Shor in the CityCast: Sendhil Ramamurthy, Tusshar Kapoor, Nikhil Dwivedi; Director: Krishna D.K., Raj Nidimoru; Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

One story isn’t enough when it has to be a film on a megapolis like Mumbai! The maximum city needs multitude of narratives to make us feel its pulse. Shor in the city succeeds in capturing the city and its chaos with three stories and about half a dozen key characters!

Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor) is a book pirate, whose aspiration is to buy “a big car like Nano” and live happily with his newly-wed graduate wife Sapna (Radhika Apte). His friends Mandook (Pitobash Tripathy) and Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) are small time crooks. Sawan (Sundeep Kishan), a cricketer, wants to play for team Mumbai while his girlfriend Sejal (Girija Oak) is being paraded before prospective grooms by her mother! Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy) an NRI entrepreneur, just back from the states, is unfamiliar with the ways of the city where “protection” means extortion.

These characters form the core of the ensemble cast. We follow the lives of these disparate characters over eleven days of Ganapati festival, undoubtedly, the noisiest days in Mumbai. Their paths criss-cross as the film moves forward.

While the film visually sticks to the realism of streets, it has the undertones of a dark comedy. The film never misses a chance to poke fun at the bizarreness of situations. The ride begins in the opening scene itself. [SPOILERS] Tilak with his friends kidnap an author to steal the manuscript of his new book, so that he could release it on the streets even before the stores!!! [END OF SPOILERS]

Casting and performances are where the film hits the bull’s eye. Tusshar Kapoor, not known for his acting prowess, manages to surprise. However, the true show-stealer is Pitobash Tripathy as Mandook. Pitobash gets into the skin of his quirky character so well that he stands a good chance of being typecast by the industry.

Infact, the character of Mandook stands out because he represents the true character of the film that’s bizarre, quirky and funny at a deeper level. Filmmakers constantly maintain that tone. We know right from the beginning that things are likely to go wrong but humour alone will save the characters. There are plenty of such scenes where we can laugh happily knowing the fact that nobody is going to die! Infact, one of the most bizarre scenes by its own standard is the one where Tusshar (Tilak) meets the kid hurt in a bomb explosion and feels guilty for his state. The kid gets up and starts walking even before Tilak is gone. If that’s not enough, what about a gang of bank robbers waiting for the manager to arrive for fifteen minutes, after holding everyone hostage!!

The film has its share of lows as well. The plot of NRI entrepreneur Abhay (Sendhil) leaves too many questions unanswered. We simply don’t know enough about the character to sympathise with his travails. And, his transformation is too radical that takes place entirely beyond the screen. From a law-abiding global citizen to a gun trotter, it’s too much to take!

Despite its flaw,s the film has enough to hold your attention for about two hours. It is a commendable effort by the writers and directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, which deserves to be watched.

Source: Dear Cinema

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