Tusshar Kapoor, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Preeti Desai,
Radhika Apte, Nikhil Dwivedi, Pitobash Tripathy, Sundeep
Kishan, Girija Oak and Amit Mistry
Shor in the City is about
three stories unconnected to each other, relating to the
eleven days Lord Ganesha festival celebrations in
Mumbai, real-life-like characters, fine performances,
original screenplay and slick direction.
It is the story which will entice the festival crowd,
the friday regulars and even the ardent moviegoers. The
storyline has been inspired from newspaper stories about
the day-to-day crime and other amusing activities in the
Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor), Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) and
Mandook (Pitobash Tripathi) are three friends who con
people for a living. Leading a a tapori lifestyle they
are small time publishers of pirated books which are
sold at signals in the city.
The police do little to act on his complaint, so feeling
helpless, he pays the extortion money. Now his girlfriend, Sharmili (Preeti
Desai), who was out of the city for few days, finds him changed and wonders
why he is not the same. Sharmili isn’t aware that Abhay is being hounded by
blackmailers. Tired of all the tension, Abhay finally decides to take law into
his own hands.
The third tale is that of the young lad Sawan (Sundeep Kishan), who is an
aspiring cricketer. Initially Sawan uses his contacts and influence to gain
access to play cricket in the junior cricket team, but soon he realizes that
he needs money to bribe his way into the team.
His girlfriend Sejal (Girija Oak) is pressurized by her family to get married
to a settled boy, and that too very soon. Sawan’s still struggling with his
career and wont stand a chance to ask her hand.
Abhay - Sendhil Ramamurthy
Tilak - Tusshar Kapoor
Ramesh - Nikhil Dwivedi
Sharmili - Preeti Desai
Sawan - Sundeep Kishan
Mandook - Pitobash Tripathy
Sapna - Radhika Apte
Sejal - Girija Oak
Tipu - Amit Mistry
The trio kidnaps a famous author and force him to give
the manuscript of his latest unpublished book to them so
that they will be the first ones to publish it and make
quick big money. On other instance, this gang steal a bag
from a local train, and are shocked to find guns and bombs
in it. And that’s not all, they even loot a bank.
The dialogues and characterization of Tusshar Kapoor,
Nikhil Dwivedi and Pitibash Tripathi are realistic and
The second story is about Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is a
Foreign returned Indian who comes to terms with the fact
that he is alone in an unwelcoming city. Just as he is
comfortably getting settled to life in Mumbai, he is soon
threatened for extortion money by Premal (Zakir Hussain)
and Hemraj (Suresh Dubey).
Sawan is in a sticky situation. Where will he get the
money to enter the cricket team? It is interesting to see
how he actually manages to get the money.
For the non-English speaking audience, there is a flaw
observed in the film. It is about Abhay’s character who
speaks only in English with a heavy accent which would be
difficult to follow.
Though the three stories run concurrently, its characters
are not connected with each other. It has a perfect mix of
humor, sarcasm, violence and sensitivity in its neat
script and well enacted performances from its ensemble
cast. Shor in the City has limited commercial appeal, yet
it is a well made film.
- Aniz Filmvala
Credits & Crew -
Banner - ALT Entertainment, Balaji Motion Pictures
Produced by Ekta Kapoor, Shobha Kapoor
Directed by Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K.
Written by Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K., Sita Menon
Background score - Roshan Machado
Cinematography - Tushar Kanti Ray
Editing - Ashmith Kunder
Distributed by Balaji Motion Pictures, ALT Entertainment
Screenplay - Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK
Cinematography - Tushar Kanti Ray
Music by Sachin-Jigar
Lyricist – Sameer, Priya Panchal
Action - Parvez Khan, Firoz Boss