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Subhash K Jha speaks about Dus Kahaniyaan

December 07, 2007 - Source: Bollywood Hungama

Excerpts of the Reviews available online at Bollywood Hungama

From the pretentious 'Strangers In The Night' to the murky 'High On The Highway' to the bewildering 'Zahir', the spooky 'Sex On The Beach' (with Dino finding terror in a condom), the over-cute 'Lovedale' and the utterly sublime 'Rice Plate' and 'Gubbare'… this bouquet of ten stories harnessed from sources that constantly mock at conventional storytelling resources, leaves you stranded at the brink of a cinematic breakthrough.

There are two stunning exceptions. 'Gubbare' written by the inimitable Gulzar is a beauty, a joy forever, and a Friday. The story of an aging man (Nana Patekar)'s journey into an anecdotal recreation of marital memories the narration comes alive in Nana's sun-bathed performance. Add Meghna Gulzar's 'Pooranmashi' to 'Gubbare' and 'Rice Plate', and we have the three most desirable and tempting stories on this side of Paris, Je t'Aime the 20-film bouquet about love and life in Paris.

Chalk up an outright winner in 'Gubbare', Sanjay Gupta's gentlest work to date. But the piece de resistance of the collection is debutant director Rohit Roy's 'Rice Plate'. A miniature masterpiece about a bigoted Tamilian woman's journey into communal tolerance it boasts of a majestic performance by the indomitable Shabana Azmi. The only story that moves away from the crippling claustrophobia of the pitiless city into the equally merciless rural hinterland is 'Pooranmashi' (with a strong central performance by Amrita Singh holding up the stunning story by the spine)