Humourous with deep disturbing undertones about the Indian Film Industry (IFI) and its functioning...and that's just the first five minutes. Sona (Konkana), a struggling actress tries to get a foothold in the industry by taking aid of B-Grade producer Aly Khan, and what he asks from her in return is what will form a base for the rest of the movie. The casting couch, compromise and immorality amongst other things are nothing new to the struggler or the viewer. But what we see is whether there is even a faint possibility to avoid them, and if not, then to defy them. All doubts are cleared when a few minutes later, when Sona's expression shows her helplessnes and yet, her desperation.
Zoya Akhtar knows the industry inside and out, and captures the essence of the struggle haunting the hundreds and thousands of hopefuls who come every year, just right. Her directorial debut is a treat for any regular cinegoer because you can identify and sympathize with the characters at every turn, even when embroiled in situations when friendships are forgotten, faithfulness is futile and talent is nothing in front of resourcefulness. This can be attributed, of course, to Zoya's love and knowledge about the industry in which three generations of her family have worked in.
Her characters are eclectic - presenting every facet of the industry. Apart from Sona, the B-grade actress dying to move to the A-list, there's overambitious aspirant Vikram (Farhan Akhtar), who knows what tools to use to get things in his favour. The desperate producer Rolly
(a delightful Rishi Kapoor) tries to ride high on big name Zafar Khan (Roshan) and Nikki (Sharvani), daughter of yesteryear superstar Neena Walia (Kapadia) to launch his brother, a failed actor now trying his hand at direction, Ranjit (Sanjay Kapoor). Luckily for Vikram, Zafar leaves and he gets shortlisted as the make lead. More luck shines upon him during th course of the movie. But as his professional star rises, his relationship with girlfriend Sona goes downhill . What price one has to pay to be succesful in the industry forms the crux of the story.
So many aspects of filmmaking rolled into one! However, at no point of time in the script, is the viewer overburdened of following too much too fast. Each individual gets their own magic moments and needless to say, shines in them.
Some uniquely refreshing snippets in the movie include spoofs on the industry by industry-wallahs, as well as cameos which aren't stuffed into the narrative for the sake of it, but stand quite neatly within the storyline. Certain scenes will remain with you long after you've left the theatres like the sequence where Rommy Rolly learns that Zafar is no longer part of his film, the part when Vikram meets Neena Walia at a party for the first time and flatters her incessantly and my personal favourite, when the Rolly family reaches the cinema hall only to find that their film is a hit with the audience. Every moment strikes a chord!
Within the script, a few scenes and the screenplay has to applauded. The dialogues by Javed Akhtar are brilliant, as is the cinematography. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy's music is apt, although barring one or two songs, it will be difficult to remember others.
Due to the theme of the movie, the pressure is high on the ensemble cast. Farhan Akhtar is spontaneous while his character, Vikram, is straight out of reality. But his charm and charisma will catch you off guard, and you'll be mesmerised immediately. Konkana is dependable, and together they are quite comfortable with each other. Isha Sharvani is used for what she is good at, looking pretty. Dimple Kapadia and Juhi Chawla act with prowess. Sanjay Kapoor is a suprise element. Aly Khan is perfect. However, the icing is taken by Rishi Kapoor who seems to getting better with every film. He has some of the best dialogues and comic sequences. Amongst the special appearances and cameos, Hrithik Roshan is fabulous as 'the' superstar and SRK's sequence is straight from the heart.
Luck By Chance is outstanding for capturing every nuance of the industry perfectly, of course, in a very entertaining manner.
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