99 (2009 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Raj and D.K.
Produced by Anupam Mittal
Aditya Shastri
Written by Raj and D.K.
Sita Menon
Starring Kunal Khemu
Boman Irani
Soha Ali Khan
Cyrus Broacha
Mahesh Manjrekar
Vinod Khanna
Dali Vivekanandan
Music by Shamir Tandon
Ashutosh Pathak
Cinematography Rajeev Ravi
Edited by Cheragh Todiwala
Distributed by People Pictures
Release date
  • 15 April 2009 (2009-04-15)
Running time
140 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 12 crores

99 is a Hindi film directed by Raj and D.K., starring Kunal Khemu, Boman Irani, Soha Ali Khan and Cyrus Broacha. The movie is set in the year 1999, with cricket controversies of that year as the backdrop. It was produced and distributed by "People Pictures", and was released on 15 May 2009.


99 is an original story inspired by real events. 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. The plot involves small-time crooks, conspiracies, car crashes, a briefcase full of money and a historical controversy brewing in the background.

The film is set in 1999 and showcases events that happened during that time, mainly revolving around the controversial India-South Africa cricket betting scandal.




Critical reception[edit]

The movie received positive reviews from the press.

  • Rediff.com gave the film 4 stars and told the viewers that "they will leave the theater laughing and entertained."[1]
  • Indiatimes.com gave it 3.5 stars.[2]
  • Nikhat Kazmi of the Times Of India gave the movie 3 out of 5 stars stating that it has "a tangy, tongue-in-cheek tenor that ensures you never really lose the plot."
  • Taran Adarsh said, "99 is smart, good looking and interesting, in parts. The film holds appeal for the youth and multiplex audiences".[3]
  • Real Bollywood: "Intricately woven", "Extremely entertaining" said "Director duo have done a fantastic job" (3.5 stars).[4]
  • Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India gave 99 3 out of 5 and said "The characters are fed with lively and spontaneous dialogues that make you smile or even laugh every once in a while."[5]
  • Boxoffice.com said the "Bollywood flick should catch on with American audiences" and that "99 has potential to set new standard."[6]

Box office[edit]

The film was released on 15 May 2009 worldwide with about 500 prints. 99 had a slow start on Friday with 10%-15%.[7] Business picked as reports were mainly positive. The film was expected to find its patronage among the youth and the multiplex audiences at whom it is targeted.[8][9]


99 soundtrack cover.jpg
Soundtrack album by Ashutosh Pathak and Shamir Tandon
Released 17 April 2009
Recorded Mumbai
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 44:18
Label Saregama


The film's music received mixed reviews from critics. Indiatimes gave the soundtrack three stars out of four, saying the songs "What's Up", "Soch Mat Dobara", "Punjab Size" were average while praising "Kal Ki Tarah" and "Delhi Destiny".[10] Bollywood Hungama's Joginder Tuteja gave the album two and a half stars out of five.[11]


The track listing

No. Title Artist(s) Length
1. "Delhi Destiny" Raja Hassan 4:43
2. "Soch Mat Dobara" Bonnie Chakraborthy 3:05
3. "What's Up" KK 5:11
4. "Punjab Size" Labh Jhanjua 3:50
5. "Kal Ki Tarah" Shaan 3:51
6. "99 Theme" Bonnie Chakraborthy 2:04
7. "What's Up (Remix)" DJ Whosane 3:31
8. "Delhi Destiny (Remix)" DJ Whosane 4:41


  1. ^ Rediff.com
  2. ^ Indiatimes.com
  3. ^ bollywoodhungama.com
  4. ^ Real Bollywood
  5. ^ AOL India
  6. ^ boxoffice.com
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ [2]
  9. ^ [3]
  10. ^ "99: Music Review". Indiatimes. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 
  11. ^ Joginder Tuteja (15 May 2009). "99". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 2 December 2009. 

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