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Dus Kahaniyaan
Producer: White Feather Films
Director: Apoorva Lakhia, Hansal Mehta, Jasmeet Dhodi, Sanjay Gupta, Shyam Benegal, Mishra
Starring: Aftab Shivdasani, Amrita Singh, Anita Hasnandani, Anupam Kher, Arbaaz Khan, Dia Mirza, Dino Morea, Jimmy Shergill, Mahesh Manjrekar, Mandira Bedi, Manoj Bajpai, Masumeh,Minissha Lamba, Nana Patekar, Naseerhudin Shah, Neha Dhupia, Neha Oberoi, Parmeet Sethi, Rohit Roy, Sanjay Dutt, Shabana Azmi, Sudhanshu Pande, Suniel Shetty, Tareena Patel
Music: Gourov Dasgupta, Bappa Lahiri, Shafqat Ali Khan, Anand Raj Anand
Lyrics: Virag Mishra, Panchhi Jalonvi, Ambar Hoshiyarpuri, Ibrahim Ashq
Genre: Drama
Recommended Audience: Parental Guidance
Film Released on: 07 December 2007
Reviewed by: Abhishek Singh  - Rating: 6.5 / 10
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Over the last few years, we have seen many movies, which have more than one story to be told, and all move towards a common ending but this is different in the sense that all the stories are not in any way related to each other and there is no common ending. Keeping that in mind, here is a storywise review of “DUS KAHANIYAAN”.

Rise and Fall : Actors – Sanjay Dutt, Suneil Shetty; Directed by – Sanjay Gupta

This is the niche area for both the Sanjays. While Dutt is back to playing a don, Gupta is also in his comfortable world of dark thrillers. The story in itself is quite shallow and has been depicted numerous times in Hindi potboilers. But what carries the excitement along is the treatment and acting by the two child artistes more than their grown up counterparts. Somewhere down the line, one also gets goose bumps considering how such teenagers are thrown into the world of crime at such a young age and more so how much they are glorified in today’s cinema. It goes without saying that many of the youth get hugely impressed by this depiction, a point that came across to me because one such hormonally imbalanced soul was sitting next to me and shouting full throated at every dialogue of the story.

Gubbare : Actors – Anita Hansandani, Rohit Roy, Nana Patekar; Directed by – Sanjay Gupta

‘This is so unlike Sanjay Gupta’ is the first thought that comes to mind when one is watching this story. You almost wait for a sudden twist to drop somewhere in the screenplay, but the twist is very expected, though that doesn’t take away anything from the beautiful and romantic tale. Stories like these want to make you believe in the institution of marriage when almost everything these days takes you away from it. Nana as usual is in superb form.

Rice Plate : Actors – Shabana Azmi and Nasseruddin Shah; Directed by – Rohit Roy

Though there are many rumours floating around that the story is not original (but then hardly anything nowadays is absolutely original) you’ve got to hand it to the debutant director for the mature handling of the subject. Obviously when you have names like the aforesaid in the acting department, you can expect nothing but brilliance and they don’t disappoint one bit.

Sex on the Beach : Actors – Dino Morea and Tareena Patel; Directed by - Apoorva Lakhia

Probably the worst story of the lot, it doesn’t have much to offer, neither in terms of the thrills and chills nor in terms of sex, as promised by the title. Both the actors, as expected, are absolute no-hopes. Apoorva disappoints big time, especially after watchable flicks like “Ek Ajnabee” and “Shootout at Lokhandwala”.

Lovedale: Actors – Aftab Shivdasani, Neha Oberoi and Anupam Kher; Directed by – Jasmeet Dhodi

The story is another of the ten to make an attempt at showcasing the supernatural though here you know the suspense ending after the first few moments itself, still the journey is not all that bad. Aftaab and Neha’s characters should actually be thankful to their parents in the movie that they didn’t get married else these two would have ended up being brother and sister. Now that would have made a surprising ending!!!

Zahir :Actors – Manoj Bajpai and Diya Mirza ; Directed by – Sanjay Gupta

This is a story with a really humorous ending. Manoj is not in true form and Diya is just about adequate. The subject, though very serious, is handled in an unusual manner and the culmination is really more laugh inducing than generating any feelings of sympathy for Manoj’s character.

Strangers in the Night: Actors – Neha Dhupia and Mahesh Manjrekar; Directed by – Sanjay Gupta

The story with the most unexpected ending of the lot, well, at least I didn’t see it coming. The story came at a point where I was starting to think why everything in this movie is about sex and in comes this one and again my views are reinforced but then comes the twist and you have to agree that it is a stroke of brilliance. Both the actors enact their roles efficiently.

Pooranmashi: Actors : Amrita Singh, Minisha Lamba, Parmeet Sethi and Vishwajeet Pradhan; Directed by – Meghna Gulzar

Well by the time this story finishes, you can almost tell without the end credits rolling that this is the one that has been written by Gulzar. The rustiness and earthy nature of the work can be associated with nobody else. His daughter does justice to the subject and it’s a pleasure to see Amrita Singh on the big screen after such a long time. Other actors are more of a supporting nature. Where have such people and times gone?

High on the Highway: Actors - Jimmy Shergill and Masumeh; Directed by – Hansal Mehta

This is another one that one that disappoints. Though the nature of the lifestyle that the two lead characters live can be associated with, considering many couples choose to sleepwalk through their lives at times like the two depicted, yet the subsequent tragedy and the guilt feeling associated with Jimmy’s character are left unexplored, and can be said, unexplained too. This is one story that definitely didn’t do justice in those ten minutes to its subject.

Matrimony: Actors - Mandira Bedi, Arbaaz Khan and Sudhanshu Pandey; Directed by – Sanjay Gupta

The plot is no different to “Zeher”, “Murder” and others of such kind and the twist considering the director is Sanjay Gupta is also a bit expected, but still the watching time is anything but boring. The actors are not required to do much and they don’t do much.

Overall, the movie in its entirety is a watchable flick definitely, and a nice concept, but the film is not overtly groundbreaking.

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