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Being Cyrus

Being Cyrus

Director: Homi Adajania
Producers: Times Infotainment Media Limited
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Naseeruddin Shah, Dimple Kapadia, Boman Irani, Simone Singh

Earlier titled Akoori, Being Cyrus is the directorial debut of Homi Adajania and also Saif Ali Khan's first film in English. Made under the banner of Times Infotainment Media Limited, Being Cyrus is produced by Ambika Hinduja, Dinesh Vijan, Raman Macker and Munnish Puri.

The story revolves around a Parsi family, Sethnas residing in the hills of Panchgani. A retired sculptor Dinshaw (Naseeruddin Shah) heads the family. Other members of the joint family comprise of Dinshaw's wife Katy (Dimple Kapadia), brother Farokh (Boman Irani), sister-in-law Tina (Simone Singh) and second brother Fardoonjee (Honey Chhaya).

Cyrus [Saif Ali Khan] shows up at Dinshaw's house in Panchgani and offers to be an assistant. He spends a year with them and in the process a romance seemingly brews between Katy and him. He then arrives at Farokh's house in a Parsi locality in Mumbai. Farokh takes care of their father [who lives in a room in their Mumbai apartment] and does not treat him too well. Cyrus befriends the father.

As the movie proceeds, you realize that everything is not right with the Sethna family. Not just that, even Cyrus comes across as a strange personality. The plot slowly unfurls, revealing morbid and unanticipated sides of many.

The story is refreshingly good and finally Bollywood has started to make such intellectual and logical fims. Although the story is easy to comprehend at the start, you realize you've to focus minutely the moment Saif starts visiting the father's dilapidated flat in a Parsi colony. Director Homi Adajania has handled portions with dexterity. Not once do you feel you're watching a film that has been directed by a first-timer. The best part of the enterprise is the way Adajania has handled the various relationships in the movie.

Cinematography [Jehangir Chowdhury] is up to the mark. Background music [Salim-Sulaiman] has an international feel. Performace wise Saif is superb. Naseer is flawless yet again. Dimple is first-rate as the philandering housewife. Boman Irani as usual gives an excellent performance. Simone Singh is highly efficient. Honey Chhaya is perfect. Manoj Pahwa [the cop] excels.

Overall this film is worth a watch.

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