Love knows no borders in the charming Persian-American romantic comedy Shirin in Love, written and directed by Ramin Niami. This is his latest release after his last feature Babe’s and Ricky’s Inn. I got a special sneak peek and was immediately smitten by the lead character, Shirin, played by Nazanin Boniadi, as a sassy, young Persian writer, grudgingly working for her ambitious mother’s style magazine and set to marry a childhood friend with whom she’s not in love. Shirin seems resigned to her fate until chance encounters with a handsome but reclusive stranger, William (Riley Smith), start to rekindle her confidence in herself, her aspirations and ultimately her heart.
Both of them have secrets and it’s a comical story of parental hopes and cultural expectations colliding head-on with personal desire and a search for true love. Whether the two of them can navigate the minefields of cross-cultural romance, you can’t help but root for Shirin, who’s endearing clumsiness, compliments William’s shy Romeo. The onscreen chemistry between Boniadi and Smith is undeniable and the gorgeous cinematography of the Northern California coast is the perfect setting for the two unsure lovers.
Also shot in Beverly Hills, the film is a special ode to the Persian community in Los Angeles, affectionately known as Tehrangeles, and features well-known Persian personalities, including well-known comedian Maz Jobrani, TV anchor/host Anahita Khalatbari in her acting debut, actor Marshall Manesh and musicians Andy and the band Black Cats. The stellar ensemble cast also includes the ever excellent Amy Madigan and comic George Wallace.
Spring is the season of love so make sure to see Shirin In Love a truly romantic film with someone special, when it opens in theaters starting March 14. The premiere party will be held on Tuesday, March 11, at Avalon club in Hollywood and let me tell you, Persian-Americans know how to throw a party! After the premiere screening will be musical performances by Black Cats and other Persian musicians, as well as Riley Smith’s band, “The Life of Riley” whose music is also featured in the movie. DJ Mohsen keeps the dance floor hot after that, so come dressed for the red carpet but also ready to get your groove on!