LUCK BY CHANCE(2009)

For a film industry which churns out more movies in a year than any other country, it’s a far cry to be known as Bollywood as Dimple Kapadia’s character Nina rightly points out. Every story that takes a peek at what happens behind the camera and behind the closed doors of Filmistan is bound to generate curiosity. There have been many takes on this story over the years as this story dates back to the story of Indian cinema itself. But with the passing years the stories behind about the Indian film industry has crept out of the doors of Filmistan to the picturesque locales of foreign territories, well lit bedrooms of luxurious hotels and plush outdoors of the India which exists only for the rich.

LUCK BY CHANCE is a movie about the movie industry and all its false vanity. It’s the story which may not hold the industry in high lights and certainly not in its entirety but does try to hold up a slice of it. I have never been inside the Indian Film Industry and I dare not judge them by their page 3 avatars but when I am made to imagine their lives, it does seem like the one I get to witness in LUCK BY CHANCE and thats what I believe is its biggest victory.

Vikram Jai Singh (Farhan Akhtar), being form an affluent background, dreams of making it big in Bollywood. He ends up in Mumbai facing the harsh realities of the industry. He meets Shona (Konkana Sen Sharma), a starlet who is just as lost as him but has given in to the industry and its vices to try and make a mark for herself. She comforts a married producer (Ally Khan) in the hope of landing with a parallel heroine’s role in one of his productions. The meeting with Shona brings about a breath of fresh air in Vikram’s life.

On the other hand a successful but troubled producer Rommy Rolly (Rishi Kapoor) launches a new film with his prodigy and superstar Zaffar Khan (Hritik Roshan) and a wannabe star Niki who is the daughter of yester year star Nina (Dimple Kapadia). However, Zaffar has other plans and walks out of the project leaving Rolly out to dry. No other star agrees to take up the film and Rolly is forced with to choose a new face.

Shona’s world comes crashing down as she is refused by the producer that she was sticking with for so many years for her big break. However before walking out on the producer she leaves a bunch of Vikram’s photos at his trailer which miraculously find its way to Rommy Rolly’s office. What follows is a thoroughly interesting story of Vikram’s meteoric rise to name and fame but only after he makes his own choices which leave him and the one who loved in tears.

Luck By Chance is a humble film and it never tries to be over the top. The story unfolds at a leisurely pace giving ample room for the many cameos that Zoya Akhtar has been able to rope in. Each of the Characters are given ample time to develop and make sense in the screenplay. There is comedy, there is drama and then towards the end there are some shock moments as well. We are used to having our hero to be one with a heart of gold and being someone who can’t put a wrong foot forward, but Zoya’s Vikram is very real. He makes mistakes and sometimes he is blunt selfish but never repents. A characteristic which essentially stick with strugglers in life as a whole. When you are vying for a role in a top production house with hundreds of other, humility is obviously going to take a back seat. Luck By Chance tugs in at the point that sometimes the difference between a star and a nobody is “LUCK”. A fact which is portrayed wonderfully well by using the characters of Vikram and a friend of his. The director doesnt diminish hard-work totally by letting Shona find success ultimately even though it is on the idiot box and not the giant screen.

The performances are another high point. Farhan, Konkana, Isha Sharvani, Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor, Hritik Roshan et all turn in good and believable performences. Farhan is hitting the right notes and Konkana is brilliant as usual. I loved Rishi Kapoor’s act. Hrittik is charming. SRK makes a brief appearance and so does Aamir Khan and Kareena Kapoor. Anurag Kashyap is wonderful as the screenwriter . The music and background score is beautiful and the songs are an eclectic mix of cultural as well as modern tunes. The visuals are thoughtfully sculpted. Some of the songs like “Baawre”, “Sapno se Bhare Naina’ and “Yeh Aaj Kya Ho Gaya” are  picturesque.

Overall, Luck By Chance is a winner, which deserves a watch. A wonderful attempt.

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