FILM – SHOR IN THE CITY
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on April 30, 2011 | 1 Comment
FILM – SHOR IN THE CITY
PRODUCER – Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
DIRECTOR – Raj Nidimoru, Krishna Dk
WRITER – Raj Nidimoru, Krishna Dk
CAST – Tusshar Kapoor, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Sundeep Kishan, Pitobash Tripathy, Nikhil Dwivedi, Radhika Apte.
MUSIC – Sachin, Jigar, Harpreet
Urban cities make a lot of noise and among the noisiest is probably Mumbai. Its noise goes beyond mere physical chaos with every citizen of the city caught in this chaos, some surviving, some struggling. The characters of ‘Shor in the city’ are no different.
In an unforced narrative the stories of Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy), Sawan (Sundeep Kishan) and Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor) come together; their lives, lessons and fates entwined as can happen only in big cities. But their struggles here, merely get the unique color of Mumbai. Had they been in any other city of the world, their stories would have been the same. Because this seeming tribute to the most sung city of India is not even a story of urban reality but actually a paean to the human condition. It uses ‘karma’ to expound this. ‘Karma’ which the film proudly calls a ‘bitch’.
Abhay is a US-returned NRI trying to survive in an unfriendly city. Sawan is a moderately talented cricketing aspirant trying hard to get into the Indian team. Amongst these, Tilak perhaps is the most interesting. He runs a book piracy business but with ethics, all the while trying to make his life better by holding onto his values of honesty, loyalty and integrity. Each one is looking for survival and more. The next step in life. Which is as much Karma as it is choice. Do they create their own karma or are driven by it? If we knew we’d know the answers to our own existence, wouldn’t we?
Intuitively then, the makers do not try to answer that question, rather, just engaging with it in an exploratory approach. They reveal it layer by layer helped immensely by authentic locations, a well-chosen cast and convincing performances. The steady editing handles a perceptive narrative well even as it falters with unfinished cutting many a times.
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna Dk take ‘Shor in the city’ closer to the real world with real pictures of people and the city, complete with its stereotypes, quirks and banalities. Tilak’s life has no dilemmas but small hopes. Little joys he discovers with his newly-wed wife (Radhika Apte) that brings him closer to his own self. Similarly, Abhay is opening up the windows of his claustrophobic self by standing up for himself and fighting fears. Caught in a web of petty goons, he releases his own fears by taking revenge. This seemingly personal action-reaction story resonates with a strong under-current of humiliation and invasion of personal boundaries. Sawan similarly find himself even as he decides to get involved in a crime-gone-wrong in order to get into the team, but in the end chooses something else. There is no moral drama here, just a story of choices. As universal as it can get.
The film’s high points lie not only in a well-told story but also in its minor characters such as Mandook (brilliantly portrayed by Pitobash Tripathy) and Tipu Bhai (extremely convincing Amit Mistry) Yet, it is more than convincing acting that makes this film so watchable.