January 31, 2009 2:53:40 am
m: Luck By Chance
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Cast: Farhan Akhtar,Konkona Sen Sharma,Isha Sharvani,Hrithik Roshan,Dimple Kapadia,Juhi Chawla
ing at: Inox (Forum,City Centre,Swabhumi)
Despite a rivetting Farhan Akhtar,despite an intense Konkona Sen Sharma,despite Bollywoods best cameo profile ever,Zoya Akhtars debut directorial venture lacks the sort of spark that made Dil Chahta Hai,a benchmark in this generations language of cinema. Comparisons here,are unfair,but inevitable nevertheless. What went wrong,you wonder. The characters are suitably grey. The plot is not all that predictable. The cast is perfect. But then,you have some insipid songs,some stretched sequences,and a very laidback narration that somehow fails to explore the emotional complications that should have been natural extensions of certain situations in the film.
Vikram Jaisingh (Farhan Akhtar) is the quintessential industry outsider. A rich Delhi businessmans son,he is out to prove the world that he is worth something. Konkona too is the archetypal struggler doing odd roles,waiting for the big break. And then following a series of events,Vikram lands the lead role in a film by a respected producer Romi Rolly (Rishi Kapoor) opposite Niki (Isha Sharvani) a yesteryear bombshells daughter. From then onwards,the film is about how Vikram negotiates the twists in the path to success and what he loses in process.
The film has its moments. The best of which come in the form of the quirky manifestation of mannerisms typical to the characters. Like Nikis juvenile,silly obsession with soft toys,her complicated relationship with an overpowering,overprotective star mother. Like Romi Rollys colourful silk shirts and pretentious,garrulous personality. Like self-important stars and their servility. Like Anurag Kashyaps cameo as a lost,irritated,dreamy and non-assertive scriptwriter who cooks up profane ideas with a perfectly passive face.
The acting in Luck By Chance is top notch though. Farhan Akhtars voice often sounds a little strained for the vein of the dialogue,but his acting is a lesson in subtlety. Konkona Sen Sharmas portrayal of angst is probably the best in this generations crop of female actors. Isha Sharvani looks hopelessly pretty and fits into her character like a T. Hrithik Roshan in his cameo is well,electric.
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