AryanBrothers Entertainment Pvt Ltd. presents DUS TOLA, produced jointly by Kunwar Pragy Arya with Sanjay Bhattacharya & Sushma Reddy. Warner Bros. Pictures is releasing the film on 22nd October 2010.
Directed by Ajoy Verma, the film stars Manoj Bajpayee, Aarti Chhabria, Pallavi Sharda (debutant), Sid Makkar, Govind Namdeo, Asrani, Ninad Kamath, Dilip Prabahvalkar, Bharti Achrekar and others.
The music of the film is composed by Sandesh Shandilya and lyrics penned by Gulzar.
DUS TOLA, a slice-of-life tale which mirrors our society, is witty and light-hearted in its narrative. It is an entertaining Family drama; its story is a melange of unpredictable twists, satire and humor. The situations are hilarious and enlightening; the dialogue conveys the message strongly with wit and wisdom.
Inspired by the folk tales passed on from one generation to another, DUS TOLA is a simply told story of victory of goodness over greed. The story is set in Sonapur, a quaint little town that has its share of eccentrics. Shankar (Manoj Bajpayee), the local goldsmith, is head-over-heels in love with his neighbour's daughter Suvarnalata (Aarti Chhabria) much to the chagrin of her father Daya Shastri (Dilip Prabahvalkar). Shastri is bent upon finding her a suitable groom from Dubai and cover her with gold at the wedding, which will help him climb up the social ladder. Armed with nothing but a heart of pure gold, Shankar sets out to overcome the obstacles of devious plots and heartache.
Will he be able to marry Suvarnalata!!!
Will his love be measured in Gold and only Gold!!!!
Is the love of Suvarnalata pure or just plain greed!!!
Shankar Sunar (Manoj Bajpayee) - Our protagonist. A goldsmith who is in love with a rich astrologer's daughter Suvarnalata. Shankar is simple, friendly and caring.
Sunar family - Shankar's father - Bhaskar (Kishore Nandlaskar), an old man - who is seen and heard coughing - is so unwell that when he stops coughing for a bit the village panics and gathers around him assuming him to be dead. Most of the scenes which open on him have him staring blankly into the screen and we are made to assume that THIS time he has died - only to blink a few seconds later. So much so that the family too is exasperated and embarrassed
Shankar's mother Padma, and younger sister Anju - both caught up in house hold chores and looking after the sick old man.
Suvarnalata Shastri (Aarti Chhabria) - the town beauty. Looks simple, innocent & sweet, is the love of Shankar's life.
Pundit Daya Shastri (Dilip Prabhavalkar) - Suvarnalata's father - he doesn't support this budding relationship. He is supposedly an expert in astrology. He is a stern stubborn man who loves his power and wealth.
Shastri family - Pandit and his wife Lakshmi (Bharti Achrekar). Both materialistic and cunning. Suvarnalata, their daughter's equally smart and well versed in the art of seduction.
Ravi (Sid Makkar) - Suvarnalata's husband - he worked in Dubai but after marriage his luck ran out and he heads back to Suvarnalata's village to re start his life there.
Geeta (Pallavi Sharda) - Dance teacher who secretly desires Shankar. She is pretty and lives alone in the village.
Bholenath (Ninad Kamat) - the village Oracle of sorts - even though he doesn't have a single trust worthy bone in his body he is harmless, he always breaks into a frenzied dance proclaiming to be possessed by the gods. He insists that his dancing cures all evil and makes wishes come true.
Sarpanch (Asrani) - A simple man but enjoys chaos as much as anybody else, as long as he is not part of it.
Abdul (Brijendra Kala) - the chai wallah. His chai stall is in a small two storyed old dilapidated building - the most popular watering hole of the town. His only problem in life is the dancing class on the first floor. As soon as the classes start - the shop starts to rock. It's like a moving bus.
Qazi (Govind Namdev) - the richest and the most respected man in the village. Married twice earlier but has been very unlucky. His first two wives ran away with guys from the village. He has married a third time now - but his pretty wife Mumtaz Begum is forbidden to come out of the house leave alone step out in Purdah. It is a common practice to tease the Qazi about this.
Atmaram (Asif Basra) - the cow broker so to speak. He buys cows cheap and marks them up and sells them further. He has lost many animals in his panic to get to Sunar's house whenever he hears of the old man's death.
Prabhadevi (Trishla Patel Capoor) - the village prostitute. Everyone gossips about her and talk as if they detest her presence and yet they all slyly sneak to her place at night.