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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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
Great debut albeit with some jaded portions (circa 2010)
Paanch has been one of the movie unicorns in the Hindi movie industry; always lurking near a release but never quite getting there, thus assuming a mythical cultist aura. How I came to watch it, I will be quiet about.
Paanch is an effective thriller overall and even compared to todays standards (which isn't much to compare to anyway), its radical. It almost reminded me of the Coens in the way it handles its suspenseful scenes, Tarantino in its sudden outburst of extreme violence, it has a lynchian tone to its suffocating nightmarish locales and features such a powerhouse performance from Kay Kay Menon that simply blows you away.
The movie had a laughably idiotic prologue and epilogue text (put in by the censors according to Kashyap) which warns you not to take the glorification of violence too seriously and I could sense how different this movie would have turned out if Kashyap had the creative freedom to do what he wished. Still I could see why it ran into censorship troubles in before 2003 with its frank depiction of drug use, on screen masturbation, expletives, extreme violence and the general amorality that the characters naturally embrace out of the demands of their stifling self loathing environment.
There are portions of the movie that haven't aged as well, for e.g. the actors don't really pass on as rock stars and the on stage performances are a bit funny. Then there's an atrocious signature song in the end. If its released in its present state today, I really don't think it will make a mark on the box office. It needs a bit of a revision and re shoots, a bit of technical polishing and plugging some holes in the script and then I think it can prove to be a strong contender for a release.
Or what the heck, remake it!
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