Rating: 2/5 stars (Two stars)
Star Cast: Farah Khan, Boman Irani, Kavin Dave, Shammi, Kurush Deboo, Daisy Irani.
What’s Good: The performances; some comic scenes.
What’s Bad: The slow pace; the scarcity of funny moments.
Watch Or Not?: Watch it for a nice, simple comedy.
We’re so used to watching picture perfect romances on screen that it’s a nice surprise to have something like Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.
Farhad (Boman Irani) has a dream job as a bra-and-panty salesman. Except that he’s a 45-year old Parsi bachelor still living with his overbearing mother and grandmother. But it’s not like he’s stopped trying. Desperate to get him married, Farhad’s mother drags him to see women and even to embarrassing Parsi matrimony services.
In the midst of all the daily humdrum, Farhad meets the woman of his dreams: Shirin Fugawala (Farah Khan), who drops by his store. Shirin, who works at the Parsi Trust, hits it off with Farhad from the start. Everything seems to be perfect and Farhad gets ready to introduce Shirin to his mother. But mummy becomes the villain in their story when she discovers that Shirin is the devious Parsi Trust Secretary who got the illegal water tank in their home demolished. The water tank being the ‘aakhri nishaani’ of Farhad’s late father doesn’t help matters.
The ups and downs in Shirin-Farhad’s relationship and how the two try to make it work is the rest of the journey.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Review: Script Analysis
Shirin-Farhad make a cute couple on screen but there’s very little to show why or how they fall in love. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has written a nice story, but there really isn’t much to it. There is very little romance on the screen and even the comedy isn’t enough. Some of the riot/fighting scenes seem forced and get on the viewers’ nerves. The film could really have done with a lot more comedy or well-written romance. The dialogues are really bland in many places; you would have expected some really touching dialogues at least in the romantic scenes.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Review: Star Performances
You couldn’t find a better Farhad than Boman Irani: earnest, loving and even funny. Farah Khan does as well in front of the camera as she does behind it. Though she’s a bit rough around the edges, she makes a lovable Shirin.
Daisy Irani does well as Shirin’s aunt. Shammi is cute as Farhad’s grandmother. Kavin Dave does well as Farhad’s friend. Kurush Deboo has a very short role as a deranged gun-slinging Parsi.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Review: Direction, Music & Editing
Bela Bhansali Sehgal’s direction is quite ordinary. Jeet Ganguly’s music is peppy. The movie could have very well done with the songs in the background rather than have the actors lip sync to them. After a point, it’s really tiring to see Farhad and Shirin running around their rooms. Editing by Bela Sehgal and Rajesh Pandey is satisfactory. Amitabh Bhattacharya and Faraz Ali’s lyrics are passable.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Review: The Last Word
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is a cute rom-com, but it seriously needed a bigger dose of romance and comedy.
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi Trailer
Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi releases on 24th August, 2012