The advents of realistic crime thrillers have opened new horizons for success in Hindi filmdom. Ekta Kapoor's ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI was one big example of it. To follow this successful trend, the producers are back with another action potboiler in the form of SHOR IN THE CITY, a flick about three interconnected stories set in the underbelly of overcrowded Mumbai.
Pritam's prolifically composed ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAAI was one of the biggest musical success story of last year, and now all eyes are glued to this highly acclaimed flick that has so far garnered major critical acclaim worldwide. After the tremendous musical success of F.A.L.T.U, Sachin-Jigar have propped out to be this year most prodigal musical talents. They are back in business again with SHOR IN THE CITY and expectations are bound to be high from this talented duo. Does the music of SHOR IN THE CITY have that enough zeal and thrust to make "shor" (meaning "noise") in the marquee? Will this be another F.A.L.T.U for Sachin-Jigar? Let's find out...
Sweetly toned and mesmerized with mellifluous flows of Shreya Ghoshal singing, the first outing "Saibo" is a smoothening surprise that extols the feel of romanticism to perfection. Sachin-Jigar's dexterity of being competent arrangers in the past plays big role in giving it a genteel "fusion" appeal with beautiful mix of electronic fillers, soft-rock antics played well in contours of enchanting "sitar-vaadan". Tochi Raina's peculiar oozing vocal thrust is appealing as it instigates the passionate feel of a blooming love-chemistry and makes brilliant communion with Shreya's harmoniously emoted voice. Sachin-Jigar pull up a big winner this time in this low-profile album, as expected from the producers, this song is publicized aggressively in all media circuits to create buzz for the flick. After feeling the chilly breeze of this tender-sounding love-track, its "club-remix" may sound bit forced one but it comes with welcoming predictable groovy disco beat thrives. "Saibo (remix)" is impressive, energetic and hip-shaking. It entertains with a lounge disco beat decorum and enthralls with pulsating beat-juggles that connects well with singer's voices and DJ spins, overall a gratifying discotheque experience for party animals. Chartbuster!!!
Whimsically weird! How would you react to find a song having credits as "Karma is a Bitch"? Boldness or crudity, the next track "Karma is a Bitch" shifts the genre aggressively to the violent hot-headed theme of the flick. It has sporadically wild "death-rock" appeal to it with belligerently played distorted guitar riffs playing loud with energizing percussive displays, oozing out the spine-chilling moments and correspondingly varying "karma" (fortunes) of the lead protagonists. For its loud-mouthed rendition and outrageous hard-rock feel, the song reminds of "Zahreeley" (ROCK ON) and recently heard "Aali Re" (NO ONE KILLED JESSICA), and promising to be a convincing background score in the flick. Suraj Jagan's full throttle rendition is remarkable and makes maximum impact but the soundtrack has intrinsically situational appeal and will be restricted to gripping moments of the flick. Priya Panchal and Swati Mukund's garrulously chatter works amiably as back-up vocals, to support the gory impulse of the track and connect well in giving it a wholesome dark thriller appeal.
You mainly overlook the flaws till the first half as it has some uproarious moments, especially involving Mandook. Also, each story has poignant moments which keep you interested. The bomb scene involving Tilak, Ramesh and Mandook is hilarious to begin with, but gets to a grim conclusion. In the second half, the banal proceedings don't help. The change in Tilak's character post an incident is absurd. And the climax, though not bad, is too convenient to digest. Out of all the three stories, Abhay's track is the weakest.
SHOR IN THE CITY doesn't show a side of Mumbai which we aren't aware of. Mumbai fails to be a character in the film which Kiran Rao successfully managed to do in DHOBI GHAT.
Tushar Kanti Ray's cinematography is good. Ashmith Kunder's editing is haphazard. Sachin-Jigar's music is impressive with Saibo being the best track.
Tusshar Kapoor is just about okay. Nikhik Dwivedi is fine. Pritobash steals the show, and how! He plays his character with aplomb. You can't help but smile each time he appears on screen. Sundeep Kishan makes an impressive Bollywood debut. Preeti Desai looks charming but doesn't have much scope. Her character disappears just before the interval to never return. Sendhil Ramamurthy has the same annoyed expression throughout the film. Radhika Apte (RAKHT CHARITRA) performs well. Girija Oak (TAARE ZAMEEN PAR) acts well in her small role.
SHOR IN THE CITY doesn't quite make the right 'noises'. Rating: 2.5/5
Movie Cast & Crew
Actor: Tusshar Kapoor, Preeti Desai, Alok Chaturvedi, Sudhir Chowdhary, Pitabash Tripathy, Sendhil Ramamurthy, Nikhil Dwivedi
Lyrics: Sameer and Priya Panchal
Director: Raj Nidimoru and Krishna Dk
Music Director: Sachin-Jigar and Harpreet
- Release Date : 28 Apr 2011