Vidya Balan just told her 'kahaani' successfully while a few years ago Sanjay Gupta too had a vision to present Dus Kahaniyaan in a feature film format. Though the film didn't do many wonders at the box office, it was acclaimed for it's unique presentation and the fact that it boasted of a huge A list star cast. Circa 2012 and the feat is being taken one level higher up with a film which has, hold your breath, 11 stories. Titled Mumbai Cutting, the film tells 11 stories - each of which has Mumbai as its setting. Interestingly the film is ready for over four years and is now finally gearing up for release on 29th June.
"When announced half a decade back, the film was considered special since it had an interesting set of actors like Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak, Soha Ali Khan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Sonali Kulkarni, Neetu Chandra, Sushant Singh, Raima Sen, Palash Sen, Dipannita Sharma and Rannvijay Singh amongst other on board. It was also screened in a few film festivals back then but wasn't as lucky to find a mainstream release even though it came quite close to that a couple of times. However after much struggle, the film is being revived now", informs a trade source.
Each of the films would be lasting for a mere 10 minutes though. Interesting titled with acclaimed directors, namely Pramod Bhai 23 (Anurag Kashyap), The Ball (Sudhir Mishra), Urge (Rituparno Ghosh), Anjane Dost (Jahnu Barua), Bombay Mumbai Same Shit (Rahul Dholakia), 10 minutes (Shashanka Ghosh), And It Rained (Manish Jha), Jo Palti Nahin Woh Rickshaw Kya (Ruchi Narain), Bombay High (Ayush Raina), Parcel (Revathi) and Hero (Kundan Shah). These stories are expected to range from different genres like drama, comedy, thriller and tragedy.
"We are hopeful that Sahara, which is backing the film, would give it a good release now", says a source attached to the film, "It has been a really long wait but thankfully the concept is still fresh. Also, while Dus Kahaniyaan and before that Ram Gopal Varma's Darna Mana Hai and Darna Zaroori Hai were experimental as well, audience has really shown far better maturity today to accept different kind of films. Success of films like Kahaani and Paan Singh Tomar pretty much establishes that. I am sure Mumbai Cutting will find its audience as well."
One hopes it does happen indeed.