Posted by: S/J | 10/06/2009

Review: Wake Up Sid!

Directed by: Ayan Mukerji
Cast: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak
Rating: 4/5

*Edit: Sona’s reaction to the movie.
wake-up-sid4From the first day when we saw the teaser of Wake Up Sid we were excited about the movie because it looked like a really fun film. So, it gives us great pleasure to say that the film was an enjoyable cinematic experience.

The characters looked their age, they didn’t dress in bright colored spandex t-shirts that had designer names on them, and no cheesy dialogues like – but she’s your best friend yaar. Don’t get us wrong, we love Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and still watch it on DVD. Nevertheless, we’re glad that films have come a long way and have become much more natural and close to reality in every aspect.

Wake up Sid is a film about Sid (Ranbir Kapoor), a college student who splurges his father’s money and has no goals or plans for the future. Okay to cut it short, it’s pretty much like the character from the film Lakshaya. It’s also about Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma) who leaves her house and comes to Mumbai to follow her dreams. Wake up Sid is not a new story, it’s one that has been told before but what sets this film apart from others is its complex and relatable characters.

The heart of the story were it’s dialogues, characters, locations, and the simplicity with which the film was made or the subtlety with which the characters transformed during different parts of the film.
Ranbir has given his best performance as of yet and really emerged as a mature actor. Anyone who has ever been doubtful about Ranbir’s acting skills will now have no choice but to stay quiet. He played the fun and mischievous college student as convincingly as a boy who had turns into a responsible working man.

It is needless to say that Konkona was brilliant as always. The depth in her character was displayed beautifully in the scene when Sid tells her he’s going back home. Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak both performed exceptionally well.

The music of the film is by Shankar Ehsaan and Loy, which was average but two songs really stand out. First favorite songs – “Iktara,” it’s a little reminiscent of “Sapno se bhare naina” from Luck By Chance in terms of the lyrics. Second favorite song – “Kya karoon,” it’s a fun song and can be called the theme song of the film. Both songs have beautiful lyrics that are penned by Javed Akhtar.

The cinematography was very well done by Anil Mehta but the editing lagged in some parts. Niranjan Iyengar’s dialogues were natural and captured the essence of the characters.

Ayan Mukerji’s directorial debutant cannot be overlooked by anyone, he’s made a simple film that is full of moments that everyone can relate to. He has presented this story in a way that it is entertaining for the youth as well as their parents.
Bits that we really loved –
* The Mumbai Beat office – it is a place anyone would want to work at. Loved the look of the office and the relaxed atmosphere.
* Loved how Sid and Aisha kept on talking about the Mumbai rain!
* Sid’s photography – socks, old lady posing, feet…much more!
* Sid putting together a jam and bread cake for Aisha’s birthday…way too cute.
* Note on the egg.
* Birds on wires that were painted on the wall in Aisha’s apartment.

Favorite Scenes –
* When Sid comes to meet his mom, wearing a white shirt. PS: Jasmine says – my mom was crying buckets during this scene!
* When Sid goes back home and Aisha reacts.
* When Aisha yells at Sid and he cleans up the room and even starts cooking.
* When Sid sings “Pehla Nasha” and Laxmi plays the drums.
* When Laxmi tells Sid how she thinks she looks like an elephant – the chemistry between the two of them was so cute.

* Sona’s reaction to the movie: EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I LOVE IT! I feel like hugging Ayan!! Big huge smile on my face planted for the whole day!

Overall, it was an entertaining movie that everyone can relate to and either reminisce about their past, reflect on their present or ruminate about their future.
Moral of the story – once you find what you love, everything falls into place!


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