Not being clear does not mean being subtle. Not by itself. And this is a fact that I very distinctly realized after watching “Being Cyrus”. The purpose of the story is totally lost upon me and several reviews on the Internet are not helping either. Okay, forget the story. Let’s talk of it being different. Why? Is it because it is in English? Is it because the characters are all Parsis? Well… I’ll let that be unanswered (Does that make this post subtle?). Even if it tried to portray the characters from a particular community, I do not think it was able to bring out any subtle nuances related to that community. I do not see a single reason as to why similar characters could not have been developed in the background of any community whatsoever of India, minority or not! Or was it to bring out that Being Parsi is not all about refined and polished lifestyle and elitist culture? If I try to say “yes” to that, I get a feeling that I am unnecessarily trying to see subtlety where none exist. A Mr. and Mrs. Iyer or a Rang De Basanti was far better at conveying subtlety, I’d say. The complexities of human psyche, which can not be put in black and white. With this film, the confusion and to some extent the suspense that builds up in the beginning faces the tragedy of a mediocre climax… And I do not know what kind of internal enlightenment Cyrus gets at the end. He does (or intends to do) for sure!!
All said, I still can not say do not watch the movie. Technically its good enough, though I am not the most technically demanding viewer around. So, I’ll let others comment on that. Acting has been good, except for Dimple Kapadia who has over-acted in trying to show her “off-the-track” nature. And do not know about the cultural or social nuances associated with one of the comparatively closed minority community of India, but at least the dresses and language have been well put for them. With 90 minutes, even if you feel skeptical, it won’t bore you. And then with so many people writing such positive reviews, I’d rather not ask you not to watch it. 😀