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'Dus Kahaniyaan' is very much a collection of 10 shorts. None of the
stories have anything to do with the other. 6 directors tell their
story in 10 short films but only a few are worth watching.
Apoorva Lakhia's "Sex on the Beach": These days one can only expect sleaze where Dino Morea is concerned and this one provides that. It looks like the sleazy version of a story from 'Darna Mana Hai' except this one is boring. Tarina Patel in a cheap bikini trying to pull off Ursula Andreas's famous walk-from-the-sea scene is laughable. This is the worst short of them all.
Sanjay Gupta's "Rise & Fall": I don't understand why Gupta chose to tell this uninteresting story that has been told x number of times already. Well, it is quite known that Gupta is a hack so nothing new there. Sanjay Dutt is decent and Sunil Shetty is bad. The cinematography is good but the action sequences are overdone.
Sanjay Gupta's "Strangers in the Night": The twist in this one will make viewers laugh. From erotic it turns to preachy. Why were these two people having this conversation? Mahesh Manjrekar was lame and Neha Dhupia was alright (she looks sizzling).
Hansal Mehta's "High on the Highway": Another pointless uninteresting story. It tries to be dark but ends up being too messy. Jimmy Shergill hams when he's screaming but otherwise he's okay. Ditto for Masumi Makhija.
Sanjay Gupta's "Matrimony": This is a poor adaptation of Roald Dahl's 'The Colonel's Coat'. It lacks the wit of the original short story and the characters aren't that interesting. Arbaaz Khan fails to impress while Mandira Bedi and Sudhanshu Pandey are just okay.
Jasmeet Dhodhi's "Lovedale": What i liked about this one was Anuradha Patel. OK, she was there only in one scene (and does a good job) but it's remarkable to see how little she's changed in 20 years (I last saw her in 'Ijaazat'). The story is nice but seems a little too rushed, hence unbelievable. Anupam Kher is forgettable. Neha Oberoi looks sleepy and Aftab Shivdasani is average.
Sanjay Gupta's "Zahir": This is one of those stories with a message. It's not as engaging but what makes it watchable is Manoj Bajpai's performance. The actor displays Saahil's easy-going nature, his loneliness and his sexual frustration with tremendous ease. Diya Mirza shows improvement as an actress.
Meghna Gulzar's "Pooranmashi": A tragic tale of a mother and daughter. It's one of the shortest stories but also most effective. Amrita Singh is fantastic and Minisha Lamba is really cute and does a fine job. The story is a little predictable but this one engages far more than the other seven mentioned above.
Sanjay Gupta's "Gubbare": A touching story. The story sounds familiar but the dialogues seem genuine. Gupta does a good job with this one. Nana Patekar is wonderful. Rohit Roy and Anita Hassandani are very competent. This is a nice one.
Rohit Roy's "Rice Plate": Save the best for last. This one is the best among the 10 shorts not only because of two of the most accomplished actors, but also because of the way the story is told. Roy tackles relevant issues concerning religion and prejudice but he does it with a wonderful balanced sense of humour, that doesn't prevent the message to get through. It's great to see Naseeruddin Shah and Shabana Azmi work together after years. Azmi is hilarious as the eccentric Brahmin while Shah downplays his part with dignity. Rohit Roy shows great promise as a director and perhaps this is a career-path he can consider. This one is a treat to watch.
On the whole, it is the last three shorts that I liked the most while the rest did not make much of an impression but one big flaw is that none of the stories are original and most of them have been plagiarized. I'd say watch it only for the three good.
Thankfully,Dus Kahaniyaan has more good kahaniyaans than bad ones.Here
are some stories that didin't match up:
High on the Highway directed by Hansal Mehta starring Jimmy Sheirgill. Didn't do it for me.I felt bored quickly. This was ten minutes long but it felt much longer to me.The story was pretty bad and the acting got annoying after awhile.
Sex on the Beach directed by Apoorva Lakhia and starring Dino Morea. With a title like that and *taring Dino,you probably know what your'e getting into! Its a supernatural thriller and some parts in the beginning did keep you interested but the ending totally killed the movie.
Rise and Fall directed by Sanjay Gupta Starring Sanjay Dutt and Suneil Shetty.
No,its not totally bad.But for most part,it does leave you confused .Good performances,no doubt,but definitely could have been better handled.
Love Dale by Jasmeet Dhodi starring Anupan Kher and Aftab. A modest debut by Dhodi.Sweet story but predictable.
The rest of the stories were good.Sticking out are Rice Plate starring Nasseruddin and Shabana and Gubbare mainly because of Nana Patekar.
Overall,DK does have enough stories to keep you entertained for two hours.The song in the end was nice but unnecessary.
Bollywood's maturing to international standards.Its about time movies are made differently. Dus Kahaniyaan is a a breakaway from the traditional Bollywood theme of the usual crushed,twisted and beaten up love stories. Somehow this movie reminded me of Four Rooms when i watched it. Most of the stories were interesting while some were pathetic. Although the movie was directed by 6 directors, all the stories had similar screenplay and narration. Camera work was top-notch. Sanjay Dutt looked awesome in his role as a Don. Shabana Azmi deserves special mention for her role as a southie with reservations about Muslims. Nana Patekar was good too in the story "Gubbare". Probably the worst stories were Lovedale and the one with the Punjabi bride(Don't remember its name!!). Overall the movie could have had better stories. But the concept and theme is refreshingly new and definitely wont go well with the masses. But directors, don't worry. You've got me!! Bollywood's growing up..... :)
Well, taking cue from RGV's "Darna...." series (and Tarantino/
Rodriguez), Dutt Baba conceives Dus Kahaniyaan on similar lines. At the
very outset, it seems all the segments are crammed thereby leaving with
""Bang-Bang Thank You Ma'am" feeling. Perhaps more time was warranted
for the characters to take shape and the plot to sink in.
Matrimony:: The plot is a straight lift from one of the email forwards. Arbaaz looks suave and Mandira quite convincing.
High on the Highway:: Very contrived of the entire lot. Jimmy's performance is at its worst and somebody please give him a truth serum of his awful hair color.
Puranmaashi:: Probably owing to time constraint the plot seems extremely lame. Coming from Meghna, my expectations were riding high owing to Gulzar genes.
Stranger in the night:: Again, not one of the brightest crayons in the box. In short the plot is "Looking London - Going Tokyo", if you know what I mean.
Zahir:: Again a downer plot, topped up with great performance by the two. Also perhaps Dia would have been a ideal choice in High on the High on the Highway segment.
Lovedale:: Seemed straight out of Yashraj camp - too coincidental.
Sex on the beach:: Plot is copied from Darna series. No great shakes in there.
Gubbare:: My vote for the Number One segment. Short, crisp and effective. The conversation of Nana to his wife should have been edited for creative impact.
Rice Plate:: Number Two vote. Thought the plot seems to be copied from one of the email forwards, its the Shabana and Naseer who make up with the top-notch performance.
Rise and Fall:: The plot needed more space. Also the non-linear format confuses. The background score is loud. Otherwise a meaty plot.
Watch it if you have nothing to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon.
It's a new format of a bollywood movie. I expected 10 stories to run
parallel but turned out they run separately one after another!!! And
all the more they have been directed by 6 different directors. This
movie reminded me of Shakespeare's book - 16 short stories which I read
in school! Some stories are well done, most of them ending with a
message. Lot of diverse topics were covered in different short stories
which seem to work well.
Although some of the stories were boring but they only last 10 mins, so tolerable! Stories in the second half are better and more interesting.
I wouldn't pin-point any performance as outstanding, there was too less time for anyone to prove anything but generally the experienced actors/actresses seemed to be doing better.
I won't be a spoiler by describing the scenes, but a good movie with a different style and good time pass!
Indian movies are often ridiculed for their duration - typically 150 mins + and for their 'musical' setting. Well here is a movie that defies the stereotypical Indian Movie......each story is about 15 mins long...and no songs ( how do you accommodate a song in 15 mins !!) . So does this make the movie any more interesting? Well in bits and pieces, is the answer. Firstly you will need to watch each story individually and judge. 2-3 Stories are really good....most are mediocre and few downright nonsense...and here too emerges a pattern..the stories with an extra marital affair theme are downright nonsense...poorly directed..poorly acted..poorly executed ( the actors in these stories explains why all the better actors/stars stayed away from such stories ). While the better ones are those with more seasoned actors...Shabana Azmi, Naseeruddin Shah, Nana Patekar....Ultimately...15 mins or 150 mins...a good movie is one that is told differently...Story and Screenplay matter...one without the other and the movie will be a disaster
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10 stories but only about 5 of them stood out:
(The one about AIDS, the one about racism, the one about infidelity, the one about love, the one about rise and fall) the rest of them were far-fetched and lackluster but I liked the idea of grouping a bunch of short stories and making it into one film.
It would have been perfect if they replaced some of the story lines (like the one with Neha Dhupia who is far too sexy to convey any sort of innocence in any role yet that's what they asked her to do in this film? And the one with Anupam Kher, um you're kidding me right? which father would put himself on the line like that on their daughter's wedding day and advise her go chasing after a man she barely knows while her husband-to-be is waiting downstairs?)
Dus Kahaniya falls in the line of the daring attempts made by few
directors of presenting different stories of different people in one
movie. But this was the most unique of all them, till today. Dus
Kahaniya is just like somebody buying a short story book from a book
shop which comprises for 10 different stories. But the real flaw, which
i think was, i was never attemted to establish a link between these
stories which may also be said as the unique point of the movie. But i
don't think this gamble paid off.
Also i would certainly mention about a few stories which i personally liked, from the flock presented,were Rice Plate(Nassir Sahab and Shabana Aajmi ji,directed by Rohit Roy), Zahir (Manoj Bajpai and Dia Mirza, Directed by Sanjay Gupta) and Puranmasi(Amrtia Singh,Minnisha Lamba and Permeet Sethi, directed by Meghana Gulzar).
I would certainly say that people should watch the movie and if you don't watch it expecting links between the stories this one you will certainly like.
Here i would also mention that the most disappointing person was Apporv Lakhiya. I think the story was not new to the public, for me at least. I expect more form him after seeing some of his brilliant work.
Dus Kahaniyan - Six Director's 10 short stories in one film is the
novel part which can be compared with "Darna Mana Hai" kind of movies.
The only difference is that here "Its like seeing 10 short films at one
go" as they are not related with each other and no linking scenes. Here
I will rate each story for you and that will give you the whole idea of
the movie :
The Best of 10 Stories 1. Puranmaasi (Amrita Singh, Minisha Lamba and Parmeet Sethi) If this short story does not inspire our film-makers to look into our own literature in Hindi, Urdu & Punjabi for new subjects then no one can inspire us really. Directed by Meghna Gulzar its based on the short story of Kartar Singh Duggal. The plot is so powerful and shockingly impactful that you feel surprised, why it was not adopted for a complete movie. The most impressive of the 10 and the unarguably the best part of the movie. You will only remember this at the back of the mind after watching all the 10.
Other Good Stories 2. Strangers in the night (Neha Dhupia, Mahesh Manjrekar) (Good use of surprise element, human touch and sensuality) 3. Zahir (Manoj Bajpai, Dia Mirza) (You find it funny as you get to know the real thing though its quite serious) 4. Rice Plate (Shabana Azmi and Naseeruddin Shah) Rohit Roy makes his directorial debut but chooses an inspired theme. Though he does a fine job but the similarities with the short film "The Lunch Date" (1989) are really questionable. Check out : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0100076/plotsummary
Below Average Stories 5. Matrimony (Mandira Bedi, Arbaz Khan and Sudhanshu Pandey) (On Out of marriage Relations told many times) This story is inspired from 1st Episode of SEASON 6 of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" Titled : Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat Check out at : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0047708/episodes#season-6 http://www.alfredsplace.com/presents.htm 6. High On The Highway (Jimmy Shergill, Masumeh) (About a drug addict couple..Not impressive) 7. Love Dale (Anupam Kher, Aftab Shivdasani and Neha Oberoi) (Follows the "Darna Mana Hai" tradition with Ghosts) 8. Sex on the Beach (Dino Morea and Tareena Patel) (This too follows the "Darna Mana Hai" Ghost thing) 9. Gubbare (Anita Hasnandani, Nana Patekar and Rohit Roy) (Again on "Darna Mana Hai" lines) 10. Rise and Fall (Sanjay Dutt, Suniel Shetty) (Gang Fights and Stunts Just Passable)
So with only 4 out of 10 watchable stories, it gives only average rating to the movie. Rating : 2.5 Stars (Dont miss "Puranmaasi", the story is the pride of our rich literature)
"Dus Kahaniyaan" comes from the stable of Sanjay Gupta's production
house-WHITE FEATHER FILMS. In the past they have come out with
"Musafir", "Kaante", "Zinda" & "Shootout At Lokhandwala". Two things
that one can be certain of in the movies from this production house are
Sanjay Dutt and lots and lots of style! In "Dus Kahaniyaan" you find
both, but in parts! "Dus Kahaniyaan" can be described best as like a
book of short stories covering different genres or spectrum. It has ,
like the title says, 10 stories. Each one of them is a separate story
and therefore what makes this movie different from the likes of "Darna
Mana Hai" etc. is that the stories are not connected by any common
thread! Each story exists in a different world, completely independent
of each other just like the different stories in a book.
Now, coming to the important part-are the stories good enough to grip you? Well, personally I feel that there are at least 4 stories that are a notch above the other 6. That's my personal opinion though some viewers might take a liking to a few of the other stories as well. The best of the lot are (not necessarily in that order): MATRIMONY-Features Mandira Bedi, Arbaaz Khan and Sudhanshu Pandey. It's about marriage and infidelity. Good acting from all three and the twist in the tale is awesome-my favourite of the ten stories! RICE PLATE-Shabana Azmi and Naseruddin Shah. You expect the best from them and are not disappointed. The story is about religious belief's-two contrasting views! A subtext of communal harmony.
ZAHIR-Another story with a twist! Features Manoj Bajpai and Dia Mirza. Good narration though acting was just about passable! It's about a writer (Manoj Bajpai) who has failed in love but see a ray of hope (yet again) in Dia Mirza. But is She ready? Has an underlying social message too! POORNAMASI-A tale of honour. Revolves around a mother-daughter played by Amrita Singh and Minnisha Lamba respectively. A decent story (that's the least you can expect from it's writer-Meghna Gulzar).
The other 6 stories that I haven't mentioned didn't really grip me! There's SEX ON THE BEACH (Dino Moreo, Tareena Patel) that has some good visuals, sound effects and tilts towards the spooks but just doesn't do it. GOOBARE (Nana Patekar, Rohit Roy, Hansika Mansandani) is predictable and so is the one that has Aftab Shivdasani and Neha Uberoi! RISE AND FALL involving Sanjay Dutt and Suniel Shetty is confusing (due to the way it's narrated) and is only high on style. STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT (Neha Dhupia, Mahesh Manjrekar) is below average too. And the weakest is HIGH ON THE HIGHWAY (Jimmy Shergill).
The advantage for the viewer when you are watching a movie like this is that the movie literally moves on! If you don't like a story, it wouldn't tax you for long-that's the best part. Some stories, like I said, could have been better. Sometimes, like in their earlier movies, the stress is put too much on Style and Gloss rather than the fundamental part-the script. The point is then missed! So an overall rating of 5.5/10. 4 for the four good stories and 1.5 for genuine innovation-something different. A sequel-why not. Can get 6 or 7 right next time!
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