July 21, 2013

Movies you've probably missed out on

There's a category of movies that get released and go completely unnoticed for some reason or the other. Often they're not what the audience wants at that point, or they don't have a bankable star, or they don't find producers, or... the list goes on. Result - we, the mango people, miss out on a great product.

One of these is Luck by Chance - Zoya Akhtar's directorial debut which grows on you with repeated watchings just as AR Rahman's music does. By which I mean, the first time around you're all like "Okayyy, this shit is nice." The second time you're like "Aw hell, I didn't notice that!" and the 3rd time onwards you're all like "Gimme more!! I wanna do illegal drugs while listening to this and go to heaven!" (This is assuming you're some sort of hybrid between an educated Indian and uneducated NRI.)

But I'm being facetious. What I'm saying is, despite the incredible success Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara received, it was Zoya Akhtar's second best, vanilla effort - targeted at the urban middle class that loves a simple story and coming of age - no matter at what age. Luck By Chance is not formulaic by any stretch, because it has no Bollywood style script of "Buildup - Crisis Point - Resolution". And therein lies its beauty, because it takes time to examine and understand characters and situations, revealing more of each character as the story progresses, presenting situations with wry humour and no judgment.

From the opening credits onwards, the movie has a self-deprecating humour and takes a dig at all things Bollywood. From Rishi Kapoor's Punjabi producer, with his "God bless" and "Vulcano of talent" to his brother-in-law, explaining a concept for a movie, holding up his fists and saying "Yeh hai first half, aur yeh hai second half" to Juhi Chawla as the over-made-up producer's wife describing a tantrum-throwing star as "Actually na, she's vaery complexed" - from Anurag Kashyap as the befuddled writer of a potboiler  to Isha Sharvani who can't quite bend to touch the producer's feet thanks to the length of her dress - the cast's performances, for once, don't fall short of real star - the writing.

Konkona Sen Sharma and Farhan Akhtar give memorable performances as flawed and believable characters, and the whole support cast (there's a LOT of it) shines through too. If there's one movie on Bollywood (or the Hindi film industry, as an irate yesteryear heroine insists) you must watch, it's this. You've most likely missed it in 2009 when it came out, but a lot of crappy Salman Khan movies have been released since and a lot of rubbish has passed for serious cinema and a lot of Yash Raj Movies have done undeservingly well, so what I'm saying is, why don't you just go watch this one?

PS. Ladies. Farhan Akhtar and Hrithik Roshan in the same movie. When they were younger and less beefed up. Need I say more?


Niyati Shah said...

Hey mudra.. U wrote beautifully.. U have penned this exotically.. Is there a way to follow your blog?!

Yogesh said...

The movie was nice.. but I don't like Farhan Akhtar much. There's this smug look on his face all the time which makes me want to punch his nose!... :P