wogma rating: Add to 'must watch' list (?)
A match-winner only if the runs didn't dry up in bits and parts. The climax however, is tied up pretty well and that's what sets it apart from other comedy films. The wit and silliness keep the flow of chuckles running through.Read more
Absolutely had to let you know how excited I am about Hindi movies being back in the theaters!!! And another...
...because it was a pretty good restart. Nothing beats a few good hearty laughs. And this was pleasantly surprising too, considering the promos made it look like a slapstick affair. To start with, the color palette used sets it apart from the otherwise unnaturally bright comedies. Then the background music is very well done too and not loud at all. And these things were good enough to make-up for Kunal Khemu's non-voiceover voice and the lousy chase scene. I was almost sure these things would change for the worse after the titles, but the titles themselves were pretty creative and adorable. And the story line started getting interesting too.
It ain't all rosy, though. The romantic bits drag a fair deal and a few lines intended to be funny fall flat. But most of the silly bits are giggle-worthy and some of the lines are actually witty or insightful or both. It helps that Cyrus Broacha is kept in tight rein - we are not subjected to his toilet-sexual-humor and he is not allowed to get loud. Kunal Khemu also doesn't annoy as much and goes through his functions without deserving either claps or slaps. This is an obvious cakewalk for Boman Irani. I absolutely enjoyed Amit Mistry's comic timing. Oh yeah, there's Soha Ali Khan too, the functional eye-candy.
With all these positives and negatives delicately balanced, the final tilt towards the positive is most certainly the climax. Everything is neatly tied up in a quick wrap-up, and yet it doesn't feel like it came too soon. Also it maintains the tone of the film and there aren't any character transformations which make you go "yeah, right!"
Interestingly, the characters don't have any qualms cheating and are unabashedly aspiring for the big buck. They are all similar in their traits and goals, and they are all pretty much flat. Except for a lesson or two learnt most of them start and end at pretty much the same place. Yet it doesn't get boring because each one is a different shade of grey.
I am thrilled with the way the fresh inflow of films has begun. A nice, light-weight, witty entertainer.
- meeta, a part of the audience
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Thumbs up, bigoye.com : ...The screenplay and witty dialogues are the high points of the film.... full review
Thumbs up, by Daliya Ghose, Bollywood Mantra : ...At times, you may feel it is bit stretching but the next moment another interesting incident holds your interest.... full review
Thumbs up, by Abhishek Mande, Buzz18 : ...99 is a classic example of a comic thriller.... full review
Thumbs up, by Vedavyasa Bhat, DearCinema : ...99 is above an average fare from the debutant film-makers.... full review
Thumbs up, by Udita Jhunjhunwala, DNA : ...Directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna DK (Flavors) dish out a fairly stylish product.... full review
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Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...99 is smart, good looking and interesting, in parts.... full review
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Thumbs up, by Subhash K Jha, Now Running.com : ..."99" is not the film you'd have liked to see after such a long period of deprivation... full review
Thumbs up, by Udta Haathi, Passion for Cinema : ...The best part of the movie would have to be a combination of cast and the intrinsic humour embedded into the characters.... full review
Thumbs up, by Arthi V, Passion for Cinema : ...A definitive plot that has its intent right.... full review
Thumbs up, by Goher Iqbal Punn, Radio Sargam : ...The story is catchy and interesting.... full review
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Thumbs up, by Aseem Chabbra, Rediff : ...The film's violence is one of its thoroughly enjoyable charms... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...The pace of the story is relaxed, but that works largely.... full review
Thumbs up, by Aakar Patel, StarBoxOffice : ...It's a good reason to get back into multiplexes again.... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ...It views the underbelly of Indian crime and cricket with a tangy, tongue-in-cheek tenor that ensures you never really lose the plot... full review
So-So, by Phylis J Iqbal, desi hits : ...This is strictly business throughout with the right amount of romance and comedy... full review
So-So, by Aniruddha Guha, DNA : ...99 is one of those films that has all the ingredients to make a mark in a big way, but still has something missing.... full review
So-So, by Martin D'Souza, Glamsham.com : ...It's a hotchpotch of scenes, which try in vain to catch up with the plot.... full review
So-So, by Elvis D'Silva, Rediff : ...99 is not a bad film, but it is not a good film either... full review
So-So, SmasHits.com : ...99 falls well short of worthwhile content for an eager audience.... full review
Thumbs down, Upper Stall : ...The film could have done with some drastic trimming on the editing table.... full review
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This page has additional observations, other than the ones noted in the main review.
In 1999, when mobile phones and match-fixing in cricket were the talk of the town, two high-nosed but small-game crooks Sachin (Kunal Khemu) met Rahul (Boman Irani). Alongside was Zaramud (Cyrus Broacha) making a fool of himself. They all get in a big soup together. See how they wade their way through.
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The film is boring..Kunal Khemu is weak in his character..I think he needs to mature a lot!
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