Shor in the City Review
Filmmakers' fascination to tap the spirit of Mumbai is undying. And following the trend of taking the city as a character itself forward comes ALT Entertainment and Balaji Motion Pictures' Shor In The City. A gritty first look, initial hype and decent promotion; the film has a lot going for it. Now it remains to see whether it may make enough noise at the box-office or not.
Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy), an outsider, is forced to come to terms with the fact that he is alone in an unwelcoming city, which he thought was home. Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor) is friends with local ruffians Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Mandook (Pitabash) who together pull off petty thefts. One day the three come across a bag full of arms and a bomb and in a bid to en-cash their theft land up in a dangerous situation. Sawan Kumar (Sundeep Kishan) is an aspiring cricketer who desperately wants to get into the under-22 Indian cricket team. However, corruption forces him to bribe the selector with an astounding amount he can not even imagine conjuring up.
Shor In The City is spanned across 11 days of Ganesh Utsav. Three different tracks run in parallel and have nothing to do with each other. However, some way or the other their lives entwine. How the city plays around with their lives where the right and the wrong get blurred is what forms the rest of the story.
Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna Dk, Shor In The City despite all the initial hype doesn't have much to offer. The underlying theme of the film though appeasing makes filmmakers take too many liberties. The entire first half is consumed in building up the characters as well as the story. The actual turn of events happen in the last 10 minutes of the film but by then one is already tired of the dreaded snail-paced story.
However, there are some elements in the film which are quite interesting. Especially, the dark humor instilled in places least expected. Even the minutest detailed taken into consideration for getting the setting of the film right. Music by Sachin And Jigar is quite pleasing; especially the song saibo.
On the acting front though there's some major disappointment. Many characters are either used as props for the story to move on or purely wasted. For example, model Preeti Desai who barely has anything to offer to the story or even the talented Marathi actress Radhika Apte who plays Tusshar Kapoor's wife. Nikhil Dwivedi and Sendhil Ramamurthy on the other hand act decent. Pitabash Tripathy is a revelation and gives crackling performance. Despite being under his sister Ekta Kapoor's wings, Tusshar barely manages to bag himself a prominent role.
Shor In The City doesn't quite make much Shor. The story had the potential to make a great film however its execution mires its prospects.
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