ApunKaChoice : Bollywood


Dus KahaniyaanDus Kahaniyaan : Movie Review
07th Dec 2007  21.34 IST
By Nikhil Kumar  

Sanjay Gupta's 'Dus Kahaniyaan' is an interesting, engrossing and entertaining watch. The movie is a rare experiment, comprising of ten different short stories by six directors.

The tales in Dus Kahaniyaan almost reminded me of short stories by O Henry. Though there is no Henry-esque humour in the film, every story has some coincidence, contrived circumstance, or a twist in the tale. And the best part is that every short film has been shot and presented realistically, lending a strong credibility to each tale.

It would be unpardonable to give away the stories in detail, so here are just the rough outlines of them.


One of the best short stories in the film, 'Matrimony' by Sanjay Gupta has Mandira Bedi playing a bored wife of a businessman ( Arbaaz Khan ). Secretly, she is having an affair with another man (Sudhanshu Pandey). The affair comes to an end when he has to leave the city. But before leaving he gives her a gift that coincidentally unravels a new, shocking secret to Mandira.

High On the Highway

This film by Hansal Mehta is slightly ambiguous as the doped minds of its protagonists - Jimmy Shergill and Masumeh Makhija , film students who like to get high and hit the highway. But their lives change on the fateful, farewell night after an incident on the highway.


Of the ten kahaniyaan, this short film by Meghna Gulzar is the best, solely because of its superb story. In a small village in Punjab, a mother ( Amrita Singh ) gladly conducts the engagement ceremony of her daughter ( Minissha Lamba ). As Amrita's rude talking husband leaves to buy things in city, the daughter (Minissha) dresses her mother with her own engagement dress and choodiyan, just to see how Amrita looked as a bride. It is the night of the full moon, the night when someone from Amrita's past comes calling on her doorstep.


Except for the twist in the end, the story of 'Zahir' looks plain and dull. Manoj Bajpai , a struggling writer shifts in as the next-door neighbor of Dia Mirza . In no time the two become thick friends. He makes the first move and kisses her. She rebuffs and walks away. Then a disturbing truth about Dia comes to the fore. But there is another truth that is more shocking than this one.

Strangers in the Night

Beautifully shot, this short story by Sanjay Gupta is a tad disappointing. Neha Dhupia plays a wife telling one of her secrets to her husband Mahesh Manjrekar . This is a ritual the couple follow every year on their anniversary. The secret looks like a sexual episode from the wife's past. But it is more than that.


This is the dullest short story in the medley. Neha Uberoi gets down a train following a mysterious woman and ends up at the house of Aftab Shivdasani , a painter living alone in a house in the hills. The two share many tender moments but then comes the time for her to leave.

Sex On The Beach

This one is a bizarre film by Apoorva Lakhia . Dino Morea finds a book on a beach and what he reads in it comes to life in reality. A sexy girl ( Tarina Patel ) walks up to him and puts forth the proposal of the three-letter word. But what turns out knocks the daylights out of Dino.

Rice Plate

Directed by Rohit Roy , this is one of the best short stories in the film. A devout Hindu woman ( Shabana Azmi ), who abhors Muslims, quarrels with a Muslim man in a railway canteen over a rice plate. It is an incident that changes her belief.


The appeal of this short film is more emotional than intellectual. After a petty squabble with her husband during a busride, the wife sits next to a peculiar stranger ( Nana Patekar ) with many balloons. The stranger tells her the balloons are for his wife who is cross with him. But a different reality unfolds when the stranger gets off the bus.

Rise and Fall

Old habits die hard. Sanjay Gupta shows his old penchant for making stylistic crime movies in this short film starring Sanjay Dutt and Sunil Shetty as two gangster friends divided by power. It is also about two kids who came to the city and got sucked in the whirlpool of crime. It is literally about their rise and fall.

The appeal of 'Dus Kahaniyaan' lies in the novelty of its concept. Almost all the stories are about ordinary characters in extraordinary circumstances. Sanjay Gupta emerges the frontman with five stories directed by him, 'Matrimony' and 'Gubbare' the best of his lot. Meghna Gulzar and Rohit Roy share the second spot with their impressive films 'Puranmaasi' and 'Rice Plate'. Hansal Mehta does a commendable job in 'High on the Highway', but he leaves a few questions unanswered. Apoorva Lakhia's 'Sex on the beach' is spooky. Jasmeet Dhodi disappoints with 'Lovedale'.

Among performances, the ones that stand out are by Amrita Singh, Nana Patekar, Shabana Azmi (if you ignore her contrived accent), Mandira Bedi, Jimmy Shergill, Manoj Bajpai and Dia Mirza. The rest, including Sanjay Dutt, are ordinary.

All in all, with the exception of a few dud kahaniyaan, the movie is definitely worth a watch.

Rating: ***

Dus Kahaniyaan
Sanjay Gupta
Mandira Bedi
Arbaaz Khan
Hansal Mehta
Jimmy Shergill
Masumeh Makhija
Meghna Gulzar
Amrita Singh
Minissha Lamba
Manoj Bajpai
Dia Mirza
Neha Dhupia
Mahesh Manjrekar
Neha Uberoi
Aftab Shivdasani
Apoorva Lakhia
Dino Morea
Tarina Patel
Rohit Roy
Shabana Azmi
Nana Patekar
Sanjay Dutt
Sunil Shetty

Now Trending : Salman Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Ranbir Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra Aishwarya Rai | Katrina Kaif | Kareena Kapoor | Priyanka Chopra | Alia Bhatt | Surveen Chawla | New Hindi Movies

Snapshot: Shahid Kapoor celebrates Rakhi with sister Sanah
Shahid and Sanah celebrate Raksha Bandhan
Pix: Shah Rukh Khan wraps up ‘Dilwale’ song shoot with Kajol in Iceland
Pix: Salman Khan celebrates Rakhi with sister
Katrina Kaif says her blood boils on being called Ranbir’s girlfriend!
Gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez covers Cine Blitz
Do you like Sidharth Malhotra’s quaint look for ‘Baar Baar Dekho’
Esha Gupta brings sexy back as Maxim cover girl
Salman Khan chops Sooraj Pancholi-Athiya Shetty kiss from ‘Hero’
Watch Bollywood’s first stop-motion song: ‘Lip To Lip De Kissiyan’ has Imran, Kangana on kissing spree
You won’t believe what Katrina Kaif said about her marriage plan with Ranbir Kapoor
Check out the new title of Katrina Kaif, Sidharth Malhotra’s movie ‘Kal Jisne Dekha’
Watch song: 'Khoya Khoya' from 'Hero' tugs at your heartstrings
Hollywood Reporter names Priyanka Chopra as one of the top 10 TV stars to watch out for
All is well in my paradise: John Abraham
'Phantom' movie review: A revenge you wish was smarter


ECARDS > Valentines Day, New Year, Diwali, Birthday, Valentines, Love, Christmas
CardWeaver.com > Birthday, Holi


celebs wallpapers the celeb A-Z
who's in Freida Pinto | Anushka Sharma | Katrina Kaif | Deepika Padukone | Ranbir Kapoor | Dev Patel | Aishwarya Rai | Abhishek Bachchan | Imran Khan | Shahrukh Khan | Salman Khan | Aamir Khan | Hrithik Roshan | Akshay Kumar | Zayed Khan | Saif Ali Khan | John Abraham | Shahid Kapur | Kareena Kapoor | Vidya Balan | Priyanka Chopra | Rani Mukherjee | Mallika Sherawat | Bipasha Basu | Preity Zinta | Kajol | Neha Dhupia | Sameera Reddy | Juhi Chawla | Karisma Kapoor | Madhuri Dixit | Chitrangada Singh | Payal Rohatgi | Sneha Ullal | Mahima Chaudhary | Meghna Naidu | Rakhi Sawant | Bhumika Chawla | Lisa Ray | Dimple Kapadia | Ayesha Takia | Dia Mirza | Sushmita Sen | Amisha Patel | Esha Deol | Amrita Rao | Amrita Arora | Genelia D'Souza | Arjun Rampal | Amitabh Bachchan | Vivek Oberoi | Raima Sen | Riya Sen | Rekha | Rimi Sen | Nigar Khan | Tanushree Dutta | Yana Gupta | Shilpa Shetty | Celina Jaitley | Sonam Kapoor | Neha Oberoi | Nisha Rawal | Manjari Fadnis | Kamal Haasan | Rajnikant | Asin | Sanjay Dutt | Shahid Kapoor | Sherlyn Chopra | Farhan Akhtar | Prachi Desai | Mandira Bedi | Shahana Goswami | Konkona Sen Sharma | Kangana Ranaut | Mugdha Godse | Masumeh Makhija | Minissha Lamba | Nandana Sen | Malaika Arora | Shweta Kumar | Namitha | Kalki Koechlin | Mahi Gill | Shakeela | Lara Dutta | A R Rahman | Trisha | Shruti Haasan | Neetu Chandra | Shriya Saran | Padma Lakshmi | Emma Watson | Kelly Clarkson | Britney Spears | Anne Hathaway | Anjana Sukhani | Tila Tequila | Soha Ali Khan | Priyamani | Sonal Chauhan | Vaishali Desai | Jackky Bhagnani | Kristen Stewart | Robert Pattinson | Neil Nitin Mukesh | Shiney Ahuja | more...