Reality Bytes, But Only A Little Bit
Been there, seen that. The makers take a safe route and ensemble a viable cast to portray conflict of interests and subsequent wake up to reality. The USP lies in the subject narration and the basic troubled mindset of the urban youth to which a large strata of population connects very easily…
Siddharth “Sid” Mehra (Ranbir), by definition a “spoilt careless brat” and engrossed in his friend circle including Rishi and Laxmi (Namit Das and Shikha Talsania), has little time to think and plan for his future. He just wants to play in the slog overs and win the match of college exams, which is far from his reach. A worried businessman father (Anupam Kher) and loving mother (Supriya Pathak) can’t propel him enough to take life seriously. After flunking the exams and having a rift with his buddies, Sid tries his hands in the family business, but is least interested and fails.
Following a heated argument with his father, Sid walks out to move in with Aisha (Konkana) whom he had helped in getting a house in Mumbai when she was new to the place. She works as PA to Kabir (Rahul Khanna) but has higher ambitions on her writing skills. Despite Aisha being elder to Sid, they share warm friendly relationship. Tight on his finances, Sid has to find a way to get some work, and firstly know how to do any work…
Not a novel storyline, but the first half of the film is written and executed well. Sid’s sequences with his friends, struggling with his studies, tussles with his “practical” father are the highlights. It’s the second half which suffers from over simplification, retarded proceedings and infeasibility. The situations become predictable and eventually reconcile everything in not so convincing manner. However the situations of the impromptu birthday celebration and Sid’s mother’s meetings with Aisha and Sid are well thought and executed.
As a debutante, Ayan Mukherjee does a decent job with a scenario heavily influenced by Dharma Production’s candy-floss style, and inspired by similar recent films. Colorful sets are designed for Mumbai and photographed beautifully (don’t mind the over dressed-up studio apartment of Aisha, which seems to posh for a struggler). Dialogues are average.
Performances: Ranbir and Konkana play their parts well, as the roles demand. However the chemistry between them doesn’t come out that well. Supriya Pathak, Namit and Shikha shine in their roles. Anupam Kher is also good, but these days he is playing father (either loving or estranged) in too many films, which is not justified for his caliber. Kashmira Shah resurfaces after long time, and she sizzles. Rahul Khanna is a friendly appearance meant to be dumped later on.
Music: S-E-L and Amit Trivedi’s music is pleasant. “Aaj Kal Zindagi”, “Iktara” and “Kya Karoon” are decent numbers.