Its been a long time since i last wrote a review, but this movie certainly needs to be written about. Not because of the movie but more for the people who made it. Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru are the people who first gave us a not widely promoted but a tightly scripted and well directed '99'. This time round the things are different. The movie had got hype, the actors were different from the last movie, barring Amit Mistry and story was darker.
Now talking about this movie. The movie talks about Five People: Two Small time goons (Nikhil Dwivedi and Pitobash Tripathy), their good-guy-in-a-bad-company friend Tushar Kapoor, An NRI(Sendhil, from Heroes) trying to settle in India & start a new business and the aspiring cricketer struggling to make it big (Sundeep Kishan). The unifying factor for them is problems in their life. The first few frames show that although they are from different strata of life, still they behave similarly.
Tushar and Co want to hit it big by selling the ammunitions which they found in a bag that they stole from local train. Sendhil is stalked by local mafia, who offer him 'protection' in exchange of money. And finally Sundeep, the aspiring cricketer, is trying har to make break into the state Ranji team and also save his love life.
Unlike other movies, where there would have been a desperate try to link these three tracks together, here they more or less work in parallel and dont try to meet.
Tushar's role of a small time thug who discovers a new self after being introduced to the world of books is good, Nikhil Dwivedi reminds you of his act in 'Anthony Gonzalves'. But the lesser known actors are a revelation in this movie: Sendhil as a helpless NRI who doesnt know whom to ask for help, with Police and Mafia both being equally bad. Sundeep as a frustrated young cricketer, is also quite impressive. But the character that makes the most impact is Pitobas as Manduk, he is a livewire with his raw act of small time gangster, it reminds you of Rajpal Yadav in Jungle and is one of the most refreshing characters of the movie. Women are more like props, though Girija Oak (Sundeep's love interest) holds herself in the movie.
The movie is not without its faults: it could have been a bit more sleek and the script could have been worked around a bit. Amit Mistry seems to be under utilised, he is a fine actor and does well in his role and keeps u wanting more.
Scenes that stand out:
1. Sendhil's helplessness with the Ganpati in the background is quite well made.
2. The bomb-blast scene when Tushar and co. go to try it out is hilarious and tragic at the same time.
Music is good. Movie is a refreshing look at the Mumbai's underbelly.