Sunday 1 February 2009

Luck By Chance [2009]

Directorial debut of Zoya Akhtar, Luck By Chance is an insider’s look at the glitzy and high-flying, albeit fiercely self-centered and lonely, world of cinema – which Shahrukh Khan, playing himself, wickedly refers to as an ‘insane cocktail’. Though it doesn’t mount a deeply cynical sucker punch like Sunset Boulevard, or has the immensely enjoyable satirical undertones of Singin’ in the Rain,
or is a disconcerting surreal exploration like 8 ½, or is tour de force down memory lane like the book Dream Factory (by Harold Robbins), Luck by Chance is, nonetheless, an honest contender in that it has managed to take pointed jabs and remain in the mainstream domain at the same time. Filmmaker-turned-actor Farhan Akhtar, in the layered role of a struggling young actor who, one fine day, lands the leading role in a movie, has explored his brooding persona well – he knows this is a world where one must not have ethical concerns with realpolitik, and thus is quite happy to do what he must and not what he should. Konkona Sen Sharma, on the other hand, represents the other side of the spectrum – she is destined to be on the fringe forever. Though the editing feels a tad wanting at times, the movie more than makes up with its great script which has ensured that the characters are human and three-dimensional despite being brazen caricatures.

Director: Zoya Akhtar
Genre: Drama/Showbiz Drama
Language: Hindi
Country: India

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