Wake up! It's not just for Sid but for the Sid inside all of us.
Debutant director Ayan Mukharjee redefines "fresh cinema" with Wake up Sid. The story of a rather spoilt rich brat Sid who plays on his PSP, reads comics, clicks pictures and spends his father's money. Sidharth Verma is a nobody without his father. A complete contrast to Sid is Aisha, she’s from Kolkatta and she’s in Mumbai to lead an independent life. She wants to earn her own money, have her own house; she has dreams, goals and aspirations. Wake up Sid is a story of realization… of growing up without ever growing up at all! It’s the story of Sid and how his aimless life has meaning thanks to a friend.
Director Ayan Mukharjee packs soul into his 2 hour plus story, there’s not a single moment in the film that doesn’t grip you. The story is very fresh, I’m sure at least at some point in our lives we’ve all been like Sid and we’ve all heard lectures from our parents about being irresponsible or about growing up. Everyone feels the pressure of becoming something in life and the fear of remaining a nobody. Ranbir Kapoor performs brilliantly as Sid he slips right into the character making Sid feel so real that you want to see more of him when the film ends. Konkona Sen Sharma is in a role contrary to her usual parallel cinema image nevertheless she delivers well. Kudos to the director who’s paid great attention to detail and brought out the beauty of Mumbai from a dewy December to the rains by the sea.
The first hour of Wake up Sid engages you completely into Sid’s life you feel everything he feels the careless attitude, the budding friendship, the easy going life but after the interval in the second hour the pace slacks for a bit when things seems to be stagnating for both Sid and Aisha especially with Rahul Khanna’s sort of incomplete track (I was really hoping Aisha would bring him down to earth!). When the climax comes in the film picks up again ending on a note where you’re longing to see more of Sid and Aisha’s story.
The cinematography and art direction of the film are also worth a mention brilliantly used colours despite the low budget feel. The costumes of the characters especially Sid and Aisha are completely apt you can so imagine Sid actually going to a South Mumbai college, hanging out with his friends and doing nothing!
Shankar Ehsaan and Loy’s music is soulful and runs throughout the film but the songs are a part of the story track and they don’t take you away from the plot.
Of late bollywood has been coming up with quality cinema that offers new perspectives at life; Wake up Sid is not a Dil Chahta Hai, it’s not a Lakshya either… it’s just the story of Sid and it’s a story that absolutely should not be missed!
Watch Wake up Sid and chances are you’ll probably want to watch it again!