Posts Tagged ‘Sankat City’

sankatcity2Like me, if you belong to the tribe who loved Sanjay Khanduri’s Ek Chalis Ki Last Local, but never went to the theatre and managed to catch it only on tv/dvd after someone reccomeded it strongly, and you still feel guilty about it, then here is a chance to redeem yourself. Get your tickets booked for this week’s release Sankat City, directed by Pankaj Advani. His first release.

And even if you don’t belong to the same tribe, dont miss Sankat City. Its quirky, funny & paisa vasool masala film that doesn’t ask you to enter the theatre without your brains. It tickles your brains and so, make sure you carry your brains alongwith your tickets.

I entered the theatre exactly two minutes late and so missed the national anthem. But if any film deserves to have national anthem as its theme song, then this is the one. Name it and you will have it. Characters from almost every region of the country…Punjabi, Bengali, Jat, Madrasi, Hyderbadi, Marathi. And the director is not biased for anyone. They all belong to the same tribe…insane with different eccentricities, who get stuck in bizaare situations and have one common problem – money.

Characters which are rare in hindi cinema…babas in bathtubs, baba-bhakts looking for dynamites, vegetarian hero and hero with hyderabadi duplicate. And yes, a meteor that changes luck…! ( Finally someone killed that Kuch Kuch Hota Hai meteor funda. Toote taare ko dekhkar tumne kya maanga ? Bus maa ki aankh maanga tha.

In Sankat City, the world is completely round, everyone bumps into other one, a merry-go-round and the all the dots finally gets connected to give that masala end. The first 20minutes or so looks jarring, the camera moves constantly as the characters are introduced one by one and the focus keeps on shifting. But once you settle in, its a roller coaster ride. Advani’s writing is smart and his direction doesn’t match upto his script. Or may be things can change if he gets the resources. Its easy to understand the problems of any director when you go to a producer with Kay Kay & Rimi Sen as lead actors.

Kay Kay has gone from one extreme to other. From the silent brooding type to the over the top kind. And at times, he is quite irritating. The film belongs to the ensemle cast…Anupam Kher, Manoj Pahwa, Yashpal Sharma, Dilip Prabhavalkar, Virendra Saxena and many others whose name I don’t know.

There is only one reason for not watching it – if you don’t know what andkosh means! And I have only one personal grudge…my favourite actress’ role had so lil to do, that doesn’t justify her potential in any way. I don’t even know her name but I love her. Check out this superb short film of Zee Cinema….Paap Ka Anth…she is the one…Dakurani Champabai!

Sankat CityWe had no clue about this film. Recently saw its promos on air, which has a huge hangover of Johnny Gaddar, but seemed interesting. Its the directorial debut of Pankaj Advani and stars Kay Kay, Rimi Sen, Anupam Kher, Yashpal Sharma, Rahul Dev and Chunky Pandey.

We got its synopsis and more details. Read on.

Sankat City – money, murder, revenge, greed, fear, deceit, fun-n-frolic and romance! It got all the masla and is a fast paced comic thriller.

Guru (KK Menon) is a smalltime car thief. Ganpat, who owns a dilapidated garage, is his partner-in-crime. Guru steals cars and Ganpat (Dilip Prabhavalkar) gives them a make-over in order to sell them as new ones.

One night, while returning to his kholi, 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 the boot. They are happy at the unexpected turn of events and start dreaming. Little do they know what lies in store – for the car and the money belongs to a vicious gangster and loan shark called Faujdaar (Anupam Kher)!

Guru tries to sell the stolen Mercedes to Suleman Supari (Rahul Dev), a hitman, who recognizes the car and notifies his friend Faujdaar. Scared, Guru squeals that the moolah is in Ganpat’s garage. Faujdaar sends his henchman with Guru to retrieve the cash.

Unknown to them, the paranoid Ganpat has hidden the money in what he thinks is a safe place in his garage, because he’s afraid that thieves might rob him off the cash. By the time henchman Lovely and Guru reach the garage, Ganpat is involved in an accident, which results in a temporary loss of memory!

Guru can’t find the money anywhere and he has no clue where the amnesic Ganpat has hidden it. A vengeful Faujdaar decides to bump off Guru, who pleads for his life and begs for a chance. The sadistic Faujdaar gives him a grace period of 3 days to cough up the dough.

With no hope in sight, a dejected Guru almost resigns himself to death, when he bumps into Mona, a con woman who had teamed up with him in a smalltime con job a few years back. The heist had been a success, but Mona had vamoosed with all the money, leaving Guru in a lurch. She’s right now in the process of putting a sting on a builder, Pachisia (Yashpal Sharma), for which, she requires a partner. Since Guru needs the dough quick, he hesitantly teams up with Mona (Rimi Sen).

Mona and Guru successfully con a large sum of money off the builder only to lose it again to a strange quirk of fate. The story then weaves itself to a thrilling climax, going through a series of hilarious events, comic situations and nerve wracking moments.

Also starring Chunkey Pandey in a double role as Sikandar Khan the actor and his body double, Manoj Pahwa as the director, Sanjay Mishra as his assistant, Hemant Tiwari as Philip Fattoo, Virendra Singh as Faujdar’s guru and a bunch of other actors.

Will Guru be able to return the money to Faujdaar, who is a great stickler for time? Will Mona get the better of Guru yet again? Will the poor Ganpat regain his lost memory? Will the sankat be over for all the people involved? Its Sankat all over!

The film releases on 3rd July, 2009.

Here is the first look of Pankaj Advani’s film Sankat City. Two posters of the film. The film stars Kay Kay Menon, Rimi Sen, Rahul Dev, Chunky Pandey, Anupam Kher and Yashpal Sharma among others. Those who have seen it, cant stop raving about Pankaj Advani and the film. We are waiting!

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