Dear Ms Bela Sehgal, please don’t get disheartened with this review or even the box office returns of this film. Just go ahead and blame it on the fact that half of India is still below the age of 25 years and that 65% of India’s population (according to official estimates) is still below 35 years of age.
Now, if you haven’t been on the other side it is but natural that you won’t identify with the story that Bela Sehgal is telling through this film. You will go ‘awww!’ and say ‘so chweeet’ … but somehow you won’t go back and recommend the film to your friend.
You watch the film as a member of the audience but you never get into this film, if you know what I mean. After seeing a brawny Salman Khan fight his way out and sexy Katrina Kaif strutting her stuff in 'Ek Tha Tiger' last week, it was a strange feeling to see Boman Irani and Farah Khan dancing in the rain and singing love ballads.
'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi' is a cute but realistic story about the romance of a 45-year-old uncle and a 48-year-old aunty in a Mumbai Parsi Colony. Anybody in this age group might like this film. But if you are in high school, in college or a young office executive, chances are that you won’t connect with this film at all. It is not Bela Sehgal’s fault at all, you see.
It is our fault. Most of us in India haven’t grown up yet.
Trailer of Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi
Shireen and Farhad are desperate to get married
In the film, both Boman and Farah know that they are over the hill and feel the pressure of tying the knot. Somehow they have remained single till date.
We have seen the same plot being played out loudly a thousand times with 27-year-olds in films and TV serials. So much so that nothing in the first half surprises you as you know the scenes too well – mummy saying ‘How many years shall I be able to look after you’ or a pesky relative asking you to register yourself with a matrimony site.
Somehow, you don’t feel connected with the tale as you watch the camera zoom in on Farah Khan’s face or the wind playing with her hair. As the trailers suggest, they meet and fall in love. From there on, the story-line is just a cut, copy and paste job with the only exception that instead of a Salman-Katrina, you find Boman, Farah in there. The film after a point starts tasting like cheap wine served in a vintage glass.
Farah Khan is stiff as a stick
This film will be a highlight on Farah Khan’s CV as the younger generation will remember her as a director-choreographer who also tried her hands in acting. But truth be told, Farah is a disaster when it comes to acting.
She appears particularly non-chalant in emotional scenes. Where she is supposed to cry, her eyes sparkle and in those scenes, where she is supposed to be very happy, her eyes look gloomy. Her dialogue delivery is gibberish in certain parts and she starts boring you if she is there on the screen for more than five minutes at a stretch.
There are certain things you cannot do without a lot of rehearsals and perhaps nobody knows it better than Farah Khan herself. She looks terribly unrehearsed.
Boman Irani is good as usual but not enough
Boman Irani is good perhaps because he is an actor par excellence but he too looks awkward dancing to a romantic song with his hanging paunch. Barring the romantic scenes, Boman carries himself well but it is not good enough to carry the film.
Please watch the film…
We feel that a lot of you won’t go to watch the film at all. In.com urges you to watch this film and make it an average grosser. Why can’t we grow up? Why should we think that only Kareena and Katrina can romance on screen? Why can’t a Farah Khan or a Ganesh Hegde play lead roles in a Bollywood movie?
If we don’t grow up now, when will we?
In.com rating: 2/5
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