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99 (2009)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 15 May 2009 (India)
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A gangster deputes two of his men to recover money from an out of town compulsive gambler.

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Raj Nidimoru (story and screenplay), Krishna D.K. (story and screenplay) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kunal Khemu ... Sachin
Boman Irani ... Rahul
Soha Ali Khan ... Pooja
Cyrus Broacha Cyrus Broacha ... Zaramud
Simone Singh ... Jahnavi
Mahesh Manjrekar ... AGM
Amit Mistry Amit Mistry ... Bhuval Ram Kuber
Vinod Khanna ... JC
Sudesh Berry ... Sunil Mehta - CBI
Raja Kapse Raja Kapse ... Kewal Pandey
Rajesh Singh Rajesh Singh ... Dimple
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Divya Bhatnagar Divya Bhatnagar ... Item 'Rakhee'
Pooja Desai Pooja Desai ... Pooja
John Doe John Doe ... Dr. Munnabhai MBBS
Raaj Gopal Iyer Raaj Gopal Iyer ... Poker Player
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Storyline

99 is an original story inspired by real events - well, very liberally inspired - it is more fiction than fact. It is the story of two men in two cities, who are bound by a common feeling of always being stuck at '99'. They never seem to make it to a 'century' - in life. It is an unpredictable and hilarious ride spread over two cities with colorful characters, unbelievable circumstances, small-time crooks, big-time conspiracies, fateful car crashes, a briefcase full of money... and a historical controversy brewing in the background! Written by Anonymous

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Part Fact, Part Fiction, Pure Fun

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

15 May 2009 (India) See more »

Filming Locations:

Delhi, India See more »

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People Pictures See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Two songs from Duplicate and Kaho Na... Pyaar Hai, are played in the film. Both these songs are also heard in The Big Bang Theory, while Raj Koothrapalli watches TV in two different episodes. See more »

Goofs

Earlier when Rahul (Boman Irani) bets Rs. 20 lakhs in mumbai with AGM it is shown that New Zealand Wins the fourth match against India in the Five ODI matches series, but the match to be played as final and fifth ODI is shown against South Africa. See more »

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References Taal (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Soch Mat Dobara
Written by Amitabh Bhattacharya
Composed by Roshan Machado
Performed by Bonnie Chakraborty and Earl D'Souza
Courtesy of Saregama HMV
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99 is a trend-setter!
19 May 2009 | by Alka-BoseSee all my reviews

"Chakka kisine Maara...Paisa kisine haara" -- haunts me even after a day of watching this super thriller...I could so well relate to Rahul -- the Hansie Cronje, if you will, of the movie -- A character you could only pity. Boman for me was the highlight of the movie.

Cricket is such an integral part of the movie that you have a 'reel' Sachin with a 'reel' Dravid (although a fatso) -- Keeps Sachin good company throughout the movie -- much like the Sachin, Dravid partnerships that we are accustomed to on the cricket field. Kunal is impressive and seems to have taken his acting to the next level from his previous movies. Cyrus evokes enough laughter to keep you engaged. Soha, as her role demands, was very suave and subdued.

Import-Export business king Kuber is another highlight -- his one-liners are bound to become popular in bollywood cinema in the years to come -- "Checking"..."Cut Again"..."Give Respect" etc..much like Vivek in Flavors, if you remember, -- "You Grow Up"...Accompanying him is "Dimple", taking me back to "Michael Madana Kama Rajan's" Kamal-Bheem combo.

Talking of one-liners, there's no dearth of those in the movie -- be it AMG leaving a 'message' after the 'beep' OR the wannabe in the hotel lobby threatening to buy the 5-star hotel or the popular theory about how cell phones would hurt your entire body, heck I even liked the dude on the street giving TV interview of what he saw of the culprits.

Another aspect of the movie was the subtlety with which certain things are shown -- be it the kids flaunting their bounty hunt on the road or Rahul's "oh!" at the fall of a wicket on a match he bet on, while in the Y2k meeting room -- the directors quality of letting small events tell a story of its own shows up as a highlight.

Although not having songs interrupt the story flow is a welcome change -- having listened to the music album, you almost wish that you see the full version of the songs play out..most people stay in the theater through the credits because of the "What's up" song...come to think of it...shouldn't't "Whats up"? song be the opening credit as a way of the débutant directors saying Hello to Bollywood? may be they are setting us up for a sequel, who knows...LoL..

Background score is slick and cocky and suits the mood..

This "99" is bound to cross Lara's 400 and become a "trend-setter" for future Bollywood generation.


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