Zoya Akhtar has wisely chosen a territory she is most comfortable with for her debut film. Being a celeb daughter, she is acquainted with the nitty-gritties of Bollywood and has thus been able to show those juicy hidden facts that we simply crave to know about. I dont know whether choosing brother Farhan for the lead role was done consciously, but he manages to pull it off.
Isha Sharvani as the spoilt star daughter is simply adorable and Konkona as the aspiring actress is so convincing. When Farhan conveniently ticks her off to establish a liason with Isha, instead of feeling angry at him, you actually sit back and think-"Hey isn't this the truth?"
Rishi Kapoor is a darling and so is Juhi. It is amazing how she still manages to look so pretty while her contemporaries have almost withered. And yes, Sanjay Kapoor! This is perhaps his best role and it enables him to laugh at his own self at the expense of those lines that he mouths (remember "maine bhi acting kiya hai?"). Hrithik Roshan as the self-centered, ruthless star who thinks of nobody except himself is such a delight to watch. Wish he had a little bit more of screen time.
Dimple Kapadia as always remains elegant in her performance as well as appearance. It felt good to see her with Rishi, though they were not there as a couple. And what is it with this new trend of getting as many stars as possible? These kind of attractions become stale after 1 or 2 films-why don't the directors realise that?
Zoya has heavily depended on material that has been already available. There seems to be very little research done on her part in bringing out the Bolly secrets. But yes, for a start, the film is good. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy disappoint with the music. They have delivered better numbers earlier.
While Zoya has managed to get away with her first film since it was based on something she is most familiar with, her real test would be her next film-provided it is not based on the Hindi film industry again. With a brother as talented as Farhan, and a father like Javed Akhtar to boast of, she will hopefully deliver better and sensible films.