Love stories with lead characters aged over forty and aren't so common in Bollywood, and not so bankable either. But the jovial personalities of Farah Khan and Boman Irani and their immense popularity amongst the urban audience, ensure that the low budget romantic comedy film 'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi' will enjoy a very successful run at the box office.
'Farhad Pastakia' (Boman Irani) is a salesman in a lingerie shop, and one who is proud of his job, despite being ridiculed for it time and again. A 45 year old Parsi , Farhad is still a bachelor on the lookout for the girl of his dreams. And the dream girl walks in right through the door of his shop in the form of 40 year old 'Shirin Fugwala', played by Farah Khan. From there on the story follows the typical boy-meet-girl storyline, except that this time, the 'boy' and the 'girl' are not of your typical type.
When asked about his role in the movie, Boman Irani had said in an interview that he found love in the forties as being more innocent. The actor has backed his words with a good performance as the simpleton 'Farhad' who is caught between his over-caring mother and the girl of his dreams.
Farah Khan appearing in her first film in the lead carries herself with the ease of a seasoned actor. If 'Farhad' reminds of you of the cute boy trying to win over the girl, Shirin plays the insistent and adamant other-half who makes him work for it.
Daisy Irani plays mother to Boman and is tailor made for the role of the over-caring mother who still considers his son to be a small boy. Shammi as grandmother to Farhad and Kavin Dave as his friend and colleague make up for the rest of the cast.
The film has been written and produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and is directed by Bela Bhansali Sehgal. Made under a constrained budget, the movie does not boast of anything special with its story or dialogues. And the music by Jeet Ganguly is average at best. But the extra-ordinary pairing of the chubby looking Farah Khan with the simpleton in Boman Irani does wonders to the ordinary storyline, bestowing it with a touch of being special.
Bollywood had never been particularly averse to accepting stories with lead characters being ones with greying hair, only that it needs someone who is a veteran and is still bankable, which is a rarity in tinsel town. Except for a few like Amithabh Bhachan and Nasarudeen Shah, there haven’t been many amongst the older actors who are capable of carrying a film on their shoulders. It is to this list of elite that Boman Irani elevates himself, banking on his performance as 'Farhad'.
'Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is the same old love story, but viewed in the eyes of lovers who are twenty-five years older than your average couple. The refreshing pair of Boman Irani and Farah Khan makes the movie a certified entertainer and a must watch for viewers of all ages.
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