu of a Parsi community, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi revolves around Farhad (Boman Irani), a lingerie salesman and his lady love Shirin (Farha Khan). Farhad Pastakia, a middle-aged, meek but earnest underwear salesman who lives with his mother (Daisy Irani) and a grandmother (actress Shammi). His mother wants to see him getting married and for this she forces Fahad to meet several prospective brides. Farhad too wants tosettle down but he is still in search of the princess of his life. One fine day, Shirin (Farha Khan) enters his shop and Farhad’s life changes for ever. He falls in love with the confident and bindaas 40-year-old Shirin. But Fahad cannot take a move and is in a fix as his mother hates Shirin and consider her as an enemy.

Thumbs up: Director Bela Sehgal tries to pull up a good show with this unique concept. Lovers facing difficulty due to objections from their kin has been portrayed so many times in Bollywood.  But watching two middle aged lovers striving hard to get settle down is really interesting. Boman Irani is good on his part. As a debut actress 40 something Farah Khan does a decent job. Boman brilliantly adopts particular mannerisms of a nervous shy man who is very conscious of his single status. Boman and Farah make a good on screen couple together. Daisy Irani, is brilliant as Boman’s dominating Persi mom. A couple of songs are peppy, especially 'Rumba mein samba' sung by the evergreen Usha Uthup.

Thumbs down:  While it could have turned out to be a believable love story between the middle aged couple, this movie is full of random gags and usual cheap humour that sometimes even fail to evoke laughter. Storyline and narrative is poor.

From a good director and choreographer like Farah Khan movie goers expect something more. Farah Khan, in her acting debut, has, though, tried her best but failed to impress the audiences. Sometimes she seems to be camera-conscious and awkward in her performance. Veteran actor like Boman overdose few scenes. In spite of a short running time of less than two hours, sometimes this movie catches hold on audiences, courtesy loose script.

Constant parody of a few scenes from the films like Dil To Pagal Hai, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayege and Hum Aapke Hai Kaun has disappointed the audiences.

When Bollywood goes gaga over six-pack and size zero, watching these two confused 40 plus couple, deeply in love, will tickle your funy bones. Go and watch the shy and nervous Farhad wooing the blunt Shirin.

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