it’s really shame because Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is a charming comedy, one that makes the point that you don’t have to be young, look hip like a Bollywood star and be size 0 to fall in love.
Frustrated 45 yr old bachelor and Farsi mama boy Farhad (played by the lovable Boman Irani), seasoned lingerie salesman, who can tell your bra-size in the split of a second, is finally finding his match in zesty secretary Shirin (Farah Khan).
Romcoms for the 40+ gen are no rarity in Hollywood, but Farah Khan just set a benchmark for Indian films. If you are single in Indian films by age 40 you are either widowed or divorced but not single and looking! Just like Vicky Donor surprised us with its topic of sperm donation, Shirin and Farhad are the new It in the mature & single department. Not that they don’t exist in India, 40 and single, but they are frowned upon. A woman not married by the age of 30 is still the anomaly. I also know Indian guys in their forties who are still unmarried. but it’s true, they are made fun of very often.
The movie is fresh and uncomplicated and speaks right to the heart. This movie is not flawless and some things might have looked better on paper but Farah’s fabulous choreographies come handy to bridge you any looming downtime. This girl can shake her booty all right! :-) She is full of life and utterly believable when turning sexy and flirtatious, happy, angry and/or kicks balls in a man’s world.
And finally, we get to see the versatile Boman Irani as a romantic lead. I always loved him as an actor and often thought he is underutilized. I loved him in this role as lingerie salesman, trapped between his mom (Daisy Irani) and his love interest.
Nice job by first time director Bela Sehgal.