Shirin Farhad Ki Nikal Padi Review
Indicine | Indicine Team
Bela Sehgal (sister of Sanjay Leela Bhansali) manages to impress on her directorial debut, the film has several heart-warming moments and is refreshingly different from the picture-perfect love stories that we are used to watching on the big screen.
Everyone is perfectly cast, infact Farah Khan as Shirin is a casting master-stroke. Both the lead actors look cute together, compliment each other well, and their chemistry is fantastic. It’s nice to see Shammi in a film after a long time, she plays Farhad’s grandmother. Daisy Irani is very good. Kurush Deboo, who impressed in Munnabhai MBBS, has a small role.
The down-side to the film is it’s storyline (a thin plot, that’s stretched far too long) and the forced comedy. The longish scenes with the Parsi community quarrelling with each other were unnecessary. Also, why Farhad doesn’t clear the misunderstanding between his mother and Shirin, is something that’s difficult to understand.
Bollywood Hungama | Taran Adarsh
SHIRIN FARHAD KI TOH NIKAL PADI brings back misty memories of KHATTA MEETHA, though, I wish to add, the two stories are not remotely similar. However, what's common is the lovability and charm the two films exude. Women directors like Farah Khan and Zoya Akhtar in particular have left an indelible impression through their movies, entertaining millions of viewers through their cinema. Now first-time director Bela Bhansali Sehgal explores a rather difficult theme for her first film. A 40 + couple, who have just discovered love, can act awkward at times and this discomfort comes across well as the reels unfold. Besides, Bela doesn't feature Parsis in the stereotypical manner. Nor are Boman and Farah misrepresenting or spoofing the Parsis here. Also, the way Bela concludes the story -- the climax -- is thoroughly interesting. In short, SHIRIN FARHAD KI TOH NIKAL PADI doesn't come across as a film on heartbreaks, heartaches or rona-dhona. This one's a feel-good entertainer. You wear a smile on your face as you exit the auditorium.
DNA India | Aniruddha Guha
The film has several laugh-out-loud moments, like when Shirin comes over to meet Farhad’s family for the first time, the humour consistent almost right through the film. Most of Farhad’s antics are entertaining, more so because Boman Irani makes the character come alive with little gestures and a faultless performance. Several of his interactions with Shirin are heart-warming. At one point, Farhad spells out his matrimonial bio, as if out of habit, while expressing his love for her. “Name: Farhad, Age: 45,” and so on, before proclaiming: “First love: Shirin. Last love: Shirin.”
Farah Khan is best when she’s not acting, her persona suiting the role. Sehgal’s film seems a lot better than it is due to the performance of the two actors and the chemistry between them.
Glamsham | Martin D'Souza
Boman fits himself to the role with sincerity. But whenever the camera moves on to Farah, you feel that the lady is not doing enough or giving enough to the character. It's as though she is having an idle chat with an old friend. There's no attempt to be the character she is supposed to play.
First-time director Bela Sehgal does well with an off-beat script, but casting is a big let down. Also, her constant references in scenes to DIL TO PAGAL HAI, DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYEGE and HUM AAPKE HAI KAUN show that the creativity department was short on stuff.
Yahoo | Kunal Guha
The other debutant in this film, director Bela Bhansali Sehgal gets full marks for managing to set the mood and for keeping this ship from sinking even in the melodramatic scenes. Opening with a rom-com may seem like a safe bet but if your lead pair is 45+ in age and waist size, you're really Russian Roulette-ing with your career. But having been a film editor pays off as Bela understands the importance of containing a scene and avoids any spillovers.
Bollywood Life | Deboshree Ghosh
Boman and Farah unabashedly whisper sweet nothings into each other’s ears and make it look real at the same time. But I must also admit that the intermittent mush might get on your nerves, especially if you don’t have an appetite for an ultra sweet and saccharine form of romance. But Farah’s poker-faced snubs and Boman’s childlike enthusiasm eventually balances it out.
Koimoi | Roshni Devi
Shirin-Farhad make a cute couple on screen but there’s very little to show why or how they fall in love. Sanjay Leela Bhansali has written a nice story, but there really isn’t much to it.
You couldn’t find a better Farhad than Boman Irani: earnest, loving and even funny. Farah Khan does as well in front of the camera as she does behind it. Though she’s a bit rough around the edges, she makes a lovable Shirin.
Bela Bhansali Sehgal’s direction is quite ordinary. Jeet Ganguly’s music is peppy. The movie could have very well done with the songs in the background rather than have the actors lip sync to them. After a point, it’s really tiring to see Farhad and Shirin running around their rooms.
Zeenews | Shomini Sen
The film clearly belongs to Boman Irani though. Boman plays the shy, honest, somewhat silly Farhad beautifully and makes you smile at the way he goes out wooing Farha. Boman brilliantly adopts particular mannerisms of a nervous shy man who is very conscious of his single status. Boman makes Farhad very believable. The scene where he introduces his girlfriend to his mother and granny is hilarious and the four actors have enacted the scene brilliantly.
The only problem with the film is that it tends to fall in the usual trappings of a commercial film in some parts. When you have such an amazing and confident set of actors who take the story forward in such simple and nice way, you don’t really need those unnecessary nach-gaana.
NDTVMovies | Saibal Chatterjee
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.
Film Tadka | Janhavi Patel
SFKTNP is a heart-warming love story with authentic situational humour that draws on the idiosyncrasies of the Parsi community. It lovingly captures the goings-on and intricacies of the much-adored community. There is slapstick humour but it is all in good taste. In some ways, the movie is a fable. There is more humour than you see in the promos. The interpersonal relationships are sensitively handled and depicted. It is less than two hours but gets a tad sentimental in the second half. The music is in sync with the narrative. The Bollywood dance video is hilarious.
Indian Express | Shubhra Gupta
Bela Bhansali Sehgal, sister of Sanjay Leela Bhansali, delivers an assured debut with ‘Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi’, in which, by smart casting, Boman Irani and Farah Khan ( yes, she who directed ‘Main Hoon Na’, ‘Om Shanti Om’ and ‘Tees Maar Khan’ ) are paired as the past-the-first-flush-of-youth lovers. Being around pretty lingerie can be both boon and bane, as Farhad discovers when Shirin first walks into the store where he works : he fumbles, talks sizes, goes red; she is embarrassed, too. But then they pick up the movie’s tone-- gentle, amused-- and go straight into matter-of-fact romance mode.
Rediff | Sukanya Verma
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?
The choreographer/filmmaker is not a professional actress and neither pretends to be one. The screenplay accommodates a lot of her informal personality and classic Farah-styled quips. Like the one where she wryly comments, 'Bartan to nahi dhone padenge?' after glancing at the prices in an expensive restaurant.
What Bela Sehgal Bhansali does best here is casting essentially genuine and loveable people.
The Times Of India | Madhureeta Mukherjee
With all the Cyruses, Ferozes, Perizaads, salli botis, dikras, dikris - this one is full of stereotypical bawa-isms, hilarious in parts; sweet as lagan-nu-custard in some, and mostly endearing. 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.