Shor in the City Review – Worth Watching

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. strongly recommends Shor in the City, a rare, welcome aberration in the Bollywood cesspool.

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10 Responses to "Shor in the City Review – Worth Watching"

  1. Twig   May 19, 2011 at 7:09 pm

    If you care to know, the directors are gults. πŸ™‚ Responds:

    Must be mutant gults because only they can make such nice movies. The normal/regular gults are busy with 100% Love and Nenu Naa Rakshasi. πŸ˜‰

    To make you happy and in the interest of comprehensiveness, we added the names of your two gult directors at the end of the fourth paragraph in the above post.

  2. Twig   May 19, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    Also watch Aadukalam, the movie which won 6 National awards. Truthfully said, Tamil Industry (and to a certain extebt Marathi) is the most happening Film industry in India right now. They make movies of all kind. Utter crappy, Mass masala,
    Rural based and deeply rooted, Folk, Neo realistic movies etc.

    And you watch only the first two of the above mentioned genres. Sad. Responds:

    In deference to your request, we’ll try to watch Aadukalam and review it. Hopefully, sooner rather than later.

    But any organization that gives an award to garbage like Dabangg is unworthy of any respect.

  3. vjcool   May 20, 2011 at 12:10 am

    when you see Adukalam, you may find it interesting, but can still feel it doesnt deserve the awards. its just an average film. Responds:

    You write: Adukalam….doesnt deserve the awards. its just an average film.

    Well, it’s the Indian film industry after all – Average Films; Average Actors; Average Directors; Average Producers

    NatΓΌrlich, Average People Hand out Awards to All the Above Average People!

  4. Twig   May 20, 2011 at 2:50 am

    “But any organization that gives an award to garbage like Dabangg is unworthy of any respect.”

    It got an award in the category of the most popular film providing wholesome entertainment, and rightly so.
    Generally this category by default goes to Hindi movies because they are popular.

    This time national awards seems to be okay. Atleast they did not give national awards to Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Rampal. Responds:

    A nation that hands out awards to films like Dabangg and a nation where films like Dabangg are popular has no hope of redemption. Zilch.

    BTW, we were in Columbia, Maryland two days back and went to a video store there. Saw Aadukalam DVD there but did not purchase it. Instead, we purchased Yuddham Sei (Cheran). In retrospect, we should have purchased Aadukalam.

  5. MadAtBollywood   May 21, 2011 at 3:30 am

    So Bollywood finally strikes back after dozens of shitty movies ;-). I will watch this one. The last bollywood movie I had watched was Ishqiya.

    SI, sorry I am sounding repetitive, but please watch Dor by Nagesh Kukkonoor if you get a chance. That was one gem coming out of the shithole, aka Bollywood. Responds:

    We promise to watch Dor soon.

    • Twig   May 21, 2011 at 6:10 am

      MadAtBollywood, SI: Dor was a remake of Malayalam movie Perumazhakkalam.

      Considering Meera Jasmine is in the Malayalam version, I think that would be better. If you guys don’t know, Meera Jasmine is a class apart in acting. Responds:

      There’s no doubting Meera Jasmine’s talent.

      We’ve seen her in Run, Sandakozhi and Parattai Engira Azhagu Sundaram.

      • MadAtBollywood   May 21, 2011 at 9:51 am

        Oh, I see. I am completely unknown to South Indian movie industry, except for some so-called big names like Rajnikanth, Mamooty, Mohanlal, Chiranjeev, etc..

        But I didn’t know Dor was a remake πŸ™ Responds:

        You write: Oh, I see. I am completely unknown to South Indian movie industry,

        Not to be exposed to South Indian cinema is a blessing extended to few desis. πŸ˜‰

  6. Twig   May 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    “Not to be exposed to South Indian cinema is a blessing extended to few desis.”

    An exposure to only movies that reach East coast would create a wrong impression like that. πŸ™‚ Responds:

    One more cheeky comment like that and by Rajinikanth’s health we swear that we’ll watch and review Veera (Ravi Teja, Kaajal Agarwal) today. πŸ˜‰

  7. Twig   May 21, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Please do it. What does that make me? a Sadist? That I could enjoy you being tortured πŸ˜‰

    Anyway, I think you should watch The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover. (1989) movie. I became instant fans of
    Micheal Nyman and Helen Mirren. Responds:

    Just checked. Netflix doesn’t carry The Cook, Thief, His Wife and Her Lover now.

    We’ll watch an IMDB-250 movie in a little while and review it here later today.

  8. sam   May 22, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Read somewhere above that u purchased Yudham Sei. Gift it to ur enemy. Ayyo what a movie! Shoud not have released.

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