Movie: Shor In The City

Director : Raj Nidimoru and Krishna Dk

Cast :  Tusshar Kapoor, Pitabash Tripathy, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Nikhil Dwivedi, Radhika Apte, Sundeep Kishan

Jagran rating:    Average

Story line:  True to its title ‘Shor-In The City’ makes too much noise about three lives but fails to soothe the ears (or rather eyes) of the audience.

Somewhat akeen to film ‘Life In A Metro’, ‘Shor In The City’ traces three loosely interconnected incidents set in the noisy background of the 11-day-long ‘Ganesha Chaturthi’ festival in Mumbai. Sendhil Ramamurthy (Abhay) has returned to India to start some business but he is being blackmailed by two goons for huge ransom.

Then comes 22 year-old Sundeep Kishan (Sawan) whose ambition is to get into the Mumbai junior cricket team, which he can only through bribing the selection committee. Sawan desperately wants to make an entry in the cricket team so that he can marry his lady love Girija Oak (Sejal).

Trouble brews when Sejal’s parents want to get her married off as soon as possible. In a city where corruption is a way of life, the goal comes at a price - he needs to find the money first.

Then comes bootlegger Tusshar Kapoor (Tilak) who pulls small scams with his small time crook friends Nikhil Dwivedi (Ramesh) and Pitabash (Mandook). Just for fun, the three of them steal a bag, full of arms and explosives, from local train which opens up dangerous avenues for them and directly or indirectly this incident changes their lives forever.

Thumbs up: The treatment of the scenes by writer-directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK have its moments of glory. The film has a smart and subtle sense of humour. The exceptional cinematography is just hard to overlook.

Tusshar Kapoor suits his character and plays his part well. Nikhil Dwivedi is impressive in the concluding reels. Pitobash is the scene-stealer, though his character goes a little overboard as the film progresses. Sundeep Kishan plays his part convincingly.

The song 'Saibo' composed by music Sachin-Jigar is really a treat to listen.

The beauty of the film essentially lies in its smartly handled climax. Last but not the least the sizzling romance of Tushar Kapoor and his onscreen wife Radhika Apte sets the screen on fire.

Thumbs down:  The film takes too much time to come to the point. As the establishment of the character-conflicts is prolonged, by then you are well-acquainted with their problems so the buildup just seems unnecessary, making the narrative monotonous to an extent. 

The narrative shifts from one story to the other, but the plot remains more or less stagnant.
Despite having three individual tracks, the storytelling remains unconnected till the climax.

In fact, bank robbery at the climax is able to connect only two tracks while Sendhil's story remains detached with the entire event. ‘Shor In The City’ is not a tale of how three individual plots are connected rather than how the city Mumbai changes the lives of each character. In short, too much hullabaloo for nothing is what ‘Shor In The City’ is all about.

(*Bad, **Disappointing, ***Average, ****Good, *****Excellent)

JPN/Bureau