Sankat City Movie Review
The plot of this comedy revolves around the character of Guru (KK Menon), who is a small time thief, and Faujdaar(Anupam Kher), who is a gangster and a loan shark. All the other characters come and go in accordance with the need of these two main protagonists.
Guru steals a Mercedes car, without knowing the fact that it belonged to Faujdaar, and gives it to his friend and garage owner Ganpat (Dilip Prabhawalkar) to do its makeover, so that he could sell it to some other customer. This had always been the case and they ran their small time illegal business in this way only.
However, this time Guru and Ganpat were in for a surprise as they discover Rs one crore in the car under covers. They could not believe their eyes and began daydreaming about the money and what it could buy for them.
However, when Guru went to Suleman Supari (Rahul Dev) to sell the car, he recognizes it and tells Guru about the real owner. He also informs Faujdaar about the theft. Now, Guru, fearing for his life, tells the truth and wants to return money to the gangster. Faujdaar sends his henchman with Guru to fetch the money.
But unfortunately, Ganpat meets with an accident and loses his memory. As only Ganpat knows where the money was in the garage, Guru feels the heat from Faujdaar, who gives him only three days to return money or lose life.
A dejected Guru meets Mona (Rimi Sen), who was once his accomplice in a crime, but had disappeared with the booty without giving him any share. She wants him to join her in robbing a small time builder Pachisia (Yashpal Sharma).
What happens afterwards to Guru, if he will be able to return money and save his life forms rest of the story.
Kay Kay Menon, who plays the lead role of a car thief Guru in the film, is superb in essaying the character. It seems that it has become almost a habit with him to give excellent performances, whether it is in front of Big B in ‘Sarkar’ or in the presence of veteran Anupam Kher, as is the case with this flick. His bumbling character of a thief, who shivers at the threat of a gangster, adds comic value to the whole venture.
Similarly, Anupam Kher, who essays the part of Gangster Faujdaar in the flick, comes out with flying colors. Every gesticulation of his proves him to be on the top of the heap. His range of facial expressions shows mastery of the craft.
Rimi Sen, who is Mona, the accomplice and street smart con woman, plays her character to perfection. Her dress sense fully complements her acting, which is definitely top notch.
Dilip Prabhawalkar, who plays the character of forgetful Ganpat, the mechanic and the garage owner as also the partner in crime with Kay Kay Menon, successfully induces laughter in his sequences. Others like Chunky Pandey, Rahul Dev, Manoj Pahwa, Yashpal Sharma, etc, have also lived up to the expectations and provided good support to the main cast of the film.
The direction of debutant Pankaj Advani is up to the mark. The director should be appreciated for his effort in stitching such a narrative together in a film and forcing the audiences to sit throughout without boredom. His most important achievement is that he was able to extract best performance from each of his cast members, as if they were tailor made for the role.
Though the film takes the audience to a roller coaster ride in the first half, it falters in the second half. However, the narrative gains momentum once again before pre -climax, where a bulldozer is shown to be ramming in to the car load of currencies. Music is just passable and nothing great about that. Other production values are average.
On the whole, ‘Sankat City’ is an entertaining comedy made for the discerning classes, who had earlier loved ‘Jaane Bhi Do Yaron’ and Vinay Pathak’s flick ‘Bheja Fry’. The film has more scope at the multiplexes of big cities than at smaller centers and single screen theaters, where the types of Akshay Kumar’s no- brainer like ‘Singh Is Kinng’ rule the roost.