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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


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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Avoid life. It kills you in the end.


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Release Date:

22 April 2006 (USA) See more »

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(Filmfest Hamburg)


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Anurrag Kashyap said when he went with Paanch script to producers office they would think that he is the son of a rich father and wants to waste his money and the film would be a waste,he also said that Paanch lying in cans for years affected his health as he gained a lot of weight during that time but later decided to concentrate on his other projects. See more »


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


Paka Mat
Music by Vishal Bhardwaj
Lyrics by Abbas Tyrewala
Performed by Krishnakumar Kunnath and Hariharan
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grass + lust + blood + greed + music = rock n roll
3 October 2008 | by vasantalkiesSee all my reviews

Prompted me to chip in after the ROCK ON!! "euphoria". A film I saw at the at Osians in 2003. A film made way-back…..an underground fav. Though a envy worthy status for a film to be loved and sought after even in it's unreleased state.…it's been long and it needs to be out in the open. What if we never got to watch Fight Club or Old Boy ever and just were privy to the downsized Indian Censor friendly Sanjay Gupta's Zinda and what if the only Fight Club I knew was Vicky Malhotra or Chopra or whatever's Zayed Khan starrer Fuzz Club? I would dread it if censors all over the world kept a film in limbo for their own immaturity and stunted growth process.

And now that it's cleared what are the producers upto? Is it a medical product to have an expiry. Will it lose it's value?

For me Paanch still looks fresh and dark/morbid/stark/gritty and this is the movie which patented Anurag Kashyap's neon fetish. When the first poster of Alwyn Kalicharan was released in the TOI some years back…..it read… "This Winter Think Neon"

15 fps shots...time transitions.....great music....VIJAY MAURYA is awesome....as usually towering over the expected SHOW STEALERS....KK and Aditya Srivastav......who are GREAT anyways....the problem is they are so good....you know they are gonna blow you...so you expect it....awesome music......Abbas Tyrewala's legendary "TAMAS" lyrics...they still manage to haunt me......

IT'S ABOUT ROCK…….and there is ROCK…..they dope....they swear…they scratch armpits….they want a better life….Luke wants to be recognized…ever worshiped…and music is a let out…a let out for angst/love/lust/greed and unfulfilled dreams and not just a Sunday relief in their plush Malabar Hill penthouse.

A film which gives me the choice to explore or feel for the lesser evil than the GOOD v/s BAD routine or is PAANCH about EVIL v/s BAD ASS EVIL. How often do we have that on screen?


Paanch needs a wider platform to be seen…..to be loved/hated/criticized/debated on.

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