BEING CYRUS is a sign of cinema that defies the stereotype. It travels a path not many films would dare to venture into. Debutante director Homi Adajania not only opts for a story that may seem bizarre to many, even the execution of the material is innovative and distinguished
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.
Then we see Cyrus visiting a very Parsi locality in Mumbai where Dinshaw brother Farokh Sethna (Boman Irani) lives with his old father and wife Tina Sethna (Simone Singh). We find Cyrus given all minute details about Farokh’s family through Katy. Cyrus visits Farokh’s old father who is kept at the back side of the house by his son and finds that he is ill-treated by Farokh. It seems like Cyrus sympathies with Farokh’s father. Farokh is a very angry person who likes to fight with everyone but is afraid of dogs. He doesn’t love his wife Tina. Tina in turn is shown to be afraid of Farokh and whenever he goes out she enjoys smoking and reading. She is also suspicious that there is something between Katy and her husband.
Dream sequences are cleverly interwoven into the main plot, lending credence to its conclusion. Being Cyrus has on offer some great comic moments, notably Boman's tiff with his neighbour over her pet dog which takes his car for a lamppost and his ordeal at the bonesetter's clinic.
Cinematography [Jehangir Chowdhury] is up to the mark. Background music [Salim-Sulaiman] has an international feel. Saif is superb once again. Boman Irani evokes instant hatred, that impactful is his performance. Simone Singh is highly efficient. Honey Chhaya is perfect. Manoj Pahwa [the cop] excels.
On the whole, BEING CYRUS is a fresh style of cinema.