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99 Movie Review - The dart was held right but it failed to hit the bull's eye. (Review by Bobby Sing)

16 May, 2009 | Movie Reviews / 2009 Releases

In a week, where the big banner has failed to deliver, here comes an entertainer in a small package. “Sankat City”, directed by Pankaj Advani, is a comedy cum thriller, capable of impressing both the critiques and the viewers who are in search of something out of the routine. It’s a roller coaster ride with enjoyable sequences and well written scenes along with splendid performances by the entire star-cast.

The movie takes off slowly, creating the required ambience for its characters to establish themselves. And after 15 initial minutes, it drags you in and starts entertaining with its superb enthralling narration. The story moves around a few amusing characters who all have to pay back huge amount of money to a big Gangster of the town. Now how they all manage to arrange that money, which keeps changing hands every five minutes, is the small gist of the movie.  

The first half moves on an electrifying pace as compared to the later. The second half has only few minutes of dragging and predictable scenes but then it also picks up the pace, progressing towards an engrossing and surprising climax. Sequences related to various characters are interconnected superbly, backed by some great skillful writing. The star-case ensemble has everyone giving a worth watching performance in their own respective roles. The most entertaining one comes from Dilip Prabhawalkar, as the old man who is a master in re-painting the stolen cars. Kay Kay Menon as the car thief impresses once again with his effortless act. Anupam Kher bounces back with his famous comic timing as the big Gangster. Rimi Sen looks cool and convincing playing the con woman. Chunky Pandey (the actor), Manoj Pahwa (the producer), Yashpal Sharma (the businessman), Rahul Dev (the contract killer) and Virendera Saxena (the imposter Godman), all leave a good impact in their brief roles.

Musically, it has only a few songs, used briefly along with the moving storyline. So, they don’t act as an obstacle in the high paced drama. Cinematography is simply basic, with no special gimmick or lighting used to enhance the scenes. But even then, the director keeps you glued to your seats with his interesting and unexpected twists and turns in the story. The intelligent remarks on fake religious figures and sexual fantasies are a treat to watch in this black comedy. Though it also has some major flaws in the storyline but the fast proceedings on the screen don’t give you the moment to think about them.

In short, if you love the genre of thrillers without heavy action, relying more on conspiracies, plans and last minute upsets, then “Sankat City” will not disappoint you, if given a chance. It’s a brilliant take on conmen, media world and gangsters on the similar lines of “Ek Chalis Ki Last Local”. A must watch as the small surprise package of the season.

Ratings : 3 / 5

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16 May 2009 / Comments ( 8 )

Another movie with a hangover of Delhi and its world famous locations.


An ok movie. Nothing Great!
But bobbytalkscinema.com rocks...

Keep it Going.


Hi bobby,

I have seen this movie and i really liked it, is there any movie in hollywood with similar plot. while i was watching the movie i got a fresh feel of it.

Bobby Sing

Hi Jagadish,

Nice to see your comment at my new site.
Yes, the movie gives you a feel of some Hollywood venture but I couldnt get the name of its inspirational source yet.
Recently i saw "Rocknrolla" and found some sequences having slight similarities along with its opening innovative titles.

Please keep posting your comments as i wish this site to become a real place to discuss movies with passionate friends like yourself. And also let me know how did you like my new venture.

Cheers !


I really like the way you maintain this site every time i come here i see something new and i love it. I have seen the list of directors which you love i have a question why there is no mani ratnam but kamal hassan.

Bobby Sing

Thanks Jagadish for your encouragement...

And ya, I really missed out "Maniratnam" in my list.....may be when i added Kamal Hassan, I assumed adding "Maniratnam" too. So he is now right there in my list after your reminder.

Looking forward to more comments and suggestions from your side.



i also wish to play in film as a actor.
Bobby Sing

We wish you All The Best from our side Supreme.

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