MOVIE REVIEW May 2006
Starring: Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Naseeruddin Shah, Boman Irani
Director: Homi Adajania
Being Cyrus proves that avant garde is the new flavour of Bollywood. While watching the movie, you feel as though you are reading a novel proving that the debutant director is more of a writer, but the product is wrapped up deftly. The film is an intriguing and poignant depiction of some of the darkest human emotions told through a tale of a dysfunctional Parsi family.
The head of this family is retired Dinshaw Sethna (Naseeruddin Shah) and his flighty wife Katy (Dimple Kapadia). The story takes a turn when Cyrus Mistry (Saif Ali Khan) arrives at Dinshaw's house as his sculpting apprentice. It soon becomes clear that all is not well with the Sethna household. The technique employed by the director is to make you limp, almost with boredom (in fact you keep wondering for a long time why Cyrus is the way he is) and then make you sit up with a jolt when the murky layers peel off and a web of intrigue is revealed. It all happens only in the last lap but it hits you full throttle.
Naseeruddin as the dopster is terrific as always. You could never have imagined even in a nightmare how horrible the gorgeous Dimple Kapadia can be made to look, but all her scratching and swearing is a specimen of perfect characterisation. Boman Irani as the eccentric and cruel second son of the family, and Simone Singh as his wife do perfect justice to their roles. But needless to say, it is Saif Ali Khan as Cyrus, the quintessential misfit in society, who leads the pack of powerhouse performers.
Watch this bold new film with brave new histrionics to discover that Bollywood has truly gone global.
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