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Shor in the City – movie review

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Shor in the City - movie review

Shor in the City is about three stories unconnected to each other, relating to the eleven days Lord Ganesha festival celebrations in Mumbai, real-life-like characters, fine performances, original screenplay and slick direction. Shor in the City movie review…

It is the story which will entice the festival crowd, the friday regulars and even the ardent moviegoers. The storyline has been inspired from newspaper stories about the day-to-day crime and other amusing activities in the city.

Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor), Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Mandook (Pitobash Tripathi) are three friends who con people for a living. Leading a a tapori lifestyle they are small time publishers of pirated books which are sold at signals in the city.

The trio kidnaps a famous author and force him to give the manuscript of his latest unpublished book to them so that they will be the first ones to publish it and make quick big money. On other instance, this gang steal a bag from a local train, and are shocked to find guns and bombs in it. And that’s not all, they even loot a bank.

The dialogues and characterization of Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi and Pitibash Tripathi are realistic and entertaining.

The second story is about Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is a Foreign returned Indian who comes to terms with the fact that he is alone in an unwelcoming city. Just as he is comfortably getting settled to life in Mumbai, he is soon threatened for extortion money by Premal (Zakir Hussain) and Hemraj (Suresh Dubey).

The police do little to act on his complaint, so feeling helpless, he pays the extortion money. Now his girlfriend, Sharmili (Preeti Desai), who was out of the city for few days, finds him changed and wonders why he is not the same. Sharmili isn’t aware that Abhay is being hounded by blackmailers. Tired of all the tension, Abhay finally decides to take law into his own hands.

The third tale in Shor in the City is that of the young lad Sawan (Sundeep Kishan), who is an aspiring cricketer. Initially Sawan uses his contacts and influence to gain access to play cricket in the junior cricket team, but soon he realizes that he needs money to bribe his way into the team.

His girlfriend Sejal (Girija Oak) is pressurized by her family to get married to a settled boy, and that too very soon. Sawan’s still struggling with his career and wont stand a chance to ask her hand.

Sawan is in a sticky situation. Where will he get the money to enter the cricket team? It is interesting to see how he actually manages to get the money.

For the non-English speaking audience, there is a flaw observed in the film. It is about Abhay’s character who speaks only in English with a heavy accent which would be difficult to follow.

Though the three stories run concurrently, its characters are not connected with each other. It has a perfect mix of humor, sarcasm, violence and sensitivity in its neat script and well enacted performances from its ensemble cast. Shor in the City has limited commercial appeal, yet it is a well made film.

Cast of Shor in the City –
Abhay – Sendhil Ramamurthy
Tilak – Tusshar Kapoor
Ramesh – Nikhil Dwivedi
Sharmili – Preeti Desai
Sawan – Sundeep Kishan
Mandook – Pitobash Tripathy
Sapna – Radhika Apte
Sejal – Girija Oak
Tipu – Amit Mistry
Zakir Hussain
Alok Chaturvedi
Sudhir Chowdhary
Suresh Dubey
Mahesh Gupta

Credits & Crew of Shor in the City –
Banner – ALT Entertainment, Balaji Motion Pictures
Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
Directed by Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K.
Written by Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K., Sita Menon
Background score – Roshan Machado
Cinematography – Tushar Kanti Ray
Editing – Ashmith Kunder
Distributed by Balaji Motion Pictures, ALT Entertainment
Screenplay – Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK
Cinematography – Tushar Kanti Ray
Music by Sachin-Jigar
Lyricist – Sameer, Priya Panchal
Action – Parvez Khan, Firoz Boss
Shor in the City – movie review