With a great deal of trepidation, we sat down to watch Shor in the City (Tusshar Kapoor, Pitobash Tripathy, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sundeep Kishan and Nikhil Dwivedi).
You see, our previous exposure to Bollywood actor Tusshar Kapoor had led us to believe the fella was several rungs lower in the evolution ladder than those blessed enough to belong to the Homo Sapiens species.
But, boy, were we surprised with Tusshar Kapoor’s effort in Shor in the City. The fella threw in a restrained, commendable performance.
His fellow actors, particularly Pitobash Tripathy, were no less entertaining in this fine, dark movie directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K.
Set in the gritty, predatory jungle of Mumbai where everyone (including in one telling instance a young boy) is preying upon someone or the other, Shor in the City has three compelling stories that more or less run on parallel lines with few intersection points.
The first story is of three friends Tilak (Tusshar), Mandook (Pitobash Tripathy) and Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi). The trio is engaged in publishing pirated copies of popular books and peddling them on the streets of Mumbai through a network of urchins. Things take a different turn when they find guns and bombs in a bag they’ve stolen from a commuter train.
Of the three, the recently married Tilak is the more sober one while Mandook and Ramesh are totally unhinged and given to wild antics.
The second story centers around a young NRI Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy), who’s recently returned to India following some unspecified problems abroad, to set up a small business and the troubles he encounters from local goondas with their insistent demands for protection money.
The last story is of a young cricket player Sawan Murthy (Sundeep Kishan) desperate for a place in the Mumbai cricket team and wondering how on earth he can come up with the Rs 10-lakh demanded as a bribe by the selector.
It’s a tense struggle for survival in the Mumbai jungle, a tension constantly reflected in the faces of the main actors as well as their tormentors.
The magic of Shor in the City is in the all round fine acting and the solid screenplay, seamlessly moving from one story to another.
SearchIndia.com strongly recommends Shor in the City, a rare, welcome aberration in the Bollywood cesspool.
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