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Paanch (2003)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  22 April 2006 (USA)
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4 friends (Luke, Murgi, Joy and Pondy) wasted by youth and self destruction play together in a band along with a fifth female member (Shiuli). Luke the lead singer and self-imposed leader ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kay Kay Menon ...
Luke (as Kay Kay)
Aditya Srivastava ...
Murgi (as Aditya Shrivastav)
Joy Fernandes ...
Joy
Vijay Maurya ...
Pondy (as Vijay L. Maurya)
Tejaswini Kolhapure ...
Shiuli
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Inspector Deshpande
Anand Mishra ...
Nikhil's father
Mukesh Bhatt ...
Drug Seller
Siddhu ...
Customer (as Sidhu)
Loveleen Mishra ...
Girl in the Bar
Suresh Singh ...
Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suhas Joshi ...
Magistrate
Nimit ...
Shiuli's Boyfriend
Praveen Patel
Vijay Raj ...
Anish Ranjan
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4 friends (Luke, Murgi, Joy and Pondy) wasted by youth and self destruction play together in a band along with a fifth female member (Shiuli). Luke the lead singer and self-imposed leader of the pack ensures his dominance in the group by providing accommodation, drugs and food for his wasted and broke friends. Pondy is fascinated by Shiuli who sleeps with rich guys for money. The movie revolves around a kidnapping plot gone wrong, in which the 4 male band members plan to kidnap another friend Nikhil. Nikhil is part of the plot and agrees to get himself kidnapped to extract money out of his rich but miser father. In the process excess of drugs and uncontrolled anger leads to the murder of Nikhil by Luke. Luke blackmails all others and ensures that nobody leaves or confides into the cops. Meanwhile Shiuli also gets entangled into the plot. The money hungry youngsters then go on to kill the father of Nikhil and a cop (Sharat Saxena) investigating the murder. The plot thickens with a set ... Written by Puppet

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Avoid life. It kills you in the end.

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The film has been refused a clearance certificate by the censor board. Twice. See more »

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Luke: [to Joy] Am I a joker? Do I amuse you?
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References Goodfellas (1990) See more »

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Yeh Kaisa Hai Shaher
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Abbas Tyrewala
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Astounding Crime Thriller
29 July 2003 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

I saw Anurag Kashyap's Paanch at the Cinefan Film Festival, 2002. It was clearly one of the best movies of the festival, on par with movies like Hero and Osama.

The story depicts what ambition, immorality, greed and angst, unmistakably the products of urban life, can do to an ordinary person. A little mischief for the sake of success leads a group of 5 wannabe rock stars to get entangled in a gory web of murder and betrayal.

What follows is a shocking thriller of a story, supported aptly by some great performances, the best coming from Kay Kay Menon and Tejaswini Kolhapure. The movie has a great musical score by Vishal Bhardwaj. The songs, most of which Kashyap interestingly uses up in the first 15 minutes, are brilliant. So is the background music. Another high point of the movie is the cinematography, which impresses upon the viewer an aura of fast-paced urbanity juxtaposed with dark, ruthless bloodshed. If there's a low point in the movie, it is the few minutes after the interval where which seem ineffective and dragged. However, they are easily outweighed by the compelling tension and gloom that permeate the movie.

Clever, brilliant, yet utterly pessimistic, Paanch is strongly recommended.

7.5/10


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