Sirf..Life Looks Greener On The Other Side is about four couples. Manisha Koirala and Kay Kay Menon play an affluent couple but all their money can't seem to fix their frayed relationship because he has no time for her. Ranvir Shorey and Sonali Kulkarni have love but very little understanding.
Parvin Dabbas and his small town wife played by Rituparna Sengupta have love in bits and spurts because she suspects that he is having an affair.
And finally there's Nauheed Cyrusi and Anukr Khanna, who are passionate about each other but can't get married because he doesn't have the money to rent a house.
So each relationship poses a question: what good is money without love, what good is love without understanding, what good is love without faith and what good is love without money.
As I watched these couples grapple and struggle with each other, I also started to ask some questions. Like why does director Rajaatesh Nayar begin with a nice, sure-footed hand and then derail so badly that the proceedings become a farce.
Why does Rituparna Sengupta, a National-Award winning Bengali actress, reduce herself to the nonsensical role of a girl from Jabalpur who starts to hyperventilate because her husband dances with a girl at a party.
How do scriptwriters actually create inane dialogue like Manisha declaring that when she was at Harvard University, the professors were crazy about her Baingan Ka Bharta and probably passed her because she is such a great cook.
And perhaps the most heartbreaking question of all: What have the years done to Manisha who was once so beautiful that she inspired her hero to sing: Ek Ladki ko dekha toh aisa laga. The answers, my friend, are blowing in the wind.
Sirf is only two hours long but it made me realize that a film is never as long as its physical length. It is as long as it feels. And this one feels like a never-ending trip into relationship hell. Life is probably greener at another multiplex screen. Watch Sirf at your own risk.