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pankh……thats the problem. Nude scenes always make news in India…no, make it anywhere. Its the same. And this one is about Pankh.

The film has been in news since it was announced. Its inspired by the story of child actor Ahsaas Channa. (remember the kid in Ramu’s Vastu Shastra/Phoonk….she is not she, we mean, he is always dressed up as a girl. His dad filed a case against the mother for exploiting Ahsaas…making him dress up like a girl to get more work in films. Nobody had any clue about his gender till the matter reached court)

In similar way, Pankh is about a man who is treated as a woman by his mother since childhood and how, subsequently, he is confused about his sexuality. It stars Bipasha Basu, Lilette Dubey, Mahesh Manjrekar and Maradona Rebello (in lead role) and its directed by Sudipto Chattopadhya.

According to Mumbaimirror, the problem is regarding a nude scene in the film which Censor Board is not willing to certify. In the scene, the male actor (Maradona) is completely nude in front of his mother (Lillete Dubey) and his rear is exposed to the audience.

The film is produced by Sanjay Gupta and he has been asked to edit out the scene. But Guptaji is not  is not willing to do so as he thinks the scene is crucial for the film.

99 - film99 Film Review

There are films where you dont feel like entering the theatre post-interval. Not even with the caramel flavoured popcorn and coke. And this week’s release 99, directed by Krishna D K & Raj Nidimoru, is one such film. But in this case, the reverse is true. Its all about the second half.

After sitting through the boring first half, where actually nothing happens, its difficult to enter the theatre again for the 2nd half. (NOTHING means absolutely nothing ) Its all about set up in the first half.  Setting up the characters, their traits, locations and the back stories.  Its almost a never-ending loop. The same events again and again.

If you manage to sit through the 1st half, please make sure that you enter the theatre for the second half. Because the story moves in this half.

The year is 19-99. Two guys ( Kunal Khemu & Cyrus Broacha) with bad luck, who always get stuck at the crucial point before hitting the century, get into the messy business of cricket, betting and mobile rings. Its a con job with loads of fun, atleast for them.

And thats why the year ( 19-99) is significant. The year when mobile rings and betting scandals made the headlines. There is a great story idea there but the execution is so bad that everything seems dry and half-baked. Kunal and Cyrus, who end up working for the local don ( Mahesh Manjrekar) because of their bad luck, lands up in Delhi for some paisa vasooli. But its not what it seems, things go wrong, they meet the wrong guys and desperately look out for ways to get it all right. Enters Boman Irani and Vinod Khanna, the cricket maniac and the betting king!

Kunal-Khemu’s interaction with  Soha Ali(as hotel executive) is so amateurish that you will cringe at their every interaction. Its the same story with Boman Irani and his wife, who are trying to sort out their marriage issues, it again goes in circles, scene after scene, they talk the same shit.

Mahesh Manjrekar as the local don, Cyrus Broacha as Khemu’s partner in crime, and Amit Mistry as Kuber steal the show. 

Watch it, because there is nothing else in the theatres. And dont worry even if you enter post-interval. Infact, you should pay half the ticket price and enter post-interval only. And yah, the delhi destiny song is the best thing about the film.

Rating – 2/5.

 Btw, Rediff’s film critic Raja Sen makes his filmy debut with this one. He is credited with the dialogues alongwith two other writers. We wonder what happened to Raja’s great cinematic insights on film writing. And here is Raja Sen trying his best to sell 99. And Here is how he came onboard. Sencity is sin city now!