Sunday, February 8, 2009

Of Luck By Chance

Luck By Chance is a 2009 Bollywood drama starring Farhan Akhtar , Konkona Sen Sharma and directed by Zoya Akhtar. Running at a little more than two hours the movie is about a newbie actor Vikram (Akhtar) who has just landed in Mumbai to start an acting career and Sona (Sen) an extra who's been at it for three years.

I'm not going to tell you the story. But hey, just read that second line. New actor, struggling actress, Bollywood. Surely you must have a plot by now.

Unfortunately that is the problem with Luck by Chance. In the very first scene Konkona Sen is being congratulated by Alyy Khan for bagging a role in his new project. Just looking at Khan, anyone can tell that he's going to ask her to sleep with him. And such is the case with the entire film. It's just too predictable and while watching it I had this feeling of deja vu inside me. It's just very cliche.

Which is actually extremely ironic. The movie parodies Bollywood of the yesteryear where Hindi movies were filled with over the top emotions, jokes that werent funny, love that was too pure to be true and directors who had no idea what they were doing. Luck By Chance, thankfully, is not one of those movies but it retains the predictability of them. You know how every character will turn out (well except for the end), you know what they will do and you know what they will say.

Its unfortunate really. Its a good movie. Very watchable with some really good performances. Akhtar and Sen carry their roles with ease, while Rishi Kapoor is just amazing as the yester-year producer who cant digest the fact that the industry has changed. Dimple Kapadia has another power packed performance as the controlling yester-year star trying to push her daughter into the field. Hrithik Roshan has a very very good cameo and I keep telling everyone that he is an extremely underrated actor. King Khan apparently can only act in one particular style even if he is acting as himself.

I'm sorry. I had to let the King Khan part in. See it for yourself, you'll understand.

But its the script and the story that fails. For one, the Bollywood it parodies does not exist anymore. No sensible producer would ever try to produce a movie like "Dil Ki Aag" the movie for which Akhtar's character is selected. And secondly, its nothing new. I guarantee you that by the end of the movie you will be thinking to yourself: ok, I knew all that.

Dont expect a Rock On!! This is an entirely different movie. It's not a breakthrough. But its a good watch.


Anonymous said...

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so mind it!

Alex Mcone said...

Oh dear me ... what a threat. Especially when it comes from someone who does not have the guts to put their own name or their link when posting insults.

Dude, or dudette, whatever you are ... first of all I know the internet is great for saying things anonymously but that bits gettin old now, so can it ok ?

Second of all, I can tell you are an SRK fan. I've got nothing against that, I've got nothing against him either. But I WILL speak my mind on MY blog. Got it ? So bugger off with your boogeyman stunt and never come back.


Anonymous said...

வன்னியர்கள் பன்னியின் சுன்னியை உம்புவார்கள்

Karthekeyan Harikrishnan vanniyar said...

வன்னியர்கள் பன்னியின் சுன்னியை உம்புவார்கள் .கார்த்திகேயன் ஹரிக்ரிஷ்ணன் என்ற ஒரு வன்னிய பண்ணி மேய்க்கும் தேவேடிய பயல் ஜாதி வெறி பிடித்து ஓர்குட் அலைகிறான்.அவனின் தாயின் புண்டையை ருத்ர வன்னியனுக்கு வாடகைக்கு விட்டு இருக்கிறான்.அவன் வன்னிய பெண்களுக்க ஒரு பொது கக்குஸ் ஆரம்பித்தான். ஒரு முறை பீ பேன்ட வன்னிய பெண்கள் சூத்து கழுவ தண்ணி இல்லை.அப்போது இவனே அவர்கள் சூத்தை நாக்கினால் நக்கி சுத்தம் செய்தான்.