By Pritam Roy(16 Aug 2008)
Parcel (Directed by Revathi, starring Sonali Kulkarni, Vinay Pathak) is about human trafficking, which forms the backdrop of the film. lt follows the life of a immigrant woman who arrives in Mumbai on her way to the middle-east. All that she has to experience to realize her goal and whether she gets what she wants or not, forms the story of the film.
Jo palti Nahi Who Rickshaw Kya (Directed by Ruchi Narain, starring Raima Sen, Deepak Bajwa) is about a 'ickshaw loving'NRl's life in the city. She sees life in Mumbai through her interaction with the rickshaw drivers and experiences all that is to be experienced to become a true local.
Mumbai High (Directed by Ayush Raina, starring Arjun Mathur, Juhi, Raj Singh, Geetika Tyagi and others). The city of Mumbai is basically divided into two realms. The story is of those who are driving the hurtling trolley bus down over the edge of the bottomless pit...and its also the story of those who are queing up by the numbers to somehow get themselves to board the bus and manage to wring for themselves a window seat. in the meanwhile, authorities have a super plan of action to, or so to say, supervise the direction of the progressive physical, mental and spiritual degeneration. To keep things flowing, we have the usual bunch of losers, winners and the not-to-be-forgotten...the in-betweens.The spirit of Mumbai is the moral of the story. And the spirit is dancing wild to the beat of everyday life in the metropolis and looks like someone is gonna be locked up and put away in the dark dungeons of etemity. What the hell! Who cares? Cheers!
The Hero (Directed by Kundan Shah, starring Deepak Dobrieal, Kavita, Kaushik). An actor who is fresh off the boat, and trying to board a local train forms the central character in this story. It's about his strategies, plans and his schemes, all with an objective just to get on board the train. lt also delves into what culture-shock does to the thought-process of this actor and takes him places in his mind.
Pramod Bhai 23 (Directed by Anuraag Kashyap starring Pramod, Sunny and Ali). This is the story of a juvenile delinquent, who is obsessed with the under world and Bollywood. It's about how Pramod Bhai, an out of work actor who conducts Drama Workshop in the remand home gets involved in the personal life of this character. And how he makes a difference for better or worse.
Urge (Directed by Rituparno Ghosh, starring Reema Lagoo, Sushant Singh, Tara Sharma). This film deals with the power that this city has on people outside the city...their perception of paradise that is MUMBAI. Their aspirations and a dream for a better life...nobody can be untouched from the seduction of this great city.
And lt Rained (Directed by Manish Jha, starring Palash Sen, Samreen, Sameer Koacher, Shivani). A story of fwo dejected, depressed, grieving individuals in the city diametrically opposite from each other. The one thing they have in common is both have lost their loved ones and their desire to go on. One event that threw the entire city out of gear, brings these two complete strangers together.
Anjane Dost (Directed by Jahnu Barua, starring Sachin Khedekar, Joy). In this story, it is beautifully shown in a simple manner, how just the demeanour of a complete stranger can affect the bearings of another completely unconnected individual.
10 Minutes (Directed by Shashank Ghosh, starring Ranvir Shorey,Tejaswini Kolhapure,Shruti Seth, Ranvijay). 4 slices of city life running parallel in real-time. The common theme that runs through all the stories in our city that never has time, is about waiting...and the different thought-processes that run through the various minds in the various situations.
Bombay Mumbai Same Shit (Directed by Rahul Dholakia starring Jimmy Sheirgill, Neetu Chandra). A day in the life of a south Bombayite. His cash rich, flamboyant joumey of debauchery paralleled with the travails of the characters that surround him on a daily basis.