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Movie Review: Luck by Chance

I had been waiting to watch this movie. Finally, this evening I got to do that. I find Farhan Akhtar a very “thinking” guy. Although this movie was made by his sister, but it seemed clear that the “wisdom” of Javed Akhtar and his son were written all over the movie. It was a very intelligent script and very engaging story.

Indian movies are incredible to the outside world in the way they rely on songs. Delhi 6, the movie I reviewed last week, was the exact opposite of this movie. In that film, all that I remembered at the end of the movie were its songs. The story and performances were really forgettable. Here it was the opposite. In this movie, I remembered the performances – and every character had its own strength and finish. Rishi Kapoor, abandoning his Amitabh Bachchan-style goatie/sophisticated look that he had started playing, went for the emotional yet very earthy Punju character and dressed for it. Juhi Chawla also fit her own character really well. Saw Sanjay Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia after a long time and it was interesting to see how they fit the new roles. Sanjay Kapoor’s role was a spoof on his real life – an actor who didn’t make it big and later turned director.

I think the greatest victory for this movie was that at the end of the movie, I didn’t remember any song from it. I know it had some songs, and they seemed good and soothing as well. But they were not such that would overpower the movie itself. Movie was the central piece. Songs were incidental. And I believe that’s how it should be. Of course, the greatest movies are remembered for BOTH, great songs and great story, acting and plot – Sholay, Mughal-e-Azam, Pakeezah, Pyaasa etc.

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The story lacked cliches and was pretty unpredictable – because it didn’t follow the usual Bollywood cliches and so, our mind, which has become adept at predicting the Bollywood story writers .. fell short of anticipating the next move. Also, in some places it caught me by surprise – when Farhan (Vikram) comes to Konkana Sen (Sona) to apologize. I found it very intriguing and real how she rebuffs him by pointing out his obvious self-centered behavior. Her final compromise in her ambitions which still give her a respectable career was a path that has been tread by many in real life.

For me it has always been a fascination to see how people – thorough outsiders – could succeed in a very competitive place. But people with great drive and energy have done that. Those who thought above the crowd, and who could look higher than the rest of the lot. Shahrukh, Amitabh, Anil Kapoor, Dharmendra, Prithviraj Kapoor, etc – all were unlikely successes. They came in through the slightest of wedge available to them and still made it big. I am sure many compromises were made on the way – by all of them. And when they would look back, they would find that there is a big list of losses of relationships and friendships that they left behind. The thing that made them genuine human beings. And Shahrukh tries to touch upon that in his very brief appearance in this movie. It is a great lesson. Many people can succeed. But only the grounded become great.

Btw, talking of outsiders doing well in the movie, I saw the name of my cousin – Puneet Khanna – also printed in small letters at the end of the movie as the 2nd Assistant Director. His journey also has been.. and I believe will be in future very much like those on which stories could be written.

Overall, a must see movie!

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6 Comments
  1. Puneet says

    Hey Bhaiyya!

    First of all, it was very sweet of you to wait to see the end credits, which most people would actually walk out on. Thank you.

    Your review is interesting. It can definitely send a lot of people to watch the movie. You obviously seem highly impressed by it.

    Having worked on the movie right from its start, I can assure you one thing, that the film is completely Zoya’s. The strenghts & the shortcomings are all hers. She had been working on this script ever since Dil Chahta Hai happened. In fact, this film was supposed to be made before Lakshya. So you have to give it to the girl.

    I personally don’t think its a great film. In fact, contrary to your review, I felt that the film is full of cliche`s. Most of the characters are mere caricatures. Of course, the film has its moments like the Shahrukh scene and the scene between Hrithik & Karan Johar. I felt, Konkona’s look didn’t work at all. Most of the actors were over the top. Sanjay Kapoor was very good.

    All in all, I felt it was an OK film. One time watch. But lacks repeat value.

  2. Puneet says

    Hey Bhaiyya!

    First of all, it was very sweet of you to wait to see the end credits, which most people would actually walk out on. Thank you.

    Your review is interesting. It can definitely send a lot of people to watch the movie. You obviously seem highly impressed by it.

    Having worked on the movie right from its start, I can assure you one thing, that the film is completely Zoya’s. The strenghts & the shortcomings are all hers. She had been working on this script ever since Dil Chahta Hai happened. In fact, this film was supposed to be made before Lakshya. So you have to give it to the girl.

    I personally don’t think its a great film. In fact, contrary to your review, I felt that the film is full of cliche`s. Most of the characters are mere caricatures. Of course, the film has its moments like the Shahrukh scene and the scene between Hrithik & Karan Johar. I felt, Konkona’s look didn’t work at all. Most of the actors were over the top. Sanjay Kapoor was very good.

    All in all, I felt it was an OK film. One time watch. But lacks repeat value.

  3. Anu salwan says

    Hey Puneet,

    I too liked the movie…especially Konkana’s acting.

    Somehow I found Farhan’s acting a little overdone and artificial.

    Can i watch it again? Maybe not…

    Anu

  4. Anu salwan says

    Hey Puneet,

    I too liked the movie…especially Konkana’s acting.

    Somehow I found Farhan’s acting a little overdone and artificial.

    Can i watch it again? Maybe not…

    Anu

  5. Desh says

    HI Puneet – I realized it later that it was indeed Zoya’s movie. Personally I was very impressed. I am sure she has a lot of room to grow and expand but if this is the beginning then she will go a long way ahead. 🙂

  6. Desh says

    HI Puneet – I realized it later that it was indeed Zoya’s movie. Personally I was very impressed. I am sure she has a lot of room to grow and expand but if this is the beginning then she will go a long way ahead. 🙂

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