Over the last couple of decades, Bollywood had sporadically churned out Hindi films that revolved around endearing and not so endearing Parsi characters; the last being if I am not mistaken, Little Zizou, written and directed by well known writer Sooni Taraporewala in the year 2008. Earlier to it, it was the dark and intense Being Cyrus (staring Saif Ali Khan) and Parzania (staring Sarika) in the year 2005 that centered around Parsi folks. But other than the decades old Basu Chatterjee film Khatta Meetha, none of the films had endeared us so much till the recent release Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.
Starring the new IT couple, the versatile Boman Irani and Choreographer turned Director turned Actor Farah Khan, the story basically revolved around the two characters and their love story. Boman who plays the character of Farhad, is a Parsi Boy in his 40s, single and as he rightly says ‘Ready To Mingle’ and works as a salesman in a lingerie shop. Love was never in his kundli till Shirin (Farah Khan) steps in his shop and its love at first sight. But all love stories are not so simple and their respective parents are what keep up to this promise… almost.
Editor turned Director Bela Bhansali Sehgal who makes her debut with this film proves that she shares the same magic as that of her brother Sanjay though on a different level. While Sanjay Bhansali is more into large than life movies, Bela sticks to a simple story and weaves a great film out of it. Boman Irani proves why he is rated as one of the finest contemporary actors of today. He is simply superb in the film. Farah Khan’s role is tailor made for her. In fact in some of the scenes, she just had to walk through the scenes without any hiccups.
After a long time, a film has come that reminds of the good old Basu Chatterjee and Hrishikesh Mukherjee days. They were the ones who gave us good family entertainers and Bela seems to be a chip of their blocks. How far she goes with the tag, has to be seen. However, the film is a tad too long and could have been trimmed a bit. Songs seems to have been pushed in for commercial purpose. Except for ‘Rambha Mein Sambha’, other songs don’t hit the spotlight to that extent. Well choreographed, this song is a foot tapping number and does a good spoof of the 90s films like Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, etc. Writing by Sanjay Leela Bhansali is good in parts. The script could have been a bit tight and dialogues more funny.
Overall, the film is worth watching for its sheer casts that includes Daisy Irani as Boman’s Mother and yester year actress Shammi as his grandmother. The other casts too are great including Kurush Deboo and others. This is a simple Parsi love story that will strike a cord. And like someone rightly said, age has no role to play when you fall in love…