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Paanch (2003)

Four 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 ... See full summary »

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Anurag Kashyap

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Cast

Credited cast:
Kay Kay Menon ... Luke
Aditya Srivastava ... Murgi
Joy Fernandes Joy Fernandes ... Joy
Vijay Maurya ... Pondy
Tejaswini Kolhapure Tejaswini Kolhapure ... Shiuli
Sharat Saxena ... Inspector Deshpande
Anand Mishra Anand Mishra ... Nikhil's father
Mukesh Bhatt Mukesh Bhatt ... Drug Seller
Siddhu Siddhu ... Customer
Loveleen Mishra Loveleen Mishra ... Girl in the Bar
Suresh Singh Suresh Singh ... Inspector
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Suhas Joshi Suhas Joshi ... Magistrate
Anurag Kashyap
Nimit Nimit ... Shiuli's Boyfriend
Praveen Patel Praveen Patel
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Four 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 ... Written by Puppet

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Taglines:

Avoid life. It kills you in the end.

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Crime | Thriller

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

22 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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(Filmfest Hamburg)

Color:

Color
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According to Anurag Kashyap, all those who have seen the film, are surprised it has been refused a certificate. People have been congratulating him on the film's realistic approach. Directors like Ram Gopal Varma, Govind Nihalani, Sudhir Mishra, Kundan Shah, Ketan Mehta, Aziz Mirza and Farhan Akhtar have liked the film. Only Ashutosh Gowariker said that he saw why the censor board was refusing it a certificate. It is really disturbing, he said. See more »

Quotes

Luke: [to Joy] Am I a joker? Do I amuse you?
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Connections

Spoofs Krantiveer (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

Khuda Hoon Main
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Abbas Tyrewala
Performed by Krishnakumar Kunnath
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Engrossing
3 October 2008 | by QuasiLibSee all my reviews

Saw Paanch at Osian's at Siri Fort Audi no 4 in 2003..hop and skip distance from my erstwhile home.I,along with others in the Audi witnessed something that could and should have changed the landscape of Indian cinema had it released in its stipulated period.Period!

As the opening credits rolled I started to feel overwhelmed by the visuals..expectation began to rise.It had been a long time that so much of effort had gone into the start of a movie.It sets the tone for what is to come.This movie is real and still not in your face.The characters,dialogues and scheme of things are so spontaneous that you start to think yourself being a part of the film/scheme/plot as a mute character/spectator.

Lets talk about the characters/actors:

Luke(K.K. Menon): I have no words to describe him.One actually can see the Devil/Lucifer/Belial in him in certain scenes (Esp Bus and Conductor).He manages to do it so much panache.That fleeting madness in Luke makes you gawk at him with sheer disbelief.Murgi(Aditya Shrivastav):Brilliant silent performance.He talks away the cake at times from KK and Vijay Maurya(Pondi).Such restrained performance is hard to find.What talent!!Pondi(Vijay MAurya): Amazing timing.I am actually tired of eulogizing every actor and character but cannot help but they are so frigggin good.Joy(Joy Augustine) has his own style and does bring a different dimension to the movie with his presence.I like Shiuli's role (Tejaswini)..very strong character portrayal.

This movie deserves to be seen by all.It should see light of the day!! Had the movie been made at this day and age,we could have witnessed mayhem,carnage,silence,evil,ideology,mania,spontaneity,reality...in best ever celluloid form till date.

Must Watch(8.5/10)


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