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In Bollywood nowadays, we normally get to see right scripts falling into wrong hands. Or we see wrong scripts falling into wrong hands (classic eg: Kambakkht Ishq!). But very rarely, we get to see right scripts reaching the right hands! Sankat City, the new small movie with entertains big time, comes in this category. It comes under the category of all the madcap comic capers that we are exposed to since years. Yet, it stands out due to its treatment which makes it ‘a masala entertainer for the classes’!

The story of the movie: Guru (Kay Kay Menon) is a petty thief who is an expert in stealing cars (and even towing vans!). His modus operandi is excellent-he steals a car, takes it to his partner-in-crime, Ganpat (Dilip Prabhawalkar) who repaints the car and Guru then sells it to Sharafat (Shri Vallabh Vyas) and makes a nice profit. Unfortunately, one day, Guru steals a swanky Merc which was parked outside a brothel. In the dikky, Guru is pleasantly surprised to find a bag containing Rs. 1 Crore. The money belonged to Fauzdar (Anupam Kher), a gangster-cum-moneylender and the money was to be sent to Gogi (Manoj Pahwa), a financially crippled film producer. Mona (Rimi Sen), Sikandar Khan (Chunky Pandey), Pachisia (Yashpal Sharma), Philip (Hemant Pandey), Guruji (Virendra Saxena) and others are the rest of the characters of the film. How the characters are inter-connected with each other forms the rest of the story.

Sankat City has a fast-paced narrative and doesn’t waste unnecessary time at all. The characters are quickly and wonderfully established in the first 10 minutes itself. The film excellently scores in the writing department. In most comic flicks, the situations and the humour are senseless and completely illogical most of the times. In the case of Sankat City, comic situations arise in situation which looks realistic and justified. And that’s one point where the film scores big time!

One gets the feel of the power of the script when it’s revealed how all the characters are wonderfully connected to each other. There are ample moments where the film would have fallen like a pack of cards but writer/director Pankaj Advani holds the script amazingly and doesn’t let it go on the wrong path.

There are numerous humour sequences in the film. The conversations of Guru and Ganpat were fabulous. Ganpat getting injured and the bomb blast sequence were the funniest scenes of the first half. In the second half, the scene shot inside BEST Bus was undoubtedly the best scene of the film! Hats off to the director for thinking something like this!

Now to the flaws. The film is perfectly executed. However, the scene where Guru makes a bomb hoax call and the sequence that follows looked a bit unrealistic, although it will be wrong to say that it wasn’t funny. And secondly, the film was very badly promoted. A film with such a fabulous cast would have easily attracted audiences if it was well publicized. It’s unfortunate that a big producer like Moser Baer failed to arouse curiosity for its own film.

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The film has more than dozen characters and it’s impossible to say who performed the best. Kay Kay Menon was as usual in full form and it was great to see him in a comic role after a long time. Same for Anupam Kher who was seen in a negative role after years. Rimi Sen looked charming and gave an excellent performance. I wish we get to see more of her. Chunky Pandey irritated a lot in Paying Guests but was terrific here in Sankat City. He was there in a double role and did complete justice to both the characters. Dilip Prabhawalkar was totally hilarious. Yashpal Sharma also managed to raise quite a many laughs! Virendra Saxena does the most unique role of his life and performs perfectly. Manoj Pahwa also did a good job. Hemant Pandey, Shri Vallabh Vyas, Sanjay Mishra, Jehangir Khan, Rahul Dev and Gurpal Singh were good.

Ranjit Barot’s music suits the movie well. Best song was without doubt, ‘Ghoom Ghoom’. All those looking for some hatke music should listen to all the 3 songs of this film! Chirantan Das’ cinematography was flawless.

Finally, the winner of the film is Pankaj Advani, who wrote the story, screenplay and dialogues and also directed the film. It seems he is inspired by Phir Hera Pheri, One Two Three and other such mindless comedies but yet he managed to come up with such a fine, rich product. He used his brains creatively and did complete justice to all the numerous characters that were there in the film. And although he came up with an excellent script, he executed it wonderfully and that’s where he won completely! Hats off to this person and let’s hope he comes up with such great films in future too!

Some of the best scenes of the film:
1.   Guru’s entry
2.   The bomb blast sequence
3.   Mona wooing Pachisia
4.   All scenes of Virendra Saxena
5.   Gampat getting injured
6.   Mona in the BEST Bus (marvelous!)
7.   Guru making a hoax call and the scene that follows
8.   Guru and Mona in the dumping ground (fabulous scene!)
9.   The climax

On the whole, Sankat City is a brilliant entertainer. With so many mindless entertainers nowadays, a film like this brings a welcome change. Watch it if you are starved of entertainment. Or at least, recommend it to as many moviegoers as possible. This film needs or rather, deserves to be watched!

My rating-**** out of 5!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/review/Sankat_City-171023-1.html

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By Taran Adarsh, July 10, 2009 – 10:09 IST

Sometimes, big things come in small sizes…

SANKAT CITY may not boast of stars to lure the audiences, it may not have a colossal canvas [on the contrary, the making is very basic], it may not have a terrific musical score to act as a hook [there are hardly any songs here], but SANKAT CITY succeeds, and succeeds largely, in its endeavour: Make the viewer laugh at the right places.

One walks in with zilch expectations [the promos don’t do justice to the product], but when you make an exit from the audi, it’s with the feeling that the 2 hours were well spent.

By BOLLYWOOD HUNGAMA.COM

Comedies, today, can be segregated into two categories — Brain-dead entertainers and intelligent comedies. Films like JAANE BHI DO YAARO, BHEJA FRY and SANKAT CITY fall in the latter category.

Let’s be honest. Not all of us can think whacky or come up with a crazy madcap comedy like SANKAT CITY. It requires a wild and imaginative mind to come up with one and most importantly, execute it with panache. Debutante director Pankaj Advani gets its right on both the counts. Sure, there are glitches in the narrative, but Advani compels you to sit and listen to the story he intends narrating.

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Final word? Don’t give SANKAT CITY a miss just because the film doesn’t star the Khans or Kumars. This ‘City’ is worth a visit!

Guru [Kay Kay Menon] is a small-time car thief. Ganpat [Dilip Prabhawalkar], who owns a dilapidated garage, is his partner-in-crime. Guru robs cars and Ganpat gives them a make-over in order to sell them for tidy profits.

One night, Guru chances upon a swank Mercedes parked outside a brothel, unattended. He steals the car and takes it to Ganpat. While working on the car, they discover a sum of Rs. 1 crore in it. They are delirious with joy at the unexpected turn of events. Little do they know what’s in store, for the car and the money belong to a gangster/loan shark called Faujdaar [Anupam Kher]. What happens next?

It takes time to get a hang of things, but once the characters and their traits are introduced at the very outset, the goings-on become one joyride. The assorted characters and the way they are integrated in the storyline, as also the way they’re inter-connected, makes the film stand out.

If the first hour is akin to a roller coaster ride that you enjoy to the optimum, it’s the middle of the second half that bothers you. That’s because things stagnate and even get monotonous for a few minutes, before the climax strikes again.

SANKAT CITY is more like a relay. One incident leads to another, so on and so forth and it keeps you involved and entertained for most parts. But the most stunning sequence is reserved in the pre-climax when a bulldozer runs over a bagful of currency. A brilliant sequence!

SANKAT CITY is embellished with super performances by each and every member of its cast. Anupam Kher [terrific], Kay Kay Menon [excellent], Rimi Sen [first-class], Dilip Prabhawalkar [splendid], Chunky Pandey [very good], Manoj Pahwa [effective], Yashpal Sharma [first-rate], Hemant Pandey [perfect], Rahul Dev [good], Virendra Saxena [wonderful], Srivallabh Vyas [nice], Sanjay Mishra [decent]… every actor deserves praise. It’s as if the roles were tailor-made for them.

On the whole, SANKAT CITY is a small little gem that deserves a watch. Yes, there’s a bombardment of new films week after week and chances are that this film may get sidetracked thanks to the invasion of biggies, with the multiplexes sidelining it to embrace the biggies. But here’s a request to all cine lovers and also multiplexes, from this writer. Give this one a chance. Let’s nurture it well, so that genuine efforts like SANKAT CITY don’t go unnoticed

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FINALLY EROS SCORES!

msrbb312 months ago, I had written about Eros (one of the leading distributors of Bollywood) and how every film they were associated with last year failed to become a Hit. This year also started on bad note. Their first film of the year, Billu Barber, has flopped inspite of SRK in the cast. The high cost of the film is to blame here. And Aa Dekhen Zara (ADZ), their 2nd film, has also made low collections. The movie is strictly okay but it could have made great profits if it had released in multiplexes too. ADZ released only in single screens and stand alone multiplexes and as expected, its collections weren’t encouraging. A flop, unfortunately!

But finally, Eros managed to deliver a hit, in fact, a super hit! Which is that film, you may ask? No, it’s not a Hindi flick, but a Marathi one-‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’! Starring Sachin Khedekar and Mahesh Manjrekar, the film connected to the ideology of Chhtarapati Shivaji has taken the entire Maharashtra by storm. It released on April 3 simultaneously with Akshay Kumar starrer 8×10 Tasveer and yet emerged victorious. The film has released in all the multiplexes and many single screens and in most of these theatres, the film is running to packed houses. Even in the weekdays, the film is getting 90%+ occupancy! In the 1st week, the film collected Rs. 2.75 crores. Considering that the film has released only in Maharashtra and has moderate budget, earning such an amount is an achievement!

erosThe success of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ indicates a lot. It gives a clear indication that there’s an audience for regional films. It also gives a hint to producers that instead of investing money on Hindi films with stupid scripts, it’s better to invest in Marathi or any other regional film. Last year, Subhash Ghai backed a Marathi film ‘Valu-the Wild bull’ (*ing Dilip Prabhawalkar, Atul Kulkarni and others) which turned out to be one of the biggest hits of Marathi cinema! I am not sure about the collections but maybe, Valu may have collected more than Ghai’s Yuvvraaj! Also, producing a regional film even with the popular actors of that region will not turn out to be expensive.

So, don’t be surprised if after a few years you find Yash Raj Films or UTV Motion Pictures churning out Marathi/Bhojpuri/Punjabi films!
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MULTIPLEX MAFIA?

Metro Big Cinema

Metro Big Cinema

All Marathi films are given a ‘tax-free’ status. Therefore, these films have reduced rates. But I was shocked to see last week that Metro Big Cinema (formerly Metro Adlabs), a prominent multiplex in South Mumbai, is charging the same price for the ticket of ‘Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ as for other films. The price of the ticket for this film’s evening show is Rs. 220 and other films running in the multiplex also have the same rate. This means, that the theatre is charging the Entertainment Tax from a tax-free film! Even PVR multiplexes in Mumbai are doing the same black business!

I can’t understand what the multiplexes are going to get by doing this. When other multiplex chains like Cinemax, Fame, Fun Cinemas etc have reduced their rates for tax-free films, why can’t Metro and PVR Cinemas follow the same? Don’t know about Metro, but PVR is charging the tax-inclusive rate for all tax-free films since a long time. I even wrote a complaint mail to both the multiplexes but none of them cared to reply! Shameless!

Mi Shivaji Raje Bhosale Boltoy!’ has been running successfully in each and every theatre. In fact, from tomorrow, when the 3rd week of the film commences, most of the screens are going to add 1 or 2 shows more but in Metro Big Cinema, today is the last day of the film! Obviously, audiences won’t be coming to watch this film for Rs. 220 when they could see it for lesser rates in other plush multiplexes! And then, its multiplexes like Metro which complains that audiences aren’t coming and that the quality of films has gone down!

This post first appeared on MouthShut.com: http://www.mouthshut.com/diary/hbfeulopn/Fenils-Bollywood-Talk44