WBRi Movie Review: Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012) - a middle-aged lingerie salesman's quest for love

Farhad Pastakiya (Boman Irani) and Shirin Fugawala (Farah Khan) Romance in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012)

Farhad Pastakiya (Boman Irani) and Shirin Fugawala (Farah Khan) Romance in Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012)Kolkata, August 25, 2012 (Washington Bangla Radio / Penning Creations) Romantic characters have been as inspiring over time as they have been eternal. So here is a warm recommendation for all those who are in love with Love – do yourself a favor and catch Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi (2012), an Indian Bollywood romance comedy story with a difference. This film directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal has much to surprise you.

Lingerie Salesman Farhad Pastakiya (Boman Irani) turns 45 dealing with bras and panties but never getting close to a woman. He is hopeful though that someday, a celluloid-style love affair will happen to him too. Shirin Fugawala (Farah Khan) is a forty year old single, vibrant Parsi lady. Busy in her daily worldly affairs, she never quite had the time to think about love. Destiny brings her to Farhad and his lovelorn imagination begins working in right earnest. But does Shirin co-operate with him to initiate ‘action’ and turn this into an unconventional love story? How do they cross the hurdle Farhad’s mother brings into their way of love? Warm answers will pop up as you occupy a seat in the theatres with a cup full of warm popcorns!

Successful choreographer cum filmmaker Farah Khan turns lead actress with this film. (Farah Khan will also be seen in Akshay Kumar - Sonakshi Sinha starrer Joker (Hindi, 2012) releasing next week). Not surprisingly, she surpasses all her previous images with her new introduction as a film's heroine. Farah is super confident in the tailor-made role of Shirin. Not for a single second will you think she is actually acting – such is her spontaneity! Farah is so natural an actor and has a lovely screen presence too.

A better choice than Boman to portray the desperately love-seeking, middle aged Farhad’s role would be difficult to come by. His dialogue delivery hits you right in your heart and his poise and silence touch you even deeper. He is convincingly confused and very earnestly confident as the ageing lover.

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Actors Kavin Dave, Shammi, Kurush Deboo and Daisy Irani suit their respective roles perfectly and support the leads to move through the reels smoothly.

Bela Bhansali Sehgal proves to be a director with remarkable aesthetic sense as she readied the story and script of the quirky and sweet Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.  Having its own spirit of ageless romance, it’s indeed an interesting unconventional love story that sweetens your heart.

Jeet Ganguly does the musical scores with Shreya Ghosal, KK, Neeraj Shreedhar and other leading singers coming up with some hummable numbers. Cinematographer Mahesh Aney and editors Rajesh Pandey and the director of the flick, Bela Bhansali Sehgal, do a job that is difficult to find flaws with.

Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s sibling Bela Bhansali Sehgal joins the strong brigade of promising contemporary lady directors in the league of Reema Kagti, Farah Khan and Zoya Akhtar. Being an editor herself and with a close connection with cinema for a long period, Bela is well informed about the way to portray her work in the best possible manner. Intelligent pickup scenes from old super hit films to represent the dreamy love world only show her expertise and flair for situational comedy.

With this thoroughly entertaining desi rom-com film, Bela has surely taken a super step towards becoming a show-(wo)man!

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