In an era where Bollywood heroes deliver in six packs and heroines are as skinny as matchsticks, “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” is an old concept of love delivered in a new package. Brought to you by debutant director Bela Sehgal, the 40-something love takes a break from the quintessential romance audiences are exposed to in modern cinema.
However, did the quirkiness of choreographer-turned-actor Farah Khan and Boman Irani hit a chord with the critics? “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” gets mixed reviews from the critics, reports Hindustan Times on Friday, August 24, 2012.
Here’s a quick round-up of what the critics say about the new rom-com.
“The concept is unique, but Sehgal messes up the execution. The jokes are forced and reflect none of the sharp Parsi humour that we are used to. Where it could have turned out to be an endearing love story between two people who are looking for love and companionship, Sehgal subjects us to random gags and toilet humour that isn’t even funny.
The film never catches hold of you, and in spite of a short running time of less than two hours, it seems to stretch on forever, thanks to a haphazard script. Most of the cast seem to think comedy means hamming, especially Boman Irani, who overdoes every scene.
Farah Khan, in her acting debut, is rough around the edges and seems comfortable only when she’s being herself. When she’s called on to act, she gets self-conscious and awkward. This certainly doesn’t help the already heavy tone of the film and its threadbare storyline.
“Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” could have been a sweet romance, but turns out to be an entirely forgettable film that you would be best advised to avoid. If you must, watch it on television at home on a weekend when you have nothing better to do.” , Shilpa Jamkhandikar Reuters
“The story doesn’t ride through too many highs, lows, conflicts or drama, and is as straightforward as Farhad’s matrimonial column.
Boman Irani’s performance is utterly believable. Size does matter. Of the heart that is. And in this quaint love story he’s all heart, honest and adorable.
Farah Khan’s debut is a sheer surprise; she ‘slips’ into this role beautifully. So what if she’s not size-zero, with an absolutely natural performance she makes a pretty figure. Daisy Irani and Shammi aunty (Farhad’s grandmom), team up to add feline family drama to Farhad’s boring life.
Bela, in her debut, delivers a breezy romance, with nothing complicated; everything too-good-to-be-true. The Bollywood touches are entertaining, but the songs (and some scenes) slacken the pace.
This is no epic love tale, but it’s worth a watch for those who like their cinema as buttered as their bun maska.”- Madhureeta Mukherjee TOI 3/5
“A title like “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” makes you curious and interested in the movie instantly. What augments your inquisitiveness is the fact that this one’s not a love story concerning teeny boppers. It doesn’t star any hero with a six-pack, neither is the leading lady a seductress. Again, the lead man is not the archetypal tall, dark and handsome. Nor is his heroine straight out of a beauty pageant. This one’s a love story involving middle-aged couple. And that’s one of the prime factors that sets “Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi” apart — the avant-garde casting and the dew fresh plotline.
The script needed someone as lively and boisterous as Farah Khan and if one were to use a cliche, she suits the role to the T. Though this is Farah’s first attempt at acting, she depicts the character with fervor. In fact, I doubt, any other actor would’ve pulled off this role with such deftness and flair. She nails the character and how
On the whole, SHIRIN FARHAD KI TOH NIKAL PADI is a simple, unfussy and heartfelt movie that hits the right notes. The film supports the fact that no one is too old to fall in love. Truly, this wonderful love story has no expiry date. Recommended! – Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama, 3.5/5
“Shirin and Farhad aren’t inspired by the old Romeo And Juliet legend they’re named after. The film is inspired by Parsees themselves. There are already such few Parsees left in the world, and fewer cities where you can meet them. Mumbai, India’s showbiz capital, is one of those cities. This explains why we see many of our films set around this quirky community. In recent years, some of those movies have been absolutely adored by film-buffs: Homi Adajania’s Being Cyrus (2005), Sooni Taraporewala’s Little Zizou (2009), Rajesh Mapuskar’s Ferrari Ki Sawari (2012)…. And then you step out of this concoction with concussion in your head, and wonder: “Deekra, what was this?” – Mayank Shekhar, Daily Bhaskar
“Most movies and news headlines would like us to believe problems are not problems unless they’re written in bold, capital letters or accompanied by a dramatic background score. But in reality, even an out-of-work flush can put the most pacifist fella in a really foul mood.
And while that’s not the objective of editor-turned-filmmaker Bela Bhansali Sehgal’s Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi, it certainly makes for a welcome break from farcical exaggerations. What sets this delightful love story apart is that it’s woven around two 40-plus Parsis, who neither face the hurdle of age nor community.
The romance is gradual, polite (what’s your favorite color?), asexual (if you ignore a Joey Tribbiani inspired sequence) and not as goofy as the publicity campaign would have you believe. But on the brighter side, Boman Irani and Farah Khan make a believable couple and share a comfortable, familiar chemistry.
If Boman holds the fort as the highly sincere romantic, Farah makes a self-assured debut and does well even in emotional scenes without looking hilarious. And how lovely does she look in her ruby red Gara embroidery sari?” – Sukanya Verma, Rediff, 3.5/5
“Director Sehgal scores most heavily on the novelty quotient. In a movie industry that is overly fixated on six-pack flashing hunks and size-zero flaunting waifs barely out of their teens, a generally smart film that celebrates the first rumblings of mature love is as pronounced a departure from norm as any that Bollywood has ever attempted in recent times.
Boman Irani and Farah Khan fill the screen with their presence, and not merely in the physical sense. The duo proves that the craft of acting is at its best when it cannot be seen. But watch out for Daisy Irani. A born screen performer, she is a scene stealer.
Though certainly not a laugh riot that will have you rolling in the aisles, this modern-day urban twist to the Shirin-Farhad love story is underlined by genteel mirth. It also takes on a poignant tinge at times.
Though a bit on the sluggish side, Shirin Farhad Ki To Nikal Padi is warm-hearted and generally watchable without being exhilarating.” Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV Movies, 2.5/5
“Shirin Farhad… is quite clearly modelled on the Hrishikesh Mukherjee brand of cinema – you meet good-hearted characters, enter their lives, see them dealing with regular problems and then resolving conflicts without much ado or overt drama.
Among the things that ail the film is the inconsistent writing (Sanjay Leela Bhansali) that oscillates between simple and simplistic, its TV serial-like production values and unwanted music. Every song is unnecessary and slows down the narrative. The Parsi humour is funny most of the time, but the constant stereotyping gets jarring at places.
At under two hours, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi demands little of you and delivers enough for you to not grudge spending time and money on it. I suggest you watch it for some honest moments and a lovable performance by Boman Irani.” – Aniruddha Guha, DNA
“SFKTNP may not be the greatest love story ever told and may not have a novel plot even. But it leaves you with a snuggly feeling and yearning to experience what you’ve seen on the screen. And when Farhad’s declares his love, saying, when he’s much older and doesn’t have his mind or his hearing, he would still remember Shirin, you know exactly what he means and how much he means it. After all, true love is like a tattoo, it can cause pain, get faded and change shape with wrinkles but it sticks.” – Kunal Guha, Yahoo! Movies India, 2.5/5