For Parsis, By Parsis and Of Parsis

A stellar star cast, a celebrated screenwriter who turns director and some exciting promos convince you Little Zizou is worth a watch. If you’re like me and you grew up in a Parsi locality mesmerised by the dhansaks, gymkhanas and Agiaries, you will certainly be drawn to this film.

The film, largely performed by a Parsi cast, tells the story set within the confines of very real issues faced by the community. We see the stories through the eyes of young Xerxis Khodaiji, who is rather fascinated by the footballer Zidane, talks to his dead mother’s picture and observes the world with a humorous angle.

Be it his father who’s a spiritual healer or the father’s assistant or his father’s arch enemy Boman Pressvala , each character is very ‘Bawa’ and extremely quirky. But the plot is just so fickle that the characters are the only hope you’ve got. That just puts too much pressure on the characters. The story is very random. It doesn’t move for quite sometime and by the interval you give up hope of it ever moving.

That said, the film captures Parsi lifestyles impeccably, but why shouldn’t it everybody’s a Parsi in the film. The performances are awesome and Imaad Shah is fantastic.

Frankly, I enjoyed it the most because  of the familar locales of Dadar Parsi Colony and the little things that made me wonder what being Parsi was all about… So, I’d say watch ‘Little Zizou’ only if you’re a Parsi or have some connections to this adorably insane yet elegant species of people.

PS: Why is the film called ‘Little Zizou’ again, my daft brain didn’t quite catch that!

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12 Responses

  1. The little boy is a fan of the footballer Zinedine Zidane, right? And Zidane’s nickname is Zizou. Hence it’s called Little Zizou.

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  3. hmmm …will see it any which ways for I love all things Parsis.
    See Firaaq, its fab!

  4. ha i think i will watch this 🙂

  5. this was one movie I wanted to see but missed. I hope it stays in the theatres a little longer or I will have to catch it on dvd which I hate doing!

  6. Well,it’s called zizou coz that young chap through whose eye the movie was fabricated,was a fan of zinadene zidane or zizou
    . It’s like,when we are passionate about someone we see him or her in ourself.
    Gaurav
    http://www.oh-musings.blogspot.com/

  7. Have not yet watched it , so not reading it till i watch this movie this weeekend :p

  8. @rgcpapillon: i dont have a partner to watch firaaq with 😦
    @vishesh: let me know what u thought of it
    @Nita: I am curious to know ur feedback on the film
    @Gaurav: Ah that’s true, i hoped it was that, but the whole metaphor did not tie in well…
    @Mr. R: Saw the movie?

  9. kinda agree with the review, nice movie!!!

  10. Absolutely loved this movie!

    I don’t understand why you’re recommending this movie to someone who is Parsi or who has Parsi connection *only*. I belong to neither of those two groups of people, but I enjoyed the movie nonetheless.

    One doesn’t have to be a machine to enjoy Wall-E, or an Indian to enjoy Slumdog Millionaire. As a great writer (can’t remember the name) famously said “The medium is not always the message.” The human drama, emotions, tensions between orthodoxy and liberalism, between two generations — are universal. The medium might be different, but the “message” (of Little Zizou) has universal appeal.

    P.S. I do understand that I couldn’t possibly have enjoyed the movie as much as a Parsi bawa (or, someone who personally knows, or lived close to, a Parsi bawa, as you’ve opined).

  11. i m just saying that the film held some value to me only because i could relate to the parsiness. i found the script a little too random!

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