Being Cyrus

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Bollywood director Homi Adajania's English-language mystery-drama Being Cyrus concerns the enigmatic Cyrus Mistry (Saif Ali Khan), a foster child-turned-drifter who wheedles his way into a troubled Indian family. As the film opens, Cyrus accepts a position as the paid assistant to Dithnaw, once a highly-esteemed potter but now an eccentric, reclusive marijuana smoker who accomplishes little of note. Dithnaw lives with his wife, Katy (Dimple Kapadia) in the hill station of Panchgani, India where he holes up in his house in almost complete seclusion; his skeptical brother, the businessman Farokh (Boman Irani) lives with his wife Tina (Simone Singh) and the men's nutty father, Fardounjee (Honey Chhaya) - a millionaire forced by his two sons into living an impoverished life. Cyrus walks into this eccentric clan and virtually takes over, winning the confidence, step-by-step, of each family member. His constant strategizing and manipulation suggests that the situation is neither as placid nor as innocent as it seems on the surface, and indeed, the sociopathic Mistry harbors a hidden agenda that will soon tear the family apart.

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Naseeruddin Shah
as Dinshaw F. Sethna
Dimple Kapadia
as Katy D. Sethna
Saif Ali Khan
as Cyrus Mistry/Xerxes
Boman Irani
as Farokh F. Sethna
Simone Singh
as Tina F. Sethna
Honey Chhaya
as Fardounjee Sethna
Manoj Pahwa
as Inspector Maninder Lovely
Delna Patel
as Miss Vinci
Ravi Khote
as Bonesetter
Carol Gracias
as Girl in Dream/Beggar Girl
Zareen Bhasin
as Farokh's Secretary
Yasmin Khambatta
as Bonesetter's wife
Rayaan Gandhy
as Young Cyrus
as Young Tina
Alaysha Khodaiji
as Girl with doll
Lalit Parashar
as Old Caterer Framjee
Godfrey Carr
as Caterer's Son No. 1
Shaun James
as Caterer's Son No. 2
Mehernosh Patel
as Bonesetter's Son
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Critic Reviews for Being Cyrus

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  • Whether you like it or not will depend largely on your appetite for the weird. Every single character here is eccentric, does not belong to the mainstream but seems to inhabit the fringes.

    Jan 10, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Being Cyrus

  • Jan 16, 2008
    An interesting movie. Saif Ali Khan is phenomenal, and it definitely shows in this movie. This is definitely an intriguing story plot filled with mystery/suspense. Great movie.
    Leo L Super Reviewer

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