'Karma is a bitch' the song that's crooned through the course of the film 'Shor In The City' explains it all. Shor in the city, Shor of money, the language that is read and understood by every person in the city; Be it a local goon, a foreign returned man who wants to peacefully run a small business, police or the city selector for the Under 22 cricket team, everyone at every level just wants to hear the sound of Money but at the end your karma decides your destiny. 'Shor', of what's right and what's wrong for the world and finally your inner 'Shor'. So, do you actually follow your inner voice, your inner 'Shor' amidst the 'Shor' in the city to do your karma ?
There are three stories narrated in the film based in the city of Mumbai. Three protagonists of the film Tilak (Tusshar Kapoor), a newly married, honest bootlegger who pulls unruly scams with his close friends Ramesh (Nikhil Dwivedi) and Mandoop (Pitobash Tripathy) only for their 'moral support', Abhay (Sendhil Ramamurthy), an NRI who returns to the unwelcoming city of Mumbai to set up a small business and Sawan Murthy (Sundeep Kishnan) an aspiring cricketer whose main aim is to make it to the Mumbai city junior Cricket Team strive to survive in this cruel, corrupt city that has its own rules.
'Shor In The City' has been critically acclaimed at various international film festivals and is definitely for a niche audience. There has been a strong effort by the team to commercialize the film and to an extent Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK and Sita Menon, as screenplay writers, succeed in their efforts. The film has some really edgy dialogues, heart touching and nail biting scenes that make it an interesting watch. The end though, leaves many questions unanswered in the head of an average Indian cine-goer.
Ekta Kapoor, the queen of soap operas has always dared to pick up scripts that portray reality. Be it 'Once Upon A Time In Mumbai', 'Love Sex Aur Dhokha' and now 'Shor In The City', Ekta manages to do it once again. The reality of pirated books being sold on Mumbai city signals, local goons harassing a lonely NRI for money and also bribing the police, the city selector for a local cricket team, asking for a bribe from all aspiring cricketers, has been poignantly portrayed in the film.
Tusshar Kapoor takes the cake this time, with his striking act as an honest, sensitive being. He looks adorable in the film and proves that he is just not made for his dumb act in the 'Golmaal' series. Sendhil Ramamurthy is good at his craft and portrays emotions with ease. Telugu actor Sundeep Krishnan charms with his dilemma-portraying character and is immensely talented. The ladies, Preeti Desai who plays Sendhil's love interest, Radhika Apte who plays Tusshar's wife and Girisha Oak who plays Sundeep's lady love, have nothing much to do but portray their part well.
Nikhil Dwivedi and Pitobash make an outstanding supporting cast with both getting into the nerve of their characters. Chirag-Jigar's music is apt for the film with 'Saibo' standing out. The film definitely has a good story but lacks the commercial elements that would make it a box-office winner. For the niche audience of quality cinema, that watch a film for its story and not just entertainment, 'Shor In The City' is a thumbs up.