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Being Cyrus (2005)

"Being Cyrus" is a dark, comedic venture by the debutante director Homi Adajania that spins around the Sethnas - a Parsi family.

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Homi Adajania

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Homi Adajania (original screenplay), Kersi Khambatta (original screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Naseeruddin Shah ... Dinshaw Sethna
Dimple Kapadia ... Katy Sethna
Saif Ali Khan ... Cyrus Mistry
Boman Irani ... Farokh Sethna
Simone Singh ... Tina Sethna
Honey Chhaya Honey Chhaya ... Fardounjee Sethna
Manoj Pahwa ... Inspector Maninder Lovely
Delna Patel Delna Patel ... Miss Vinci
Ravi Khote Ravi Khote ... Bonesetter
Carol Gracias Carol Gracias ... Girl in Dream / Beggar Girl
Zareen Bhasin Zareen Bhasin ... Farokh's Secretary
Keku Writer Keku Writer ... Eedu
Yasmin Khambatta Yasmin Khambatta ... Bonesetter's wife
Rayaan Gandhy Rayaan Gandhy ... Young Cyrus
Sephra Sephra ... Young Tina
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The Sethna family resides in the hills of Panchgani. A retired sculptor Dinshaw heads the family of Dinshaw's wife Katy , brother Farokh, sister-in-law Tina and father Fardoonjee. When the bizarre Cyrus comes into their lives, it is soon revealed that things aren't quite right with the Sethna family. The original Indian title is "Akoori." Written by gavin (gunmasterM@hotmail.com)

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Who you let in can change your life

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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1.85 : 1
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Girl with doll: [talking to the doll while Cyrus is climbing the stairs] Upon the stairs I saw a man, who wasn't there; who wasn't there the other day, I wished to god he'd go away.
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Underlying secrets revealed in puzzle pieces
30 July 2010 | by Peter_YoungSee all my reviews

Being Cyrus is a wonderful and intense psychological drama. It is a dark, comic, urbane and very interesting film about a young man who shows up on the doorstep of a dysfunctional Sethna family, led by a carefree sculptor named Dinshaw, who Cyrus claims to be a fan of. That's where he resides, working as Dinshaw's apprentice and assistant. Cyrus gets close to Dinshaw's adulterous and impulsive wife Katy. Through his narration and their relations the story presents us the other half of the family living in an old dilapidated building in Mumbai - Dinshaw's brother Farookh, who lives with his young bride Tina and their father Fardon, a neglected old man who is badly maltreated by his son. Thrown between these two families, Cyrus has to materialise a plan, which seems to be quite evident throughout the movie but is revealed only towards the end. The mystery is not solved until the film's final scenes. An engagingly complicated and twisted script is the strongest link of Being Cyrus. The film is riveting, symbolic and straight to the point. It is not your run-of-the-mill Bollywood film, it is a different and fresh product which celebrates its uniqueness, and that's one of the things it must be applauded for. Cyrus is a young sophisticated man whose silence often says more than his actual words. Saif Ali Khan brilliantly displays this aspect of Cyrus's nature. His narration is also very effective. Naseeruddin Shah does not disappoint in a greatly restrained act, but he actually does not have that much to work with. Dimple Kapadia, though very sexy as the neurotic Katy, is surprisingly disappointing and at times her acting looks forced. Boman Irani is excellent in his role. Simone Singh does very well, too. To sum it up, Being Cyrus is a fun watch. It is intelligently written and well directed, and it is only one hour and 25 minutes long, quite an exception.


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