Dus Kahaniyaan

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Dus Kahaniyaan
Duskahaniyaan.jpg
Official poster of Dus Kahaniyaan
Directed by Sanjay Gupta
Apoorva Lakhia
Meghna Gulzar
Ronit Roy
Hansal Mehta
Jasmeet Dhodhi
Produced by Sanjay Gupta
Starring Sanjay Dutt
Sunil Shetty
Arbaaz Khan
Jimmy Shergill
Amrita Singh
Nana Patekar
Minnisha Lamba
Sudhanshu Pandey
Anupam Kher
Aftab Shivdasani
Naseeruddin Shah
Diya Mirza
Manoj Bajpai
Distributed by White Feather Films
Release date(s)
  • 7 December 2007 (2007-12-07)
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget INR200 million (US$3.3 million)
Box office INR350 million (US$5.8 million)

Dus Kahaniyaan (Hindi: दस कहानियां Das Kahāniyāṃ, Ten Tales) is a 2007 anthology Indian film comprising ten short films telling ten different stories which are directed by a host of six directors. Some of the stories have twisted ending and bring supernatural elements and have similarities with other supernatural series like Tales from the Crypt. The film was declared an above average grosser at the box office.[1] The film is inspired from the Hollywood movie The Ten.

Plot summary[edit]

"Matrimony" (Directed by Sanjay Gupta, inspired by Roald Dahl's short story "Mrs. Bixby and the Colonel's Coat")

Synopsis: The bored wife of an MNC vice president (Arbaaz), Mandira, has an extramarital affair with an army officer. She meets him every Thursday on the pretext of visiting her aunt. At home she is a doting and dutiful wife. She describes her affair as not only for sex but also for love and consideration. As it turns out, her lover has to report to his post and gives her a beautiful diamond necklace. She loves it but is hesitant to take it. When the officer insists, she devises a plan. She goes to a jeweler and hands over the necklace with an arrangement that she be given a coupon, which under the pretext of a lucky draw and she'd be given her necklace. The next morning, her husband goes to collect the "prize". He calls her from his office and asks her to come over to see what she has got. She goes with great enthusiasm, but to her utter dismay finds a small diamond ring. She comes out of his cabin and tries to call the jeweler. Her cell phone does not get reception, so she turns to her husband's secretary and asks her to dial the number, only to spot the necklace on the secretary. The secretary mentions that it is from her "boyfriend".

"High on the Highway" (Directed by Hansal Mehta)

Synopsis: Two college graduates who are in love with each other have a habit of getting high and taking a walk along the highway. On the night after their graduation when they are walking down the road a bunch of goons try to kidnap Masumeh and succeed in spite of Jimmy putting up a fight. Masumeh gets helped by the cops but Jimmy feeling responsible, slashes his wrists and dies. Masumi cries by his bed.

"Pooranmasi" (Directed by Meghna Gulzar)

Synopsis: Amrita's daughter Minisha has just been engaged and her father is out on business once again leaving the ladies alone. Amrita has led a loveless life and on this particular day her daughter adorns her mother with a colourful dupatta and comments on how pretty she looks. Amrita realises that it is the night of full moon, and her lover promised her long ago that he would be waiting outside the door every full moon night. For once she decides to open it and let her desire take over her. After spending the night with him in the fields she returns home in the morning; many villagers notice the colourful dupatta on her head and mistake her for her daughter. When the villagers come to break the marriage describing the incident, Minisha learns that it was her mother who went to meet the man. She cannot recite what has happened, as it would defame her mother, but she in unable to bear the taunts of the villagers and thus she commits suicide by jumping into the well.

Strangers in the Night (Directed by Sanjay Gupta)

Synopsis: Mahesh and Neha have the habit of discussing past distractions in their relationship on their anniversaries. Mahesh forces Neha to tell about her experience and she does so with passion about the guy's whose hands she kissed and by whom she was so taken in a railway station's waiting room alone in the night and with whom she would have done anything. As we see Mahesh getting jealous, Neha unravels the twist in the story. She actually kisses his hand and hugs him to save a child, who was being attacked by religious riots.

Zahir (Directed by Sanjay Gupta)

Synopsis: Zahir (Manoj) moves into the same apartment as Diya Mirza and they become good friends. Manoj is in love with Diya and wants to take the relationship to another level but Diya shuns him. He is ashamed and heartbroken. One night while spending a night with his friends visiting a bar in the town, Manoj happens to meet and learns she is a dancer in a dance bar. Enraged, Manoj rapes her without hearing her protests when she comes back home from work. Next day he finds a note from her which she left before leaving, in which she reveals that she has AIDS.

Lovedale (Directed by Jasmeet Dhodi)

Synopsis: Neha meets a lady on the train on her way home where she was getting engaged. The lady gives her an earring and vanishes at the next station: Lovedale. Neha wanting to return the earring alights and follows the road to a house where Aftab is painting. They become acquainted. Aftab attends Neha's engagement and feels hurt. Neha is also unhappy and her father questions her doubt. Neha tells about Aftab and her father tells her his flashback about how he met a lady on the train to whom he had given one earring before the train left the station. Neha and her father compare the earrings and decide that her meeting Aftab was no coincidence and she breaks the engagement to join Aftab. However, the story unfolds with a vicious climax. Aftab notices the earrings that Neha was wearing and, on questioning, he is informed that it was the earring that was given to her by the lady in the train. Aftab shows her a picture of the lady: his mother who died 10 years ago!

Sex on the Beach (Directed by Apoorva Lakhia)

Synopsis: Dino picks up a book on the beach with the title Life and writes his name and date of birth as instructed and starts to read it. A seductress steps out of a jet ski and sits down next to him and she invites him over to her house for dinner. Dino goes over well prepared with wine and condoms only to see the girl also very eager... but when Dino falls into a short sleep after the girl tells him that she will return in a few minutes dressed in more provocative clothing which he would love taking off. He wakes up to see her dead with him throat slit open. When he leans down to examine her closely she opens her eyes and he understands that she was actually a soul whose wishes had been left unfulfilled. He flees, the ghost following him. Finally he drowns in the sea.

Rice Plate (Directed by Rohit Roy) (based on the 1990 short film The Lunch Date)

Synopsis: Shabana plays a staunch Brahmin widow on her way to visit her grandchildren by train. In a hurry she forgets her wallet in her house and heads to the station. Deliberately she sits in a taxi with god's photo (She hates muslims). But then, she realizes that the driver (Anup Soni) is a muslim. She misses her train and her next train is in two hours. She goes to a canteen and orders a plate of rice with the change she has and leaves her table to wash her hand. When she comes back she sees a Muslim man(Naseeruddin Shah) eating it. Angry that he was stole her plate, Shabana forgets that he is a Muslim and starts eating out of the very same plate. Later she realizes it, and leaves the place, ashamed at herself. At the railway station she notices that she had left her luggage and handbag in the canteen and goes back. There she finds her belongings near a table and a rice plate on it. Then she realizes that the Muslim man never stole her rice plate, he was, in fact, eating out of his own one, and yet he did not yell at her when she snatched it from him and spoke rudely to him. Later in the station, she offers place to a Muslim family, which shows that she had changed her attitude.

Gubbare (Directed by Sanjay Gupta)

Synopsis: Anita and Rohit are newlyweds on a bus who start a small quarrel. Anita moves away from Rohit to sit adjacent to Nana who is carrying 11 smiley balloons with him. On questioning he tells her how he has to present his wife with the balloons every time he has angered her and how she bakes a cake if she angers him. He explains that life is too short to spend fighting. When getting down at the stop he forgets to take with him the sorry card that he had written for his wife. Anita follows him to give it to him and she notices him speaking to his wife's grave; it is revealed that his wife is dead. She realizes that he loved his wife, and still does, yet she will now never be with him. She returns to the bus and sits beside Rohit, and they do not quarrel. The essence of the story is that life is too short to be wasted away on silly fights.

Rise & Fall (Directed by Sanjay Gupta; inspired by Ching Po-Wong's Blood Brothers)

Synopsis: The story begins with Sunil Shetty telling Sanjay Dutt that someone is going to kill him. Dutt says that if there could be anybody who could kill it would be Shetty. The story cuts to a flashback. It shows two young kids. One of them gets paid to kill a person. They both kill the person. The kids are Dutt and Shetty. As kids they rise and as adults they fall because of two children shooting them as in the flashback they are now the dons.

Music[edit]

Dus Kahaniyaan
Soundtrack album
Released 1 November 2007 (2007-11-01)
Genre Film soundtrack
Label White Feather Films

The film's soundtrack was released on 1 November 2007. Joginder Tuteja from bollywoodhungama.com gave the music 4 out of 5 stars.[2]

Song Singer(s) Lyricist Music Director Sound Enggineer
Aaja Soniye Shweta Vijay, Sudhanshu Pandey Virag Mishra Gourov Dasgupta
Bhula Diya Anand Raj Anand Ibrahim Ashq Anand Raj Anand
Bin Tum KK Panchhi Jalonvi Anand Raj Anand Tanay Gajjar
Dus Aanchal, KK Virag Mishra Gourov Dasgupta Tanay Gajjar
Jaaniye Aanchal, Sunidhi Chauhan Virag Mishra Gourov Dasgupta Tanay Gajjar
Kaala Peela Shafqat Ali Khan Virag Mishra Shafqat Ali Khan Tanay Gajjar
Mushkil Kushaa Kshitij Panchhi Jalonvi Bappi Lahiri
Nach Le Soniye Mika Singh Virag Mishra Gourov Dasgupta
O Maahiya Shweta Vijay, KK Panchhi Jalonvi Gourov Dasgupta
Vichodeya Ne Shafqat Ali Khan Ambar Hoshiyarpuri Shafqat Ali Khan

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://sify.com/movies/bollywood/review.php?id=14572550&ctid=5&cid=2425
  2. ^ "Dus Kahaniyaan". Music Review:Dus Kahaniyaan. Retrieved 1 November 2007. 

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