This movie is about three loosely interconnected stories set in the middle of the noise and grime of Mumbai during the Ganesh festival. In the overcrowded urban landscape that forms the backdrop of this film, the right and wrong are blurred, giving way to the more basic need to survive and succeed.
This movie is about three loosely interconnected stories set in the middle of the noise and grime of Mumbai during the Ganesh festival. In the overcrowded urban landscape that forms the backdrop of this film, the right and wrong are blurred, giving way to the more basic need to survive and succeed. less
“The film incorporates a fine screenplay along with some great performances. A complete paisa-vasool.”
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Director duo Raj-Krishna initiated their Bollywood outing with a thoroughly amusing yet unmemorable 99 (Kunal Khemu, Cyrus Broacha). Traces of them being great storytellers werent missed in the terror-comedy.
They somehow have a fixation with bombs and petty thiefs, with maniacal chaos, and conspiracies. And at such scale, it initially comes across as seemingly impossible but trust them to take you through on an impossibly thrilling roller-coaster ride, backed by heart-thumping tunes, and some of the greatest performances we can recollect in recent times.
Shor in the City is a classic instance of one of the finest screenplays written and a phenomenal editing (Ashmith Kunder), all this shot crisply, the attention of the camera zooming at such devouring instances, you are captivated in that dark-cell, too overwhelmed to react, because this film, dear spectators is made to kick you off-guard.
The film is cleverly broken into 3 sets of people not quite belonging to a contrasting societal stature, but with ambitions, and aspirations towering the moon. Sendhil Ramamurthys Abhay is a foreign-returned guy, aiming to carve out a profitable small business in the city, and is facing chaos in the form of getting the logistics at place, and setting in motion the wheels of his vision. Petty crooks disguised as aides, are a plenty a cleverly written trio, who later on reveal their murkier side by demanding hefty protection money. Approaching the nearby cop will be willingly inviting disappointment.
Another cluster of three Tusshars Tillak, Pitobashs Tripathys Mandook, and Nikhil Dwiwedis Ramesh are an epitome of the hopeless lot, struggling and stumbling everyday challenge, from being voluntarily employed with eccentric activities like Tillaks book-piracy (They kidnap Robin Sharma for his yet unreleased manuscript. Brilliant, this) to trying to sell their way into a supposed realm of gold by accidently coming across a bagful of arms, ammunitions. Chaos is metaphoric in the madness of their daily business, and the sadness and thanklessness and the eccentric pleasure in doing the insane. At one instance, one dynamic player (Mandook) just decides to blow up a bomb, because he hasnt seen things exploding live, and yes, they go ahead.
The third story Sundeep Kishans Savan the strongest of the lot is of an up and coming teen with an irrefutable passion to be in the cricket team, battling demons on the both ends of the pitch the shadowy way for an entry in the T20 team, to his girlfriend whos helplessly caught in a situation of getting married elsewhere.
Shor in the City scores heavily in its unmistakably strong characterization each of them so poignant, you go overboard with at least one emotion that they evoke. So if there is a sense of deep sympathy for Abhay whos compelled to reach the other side of law to set the matters straight, there is gnashing of teeth at those shady little goons. Abhays transition is effortless from being an innocent and ambitious biz person to getting his hands dirty the HEROES actor adds a lot of depth to his person that is conveyed by his bustling anger.
Ditto for Tusshars Tillak whose life is partly revolutionized as he flips through The Alchemist and seeks a life of spirituality and solace, but not before morally aiding his cronies in a climatic bank heist. Sundeeps provocation is well-justified and his character completion is near-perfect. For him, its the sheer helplessness, and frustration that we emote.
Picking up an unusually strong element of chaos the screenwriters exploit the theme to full potential by demonstrating it in varied, interesting hues. Also added in a beautifully plausible fashion is the comedic feature that is more situational than deliberate. But above all, Pitobash Tripathys city cheapster, wannabe cool act deserves all the shining glory. He is so terrifically convincing, you beg for more of his screen-presence. Watch out for a scene in the lavatory of a shady bar, wherein he is torturing an unsuspecting person for a previous rivalry.
The makers show immense intelligence as one of the stories of Abhay is chronicled through the 7 day Ganesh festival, with completion metaphorically reaching at the time of visarjan. Classic. As the film comes to a pulsating termination, you are beguiled, and maddened, muted and awed by the unraveling chaos, as Tusshar Kanti Rays camera invades into the unseen or say the, overlooked sights of the city, and how exceptionally well are the three stories knitted into one frenzied lot. Dialogues bear a charming authenticity; they are more like conversations of real people clandestinely tapped.
Thus, rest assured that Raj-Krishnas Shor in the City robotically registers itself in Indian cinemas history. Many thanks; you guys have elevated our filmy standards to mounting heights. And Ekta Kapoor, you are a woman of paradox, you make us cry on the idiot box, whereas those cries are converted into spells of disbelief as you financially aid in charting out historic, cinematic delicacies. There, take a bow.
And all you, you dont have one plausible reason to safely skip this one. Thatd be tragedic to say the least.