A City that Deserves a visit!
At a time when The mainstream audience has to contend themselves with brainless capers like Kambakkht Ishq & Shortkut, Here comes an extremely intelligent piece of work that is although made for multiplex audience, but deserves a watch from everyone who wants to have a 'hatke' comic film experience.
Pankaj Advani, the director of this film, worked with Kundan Shah for a lot years and co-wrote Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa with him. And in Sankat City, His zany sense of humour shows. The story itself is such an eccentric one, that it deserves some applause for its conceit. The grey-shaded characters are well-defined though they take their own time in settling down. But the film has such amazing scope for comedy and it does full justice to it, thanks to Advani's impressive handling of the narrative.
The Best thing about Sankat City that it comes without any baggage - baggage of expectations, baggage of star power etc etc. And thats what works in its favour the most. One is totally taken aback by the goings-on on the silver screen and it makes for a very enjoyable watch definitely. The technical department (Ranjit Barot's BGM and Chirantan Das' interesting camera-work) is happy doing its work in the backdrop, and doesnt have any intentions to overpower the film. The film drives completely on its hilarious script, and thankfully there are no deliberate gimmicks either. Yes, like many other films, The pace does go down a bit at times (esp. in 2nd half), but that'd be mere nitpicking.
The film has a lot many actors, and almost all of them do justice to whatever they are assigned. Kay Kay is always known for this intense quality about him, but here He simply stuns one and all by his comic timing. Rimi Sen, who is seen on big screen after a real long time, too makes an impression. But the most satisfaying part of the cast is Anupam Kher and Yashpal Sharma who are so refreshingly different from what we usually see them in.
Final verdict :-
The strike may be over a long time ago, but the audience's thirst for a really sensible and entertaining film is on. With Sankat City coming up this week, They may just as well quench their thirst for the moment until the masters arrive with biggies like 'Love Aaj kal' & 'Kaminey'. Go Watch it!
Rating - 3.75