With changing times, people's preference for films has seen a major change. Going by the last year's trend, people who loved masala and comedy films like Dabangg and Housefull also loved serious and off beat films like Peepli Live and Dhobi Ghat. The concept that off-beat and non-commercial films are boring and only targets the niche audiences, holds no more worth with today's audience.
Shor In The City, is also an off-beat movie, but at the same time it has a mass appeal. The film unravels three stories amidst the busy and fast life of Mumbai. All the three protagonists in the stories are neither connected to each other, nor do they cross each other's path. However, there is an uncanny resemblance between them and that is what prevents the film from being episodic.
Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy) is an outsider and is forced to believe the fact that he is all alone in an indifferent city, which he once considered as his home. Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor) is an honest bootlegger who gets into scams with his buddies Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Mandook (Pitobash). They try to loot a local train, but end up creating dangerous circumstances for them. Sawan (Sundeep Kishan) is a young boy who has one and only goal to get into the Mumbai Junior Cricket Team. However, in the corrupted Mumbai city nothing comes without a price. Thus he needs to find money first to fulfill his dreams. (The one thing that connects them is money).
The film is edgy and entertaining at the same time. Throughout the process, Shor In The City will make you laugh and cry at different instances. Though the movie has an unconventional plot line, it doesn't fail to impress the viewers.
All the credit goes to director Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. for their skillful directions. They have managed to carry the film's subject to a different level all together. Shor In The City has a tight and clean screenplay writing which manages to deliver an explosive climax, leaving the audience startled. The film has an exceptional cinematography (Tushar Janti Ray) with wonderful dialogues.
All the actors, Radhika Apte, Preeti Desai, Girija, Tusshar, Sendhil, Nikhil, Pitobash and Sundeep, shine by playing their part brilliantly in the film. Amit Mistry is remarkable. Zakir Hussain is excellent.
Although, Shor In The City is perfect in its own way, the only section where the film could have earned some more brownie points was through its music. Not much scope is given to music (Sachin-Jigar), except for the songs 'Saibo' and 'Karma Is A Bitch' that catches your attention.
On the whole, Shor In The City is a film that not only holds the attention of the film festival crowd but will also win the hearts of the mango people. The film captures the field by its distinct Indian appeal. It has elements like adventure, thrill and drama that leaves you with a satisfied feeling. In short, it's a total buzz on!