99 - The Con Is On

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It is a comic crime thriller.

Submitted: May 19, 2009

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Finally, new Hindi movies have started releasing with 99 on May 15th. The producer-multiplex strike is still going on.  The last new release was 8x10 Tasveer on April 3rd six weeks back. And that was that. Since then, it has been tough on the occasional movie goer.
 
But the worst of times are over. This solo release is an indication that the drought is over. And with this first shower, it is a signal that happy days are here again. Any good news is welcome. So, let’s hope for the better. Thank God, we are back to the theatres to watch a new release.
 
The elections are over. IPL is still going on. And 99 was released to catch the cricket frenzy. The movie is neither a near-perfect eight nor a perfect 10. It rests somewhere in between. It is about the happenings in 1999, when lot of con(troversie)s happened in the cricket world. It is also about when a much-desired perfect score remains incomplete by a single digit. That can be frustrating, eh! So near the goal yet so far.
 
Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK directed 99 is a comic crime thriller, one like the genre of Hera Pheri. The movie revolves around two small time conmen Sachin (Kunal Khemu) and Zaramud (Cyrus Broacha), who deal with illegal SIM cards. They come up against bookie/don AGM (Mahesh Manjrekar), whose car they steal and wreck.
 
The don wants them to payback in kind. From here on, it becomes a constant chase from Mumbai to Delhi. Along the way, we are introduced to different characters like match fixer (Vinod Khanna), chronic gambler (Boman Irani), his wife (Simone Singh), bookie/recovery agent (Amit Mistry), Bhojpuri film actor/hotel manager (Soha Ali Khan).
 
Kunal in a new look is a welcome change. Soha too looks delectable. Mahesh will win many a hearts with his acting. He plays the part with finesse. It is nice to see Vinod again. Cyrus should grow up from his MTV days. He should act differently if he wants to survive here. Watch out for Boman, who is only getting better with time just like old wine. Only Sanjay Dutt was missing from this movie to give it that wholesome crime caper fell.
 
The movie is slow and lengthy. It could do with better editing. But post-interval it picks up the speed. And this is where it gets interesting. The game of con is definitely on. And the chases get better and better. It gets thrilling by the minute.
 
The songs are another highlight of the movie. They are quite foot-tapping especially “Soch Mat Dobara” and “Punjabi Size”. In a thriller, cinematography must be top-notch. Here it is. As a funny caper, it does its job adequately.
 
As I said, the movie is not perfect but anything (new release) is welcome after a long break. Enjoy it for what it offers. It could have been better. For cricket aficionados and thrill seekers, it has much to offer. Remember too, we were hard-pressed for new releases. It’s good to be back to the playground and doing what we do best and enjoy – watching new Hindi movies. Nothing can substitute this feeling. Anything is better to be back in action.
 
This is definitely not a ton but son, you too will be gone with the don when this con is on. With pop and popcorn it is even more enjoyable. It remains to be seen if it has won over the viewers or is relegated to ‘once upon’ a time fare.
 
Banner: People Pictures
Genre: Drama/Comedy
Producer: Anupam Mittal, Aditya Shastri
Executive Producer / Co-Producer: Pooja Desai
Director: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK
Star Cast: Sachin (Kunal Khemu), Pooja (Soha Ali Khan), Rahul (Boman Irani), Zaramud (Cyrus Broacha), Jahnavi (Simone Singh), AGM (Mahesh Manjrekar), JC (Vinod Khanna), Kuber (Amit Mistry)
Cassettes and CD's on: Saregama-HMV
Singers: Raja Hasan, Ashu, Bonnie Chakraborty, Earl, K K, Sunidhi Chauhan, Labh Jajua, Kalyani, Roopa, Shaan
Lyricist: Vaibhav Modi, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Shabbir Ahmed, Chintan Gandhi
Music Director: Ashu, Roshan Machado, Shamir Tandon, Mahesh Shankar
Cinematography: Rajeev Ravi, Prakash Kutty
Choreography: Piyush Panchal
Action: Javed Eijaz
Art: Pradip Redij
Editor: Cheragh Todiwala
Screenplay: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK, Sita Menon
Sound: Stephen Gomes
Dialogue: Sita Menon
Costume: Shabina Khan
Media Relations: Parull Gossain
Story / Writer: Raj Nidimoru, Krishna DK, Sita Menon


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