Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi - Preview

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quick review:

A frustrating watch. A disgusting experience. Not just because of the toilet humor. But more, because you just can't get over the "How could SUCH an awful film be made?" feeling even after an hour of having watched the film. A film that tries too hard to get cute.

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Romantic comedy. Unexpected use of actors in lead pair. Débutante director who has taken this risk. Reminders of Boman Irani from Honeymoon Travels Pvt Ltd. These are the instant hooks that work for Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi.

Another bit that I liked is that director, Bela Bhansali Sehgal, doesn't take off on her brother's grandiose style. She seems to have kept it simple, earthy Parsi. The Parsi element in itself adds to the humor because of the association Bollywood has created with the community's quirky characters.

I have mixed feelings about the choice of choreographer-turned-director-now-turned-actor, Farah Khan as lead lady, though. It could just go either way. The trailers seem to indicate that she pretty much plays herself – a strong, boisterous woman. This could make the film loud and slapsticky. At the same time, there are glimpses of her playing a regular, middle-aged woman. And I loved the bit that she dances like a Shirin rather than choreographer, Farah Khan.

Another worry is that most of the funny lines are given away in the trailers and there won't be much new in the flow of the film. I hope I'm completely off about this one. Also, the music too, isn't great. It sounds very ordinary.

Music Reviews:
Milliblog - "With effective reuse of his Bengali songs, Jeet delivers an enjoyable soundtrack here!"
dunkdaft - "Jeet Ganguly again make remade tunes work. But, when will we have a full album with fresh tunes?"
Bollywood Hungama – "2/5"
Bollyspice – "2.5/5"
Apun Ka Choice – "3/5"
Happy Sing - "an album with a lot of melody, something we don’t get a lot nowadays, some good lyrics, with some regular, nice tracks, and a little experimentation and some light comedy thrown in."