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Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public Works Department and lives a middle-class lifestyle with his wife, Nimmi, and son, Raju. The region faces drought and extreme temperatures, with the local Irrigation Minister, P.P. Rathore, making tall promises of diverting water from Haryana and Punjab via a canal that is being constructed on a controversial site. Satyeveer also authored a fictional novel 'Manorama' that sold only about 200 copies. So dismayed was he with this that he decided to not even keep a copy for his private library. To make matters worse he accepts a motorbike from Seema Constructions as a bribe, is apprehended, and suspended pending an inquiry. Now out of a job, he is approached by Manorama Rathore, the wife of the Irrigation Minister, to collect evidence that her husband is having an extra-marital affair for a fee of Twenty thousand rupees. Satyaveer accepts this offer little knowing that he will soon be ...Written by
Anurag Kashyap stated "Have been busy shifting houses, doing post production, hanuman and what not..have been avoiding the world in general..it took one brilliant movie to bring me out of my hibernation..then it was followed by another downright hilarious comedy of manners..and a third one that i have been hearing so much about but have not yet managed to see it..all of them by debutant filmmakers..all of them making you wish you were part of it..the first two i had the chance..the former i couldn't because of lack of time and i bloody regret it..the second one i just underestimated it..so much for thinking "i know exactly what i am doing"..MANORAMA-SIX FEET UNDER, india's first truly original noir set in a small town rajasthan..it reminds me of TAVERNIER'S "COUP DE TORCHON"..it reminds me of jim thomson and the way he looked at america..is how NAVDEEP "NOPI" SINGH looks at his lakhot..from the way its written, sparse, moody, from the protaganist's POV, a failed pulp novelist,now contributing to manohar kahaniyaan, wanting to be a detective played by always brilliant Abhay Deol..getting himself into a situation he can't get out of..the entire noir thriller set in a sleepy town..where neighbours are more interested in the other ones life..where everyone wants a break from daily mundanity..where every one has all the time and everybody works for the government..extraordinary performances from Gul Panag, Sarika, Kulbhushan Kharbanda, Vinay Pathak,Raima sen, Nowazuddin And Jogi..the control and the restraint from showing off and sensationalising elements, the attention to detail by this director makes you relook at what you have not been doing..it made me feel inadequate..however much i want to discuss this film i can't because its still in post production and its not my film..but its so bloody brilliant that i am ready to put my ass on line..its one of the best i have seen..BHEJA FRY-the entire audience in the theatre was rolling with laughter..i could not do this one..infact i didn't do this one.. i grossly underestimated it..and i am so bloody happy that i was dead wrong..SAGAR BELLARY proves it that i am an ass..and i wonder how does the rajat kapoor gang always does it..making a film for sixty lakhs with so much talent and original songs and non stop fun..sunil doshi and rajat kapoor i guess are the only bonafide independent filmmakers we have in this country of so much that calls itself independent and is far from it..now the film, a comedy of manners.. an extra ordinary vinay pathak, who fancies himself as the true K L Saigal follow up.. a man who imagines his life is devoted to music , looking for that elusive break gets invited for a dinner by a music producer and all hell breaks loose.. based on a french comedy..this is a through the roof rollercoster..and the fun just becomes completely multiplied when Ranvir shorey enters the scene..this film and knowing what he has done in my film, i can say that Ranvir Shorey is the single most versatile actor we have and bloody brilliant and underrated.. all these familywalas who keep nominating there friends and sons and lovers and ignore this brilliant actor..i want to see how long can they ignore him.. like that dialogue from Goodfellas.. the guy will keep coming back and slam you with performances one after the other that you will have to be dead to ignore him .. uday chopra nominated for comedy for dhoomX, in his ten lives and all the money is not a split end of a hair on this man's talent..this film is seriously ha ha and bloody celebration of low budget cinema.. it makes one feel that its not so bleak out there.. if you want to, you can, and how..LOINS OF PUNJAB..by MANISH ACHARYA..have only been hearing about it .. all good things.. he made the film with his own money.. its about someone who sells Pork LOINS.. have yet to see it.. these are films that are finished and in various stages of post production and so many more that are not yet on floors.. many more that i don't know about..but this is for Anish .. the new wave is definitely coming and there is hope.. we will bloody rock..and naysayers be damned." See more »
This movie was released in India about a month back. I had heard that it is based on Roman Polanski's China Town. That, and Abhay Deol made me interested to see this movie.
The story is more or less the same as China Town. The backdrop of the movie is the desert Indian state of Rajasthan. Satyaveer (Abhay Deol) is a government engineer who writes detective novels in his spare time. One day, a lady called Manorama (Sarika) comes and requests Satyaveer to spy on her husband Minister P.P.Rathore (Kulbhushan Kharbanda) for a sum of money. Satyaveer agrees. Later when Manorama dies Satyaveer realizes that Manorama was not the wife of the Minister Rathore. He be-friends Manorama's friend Sheetal (Raima Sen). Satyaveer realizes that there are further mysteries behind the whole episode. The racket of land grabbing, corruption, immoralities etc.
The winner of the movie is its script. The first time Director Navdeep Singh has done a decent job in adapting China town. Abhay Deol has justified the role of a rural detective with great underplay. The pace of the movie is similar to that of China town, but the twist, suspense and narrative keeps us glued to the movie. There are no brutal scenes of crime, violence and sex (as in Johnny Gaddar that keep youth audiences glued), but still it has the subtle creepiness about the whole movie. This thrill is maintained till the very last frame of the movie.
The music is okay and a few songs inserted in the narrative (which could have been avoided). The best part of the movie is the rural Rajasthan setting that brings a new dimension and scale to the movie. Sadly the movie is 35 mm, otherwise it would be a great pleasure to see the desert landscape and the colors on a cinemascope or 70 mm canvass.
Abhay Deol has shown great acting potential with his underplay and sincerity. Still this are his early days, but if he gets the right opportunities he can turn out to be a great actor for Indian cinema.
All in all, a very good movie experience. Nice to see Bollywood experimenting.
(Stars 7.5 out of 10)
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