Directed by Zoya Akthar
Written By Farhan and Zoya Akthar
Films about films aren’t something new to us. We’ve had serious tales about an actress’s life in movies like ‘Bhumika’ and there were the hilarious spoofs like Nagesh Kukunoor’s ‘Bollywood Calling’ and now Zoya Akthar’s Luck By Chance. This film is a bit of Bhumika and Bollywood calling.
Here is a film which is pretty honest to itself, but, is a little confused about what it wants on the screen. Not a story you can’t predict. Farhan Akthar playing Vikram Jay Singh is an aspiring actor without any film background which sets the premise and the characters of the movie. The movie opens to Sona Mishra’s (Konkana Sen) film trails and a big commercial cinema in the making starring Zaffar Khan played by Hrithik.
Romy Rolly (Rishi Kapoor) is a producer interested only in commercial cinema and is casting Zaffar and the new star daughter Nikki Walia (Isha Sharvani) in his new film. The screenplay keeps moving between Vikram’s part, Sona’s trails and the Zaffar Khan episode for most of the first half.
With very well thought of cameos (by Aamir, Rajkumar Hirani, John, Ranbir and others), good song visuals and the Vikram-Sona chapter the first half runs at a confusing pace and takes you into it without boring you even for a minute.
After half the film is shot Zaffar Khan looses interest in it coz he thinks that it might not suit his image and stardom. So all of a sudden Romy needs a new guy to fill in and this gives Vikram his much needed break.
The second half has a few clichés which I wasn’t expecting from Zoya Akthar after the quick and smart first half. About how the sudden stardom changes the protagonist’s character, a few page 3 Madhur Bhandarkar kind of scandals etc. and there a few other interesting confusions about the film. While mocking the Bollywood song visuals, somewhere unknowingly LuckByChance has also put itself in such a situation and also the background score of the film. The Shankar-Ehasaan-Loy scores are underplayed a few times and over played a lot of times through the film.
But even then the movie never looses its classy touch because of what Konkana, Farhan and Hrithik have done with their roles.
The out of the blue cameos, Farhan Akthar and most of the scenes involving the film world characters (assistant directors, script writers etc) have been my favorite parts of the film.
Zoya Akthar’s careful attention to details like Vikram’s ruffled hair after a night spent with Sona is what sets the film apart from other Bollywood films, but, yet there have been a few unforgivable cliches like a happy self content girl stretching out her hands in the morning which is something we wouldnt expect from this family.