The latest fad in bollywood these days seems to be “Intelligent Film-making” which if interpreted at face value would mean films that have some sense – Stories that have logic and meaning – Movies that will not only entertain, make one sit through completely, but also will give the audience their money’s worth. But Being Cyrus carrying tags such as unique, intelligent and path-breaking is nothing but a sheer waste of talent and reels.
Must admit that the promotion of the film was quite slick with the actors saying little but using absolutely no clichéd expressions. The director must have penned the lines for the TV interviews too.
Theatre’s on Monday nights in hyd are usually subdued with the absolutely jobless coming in, but thanks to the hype generated, especially by Rediff, the educated and the IT bunch were in full force. Am quite sure 80% came in after reading about the movie in Rediff. And the first of the sigh’s I heard was this harassed guy still in his Monday morning drab uniform shouting out loud as to whose idea of a joke was this 20mins into the movie.
At halftime, the story is a non-starter with the character introduction still half-way. Meaningless, adjective filled low-pitched English verses filled the room that made no sense. I guess my IQ was a little too less to comprehend those lines. Actors moving around in haphazard fashion, profanities being exchanged between genders with absolutely no care supposedly indicating the real India. And I thought I was living here for the last 20yrs.
Cutting the story short – Being Cyrus sucked. It was to end in the fashion of The Usual Suspects but considering our efforts in copying amazing Hollywood flicks (Chocolate ???) we tend to generally fall flat on our faces. See the problem lies in the non-execution of the product to the exact dot of the original. That’s where Sanjay Gupta scores. The best part about him is he does not use his brain when copying the scripts of movies made earlier. He just shoots them frame by frame and because the film he chooses to make is so good, the copy at some level turns out to be watchable.
Homi Adajania needs to understand that Indian Audience loves thrillers but they cannot be abstract and without direction. They need to be filled with masala and romance to stop the people from falling asleep. Its imperative that he does it.
On a serious note, for me the movie does not work because of its lack of screenplay. The story has some punch but because of the disconnected way in which the movie is played out, the lack of any intensity in the characters and the lack of inherent strength in the characters kind of kills the plot. Right at the beginning you will know that the story will be resolved at the end and the wait does become predictable. I have also read about it being compared to Sixth Sense but if that’s so, then no where was I bored in that movie. There is a difference in not understanding the story and getting bored and here it was the latter.
In the end, you can’t help but mention the parsi-ness of the film. There are a couple of instances that really stand out especially about the impeccable nature of parsis when it comes to their cars and their drinking habits but I guess it would really help their clan if they stop inter-breeding among themselves so that the fresh blood does really get them out of their confines.