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A petty car thief and his garage-owner partner get in the bad books of a ruthless gangster.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Kay Menon ...
Guru (as Kay Kay)
Rimi Sen ...
Mona / Riya (as Rimi)
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Fauzdaar
Chunky Pandey ...
Sikandar Khan / Sheshaiya
Manoj Pahwa ...
Gogi Kukreja
Dilip Prabhavalkar ...
Ganpat Gajanan Jagirdar
Yashpal Sharma ...
Pawan Pachisia
Hemant Pandey ...
Phillip / Fattu
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Lingam
Rahul Dev ...
Suleman
Veerendra Saxena ...
Babaji (as Virendra Saxena)
Shri Vallabh Vyas ...
Sharafat (as Shrivallabh Vyas)
Gurpal Singh ...
Harnam Singh
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Jahangir Khan ...
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Owning several aquariums, fish-loving Mumbai-based Guru makes a living stealing cars, getting them to his garage-owner friend, Ganpat Gajanan Jagirdar, and re-selling them through an associate, Sharafat. One day he steals a Mercedez and takes it to Ganpat. They inspect the car, find a bag containing Rs.1 Crore, decide to keep it and improve their lifestyles. Ganpat 'refurbishes' the vehicle, and Sharafat finds a buyer in Suleman, who quite unfortunately, recognizes it, and informs the owner, Fauzdaar - a ruthless gangster and money-lender. Guru is located, interrogated brutally, and agrees to return the cash which is still stashed in the garage. When he goes there - Ganpat, who had hidden the cash, has met with an accident, is gravely injured, and requires immediate hospitalization. While recuperating, the doctor finds that he has completely lost his memory. With rising fears of a meteor crashing in the city, a furious Fauzdaar gives Guru three days to find the cash and return it to ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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A pleasant surprise in a small package on the lines of "Ek Chalis Ki Last Local".
5 August 2009 | by (India) – See all my reviews

In a week, where the big banner has failed to deliver, here comes an entertainer in a small package. "Sankat City", directed by Pankaj Advani, is a comedy cum thriller, capable of impressing both the critiques and the viewers who are in search of something out of the routine. It's a roller coaster ride with enjoyable sequences and well written scenes along with splendid performances by the entire star-cast.

The movie takes off slowly, creating the required ambiance for its characters to establish themselves. And after 15 initial minutes, it drags you in and starts entertaining with its superb enthralling narration. The story moves around a few amusing characters who all have to pay back huge amount of money to a big Gangster of the town. Now how they all manage to arrange that money, which keeps changing hands every five minutes, is the small gist of the movie.

The first half moves on an electrifying pace as compared to the later. The second half has only few minutes of dragging and predictable scenes but then it also picks up the pace, progressing towards an engrossing and surprising climax. Sequences related to various characters are interconnected superbly, backed by some great skillful writing. The star-case ensemble has everyone giving a worth watching performance in their own respective roles. The most entertaining one comes from Dilip Prabhawalkar, as the old man who is a master in re-painting the stolen cars. Kay Kay Menon as the car thief impresses once again with his effortless act. Anupam Kher bounces back with his famous comic timing as the big Gangster. Rimi Sen looks cool and convincing playing the con woman. Chunky Pandey (the actor), Manoj Pahwa (the producer), Yashpal Sharma (the businessman), Rahul Dev (the contract killer) and Virendera Saxena (the imposter Godman), all leave a good impact in their brief roles.

Musically, it has only a few songs, used briefly along with the moving storyline. So, they don't act as an obstacle in the high paced drama. Cinematography is simply basic, with no special gimmick or lighting used to enhance the scenes. But even then, the director keeps you glued to your seats with his interesting and unexpected twists and turns in the story. The intelligent remarks on fake religious figures and sexual fantasies are a treat to watch in this black comedy. Though it also has some major flaws in the storyline but the fast proceedings on the screen don't give you the moment to think about them.

In short, if you love the genre of thrillers without heavy action, relying more on conspiracies, plans and last minute upsets, then "Sankat City" will not disappoint you, if given a chance. It's a brilliant take on conmen, media world and gangsters on the similar lines of "Ek Chalis Ki Last Local". A must watch as the small surprise package of the season.


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