Being Cyrus (2006)

Genres - Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Thriller, Psychological Thriller  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - India   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Nathan Southern

Bollywood director Homi Adajania's English-language mystery-drama Being Cyrus concerns the enigmatic Cyrus Mistry (Saif Ali Khan), a foster child-turned-drifter who wheedles his way into a troubled Indian family. As the film opens, Cyrus accepts a position as the paid assistant to Dithnaw, once a highly-esteemed potter but now an eccentric, reclusive marijuana smoker who accomplishes little of note. Dithnaw lives with his wife, Katy (Dimple Kapadia) in the hill station of Panchgani, India where he holes up in his house in almost complete seclusion; his skeptical brother, the businessman Farokh (Boman Irani) lives with his wife Tina (Simone Singh) and the men's nutty father, Fardounjee (Honey Chhaya) - a millionaire forced by his two sons into living an impoverished life. Cyrus walks into this eccentric clan and virtually takes over, winning the confidence, step-by-step, of each family member. His constant strategizing and manipulation suggests that the situation is neither as placid nor as innocent as it seems on the surface, and indeed, the sociopathic Mistry harbors a hidden agenda that will soon tear the family apart.




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