Boman Irani, Farah Khan, Kavin Dave, Daisy Irani
We meet Farhad Pastakiya (Boman Irani) who is a salesman at a lingerie store and lives with his “over-loving” mother.
The Parsi colony he lives in has the oddball characters that have always defined this community in films. You have the overbearing mother who fights the society association to keep an illegal water-tank in the house, the eccentric man who writes love-letters to the late Indira Gandhi, and the society members who are debating furiously over a Rs 10 increase for society security – since someone’s half-empty rum bottle got stolen, it was reason enough to call for the meeting and discuss security issues; even contemplating giving the watchman hand grenades.
Then there are other clichés like dhansak and Sali Boti repeated in every other sentence and an alleged love for Duke’s Mangola. You’ll agree that these characters are adorable, even if a tad exaggerated.
Farhad is tired of relatives asking him about the “good news” which translates into news of him getting hitched. His mother, desperate to see the son married, has taken to lying to prospective brides.
She is especially keen to hide his profession, which she thinks is the main hindrance, after his age. But Farad insists on telling the truth and remains a bachelor.
That’s till Shirin Fugalwala (Farah Khan) walks into his shop and their conversation begins with him guessing her ‘size’. Annoyed but also amused at the goofiness of this over-eager salesman, Shirin is surprised to bump into him again at a Parsi function. The two form a friendship that soon turns into something more.
The romance is real and eventual. Instead of dialogues professing undying love, this bond depends with conversations that say, “You are a really nice person” and “I can really talk to you”.
Of course, the flipside to this is the strange asexuality of their romance, where two attempts at a hesitant kiss are thwarted and all we see are friendly hugs.
The humour flows naturally and emerges from the peculiarity of everyday life. Mahesh Aney’s cinematography and the adroit editing by Bela Bhansali Sehgal and Rajesh Pandey are a huge plus.
Editor of films like Black, Devdas and Khamoshi, debut director Bela Sehgal is impressive. She keeps the pace measured and unapologetically so. Secure and confident of her simple story, her storytelling style reminds us of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee’s films.
The performances are the film’s highlight. Boman Irani is delightful as the awkward and shy Parsi bachelor who is embarrassed about his bachelor status.
Farah Khan matches step and displays a strong screen presence. It’s great fun to see this unusual couple romance, sing and dance and even spoof popular Hindi films.
Shammi and Daisy Irani as Farhad’s grandmother and mother respectively are super fun!
Watch the film for its simple breezy story and real romance that has you root for the unconventional jodi. Recommended!