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Plot: Rajasthan-based Satyaveer Singh Randhawa works as a Junior Engineer with Lahkot Municipality's Public Works Department and lives a middle-class lifestyle with his wife, Nimmi, and son, Raju. The region faces drought and extreme temperatures, with the local Irrigation Minister, P.P. Rathore, making tall promises of diverting water from Haryana and Punjab via a canal that is being constructed on a controversial site. Satyeveer also authored a fictional novel 'Manorama' that sold only about 200 copies. So dismayed was he with this that he decided to not even keep a copy for his private library. To make matters worse he accepts a motorbike from Seema Constructions as a bribe, is apprehended, and suspended pending an inquiry. Now out of a job, he is approached by Manorama Rathore, the wife of the Irrigation Minister, to collect evidence that her husband is having an extra-marital affair for a fee of Twenty thousand rupees. Satyaveer accepts this offer little knowing that he will soon be thrust into a web of lies and deceit, which will not only get him in the bad books of Rathore, assaulted by his goons, but also implicate him in the murder of two lovers, Sameera, and Dr. Anil Poddar, compounded all the more by the sudden death of Manorama and the disappearance of an orphan named Deepti. Runtime: 135 mins Release Date: 20 Sep 2007
After 'Johnny Gaddaar' here's another amazing thriller. 'Manorama 6 Feet Under' is clearly an inspiration of 'Chinatown'. Note inspiration, not ripoff nor remake. In one scene you even see Chinatown playing on TV. The writing is clever, the visuals are impressive and the performances are very good. Director Navdeep Singh stays with his sub-heading 'In the desert nothing is as it seems'. So in 'Manorama 6 Feet Under' nothing is indeed as it seems. Singh smartly unfolds the mystery and springs a lot of surprises. The film is set in sandy Rajasthan <more>
which is portrayed as mysterious, dry, isolated, illusive and frightening. Thus, it's a perfect set-up for the film.Coming to the performances, Abhay Deol scores again in yet another different role, not just different from what he's done but also from what other actors of today are doing. The actor is certainly here to stay and hope he continues the good work. Gul Panag has a simple role but she does her part very well. Raima Sen shows tremendous versatility. Sarika is stunning in the title role and Kulbushan Kharbanda and Vinay Pathak are very good.The songs are minimal. But the few that we have are pleasant and adequate for the screenplay.'Manorama 6 Feet Under' is one exciting puzzle and a treat to watch. It's bizarre. It's dark. It's funny. It's thrilling.
Hindi Cinema's Most Under Appreciated Gem (by taing-shawn)
First things First, if I need to describe Path Breaking Cinema, I will use Manorma Six Feet Under as an example. And this film is not a Direct lift of Roman Polanski's famous hit Chinatown, Manorma hold on its own. The first word that comes to my mind while I intend to describe this movie is Efficiency.There have been few thrillers that so effortlessly thrill you, keep you right on the edge of your seat, get you acquainted with such rich characters yet manage to knock you with killer twists and pull a fast one on you. Endlessly inventive, this is not one of those films that are just that. <more>
It explores the psychology of being a wannabe spy like no other film.Abhay Deol is in a role thats tailor made for him, he's such a natural actor, he brings life to Satyaveer Singh and you feel that Satyaveer is a small town Rajasthani and you never feel that the character actually is played by a Punjabi Jat living in Bombay.This is Navdeep Singh's first film as a director, and it is apparent he has the heart and soul of a storyteller. He never imposes himself upon the film; he just lets the narration flow effortlessly. He seems to be an actor's director, and the finesse with which he handles them, in close ups, dealing with each other reminds me of Steven Soderbergh.Gul Panag is one of the Finest Actresses in India today Lot more talented than a Rani, Priety & Aishwaria . She already proved it with Dor and now in Manorma in a not so significant role, she still proves why she's the most underrated actress in the Hindi Film Industry.Vinay Pathak, Kulbushan Kharbanda & Sarika are competent too.Only Raima Sen hams here.Anyways a 9.7 out of 10 from me for this Masterpiece.Too bad for most of my friends who had to settle tor Over The top Nonsense movies like Partner, Hey Baby & Welcome while I loved every bit of Manorama.
Fantastic movie is Manorama Six Feet Under.I was feeling so good that after a long time i saw a film with my father and it turned out to be this one.We enjoyed it a lot.The best part of the movie is the narration.Abhay Deol narration is fabulous.So is his acting as a small time detective in Rajasthan.The setup of Lakhot is also very apt.It had to be a really small place & it looked like that only.Sarika is back & delivers very well.Not to forget the roles of Kulbhushan Kharbanda,Vinay Pathak,Gul Panag.They all were terrific.The movie revolves around Abhay Deol,for whom what started as <more>
a small time detection turned out to be a big conspiracy.The ending is penultimate as the last conversation between Abhay Deol & Kulbhushan says it all.A perfect movie with a sudden twist.The direction is very good.Even small things have been taken care of very well.But the only thing is i know that most people from India don't know about this movie.They never have heard of it.It can be due to poor marketing or less funds i suppose.But surely you can keep a DVD of this one.Songs in the movie are also very well balanced.As just small songs like one minute kind of would deliver the message.This tries to replicate like a perfect Hollywood movie.People say it is copy of Chinatown.I never have seen Chinatown.But i am very much sure,the depiction of a small place,good soundtrack & just the blend of Indian Cinema that Chinatown will surely not have.This can be said as a perfect Hollywood delivery.
I saw this movie after johny gaddar and before seeing i liked johny gaddar but Manorama exceeded my expectations.. it was superb suspense movie with very normal background and yet it showed powerful message in the film.. till half way of the film I lost patience and interest but then again it started and I am glad that I did not left the movie at half way.. nowadays movies have big stars and beautiful backgrounds and splendid film sets.. this movie proves that big sets and good makeups are really not needed nowadays.. But the mass don't understand this Good film needs good direction, <more>
good script and finally good execution.. Manorama deserves 10 out of 10.. but still can not give that as perfection is dangerous for ambition..!!
This movie is as real as it gets on the screen. The movie makers have done a great job to maintain the real feel and not dramatize anything. Every scene, every place, every character feels so real. For example, SV's bandage on his fingers is dirty and beat up just like the rest of his disheveled look. The table in Dr. Poddar's office has a transparent plastic cover over the table cloth just as you would find in many Indian households.The story is excellent too. Keeps you captured till the last scene. It is also funny at times. My only complaint with the movie is that I didn't like <more>
Raima Sen as the choice to play Sheetal's character. She has a heavy Bengali accent not suitable for her character. Also Nimmi Gul Panag delivers her "Hinglish" dialogues with an upper class English accent.Overall this is an excellent movie to watch.
Before watching Manorama, i considered Johnny Gaddar as best scripted suspense movie of modern times, but Manorama is far above from Johnny. The best thing is that the storyline looks real and on the level of a common person. It is not like a typical Hindi Cinema bollywood suspense movie with the protagonist playing a hero. I gave 9 because i felt detached in middle of the movie but approaching to the end, it captures attention and the climax is well written. I'll curse myself for not watching it for so long even after i heard its praise from my friends. Abhay Deol looks good as a <more>
Middle class Rajasthani and so as Gul Panag. Vinay Pathak is exceptional as usual.
Unpredictive movie for select few ....not masses (by imgreat_79)
This movie is a great piece of work though it is not meant for the masses. This movie has plot twists after plot twists and mystery after mystery, I generally am able to predict the direction of a movie quite early in the film, but this one was a major exception. The star of the movie is definitely Abhay Deol this guy is definitely going to go places in the long run with his authentic Rajasthani portrayal of the character -- S.V. The rest of the cast has done an exceptional job and full points to all the people involved in the making of this film. I would like to congratulate Navdeep Singh <more>
for making such a beautiful movie with a strong and authentic Indian essence. I would definitely recommend this movie if you are a mystery films buff.
Chinatown in the Rajasthan desert! (by HeadleyLamarr)
Manorama SFU is all about a somewhat corrupt junior engineer Satyaveer Abhay Deol who moonlights as a writer of detective fiction and lives in a small town in Rajasthan. His only published work is MANORAMA. He is 'happily' married to Nimmi Gul Panag and has a kid. One day he is asked by a woman called Manorama Sarika to investigate her husband PP Rathore, the minister of public works KulBhushan Khrabanda . Satyaveer manges to take some photos of the minister and hand them over to Manorama. Strange events follow where she tells him she is being stalked and may be killed, tells <more>
him her age, and then dies. He is stalked and attacked by hoodlums but persists in trying to unravel the mystery with the help of Manorama's room mate Sheetal Raima Sen . But nothing is as it seems, there is a doctor, a mysterious woman who wants to marry the doctor, the novel Manorama; the minister is connected to all this and to a proposed canal scheme. The plot twists and turns in a very ingenious and real way and keeps one wanting to know more and more. This mystery may have been inspired by Chinatown but it is very much its own film, intelligent, well paced and interesting.The cast gives commendable performances, Abhay Deol is wonderful, Gul and Raima are real and believable. Then there is Sarika - how does she look so good at her age? Vinay Pathak is great as Nimmi's brother and small town cop. The snooping neighbors, the hoodlums in the desert, the old Taxi Walla - the film does not miss a beat.The negatives? My version of the Shemaroo DVD had the most absurd subtitling that turned this excellent film into a farcical affair if you cared to follow the subtitles. But even with that glaring flaw Manorama is one wonderful film.
FIRSTLY,I would like to sound a warning to those who see a movie just purely for the fun aspect or those who like fast paced fare. This is a movie to be seen in solitude preferably, as a bunch of guys would have different things to say about this movie and it may spoil the movie for you.This would be enjoyable, if you are willing to be engrossed in a movie and get in its mood. SECONDLY, I would like to commend all the actor's performances as they are all top notch.Rare to see a gem where each character is etched out perfectly.Even the two goons who torture Abhay Deol stay in your mind <more>
after the movie. THIRDLY, the director for making such multi-layered characters and selecting small town in Rajasthan for filming.eg Abhay is not your completely straight forward govt employee.his wife Gul Panag says its a pain running around and bringing up a child screen maas rarely say such things in bollywood .The real winner is Raima Sen who looks completely gorgeous and performs the role of a dangerous beauty with ease.The movie works more better as a socio political drama rather than a suspense thriller. All in all a leisurely paced hard hitting movie definitely worth a watch. 8/10