For a film that intends to break the notion that love and age go hand in hand, Shirin Farhad kit oh nikal padi tries too hard to conform to the norms of a Bollywood film- stereotypes abound, too many unwanted songs and melodrama where subtlety was needed. At two hours running time, the film delivers a few warm moments but mostly underwhelms.
Farhad is a Parsi 40 plus bachelor living with his mom and granny who has not yet found his soul mate. He meets Shirin, falls in love with her, only to find out that his mom and Shirin had an incident in the past putting a spanner in the scheme of things. How the two go about finding true love at 40 is the crux of the rest of the movie.
Director Bela Sehgals debut borrows heavily from the Hrishikesh Mukherjee school of simple stories of ordinary people, yet is let down by Sanjay Bhansalis writing that oscillates between the banal to utter ridiculousness.
The film reminds one of the classic old age love story Khatta Meetha.
The age of the protagonists here is a little lesser than in that movie, but the milieu remains the endearing Parsi community. What is sorely missing here however is the sensitivity and humane touch with which the tale of two souls looking for companionship and love was told in the former.
There is immense potential in an idea like this to explore how relationships, love, friendships all zero down to age and looks in an increasingly materialistic cosmetic society of our times. Sadly, SFKTNP is not a treatise on this.
Instead, Bhansalis story relies heavily on toilet humor and juvenile Parsi stereotypes to elicit cheap laughter. This works for a few minutes but grates on the nerves later.
The film also relies heavily on the odd ball lead pair. Boman, by now a pro at Parsi roles , is competent as Farhad, at times over the top yet definitely the better of the two.
Farah Khan as Shirin is awkward and conscious. One can understand why she would be chosen as the lead for a film like this, but trusted with a lackluster character she fails to impress. She is especially bad in portions where acting is expected of her, gyrating onto melodrama and hamming easily. And there are the many songs in the film that are crass, loud and mar the narrative.
Neither an out and out mad cap comedy nor a sensitive light hearted take on the topic at hand, SFKTNP is an interesting idea with bad execution. Watch it only if you have to.