Stories Review: Dus Kahaniyaan

Dus Kahaniyaan Wondering why it ain’t titled movie review? Coz Dus Kahaniyaan is not exactly a movie! Going to see a movie like Dus Kahaniyaan takes some thinking…and seeing it on the first day itself requires some serious guts! Coz its as clear as the sky that the movie will have ten different stories that take place independent of each other and which are tied up by a similar thread. There may be a culminating climax where all come together or there might be some common sutradhaar along all the stories! There have been similar movies in the past – Darna Mana Hai, Darna Zaroori Hai, Salaam-E-Ishq, Kuch Meetha Ho Jaaye – that toed the ‘separate stories intertwined into one’ concept.

Surprisingly, Dus Kahaniyaan is NOT like that.It IS a movie about ten stories but they pan out separately from each other. There is not a single connection among the stories and neither is there a common sutradhaar behind-the-scenes. In fact, it is like watching 10 Episodes of the Zee serial – Rishtey – back-2-back 😛

Coming back to the movie, let me put down a brief encapsulation of the stories and my thoughts about each:

  • Matrimony – Arbaaz Khan & Mandira Bedi – 2/5 – Nice surprise in the end.
  • High on the Highway – Jimmy Shergill & Hot-looking Mausumeh – 0/5 – Dud in all departments!
  • Sex on the Beach – Dino Morea & Tareena Patel – 1/5 – Lotsa skin-show & an eerie but predictable ending.
  • Pooranmashi – Amrita Singh & Minissha Lamba – 4/5 – Quite a touching story.
  • Strangers in the Night – Mahesh Manjrekar & Neha Dhupia – 2/5 – Slack pace but a touchy ending.
  • Love Dale – Aftaab, Neha Uberoi & Anupam Kher – 2/5 – Interesting premise but once again, the ending spoils the show.
  • Rice Plate – Shabana Azmi & Naseeruddin Shah – 3/5 – Message oriented story but Azmi overacts & Naseer is too little. Impact is nice.
  • Zahir – Manoj Bajpai & Dia Mirza – 4/5 – Compelling story & an unexpected ending – Drew applause.
  • Gubbare – Nana Patekar & Anita – 4/5 – Heart-warming story, kinda predictable (atleast I correctly predicted). Nana is A-One.
  • Rise and Fall – Sanjay Dutt & Sunil Shetty – 1/5 -All style no substance. Background music and picturisation is slick

To conclude, Dus Kahaniyaan is an OK movie with an interesting premise and a capable handling. An advantage is that the placing of the stories is such that the weakest ones are sandwiched between the good ones, so the viewer forgets the bad parts as a new one unfolds. There are almost no songs bar a few background ones and the main title song plays out at the end credits. Some of the stories are wayy too predictable whilst a few are quite good. One or two duds are there as well. I’d rather not say don’t see the movie at all but wait for the VCD release or the TV telecast.

Overall Rating: 2/5

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