Watching 99 – Must Watch Movie

We have just popped into our DVD player 99, a movie we got free a few weeks back after purchasing $30 worth grocery in the new Indian grocery store opened by some Punjabis.

As with other freebies, we had consigned it to the back of our home theatre system until some SI readers suggested it was a decent movie.

The film features Kunal Khemu, Soha Ali Khan, Boman Irani and Mahesh Manjrekar among others. These are without doubt decent actors in an industry rife with Abhisekhs and Kareenas.

Krishna DK and Raj Nidimoru (never heard of the duo before) are the directors of 99.

We’ll update this post later tonight after watching the movie.

Easily one of the better Bollywood movies we’ve watched in 2009.

A comedy about two small time criminals Kunal Khemu and Cyrus Broacha accidentally caught in the net of a bookie shark (Mahesh Manjrekar) and cricket match fixing, 99 is a wild rollercoaster ride.

And along for the entertaining ride is betting addict Boman Irani. Soha Ali Khan is also around, but she’s mostly irrelevant to the plot.

To say that Boman Irani, Kunal Khemu and Cyrus Broacha have done a stellar job in 99 would be an understatement.

In the interests of the happy endings that Indians must have in their movies, the last 10 minutes or so is a bit screwed up.

But that’s a minor complaint. Not a big deal.

Go, watch this movie.

4 Responses to "Watching 99 – Must Watch Movie"

  1. Dr.UnkHaf D. Aktar   July 31, 2009 at 10:05 am

    Boman Irani was at his best but I have my problems with Kunal Khemu. Not many though. He seemed to over do it sometimes or may be I just don’t like his looks. Soha Ali Khan looks pretty and thats all the script asks of her, so fairly decent job. The happy ending part was passable. Responds:

    We agree.

    Between Boman Irani and Kunal Khemu, Boman was far ahead.

  2. gnair91   July 31, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I loved Amit Mistry.( and Dimple. ) Responds:

    Amit Mistry a.k.a. Kuber was good but, come on, Dimple had no role worth speaking of except for flexing his muscles and looking fierce.

  3. StrYngLad74   July 31, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    Aktar said: “but I have my problems with Kunal Khemu”

    As did I. His outfit and his hair-do (obviously ripped off from Portuguese soccer phenom, Cristiano Ronaldo) were anachronistic to the time-period the movie is set in, viz 1999-2000.

    “The happy ending part was passable.”

    Indian entertainers have to have a happy ending for most part.

    @SI: Eagerly awaiting reviews for Dev D, Ab tak Chhappan, and Oye Lucky! Lucky Oye!. Responds:

    The reviews you suggest will come in August (of 2009, before you ask).

  4. sanjaaay12   January 30, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I would love to see your review of this one… Responds:

    You write: I would love to see your review of this one….

    Sweetie, ask and it shall be granted. 😉

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