Being Cyrus : Movie Review

OK, Boman Irani Rocks…at some point of time I thought, the movie name should be Being Farokh (it’s his name in the movie) instead of “Being Cyrus”…this was the time when Boman Irani was making me laugh like hell and overshadowing our dear Cyrus (Saif Ali Khan)….but as the movie moved on..I felt…Being Cyrus is the correct name…I hope you got the point? Didn’t you…well, let me…rediff is better at it.. 😉

The plot revolves around Dinshaw Sethna (Naseeruddin Shah), a dope-smoking retired sculptor, struggling to make both ends meet with his aged yet voluptuous wife Katy (Dimple Kapadia) at a dilapidated house in Panchgani. Dinshaw opens his house to a stranger called Cyrus, supposed to assist him at his pottery school. It initiates a new chapter in the Sethna family story.

Cyrus regularly shuttles between two dysfunctional units –- Dinshaw and Katy’s Panchgani home and an old building in Mumbai where Dinshaw’s aged and much neglected father Fardoonjee Sethna (Honey Chhaya), his brother Farokh (Boman Irani) and way-too-young wife Tina (Simone Singh) live.

As Cyrus treads through the complicated households, the cracks begin to show and he soon realises there are far too many skeletons in the cupboard and too much swept under the carpet. As Katy pours herself all over Cyrus in her attempt to win his passion and make him dance to her tune, Cyrus decides to play a different game altogether. His is a complicated round of chess, with each member of the Sethna family a pawn in his hands.

First half of the movie will keep you wondering why the movie is named as Being Cyrus and what Cyrus has to do with the movie…but the twists in the 2nd half of the movie clears all your doubts and makes you say..”Woha, that was a good movie”. You can say, the movie has 2 heros…1. Boman Irani who makes you laugh like hell in the first half and 2. Saif Ali Khan…who makes you think “Yeah..I can act in non-masala movies too”, very good acting by both the guys infact all of them were good, Dimple Kapadia looks pretty different and Naseeruddin Shah is also very good…he has limited role in the movie but he again and again proves that, he is a great actor…Manoj Pahwa has very small role to play but he has played it very well…funny guy with great acting skills…

The movie is pretty short…approx 1.5 hours…all the actors have acted pretty well…the movie is made for multiplexes and I could not believe that I had to sit in the 2nd row..bloody theatre was jam packed…

So in short..the movie is surely worth watching in theatre…go for it…we need some more good movies like this in India….

Some Good Reads: Rediff: Being Cyrus is a unique attempt – Review on Mid-Day – IMDB Movie Info Movie’s Official Site


  1. I think I’m gonna watch the movie now. Nice review. About Panchgani, was it really shot there? Cause I know every inch of that town, I lived there for like 3-4 years. Some of the best years of my life (involved Apple computers). Boman Irani is an amazing actor, was great in Munnabhai.

  2. Great Review!
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    Thats because the content on your blog are really like unique.Keep that up Deep.


  3. the news channels are all praise for this movie.. they say it has a collection of 70%. well i think thats a good amount at a time when all movies r going flop. i’ll definetely watch this one…

  4. I watched this movie over the weekend. Loved Boman’s “Papppa”- (he said it so well!) I think Boman and Saif are two of Bollywoods most versatile actors. Not sure of Boman is a bollywood actor, he was mostly theater before, right?

    the movie was different but kinda… abrupt in the end. i can’t say i loved it, but it was different and that was fascinating. the performances, were no doubt very good.

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  5. Saw this movie a few days back infact 1st day 1st show (especially since one of the producers is the sister of my classmate in school (Ambika Hinduja))

    anyways as soon as i mvie ended all i could say was “Alfred Hitchcock” 🙂

  6. strange ….

    one of my friend said the movie is yuck…
    but after that she also said that one of her friend told her that you are the only one person saying that the movie is not good…
    so i dont care what she says .. i wanted to watch that movie and now though my exams are over 🙂 i am going to watch it … mmmmmmmmmmmmmm……….. i guess on this sunday ……..

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