99: One Short of a Century, 1000 Short of a Good Movie

99 is the first movie to release on the big screen after a really long time, thanks to the multiplex-producer stand-off. The premise seemed interesting and being literally starved of Bollywood movies for almost a month I was really keen to watch the movie. But alas, disappointed would be an understatement.

The movie is about two uncomfortably close friends Sachin (Kunal Khemu with an extremely weird hairdo) and Zaramud (Cyrus Broacha in an extremely weird fat suit) who are scamsters and small time thieves back in 1999. In an escape attempt from the cops the duo steal and crash the local goon’s (AGM – A very funny Mahesh Manjerekar) Mercedes Benz. AGM is a cricket bookie and hires Sachin and Zaramud as recovery agents to repay the damage done to his car. This takes them to Delhi where they have to recover money from a compulsive gambler Rahul (Boman Irani).  The usual cat-mouse chases, series of unfortunate events and predictable twists follow this.

The movie, though supposed to be funny manages to garner smiles which are very few and far in between. As far as the performances are concerned, Kunal Khemu still seems to have a hangover from the Footpath character. Cyrus Broacha is a lot funnier on the small screen than in the movie. Boman Irani looks out of place and this might be one of his forgettable roles. Soha Ali Khan’s character was totally unnecessary. The only saving grace is Mahesh Manjerekar who shows excellent comic timing and has some of the movie’s best dialogues.

Technically the movie looks and feels like a novice’s attempt and that is what it is. The movie has been directed by Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK and drags along on numerous occasions. Every interaction between Boman Irani and his wife (Simone Singh) makes you cringe in your seat. They also try extremely hard to make us believe that they are in 1999 with innumerable references to “Snake game” on the cell phone, incoming calls being charged and Bill Clinton’s visit.

All in all the movie would have been great if it was a 30-minute special television movie. I would say skip this one, stay home and watch an IPL match instead.

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14 Comments

  1. Abhinav Varshney

    May 22, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I am not satisfied with this rating.. 99 is very good movie..

  2. Jusbeer Singh

    May 26, 2009 at 9:08 am

    left the hall after 30 mins of onscreen randomness…

    what a waste (of time & money):@
    spoiled my perrrfect Sunday =/

  3. Sahil Rizwan

    May 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    What are you on about? 99 is awesome! You guys don’t know what you’re talking about…

  4. Tugginmypudha

    May 29, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    I watched 99 last week. And i think it was a very good movie over all.

    Instead of giving such reviews, you should encourage this kindof cinema.
    Or perhaps you gravy stirs only after watching dhak dhak kare mora jiya movies.

  5. Srikanth

    May 29, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Pretty decent one…Time pass..U can watch it for sure and its definitely not as bad as in the above review.. Slow Pace at times ..Otherwise OK

  6. santy

    May 30, 2009 at 2:41 pm

    @ Jusbeer singh..what on earth r u doing?
    dude do you belong to this earth?
    its a good movie.

  7. pinku

    May 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    yes santy i completely agree with you…what is this creep jasbeer singh upto?
    its a very nice movie

  8. pinku

    May 30, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    jusbeer singh has gone crazy.its a nice movie

  9. vijay panchal

    May 30, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    u must watch 1 time

    thats i called a entertain movie

    superb comedy

    all actors has done good job

  10. sweety

    June 2, 2009 at 9:11 am

    yeah true,

    this movie is at least one time watch….

  11. Sameer

    June 3, 2009 at 5:00 pm

    This is an excellent movie. MUST SEE MOVIE…
    One of the good movies which I saw after a long time….
    The rating should be 4 stars atleast..

  12. SHREK

    June 3, 2009 at 8:35 pm

    this guy’s gone crazy!!!
    what a awful reveiw..and btw..a nice movie..definitely a 1 time watch..

  13. pratik

    June 5, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    definately 5 star movie!!!

  14. Anushka

    June 9, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Is the movie really good??[:d]
    hey can anyone please help me out with a question?
    is the movie having some adult sceans or is it totally a clean movie??

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