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Actors: Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Simone Singh
Director: Homi Adajania
Executive Producer: A.P.Parigi
Music: Salim & Sulaiman
Screenplay: Kersy Khambatta & Homi Adajania
Dei gratia, Bollywood has delivered one of those rare watchable movies in Being Cyrus.
Tackling the unusual theme of a dysfunctional Parsi family, Being Cyrus eschews the jaded five dances-four songs-three fights Bollywood formula.
Being Cyrus' finely crafted story assembles a rich cast of unusual characters, of whom the most interesting is Cyrus Mistry.
Playing the apprentice Cyrus Mistry to an aging, dope-smoking pottery artist Dinshaw Sethna (Naseeruddin Shah), Saif Ali Khan has once again delivered a memorable performance.
Dinshaw lives with his frustrated wife Katy Sethna (Dimple Kapadia) in Panchgani, a hill station near Mumbai. Katy is sick of both her old husband and Panchgani and yearns to move to the happening city Mumbai.
Cyrus' arrival sets the stage seemingly for Katy to seek pleasure in younger arms.
Then there's Dinshaw's cantankerous and domineering brother Farokh Sethna (Boman Irani), who lives with his timid wife Tina (Simone Singh) and senile father Fardoonjee Sethna in a decrepit building in Mumbai.
The movie alternates between the two estranged households in Panchgani and Mumbai plumbing the unhappy depths of both families.
With these oddball characters, nothing is what it seems on the surface. Then, there's a murder most foul adding a bizarre new dimension and contributing ultimately to an unexpected ending.
What adds to the allure of the movie is the rather matter-of-fact manner in which the story is narrated by Cyrus himself in flashback.
Besides Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia and Boman Irani also throw in fine performances.
While the Shahrukh Khans, Salman Khans and Aamir Khans may currently be bigger Bollywood stars, Saif Ali Khan is emerging as the better actor. After his notable performance in Parineeta, Saif Ali Khan again serves notice of his remarkable talents with Being Cyrus.
The first film of Homi Adajania as director, Being Cyrus provides welcome relief from Bollywood's intolerable tripe parade.
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