Posted by: S/J | 02/03/2009

Movie Review: Luck By Chance

Here’s the movie review, as promised. This is not our usual “funny self” and yes, we tried to write a serious movie review.

Luck By Chance
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Isha Sharwani, and Dimple Kapadia.

Luck By Chance is a story about Vikram Jaisingh (Farhan Akhtar), who left Delhi with an aspiration to make it big in Filmistan. Sona Mishra (Konkona Sen Sharma) is waiting for her big break in the industry but has been doing miniscule roles to get by until she gets what she really wants. Rommy Rolly (Rishi Kapoor) is a big shot producer in the industry and launches a movie with Zaffar Khan (Hrithik Roshan) and Nikki (Isha Sharwani), daughter of yesteryears actress Neena Walia (Dimple Kapadia).

Zaffar Khan decides to take up another project and leaves Rommy Rolly’s film, which ends up opening an opportunity for Vikram. Luck plays it’s charm and Vikram’s pictures make their way to Rommy Rolly’s production house. As his career is on a rise, his personal life starts to deteriorate.

The film was full of complex characters who are not necessarily depicted in a positive or a negative light but rather a gray shade. Most films made in Filmistan, especially ones that are made about specific industries usually portray two distinct types of characters; there are always the “good” characters and the “bad” characters. Some films like Madhur Bhandarkar’s Page 3 and Fashion showcased some extremely negative and positive characters.

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Zoya Akhtar, a debutant director has made an attempt to make yet another movie about “the movies.” Other films that have been made about struggling actors in Filmistan, include Om Shanti Om, Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, and Rangeela. However, this is one movie that is incomparable to the others because of its complex storyline and characters. The film has its fair share of clichéd dialogues and there are elements of caricature in the portrayal of characters that are depicted in the film, but it is ultimately used to portray the reality of Filmistan. However, the director makes sure that nothing is overly exaggerated and that understated portrayal makes the characters very relatable, even if you disagree with their “ways.”

All aspects of the film were taken care of with a great sense of detail. Music plays an important role in any Filmistan film and Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy used some songs appropriately and some were misfits. Two songs that really stood out were, Sapnon Se Bhare Naina – played in the background when Vikram went in for a screen test and another was a circus-themed song, which could easily be tagged as the most over-the-top song in Filmistan, ever. The art direction (Anuradha Parikh, T.P. Abid) and costumes (Arjun Bhasin, Aparna Chandra) were appropriate for the characters and situations, which definitely added to the authenticity of the entire film. The cinematography (Carlos Catalan) was exceptional and it showed a more realistic representation of Mumbai.

The film had an abundant number of cameos, most of which were pointless, but Shah Rukh Khan was influential to the extent that his words were the moment of epiphany for the main character. Another interesting tidbit was the beginning credit song that took the audience through a wonderful journey of the studio where the film was probably shot. The song featured everyone from the film technicians to the caterers that were on the set; this was nice to see as the true backbone of that industry is usually left unnoticed.

Farhan Akhtar has once again proved himself as an actor; he’s natural and does even the most intense scenes without being too theatrical. Konkana Sen Sharma is a treat to watch because of the array of emotions that her character goes through and she does every bit ever so convincingly. Isha Sharwani plays a daughter of famous movie star and her character required her to look beautiful and just be a confused star kid, which she does very well. Rishi Kapoor is seen in a very new avatar and he captures the spirit of film industry that is predominantly Punjabi. Dimple Kapadia is impressive in her portrayal of a character that she actually resembles in real life with and does it convincingly.

Luck By Chance is a story of many struggling actors who take different routes to success and each one’s definition of success varies according to their experiences in the industry. It shows the importance of being at the right place at the right time, while still emphasizing the importance of talent.

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Responses

  1. I like the movie’s music. I will try to watch the movie

  2. Luck By Chance is above average…so 3/5..I don’t want to see it again though..nice movie..to watch one time. Rishi Kapoor was very funny also Sanjay Kapoor..and when “sambha” said “poore pachas hajaar.” LOL…


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