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Shor In The City  (2011 - Hindi)

Shor In The City cumulative rating: 3.2 out of 53.2/5 (23 users)

Shor In The City critics rating: 3.55 out of 5 3.55/5 (9 critics)

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For a nation of a gazillion English readers, where 3,000 copies of a book sold is deemed a bestseller, pirates who publish the same books to hawk around the city’s traffic junctions couldn’t be doing too well either. Tilak (Tushar Kapoor) is one such lower middle class publisher, if you may. He evidently loves his job. He’d like to move up in the social hierarchy, from a motorbike, to a Nano. He finds that ladder in the film’s opening scene.more

Three desperate men fighting circumstances and struggling to make a better life for themselves in a corrupt metro… these are the protagonists of the appropriately titled 'Shor in the City', a sparkling comedy thriller that sucks you into its world from the very word go. Directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK, the film unfolds in Mumbai over a period of 11 days during the Ganesh festival, and follows three separate tracks that gradually intertwinemore

A major chunk of the film industry is under the misapprehension that when a film makes it to the festival circuit, it holds zilch prospects at the box-office. It isn't for the aam aadmi; these films are sans entertainment. Tags such as offbeat and unusual are attached to it, even before the audience can give its mandate. But the perception has gradually changed with time, with more and more people getting cinema literate. These films have been successfulmore

How does a bomb explode? They want to see. All three of them are small-time crooks and want a first-hand experience of how exactly a bomb goes off. They don’t even know whether the explosives they have stolen from the local train is a grenade or RDX, whether it needs to be set fire to or to be simply switched on. They go to a desolate area and just hurl the bomb at a distance and a small child comes running and picks it up. As the bomb goes tick-tockmore

Shor in the City may be another dekko at merry, murky, mad city Mumbai but not once do you get a sense of deja vu. And that's because this one's a completely quirky cameo on a city that continues to hypnotize people with its chameleon hues. The film posits the metropolis as a character in the film. One that is as jagged, enigmatic and hysterical as the living-breathing protagonists of the film. And yet, despite the hurtling-towards-doom scenariomore

This isn't the first time a film captures the essence of the dark under belly of Mumbai. Neither is this a first attempt at weaving different stories that move towards a common end. So what makes SITC stand out in a crowd? Contrary to general belief it's the simple straight forward approach of the directors in telling a bunch of interesting stories that makes Shor instantly likeable. Rather than showing off style and technique, the focus is on the remarkable screenplaymore

The entire story of Shor happens over a span of just 11 days. Yet the film seems somewhat stretched, sporadically slow and remains silent on storytelling for its major runtime, until it makes substantial noise in its penultimate moments. NRI Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy) has just shifted base in Mumbai but is traumatized by frequent extortion threats. Sawan (Sundeep Kishan), an aspiring cricketer, is in desperate need of big money to bribemore

Once upon a time in Mumbai, there lived a bunch of people, trying to hack a life. How many films can match that most generic of descriptors? Don’t even ask. 'Shor In The City' is one of those films, yes. But it does its picking up of characters and following them around to see what happens on one climactic day, with skill and style. What makes 'Shor In The City' an instant clutter-breaker is its darkly comic treatment. It makes you smilemore

Shor in the City is a terrific film. It’s surprising and disturbing and has a vein of rich, dark humor coursing through it. With great skill and inventiveness, directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK capture the chaos, absurdity and cacophony that constitutes India’s maximum city: Mumbai. Like I Am, Shor is also a multi-narrative film. Sendhil Ramamurthy plays Abhay, an NRI who returns to India only to find that you can never go home againmore