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Manorama Six Feet Under – movie review

In the desert, nothing is what it seems


Manorama Six Feet Under

Manorama Six Feet Under, the film is about an amateur detective in a small town who finds himself caught in a web of lies, deceit and murder. Manorama Six Feet Under movie review…

Satyaveer Singh played by Abhay Deol, fondly called SV, is a qualified engineer nurturing the ambition of writing detective fiction. He does it, however sadly, his maiden attempt, a novel called “Manorama”, flops and he is reduced to writing for a cheap pulp magazine. His novel sold just 200 copies.

He is left wondering wonders what to do further, especially having his sarcastic wife (Gul Panag) around in his life. Others with him in the film are Raima Sen and Sarika.

Sensing foul play, our small time detective starts investigating her death only to discover that nothing is what it seems to be and that redemption doesn’t come easy….

Though the director is new, the plot is intriguing and interesting. This neatly shot film is balanced throughout in its slow and steady pace and begins to tighten the grip in the second half, especially towards the end. Manorama Six Feet Under is a powerful tight thriller.

Abhay Deol’s performance is straightforward and extremely realistic. He has matured now into an intelligent actor and knows how to work the understated character perfectly.

Frustrated by the failure of his dream attempt, he has no choice but to take up work in s small town in Rajasthan. But things take an interesting turn in his life when the wife of a powerful local politician arrives at his doorstep with an irresistible offer for him to play a real life detective. All he has to do is to mark and spy on her husband.

For him it’s a dream offer come again, this time with good remuneration. Thus he happily accepts the enticing offer. He diligently works on his new part time assignment, and successfully wraps it up and then immediately things take a new turn when he comes to know that the woman who appointed him for the job is not who she claims to be. The situation gets complex when she is killed in a mysterious accident.

Raima Sen is a hardworking actress, in an interesting role. Gul Panag has played her part well. Vinay Pathak is apt as a liquor-friendly cop.

Double Crossing, Fake Identity, Blackmail… its all in this desert flick – Manorama Six Feet Under.

Manorama Six Feet Under – Cast
Satyaveer – Abhay Deol
Nimmi – Gul Kirat Panag
Manorama – Sarika
Sheetal – Raima Sen
Fauji – Jogiji
Bihari Lal – Brijendra Kale
Minister P.P. Rathore – Kulbhushan Kharbanda
Brij Mohan – Vinay Pathak

Manorama Six Feet Under – Credits:
Co-Producer : Sanjay Bhattacharya
Director : Navdeep Singh
Co-producers – Hiren Gada, Mansi Maroo, Smita Maroo
Writers: Devika Bhagat, Navdeep Singh
Music Director : Jayesh Gandhi
Original Music: Raiomond Mirza
Lyricist : Jayesh Gandhi, Irfan Siddique
Cinematographer : Arvind Kannabiran
Screenplay Writer : Navdeep Singh
Editor : Jabeen Merchant
Art Director: Meghna Gandhi
Production Designers: Meghna Gandhi, Mustafa Stationwala
Costume Designers: Amrita Pednekar, Payal Saluja
Sound Designer : Subhash Sahu
Hair Designer : Pramila Satpute
Playback Singer : Jayesh Gandhi, Roopkumar Rathod, Mahalaxmi Iyer, Kailash Kher, Richa Sharma, Zubeen Garg
Still Photographer : Tashi Dorjee
First Assistant Director : Nameeta Prakash
Editorial Department
Assistant Editor – Abhijit Deshpande
Unit Production Manager – Ajeet Singh
Production Manager – Siddharth Singh
Assistant Production Manager – Sachin Thakur
Second Unit:
Second Assistant Director – Parandeep Singh Bawa
Trainee Assistant Director – Puneet Mital
First Assistant Director – Nameetha Prakash
Third Assistant Director – Gauri Tiwari
Art Department
Assistant Art Director – Ravikant Bhakre
Props – Shipra
Sound Department
Sound assistant – Uday Girkar
First boom operator – Asif Khan
Second boom operator – Nilesh Oza
Sound – Subhash Sahu
Camera and Electrical Department
Gaffer – Shaukat Ali Ansari
first assistant camera – Srinivas Chandran
second assistant camera – Anil Devaiah
still photographer – Tashi Dorjee
lighting technician – Vishnu Thapa
Other crew
Script Supervisor – Shubha Ramachandran
Location coordinator – Kishore Singh
Location managers – Siddharth Singh, Tan Singh
Assistant to director – Shuchi Talati
Transportation: Buddiram Saini, Jeetendra Singh
Manorama Six Feet Under movie review