Sirf MovieCast: Ankur Khanna, Kay Kay Menon, Manisha Koirala, Parvin Dabas, Rituparna Sengupta; Director: Rajaatesh Nayar; Rating: **

Get retro, here’s a film that revisits the life in a metro. Sirf is the kind of film that looks hot and happening on paper but when the script is translated to the celluloid, some of the steam gets dissipated.

Sirf depicts four couples from different economic strata of society with their distinct issues. Rahul (Ankur Khanna) and Shalu (Nauheed Cyrusi) are the young duo and want to get married. But Rahul cannot afford a house of his own in the high-priced city of Mumbai where he could inhabit with Shalu. Akash’s (Ranvir Shorey) male ego is hurt since his wife Namita (Sonali Kulkarni) earns more than him. An additional concern for this middle-class couple is the treatment of their kid.

Amit (Parvin Dabas) and Suchita (Rituparna Sengupta) are the newly married twosome where the simplistic Suchita suffers from a culture shock with her husband’s urban lifestyle. And finally you have the most clichéd couple issue where the superrich Gaurav (Kay Kay Menon) has no time for wife Devika (Manisha Koirala). These parallel plots keep intersecting intermediately and conclude at a common climax.

The screenplay follows a literally linear and undemanding approach in the first half. Unlike Metro, where the sub-plots were beautifully interlinked, here the narrative gets almost episodic. The multiple tracks run back-to-back with practically no intersections till the interval. The actual blending of tales brews up only in the second half.

But the director’s decent intent is marred by lack of technical finesse and a scarcity for subtlety. The editing eludes an efficacy impact. This one is an uncommon case of substance without style. The director mistakes flair and flambouyance for an unintentionally funny song shot in the confinements of a studio passing off as the city of Bombay. Such shoddy and obsolete treatment instantly seeks for some scissor strokes. The music is equally uninspiring and best relegated to the background.

While the script doesn’t opt for cinematic liberties at large and has sincerity appended to it, at instances the conviction does slacken with its lax treatment. Rahul’s change of mind in the climax is an apt example of convenience over conviction. And at other instances you get the déjà vu feel esp. with the Kay Kay Menon – Manisha Koirala track.

How many times have we seen the ‘riches-ka-raag for no-family-milaap’ funda? Moreover Kay Kay’s character isn’t divergently different from the one he played in Metro. The conflicts of the couples do come across but the film doesn’t entirely get into the psyche of the characters.

The acts vary from the ordinary to the over-the-top variety but none win an exceptional tag. Kay Kay Menon, Ranvir Shorey, Sonali Kulkarni and Manisha Koirala fit the regular bill. Rituparna lacks restrain and in invoking humour resorts to the gallery gimmicks but surprisingly succeeds occasionally.

Parvin Dabas could go easy on his expressions. Ankur Khanna isn’t bad but would need a little fine tuning. Nauheed Cyrusi looks pleasant though plump.

Sirf talks about issues of couples but has couple of issues of its own. Life doesn’t look lusciously green this side of the screen.

Source: Indiatimes

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