Drama, Thriller, Black Comedy
Director: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK
Producer: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
Banner: Balaji Telefilms Ltd., ALT Entertainment
Music Director: Sachin-Jigar, Harpeet
Lyricist: Sameer, Nishu & Priya Panchal
Star Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Preeti Desai, Alok Chaturvedi, Sudhir Chowdhary, Girish Oak, Sundeep Kishan, Pitabash Tripathy, Nikhil Dwivedi, Radhika Apte
April 28, 2011
Finally, it’s ‘bang-on’ for the Kapoor lad as he proves his mettle with his acting prowess in the recent outing, ‘Shor In The City’. The second movie of the year with Mumbai being portrayed as a character and not a mere city (remember, Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghat), ‘Shor In The City’ is definitely worth a dekho, for it is intelligent cinema but not without its dose of entertainment. Though tags such as offbeat and unusual are attached to the movie, it would be wrong to say that the film belongs purely to that class, as it categorically has everything to hold the nerves of both niche and mass audience. ‘Shor In The City’ isn’t episodic and neither are the characters connected to each other, yet all the three stories instantly appeal to you as they run parallel and hold an uncanny resemblance to each other with Mumbai at the backdrop.
‘Shor In The City’ is edgy as well as entertaining with its unconventional plot. Though all the three stories unfold at the same time, each quite distinct from the other, what binds them together is that all the characters wish to get their hands on something that the city is not giving them. Set amidst the Ganesh Chhaturthi festival, it throws light on the shor or noise in the city as well in the minds and the hearts of the people living. Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy), an outsider, is forced to believe that he is alone in an unwelcoming city, Tilak, an honest bootlegger and his buddies Ramesh and Mandook who chance upon a dangerous loot in the local train that changes their lives forever and an upcoming cricketing star whose only goal is to get into the Mumbai Junior Cricket Team. The film heavily relies on strong characterization, each of them touching your heart and soul in one way or the other.
Director-duo Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. deserve a special round of applause for coming up with such a niche subject and then executing the same with near perfection. Much as the direction is spellbinding so is that screenplay wherein each frame add up to what we have a nail-biting finale. However, this does not mean that the film does not come with its share of shortcomings. It does, but what is important to note is that it overpowers them and all that you are left with at the end is being spectators of an explosive climax. The cinematography of the movie adds another feather to its already embellished cap. As far as the music department is concerned, ‘Shor in the City’ promises to let you move out of the cineplex only after you have got ‘Saibo’ and ‘Karma Is A Bitch’ in your mind.
Coming to performance, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that ‘Shor in the City’ is a male-dominated movie. Well, that does not mean we are overlooking Radhika Apte, Preeti Desai and Girija Oak. The trio has good screen presence and does the job well but that is just about it. Without much ado, let’s look at the star performers - Tusshar Kapoor has finally come over his oo-aa-ee avatar and displays something sensible - a character that is sure to be in your heart for a long time. Pitobash is terrifically convincing in his goon image and so is Nikhil Dwivedi. Sendhil is efficient and portrays the character with ease and élan. Others worth mentioning are Sundeep, Amit Mistry and Zakir Hussain – all first-rate. And before we sign off for this week, Ekta Kapoor deserves as much credit as the others – after all, who would believe that the woman who, relentlessly, makes us cry in front of the idiot box can keep us gaping for more when it comes to big screen!
Last Call: ‘Shor In The City’ is sure to create shor in the box office for a long time. Keep the money tingling as this niche yet mass appealing movie is sure to create ripples!
Shor In The City Pre-release Review
After the roaring success of ‘Love, Sex Aur Dhoka’ and ‘Once Upon A Time In Mumbai’, Ekta Kapoor is back again with her next venture ‘Shor In the City’. Screened at many prestigious film festivals like Pusan International Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, and Mahindra Indo American Arts Council Film Festival (MIAAC, New York), this black comedy drama is directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, who had earlier made ‘99’. Presented under the banners of Balaji Telefilms Ltd. and ALT Entertainment, the film has been produced by Ekta Kapoor and Shobha Kapoor. The incredibly melodious and connecting soundtrack has been composed by Sachi-Jigar and Harpreet, while the lyrics have been penned by Sameer, Nishu & Priya Panchal. ‘Shor In The City’ is slated to hit the silver screen on April 28, 2011.
Cricket and Bollywood are just inseparable from each other. That’s exactly what ‘Shor In The City’ revolves around. Highlighting one of India’s darkest chapters of bribery charges, this saga is a depiction of how match-fixing, betting, and bribery form essential components of the cricket world. Inspired by the 2003 incident that grabbed eyeballs on cricketer Abhijit Kale who was accused of offering bribes to national selectors Kiran More and Pranab Roy, this flick brings back this controversy in the limelight, though on the fictional ground. Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is an NRI and assumes the city to be his home, until he is forced to realize that he is just one of the many who are struggling in the bustling city. With no alternatives, he manages to find shelter under the charming Sharmili (Preeti Desai).
Then we have Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor), an honest bootlegger who, along with his happy-go-lucky buddies Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Mandook (Pitobash Tripathy), pulls small scams, until he comes across a new and dangerously exciting adventure of discovering a new place to have more such blasting rides. Besides, he is also the caretaker of his newly wedded bride Sapna (Radhika Apte). Not to forget and slip away from the main concept of the story, there is the young Sawan (Sundeep Kishan) who has just one dream - to enter the Mumbai Junior Cricket team. However, with a city intensely populated with corruption, his goal comes true, but with a price. With a city like this where people are more focused towards surviving and succeeding, the right and wrong take a backseat and are lost somewhere in the fast-paced lifestyles.
As all the characters are trying their best to achieve their individual set targets, ‘Shor In The City’ journeys you through a serio-comic tale of an urbane yet chaotic city where you do not have to find excuses to be good or bad, particularly bad. With a refreshing and crisp concept, Ekta Kapoor aims at increasing her standard and hitting a hat-trick, considering the last two hits she delivered. But will Tusshar Kapoor be able to finally give a solo hit after his debut ‘Mujhe Kuch Kehna Hai’, particularly after a number of consecutive debacles. With several box-office successes in the form of multi-starred movies, will this flick be a turning point for his career? Whatever be the fate of the movie, one thing is certain - the pulsating music has already created magic. Wait until April 28, 2011 when ‘Shor In The City’ releases at the theaters near you and see how fruitful the film proves to be for the Kapoor lad.