99 (Raj Nidimoru, Krishna D.K., 2009)

A madcap comedy from India, in Hindi and English, 99 revolves around Sachin and Zaramud, who, indebted to a bookie, are impressed into becoming his collectors, in which capacity they have a series of misadventures in Delhi and Mumbai. The title refers to a 1999 scandal involving the fixing of a cricket match. This event figures into the plot.
     I gave up after an hour. (Another 1¼ hours remained.) Pointlessly in color, ineptly acted all-around, sophomoric from start to finish, soulless, this dreadful film relies on a lot of barking and shouting, dumb gags, verbal insults, and a clipped pace to generate what it regards as hilarity. In the first hour at least, there isn’t even a single laugh and everything seems terribly forced.
     Co-directors Raj Nidimoru and Krishna D.K. haven’t between them a scrap of either a sense of humor or visual flair.

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