Shor In The City - Review
Another dark comedy that deals with the grit of the city. Fortunately, it is another well-made dark comedy. Shor in the city is well-shot and has good performances. It also has a few well-developed, interesting characters. Yet, the plot gives a very "been there, seen that" feel.
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"Cute" is my first reaction to Shor in the city. Of course, not in the mush-mush kind-of way. It is after all, a dark comedy set deep in the grim, gritty recesses of a fractured city that we all make. But, a nag starts as soon as the main characters are introduced.
As I enjoyed how well Shor in the city is shot and admired every performance, I was trying to point my finger at what was bothering me, what was keeping this from being a complete fun experience? When I read, "Each incident is inspired by a newspaper story" in the end credits, I realized the familiarity of the stories is what was bothering me. Not that I knew of the stories before hand, but this is how this new genre of "dark comedy/pulp" is beginning to settle in Hindi cinema.
You have your mix of rugged texture, close-ups, relatively non-standard camera angles. Even story wise, you have a regular dose of hotch-potch of 4-5 stories with interesting characters. Their paths collide. And along the way, you make comments on the system we form, the society we make.
In the social commentary department, Shor in the city chooses bribery, a sarcastic look at religion, stronghold of underworld crime, the hierarchy that a gun-holder can create, frustration of the honest man in this big, bad world. It uses a small-time crook who gets interested in the books he pirates to define both the futility, superficiality and yet the charm of the escape that a "philosophical" world creates. Oh yeah, and it also exposes our fake love for our national passion - cricket. The candid, uninhibited smooching and making out scenes announce the new-age cinema's emphatic decision to be bold and also shows how liberal the SMS/BPO center generation is.
Given that none of these things are new to us, the performances make this film a watchable experience. Certainly, there are smart-ass dialogues but from Tusshar Kapoor to Pitobhash to Amit Mistry - each actor makes his character just perfect.
Yeah, it is different from your mainstream films but within its genre it's "more of the same". In fact, it's one of those films in which no climax will surprise you - be it characters who die or the ones that survive. Fortunately, you mildly care for some of the characters and interested in what happens to them.
- meeta, a part of the audience
- Violence: Loads
- Language: Lots of abusive Hindi and the F-word muted out.
- Nudity & Sexual content: One character who is always ogling at women, one scene where a newly-wed couple start undressing.Smooches and people making out in public places.
- Concept: Crime, corruption, etc.
- General Look and Feel: a 'dark humor' atmosphere.
Shor In The City - Movie Details
- Official Sites: Website Facebook Twitter Wikipedia IMDB
- Banner: ALT Entertainment, Balaji Motion Pictures
- Producer: Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
- Director: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D K
- Lead Cast: Tusshar Kapoor, Preeti Desai, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Nikhil Dwivedi
- Supporting Cast: Pitobash, Sundeep Kishan, Radhika Apte, Girija Oak, Amit Mistry
- Story: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D K, Sita Menon
- Screenplay: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D K
- Dialogues: Sita Menon, Sita Menon, Chintan Gandhi
- Cinematography: Tushar Kanti Ray, Tushar Kanti Ray, Tushar Kanti Ray
- Editor: Ashmit Kunder
- Background Score: Roshan Machado
- Music Director: Sachin, Jigar, Harpreet
- Lyrics: Sameer, Priya Panchal
- Costume Designer: Karishma Acharya
- Facebook Page: Link
- Running time: 130 minutes
- Reviewer: meeta
- Language: Hindi
- Country: India
- Genres: Crime, Dark Comedy, Social
Shor In The City - Trailer
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