Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Reviews

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September 17, 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 Padi has 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.
½ September 9, 2012
You can't help but feel sorry for Boman Irani. He is a fantastic actor, a true master of his art. But here he is, acting in a romantic comedy which conveys very little romance and absolutely nothing comedic with an actress who could barely be called one.

SFKTNP (if I may call it that) starts off with a plausible enough setting. Here is a single Parsi middle aged undergarment salesman living with his mother and grandmother having difficulty finding a spouse because of his profession. He falls in love with a middle aged woman (Farah Khan, in one of the worst acting jobs by any actress, ever). His mother takes an instant dislike to the female secretary of the Parsi trust (who is not shown yet) who orders the destruction of a tank built by her late husband. Painfully unpredictably, the woman the son falls in love with and the secretary who the mother hates are the one and the same. The rest of the movie revolves around the 40 something trying to convince his mother that his one true love is the right woman for her.

Whereas this is a storyline that might have a little promise (very little, mind you), any hope that this could be a watchable movie is destroyed by the screenwriter's attempt at humour. Somehow, what passed as humour included:

1. An old woman getting beaten up under the pretence that she was choking and the protagonist fainting.
2. The hero and the heroine holding hands near the bed of the comatose father of the heroine and the latter farting loudly.
3. Every Parsi in Bombay shown as constantly wanting to pick a fight with his/her neighbour about money/clothes/somethingelse.
4. Multiple dick/boob/sex jokes that was possibly written by 11 year olds.

Add to this alleged humour, the performance of Farah Khan, the alleged actress and you get a perfect example of how not to make a romantic comedy.

This is by far the worst movie I've watched this year. What is disconcerting is that many in the Hindi film review profession deem this movie as watchable. To them, I make a humble request that they watch the many many brilliant vernacular movies that come out every year in Malayalam, Tamil or Bengali industries. Bollywood cannot hold a candle to the quality of movies that these tiny industries produce with a fraction of the budget. In the alternative, I propose that Mr. Irani work in one of teh aforementioned industries, because a man of his talent is being criminally wasted in Bollywood.
September 8, 2012
Horribly written, conceptualized, edited & executed with Boman Irani as the only saving grace. Goes to show, that only Parsi's should stick to making a film about their own kind.
August 19, 2012
a sweet harmless luv story for all ages!!
½ August 31, 2012
Story of over 45 years old Parsi a girl and boy falling in love. Everything works fine for first half hour of the film. The other part of film looks contrived and lacks logic. an very average move.
½ August 27, 2012
its rAre dat u see an actor lyk Boman Irani off his timing when he has the pressure to handle the main lead performance nd unfortunately he cudn't pull it off. I knew farah is a bad actor nd all i had trust on was Boman's acting overpowering hers but with no sincere plot, forceful drama and dull romance, SFKTNP is a failed attempt.
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