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FR 11 – Zoya Akthar’s LUCK BY CHANCE (2009) – Aspiring, perspiring

May 3, 2009

Mad Professor Marks: 7.5 out of 10

Javeed Akthar and Saleem Khan became the first rockstars of Indian scriptwriting way back in the 70s when they made Amitabh Bachchan into India’s Young Angry Man.  As the legacy continues Javeed Akthar’s son Farhan came out with rockin’ debut DIL CHAHTA HAI as director/writer  in 2001, and then went on to become a celluloid rockstar, playing one of the lead roles in last year’s ROCK ON. Farhan’s elder sister Zoya casts in her debut as director/writer lil Farhan and there comes a comedy which is not so much a satire on Bollywood as it is the emotional journey of aspiring actor Vikram/Farhan who comes to Mumbai to make it big time. The fantastic Konkorna Sen Sharma plays the female lead.

Bollywood-Star Hrithik Roshan plays Bollywood-Star Zaffar Khan. Bollywood stars and filmmakers including Aamir Khan, Sharukh Khan, Boman Irani, Rani Mukherjee, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Kareena Kapoor, Vivek Oberoi, Akshaya Khanna, Diya, Mirza, Shabana Azmi, Ranbir Kapoor and Rajkumar Hirani, Karan Johar make cameo appearances as themselves, Anurag Kashyap plays an aspiring scriptwriter.

LUCK BY CHANCE is Zoya Akthar’s debut but her story-telling is that of maturity and that of a fine irony. Several times it examines the Hindi film industry from an angle of feminine insight but even there with a certain feeling of detachment. Zoya Akthar knows her  two main characters through and through. Her heart-felt direction when it comes to her two protagonists, struggling actors Farhan Akthar and Konkorna Sen Sharma, is smoothly interlocked with the ironic view on the industry. The score by Shankar- Ehsaan-Loy is good but not outstanding and the dialogues/lyrics were written by Zoya Akthar’s father Javeed Akthar.

LUCK BY CHANCE is a very welcome change to the usual Bollywood diet with several hilarious moments and a strongly emotional main plot and marks the debut of a filmmaker to be looked out for.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 1, 2009 6:52 pm

    I always wanted to watch this movie. A lot of bloggers rated it very high. I watch only those bollywood movies that are recommended and are not based on love plots or comedy plots. Have you watched any Tamil movies? There are some gems in that language too…

    Destination Infinity

    • Mad Professor permalink*
      June 1, 2009 8:31 pm

      Yes DI, this one is worth it. I do not know too much about Tamil Cinema except that I have a great admiration for Kamal Hassan. Can you recommend me some films?

    • June 7, 2009 7:33 pm

      Sure. These movies are slightly old but you could watch them if you could get a DVD with subtitles:

      1. Any Mani rathnam (director) movie made before 1999. Each and every movie is a gem, especially some of his initial ones like Anjali, Roja, Mouna Raagam etc.
      2. Kamal Hassan movies – Anbe Sivam, Mahanadhi, Nayagan (Mani rathnam)
      3. Recent movies – Molzhi, Veyyil, Kallori.
      4. Very old movies – Any movie of Sivaji Ganesan (He is the best actor that Tamil industry has ever produced, maybe closely followed by Kamal Hassan). I am not able to give you names here, as he is much older than our generation 🙂

      Destination Infinity

      • Mad Professor permalink*
        June 7, 2009 7:47 pm

        Thanx DI, will check them out.

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