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Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi  (2012 - Hindi)

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Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi cumulative rating: 3 out of 53/5 (125 users)

Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi critics rating: 2.55 out of 5 2.55/5 (18 critics)

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  • Unusual tale of love, But with lots of …..

    Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi rating: 5 out of 10(Divya Solgama wrote on 24 Aug 2012)

    Since its inception, Our Hindi Cinema has been by and large dominated by the HERO figure, the make lead in other words. Thus, the Hero has to be Good looking, Handsome, Fit, Popular, always donning the best-branded attire, etc. But then, there also have been a few unconventional Heroes like Sanjeev Kumar, Om Puri, Amol Palekar, Irfaan Khan, Manoj Bajpai etc who never really cared about how they looked or styled themselves, choosing to rather let their character-driven performances do all the talking. In between, we also had some films where the lead actor has been a Character actor {Anupam Kher, Rajat Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Vinay Pathak etc}, trying to do something different from their usual supporting-roles. Boman Irani is one such gem of a Character Actor of our times, who began his movie career with a low-key indie ‘Let’s Talk’ where he showcased his acting skills, but eventually hogged the liemlight with ‘Munnabhai MBBS’, followed by many memorable roles in some of our most prolific films. So once again, Irani attempts to do something ‘hatke’ with his latest film ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’ where, in some sort of a never-before casting coup, he is paired opposite Director/Cinematographer Farah Khan. Judging by the promos and the looks of the film, this looks like an Unusual but a thoroughly feel-good type of film. Let’s find out whether it justifies the promos or not?

    ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’ {SFKTNP} is the story of an ageing Parsi bachelor Farhad {Boman Irani} who lives with his mother {Daisy Irani} & Grandma {Shammi}, working as a salesman in a Lingerie shop. After meeting plenty of girls, he finally meets Shirin {Farah Khan} and falls in love with her. As usual, the mother opposes their union, leading to the whole conflict throughout the film.

    The story is pretty simple, and so are the character-sketches. Instead of Boy Meets a Girl, out here it’s a Man meeting a Woman, though both of them young at heart nevertheless. But in such simple films, it’s the screenplay which is very important. However, that’s what proves to be the biggest straw out here. The inconsistency in screenplay-writing is alarming as the joy keeps seeping in and out of the movie at every other turn. When it appears, one is sure to enjoy scenes like The whole Dinner table conversation at Boman’s house, Boman-Farah first meet at shop where Boman gives the whole product presentation, Boman-Farah at the matrimonial meet, Coffee at Farah’s house, Hospital scene, Boman-Farah meeting Daisy at restaurant, etc.
    However, apart from these handfuls of good scenes & fun moments, the rest of the sequences looked forced or simply didn’t match the standards or the concept of the film. The presentation too overall dragged a little too much, lending the film a very very slow pace and making the proceedings a surprisingly dull and monotonous sort of ambience. Even the comedy looks forced at several points throughout the movie, not to forget the bad taste it leaves in the mouth due to its excessive use of toilet humor to get some cheap laughs. Seems as if the writers were too overwhelmed by the one-liner premise they came up with, and decided to rest on their laurels rather than putting the same amount of effort on carving a decently-structured screenplay for the film. Camera-work is plain average. Another major grudge is that the film needs a lot of Editing, despite the fact that the narrative is not at all lengthy.

    Music Director Jeet Ganguly works very hard to compose some melodious or cheerful music, but sadly all we get are mediocre songs like ‘Khatti meethi’, ‘Ishq mein tere bina’ & ‘Kafir andhere’ which not only hamper the flow of the narrative, but don’t score any better on a ‘audio-only’ level either. ‘Gadhera’ might appear funny due to its funny lyrics, though. ‘Ramba Mein Samba’ is saved due to its choreography. Background music, for a pleasant surprise, is sweet and soothing.

    Director Bela Sehgal tries to recreate the magic that Basu Chatterjee did with his time-testing classic ‘Khatta Meetha’, also a tale of two elderly Parsi’s falling in love, but fails miserably as the film ultimately bores us to death despite managing an interesting premise & sweet characters at its disposal. Like it happens in any dull & dragging film, we have to wait for something to happen. The promos promised it to be a funny and cheerful romantic comedy. Sadly most of the funny scenes were used in the promos only and there was hardly anything more left in the film. Even few of those funny scenes from the promos mellow down due to weak direction. If nothing else, Bela Sehgal would at least learn one thing from her mediocre directorial debut, is that Simple films do work, but only when they imbibe a genuine sense of simplicity and a feel-good ambience, for ‘Shirin Farhad….’ Has loads of such moments where the simplicity looked too forced. She also tried to play the Mad Parsi’s card {In Parsi’s trust meeting and the whole Parsi’s at police station sequence} but despite few laughs, it ultimately goes down the drain. This movie will do wonders on Small screen as the director is perfect for small-screen entertainers, but on the big screen its simply does not work.

    Boman Irani has always showed that when it comes to versatility, he is next to none. Here too, Irani is fantastic in this film and essays his part brilliantly. He is the biggest strength in this otherwise-average film. Farah Khan to no surprise plays herself, just as she would in her day-to-day life. And yet, you never really accept her as *THE* heroine of the film. She resorts to a cute smile whenever her acting chops fail her. Daisy Irani and Shammi Ji were mind-blowing, while Kavin Dave & Kursuh Deboo among others hardly have any fodder to chew upon. One little bright spot is that you might be delighted to find many famous Parsi T.V and stage actors in small roles.

    So bol meri ‘Filmi Khopdi’ iss film mein kitna hain Dum?
    Dum hain on the simplicity and performance basis, but as far as Direction and screenplay count, the whole Dum goes for a toss. This movie does not even come close to sweet films like ‘Khatta Meetha’ or ‘Ferrari Ki Sawari’. I personally love to support such films, but sadly out here felt disappointed looking at the promos and the whole feel of the film. Still, do watch it for the simple characters & the lead pair’s performances (especially by Boman Irani). While I would say that the movie is definitely an unusual tale of love, it is also filled with lots of boredom and forced humor that spoil the overall experience somewhat.

    Ratings: 2.5/5

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