Not bad, by any Chance….
We all love films and films stars, but films and stars are not made overnight. It’s a big industry which has ample of talent with only few with luck making to the top. Down memory lane there have been films made on the functionality of Hindi film Industry, Chala Murai Hero Ban Ne, Film Hi Film and many more. Besides cameo by big stars these films were made on small level and that too with more on commercial feel good factor. Despite these we also had films like Kaagaz Ke Phool, Guddi, etc which also has film Industry as backdrop. Zoya Khan gives us the first of its kind of film based on Hindi Film Industry with combination of Reality and commercial cinema. Let’s hope it clicks the right button, which many other film makers could not hit.
“Luck By Chance” is story of Sona [Konkana Sen Sharma] who comes from a small town to Hindi Film Industry to become a heroine. She gets involved with a producer [Ally Khan] who promises to launch her in a big film as a heroine. Years pass by but the film does not start. In meanwhile she meets Vikram [Farhan Akhtar] who too is struggling to become an actor. Both become good friends and start struggling in the industry. On other side a big producer Romi Rolly [Rishi Kapoor] has started his next film with Zafar Khan[Hrithik Roshan], a super star actor and Niki Walia [Isha Sharvani], star daughter of Neena [Dimple Kapadia]. Zafar gets another big film and decides to back off from this project, thus Romi decides to launch the film again with a fresh face. By Luck Vikram lands up in the film and thus starts his journey in the industry. What happens to Vikram and Sona is the entire movie about.
Story is good and different. It has tried to capture the hypocrisy and reality inside the industry. Though one does wish it to be more on reality than commercial angle. We have matured audience who love such films. Screenplay is good especially in first half, but in second half varies a lot. Climax is bit dragged and pretty average for such kind of film. In fact in second half there are few scenes which could have been edited, which are not done and thus the movie stretches at times and appears bit lengthy. Also at the pre climax point the movie just keeps going on without any high or twist or turns etc and thus falls flat at the time of climax. Camera work is good and the canvas is superb.
Music by Shankar Ehsan Loy is superb. Choone hain is used in titles [which is too good]. Baawre is a visual treat. Sapno se bhare naina moves along with the story. The love song could have been edited as it slows down the flow of the film.
Debutant director Zoya Akhtar has selected a great subject and has tried to do proper justice to it. Her way of story telling is brilliant. The way she has joined all the character with each other is superb. There are many great scenes in the film like the opening shot, Farhan going for Audition, Farhan and his friends discussion, Konkana’s exposure to reality, Farhans friend’s expressions and feeling of being missed out, Farhan manipulating his ways to get the film and last but not the least Farhan and Shah Rukh Khan’s Scene. Film has its negative points too, like the length in second half, story falling flat in anti climax and climax scenes and many more. One does feel bit unsatisfied in the end, maybe someone more experienced would had taken care of this stuff. Still Zoya Akhtar is someone to watch out for.
On Performance basis its out and out Farhan Akhtar’s film, though the actor falls short to take this character above his Rock On image but still a good job. You love to watch him in the film. Konkana Sen Sharma has done good job, but looked bit bad on the looks part. She was perfect for this part of a Starlet. Rishi Kapoor as producer has done excellent job. Sanjay Kapoor, Dimple kapadia, Juhi Chawla, Isha and Ally Khan are good and have done their part with total conviction. Hrithik in this Sp.Appearance is good and has used his screen presence in perfect way. It’s a treat to watch him dance. Cameo by almost half of the industry is good but it’s the both khan who steals the show. Aamir Khan looked great in his Cameo and on other side Shah Rukh Khan gave a good performance in his part.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hai Dum ?
Dum Hain, Kaafi Dum hain. But due to bit lengthy second half and pretty average climax the film falls short it achieving what it could had achieved. Still it’s a great watch and what ever the positive negative points are this film is not a bad watch by any chance. Though to be successful on the box office the movie might need some good luck.
Ratings: 3.25 of 5