Fresh nomination for Best Film at the Star Screen Awards though the award went ex aequo in Zindagi na Milegi Dobara and The Dirty Picture, Shor in the city is the latest effort of the duo Krishna DK Raj Nidimoru, screenwriters and directors of the beautiful 99. Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor), Mandook (Pitobash Tripathy) and Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) are three friends who try to make ends meet with practices that are not strictly legal.
Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy), on his return from the United States, is in India to start a small business. Sawan (Sundeep Kishan) is a young man who aspires to become a professional cricketer, spurred by his girlfriend Sejal (Girija Oak), which otherwise is afraid of having to submit to an arranged marriage. All together animate the streets of the city most varied in the world, Mumbai.
Sizzling kaleidoscope of chaotic, murky Mumbai, Shor in the city does not give a sense of déjà vu. The film represents the city as if it were a character, so edgy, enigmatic and hysterical as the living protagonists of the story. And in spite of the raw scenery, there is an undercurrent of hope and innocence that seems to emanate from the most unexpected places. Thanks to the witty screenplay (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK), excellent cinematography (Tushar Kanti Ray) and the soundtrack full of energy (Sachin-Jigar), SITC is another title that breaks the rules offered by producer Ekta Kapoor, after Love Sex Aur Dhokha and Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai . Do not miss this black comedy with heart and soul.
Shor in the City is a film by the rich texture that is offered as a stream of consciousness. Anything can happen in Mumbai, the undisputed star of the SITC . The room aptly captures the metropolis, giving the kind of grueling experience that foreigners visiting Mumbai often (and politely) define overwhelming. The characters are inspired. What we see in this film that is primarily a film about a metropolis, it is his absolute audacity, his verve and his adorably absurd humor. SITC is directed by two directors of low-profile (Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK) , whose last job ( 99 ) went unnoticed because (at least in appearance) the public was too busy to follow the IPL tournament cricket on TV.
Their filmography is imbued with that spirit that characterized the best British independent film of the nineties ( The Full Monty , Trainspotting , etc..). It is the same spirit that defined the early work of two other fine filmmakers who, like them, migrated from Andhra Pradesh to Mumbai: Nagesh Kukunoor and Ram Gopal Varma. Shor, or constant noise is clearly the irrepressible energy that breathes the air of Mumbai. If the beautiful Suketu Mehta's Maximum City was a movie, it would be very similar to the SITC .
It is difficult to find a film so well written, with characters even better delineated. The protagonists of Shor in the city are interesting and characterized, there are (or put) in extreme situations and show their side but also the meanest instincts and survival skills. The moral boundaries have shifted a bit 'further, you are willing to compromise if you do not give in to corruption. The opportunities for rethinking are few and must be seized in order to perhaps redeem.
The narration flows with the rhythm, the alternation of events ensures dynamism, the mood of the film is bittersweet, at times dark and depressing. Shor in the City is a film written, directed, produced and performed by professionals.
Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru are two to keep an eye! The good: - The scene where Abhay, Tilak and Ramesh, out of curiosity and for fun, want to explode, in a field isolated, a small bomb. While waiting for the detonation, a little boy of the street collects the bomb. The three, in a panic, chasing the boy screaming as he runs off without giving up the treasure he found. All the superficiality, triviality, the stupidity and meanness of the three friends; all poverty, hunger and rapacity of the innocent child, the explosive epilogue: four minutes of tragic, poignant, high cinema.
The script is almost perfect. When you get so close to the sublime became greedy and claim impeccability. - The cynical view, but it is also the beauty of the film. With Shor in the City , Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru won the Best Director Award at MIAAC in New York.
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