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Sankat City

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Produced by Moserbaer & Seven Entertainment Limited, and directed by Pankaj Advani, SANKAT CITY, is a wild roller coaster romp through the underbelly of a teeming metropolis, featuring an assortment of zany characters - a car thief, a con woman, gangster, film producer, builder, mechanic, prostitute, hit man, cabbie, actor, his duplicate etc. Desperate men and women shadowboxing with the vagaries of chance and fate, whose madcap antics result in their lives getting inextricably entwined with each other, leading to madness and mayhem.

SANKAT CITY boasts of quite a few diverse artists coming together. They are Kay Kay Menon, Anupam Kher, Rimi Sen, Chunky Pandey (in a double role), Dilip Prabhawalkar (who played Gandhi in LAGEY RAHO MUNNABHAI), Rahul Dev, Yashpal Sharma, Manoj Pahwa and Sanjay Mishra.

The music of the film is composed by Ranjit Barot and lyrics penned by Panchhi Jalonvi & Mehboob.



Money, murder, revenge, greed, fear, deceit, not to mention fun-n-frolic and last but not the least, romance, form the ingredients of this pacy-masala comic thriller.

Guru is a smalltime car thief. Ganpat, who owns a dilapidated garage, is his partner-in-crime. Guru whacks cars and Ganpat gives them a make-over in order to sell them for tidy profits.

One night, while returning to his kholi, Guru chances upon a swank Mercedes parked outside a brothel, unattended. He steals the car and takes it to Ganpat. While working on the car they discover a sum of Rs. 1 crore in the boot. They are delirious with joy at the unexpected turn of events and start spinning dreams. Little do they know what lays in store - for the car and the money belongs to a vicious gangster/loan shark called Faujdaar!

Guru's plans ricochet when he tries to sell the stolen Mercedes to Suleman Supari, a hitman, who recognizes the car and notifies his friend Faujdaar. Scared for his life, Guru squeals that the moolah is in Ganpat's garage. Faujdaar sends his henchman with Guru to retrieve the cash.

Unknown to them, the paranoid Ganpat has hidden the money in what he thinks is a safe place in his garage, because he's afraid that thieves might rob him off the cash. By the time henchman Lovely and Guru reach the garage, Ganpat is involved in an accident, which results in a temporary loss of memory!

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Guru can't find the money anywhere and he has no clue where the amnesic Ganpat has hidden it. A vengeful Faujdaar decides to bump off Guru, who pleads for his life and begs for a chance. The sadistic Faujdaar gives him a grace period of 3 days to cough up the dough.

With no hope in sight, a dejected Guru almost resigns himself to death, when he bumps into Mona, a con woman who had teamed up with him in a smalltime con job a few years back. The heist had been a success, but Mona had vamoosed with all the money, leaving Guru in a lurch. She's right now in the process of putting a sting on a builder, Pachisia, for which, she requires a partner. Since Guru needs the dough quick, he hesitantly teams up with Mona.

Mona and Guru successfully con a large sum of money off the builder only to lose it again to a strange quirk of fate. The story then weaves itself to a thrilling climax, going through a series of hilarious events, comic situations and nerve wracking moments.

There are also thrills and spills with other characters including Chunkey Pandey in a double role as Sikandar Khan the actor and his body double, Manoj Pahwa as the director and Sanjay Mishra as his assistant, Hemant Tiwari as Philip Fattoo, Virendra Singh as Faujdar's guru among others, each bringing in his own dose of laughter.

Will Guru be able to return the money to Faujdaar, who is a great stickler for time? Will Mona get the better of Guru yet again? Will the poor Ganpat regain his lost memory? Will the sankat be over for all the people involved? Well, one finds that out as the story deliciously unfolds itself - layer by layer.

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Character Sketch:

Kay Kay Menon as Guru - A bindaas, bumbling and often neurtoic car thief, a rat forever on the lookout for the elusive golden opportunity. In short, a loveable rogue.

Rimmi Sen as Mona - A no-nonsense, street-smart con-woman, a go-getter, patience isn't one of her virtues. She's prone to angry outbursts in Bengali.

Anupam Kher as Faujdaar - An ex-gangster/loan shark, runs a seedy nightchub called 'Jhoom'. Vicious and sadistic, he has a kink for South Indian starlets and is a big devotee of a godman called Babaji.

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Chunky Pandey as Sikander Khan - Self obessed flop actor, whio is now reduced to appearing in B grade spy films.

Rahul Dev as Suleman Supari - Aruthless hitman, coldblodded and uncompassionate.

Yashpal Sharma as Pawan Pachisia - A smalltime builder, carries his heart on his sleeve, making him the perfect target for con-women.

Dilip Prabhavalkar as Ganpat - The absent minded & ageing owner of a dilapidated garage, Involved in the stolen cars racket. His dreams of earning enough money to get out of his hole and buy a new swanky garage.

Hemant Pandey as Fillip Fattu - Faujdaar's nervous, gutless chauffeur, loves a prostitute called Gulbadan.

Manoj Pahwa as Gogi Kukreja - The roly-poly, always harrowed Producer/Director of B grade movies.

Chunky Pandey as Sheshaiyya - Sikander Khan's duplicate from Hyderabad, nalve garrulous and greedy.

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