Being Cyrus (2006) – Not a run of mill
Cast: Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Naseruddin Shah, Boman Irani
BEING CYRUS revolves around a Parsi family, Sethnas. A retired sculptor Dinshaw [Naseeruddin Shah] lives with his wife Katy [Dimple Kapadia] in Panchgani, while brother Farokh [Boman Irani], his wife Tina [Simone Singh] and father Fardoonjee [Honey Chhaya] live in Mumbai.
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.
Not just the language, even the premise of BEING CYRUS is English. Meaning, though the film tells the story of a dysfunctional Parsi family, the film tends to get intellectual as also abstract at times. On the whole, BEING CYRUS is more of a Festival film that should ideally appeal to the elite and mature audiences at the metros in the domestic market.