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Luck By Chance February 1, 2009

Posted by Sai in Hindi, Movies, Reviews.
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Debutant writer-director Zoya Akhtar’s Luck By Chance tells us a riveting story of two contrasting individuals and their journey in the Hindi film industry as they follow their dreams in disparate ways. As one might expect, the film uses the eccentricities of movie folks to throw up some laughs. But we get the see the human side of these celebrities, the delicate situations that they are caught in and the lies they have to tell themselves and others. This movie feels very natural and manages to capture a piece of real life.

This film is superbly cast. I wonder why stars were originally considered for the role of the main protagonist because this is really a part for an upcoming actor and Farhan Akhtar (Rock On!) fits the bill perfectly. Together with a remarkable Konkona Sen Sharma, he plays a major part in making this film very believable.

And then you have the supporting cast. When you can get a huge star like Hrithik Roshan to play a supporting part (billed as a special appearance), you must be doing something right (and kudos to him for doing this). I am so terribly fed up of seeing Rishi Kapoor playing father in one dumb film after another. So, it is refreshing to see him in a consequential role. And then, for the first time that I can recall, Sanjay Kapoor impresses (of course, I haven’t seen too many of his films). In his first big scene, he reminds me so much of Anil Kapoor. Dimple Kapadia is super as the erstwhile star who is launching her daughter, while Isha Sharwani who plays the part is quite impressive herself. Juhi Chawla gets a small part but she is always nice to watch.

I really don’t have the patience to talk about the guest appearances ranging from Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan to Karan Johar, Manish Malhotra, Anurag Kashyap and hold your breath… Mac Mohan but many of them play useful parts.

Assembling a good cast doesn’t mean much if you can’t use them well and Zoya Akhtar deserves all the credit for writing an admirable script, filming it superbly and getting the right performances.

I recall the tribute by Farah Khan to the film’s technicians at the end credits of Om Shanti Om. Zoya trumps her. She shows us technicians in their natural settings with the very apt Yeh Zindagi Bhi number playing in the background (Shankar Ehsaan Loy deliver a first-rate soundtrack again for Farhan Akhtar). While the film has interesting characters, identifiable moral dilemmas and a lot of humor, wonderful moments like these make it special.

I was not bored for a single moment in this film and despite it being an unconventional non-masala film, I would recommend this to everyone. Go watch it!

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1. simply61 - February 1, 2009

The Akhtar siblings are like a braeth of fresh air into the scriptless world of Bollywood.Look fwd to more from them.

2. Shujath - February 18, 2009

Really loved this one. Watch it especially for Rishi Kapoor who delivers one of the finest performances of his career.

3. vallabh - February 21, 2009

I have always thought of a film about the film-industry that incorporates the actual film-stars into the characters AS THEY ARE, so that the set and context seems very believable and will have a feel of a documentary or a real event but not quite a documentary or real event as the story will be fictitious. Well… that’s the best I could describe it. If you understood what I said, Zoya Akhtar’s movie ‘Luck By Chance’ got really close to steelig my thought. 🙂 Jus kidding…

In spite of the huge starcast, I was pleased by all the characters even by the guest appearances. This movie seemed so believable and realistic that I didn’t even realize that the lead pair was split in the climax until one of my friends said so after the movie. It seemed so natural for that to happen and Zoya did an excellent job in keeping from staining the climax with heavy dialogue. Instead, she left the incident for each one of the audience to relish to their taste.

Loved this piece of great work and would highly recommend it to any lover of movie art.


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