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Luck (2009)

Luck2009

Luck (2009) is a 2009 Hindi action-thriller film directed and written by Soham Shah, and produced by Shree Ashtavinayak Cine Vision Ltd. The leading roles were played by Mithun Chakraborty,debutant Shruti Haasan, Imran Khan and Sanjay Dutt; the other significant parts, and fellow members of the gang were played by Danny Denzongpa, Ravi Kishan and Chitrashi Rawat, prominent actors from the Indian film industry. The camera of the film was handled by Santosh Thundiyil, whilst composer duoSalim-Sulaiman recorded the musical score. The film is loosely based on 2002 Spanish movie Intacto.

The film opened to Indian audiences on 24 July 2009. The film opened with mixed reviews by critics.

Plot

In the opening scene of the film, five men – blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs – race across rail tracks but only one man (Sanjay Dutt) is successful and also unharmed. The film then narrates the story of this man, his luck and his rising to power.

Karim Moussa, is a very lucky person seeing the story of his life. He remained the sole survivor when a mosque collapsed in Maharashtra when he was just a child of nine months and was amongst very few survivors of another incident at the age of 12. When he was 14, he challenged three friends to jump from a four-storied building and remained alive, though with some injuries, and won. He started gambling at 19 and since then tried out his luck in different places of the world and became known as Moussa Bhai. To him gambling and drug smuggling have become old ways to get money, his latest interest is investment on people’s luck.

The film then focuses on Ram Mehra (Imran Khan). Ram, whose father committed suicide due to bankruptcy, left Ram to pay 20 crore rupees to a bank within three months in order to regain his house. Threatened by Inspector Patil (Manoj Rajdutt), Ram cannot tell his mother (Rati Agnihotri) about this fearing for her blood pressure problems. He unsuccessfully applied for a US visa three times. One of Ram’s friends, the owner of a small store, suggests an alternate way but even then Ram has to pay 20 lakh rupees to get the visa.

A car stops by the store two nights at the same time and a man, not revealing his face, buys a lottery ticket both times which Ram hands him on behalf of his friend. Ram now plans to steal money from the bank he works in, but on his way, he gets into trouble and is chased by guards. He suddenly sees the same car which stopped by the store and is saved by the man who bought the lottery tickets. The man in the car (Danny Denzongpa) tells Ram his name, Lakhan Tamang, and gives Ram 1 lakh rupees and explains that Ram is very lucky as Tamang bought lottery tickets for two years without any success until he took tickets from Ram both of which won him 2 lakh rupees. He then offers Ram 20 lakh rupees for which Ram has to gamble with him for 20 days.

They win money with Ram’s luck but on the fifth day they are caught by Swami to whom Tamang owes three lakh rupees. Tamang challenges him that Ram will light Swami’s broken lighter five consecutive times and stakes his life against six hundred thousand rupees. Ram does light for five times but outside asks Tamang to leave him as he fears for his life.

The film now shifts to the story of Major Jawan Pratap Singh (Mithun Chakrabarty), who is a soldier and a lucky one as he fought in many battles and faced numerous bullets none that could kill him. He is in need of money for the operation of his wife, Sheela (Rupa Ganguly).

Tamang visits Pakistan where he sees Shortcut (Chitrashi Rawat), a 16 year old girl, who is also known to be lucky as any camel she rides wins the race and observes her winning one despite her camel’s half-broken leg. Tamang pays four lakh rupees to “export” her to South Africa.

Tamang then invites Raghav (Ravi Kishan) to the game. Raghav was hanged but did not die and escaped jail as Indian law doesn’t allow one person to be hanged twice.

Tamang tries to invite Ram and was failing but when Moussa showed Ram that there is no other choice, Ram was on board.

All competitors arrive in Cape Town. Ram meets Angela (Snita Mahey) before he is blindfolded and his hands are tied and gets him into a truck where Ram meets a girl (Shruti Haasan). Her name is revealed to be Ayesha and Tamang says she took part in the game once before.

In their first game, all competitors shoot the person to their right at the same time. Only few die. Later that night Raghav starts hitting on Ayesha and they have a drink.

The second game is where all people take parachutes and jump off from a helicopter. Among the unlucky is Ayesha whose parachute doesn’t open but she is saved by Ram, who developed a liking towards her, and afterwards, they start getting closer.

In the third game, everyone is left in a hollow tank with one of everyone’s hand locked with handcuffs and in front of them are 300 keys and one each will open the handcuffs and added to their trouble are the sharks that swim around them as they start opening the handcuffs as the tank sinks. Only one dies and one (Shortcut) is harmed and hospitalized as one of her legs is lost to a shark while saving herself.

Before the final game, it is revealed that Ayesha is dead and it is Natasha (her twin-sister) playing, taking Ayesha’s character whilst seeking revenge on Moussa. In the final game, Ram, on whom the bid is the highest ever, has to save Natasha before the train she’s tied to hits an oil tanker while Major Singh will help him and Raghav will shoot at Ram and the other survivors try to stop Ram. Ram successfully saves Natasha and Major survives a mine bomb. Ram wins 20 crore rupees.

In the climax, Ram stakes his reward and challenges Moussa to a game where two pistols are dug in coal the train’s carrying and one has to find one and shoot the other. Moussa finds both but hands one to Ram and both shoot at the same time and hit each other, Ram is shot at the place of his heart and Moussa survives as he is hit at shoulder.

Later, Ram is shown to have survived due to his heart being at right side (dextrocardia), very rare for a human, rather than left and eventually wins back his reward.

Shortcut’s leg is fixed by a prosthesis, Jawan Pratap saves his wife and maintains his title “Lucky Major Jawan Pratap Singh” and Ram and Natasha become life partners.

Cast

Imran Khan as Ram Mehra
Danny Denzongpa as Lakhaan Tamaang
Mithun Chakraborty as Major Jabbar Pratap Singh
Sanjay Dutt as Karim Moussa
Shruti K. Haasan as Ayesha
Ravi Kishan as Raghav Raghuvaran
Chitrashi Rawat as Shortcut
Rati Agnihotri as Mrs. Mehra
John Leon Bennett as OB Van Director
Snehal Dabi as Jiten
Roopali Ganguly as Major Pratap Singh’s Wife
Srinivasa Rao Kota as Swami
Snita Mehay as Angela
Daya Shankar Pandey as Passport Agent
Manoj Rajdutt as Inspector Patil

Sound Tracks

“Aazma – Luck Is The Key”
Written by Shabbir Ahmed
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Shruti K. Haasan, Clinton Cerejo
Music Label T-Series

“Jee Le”
Written by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Shruthi Pathak, Naresh Kamat
Music Label T-Series

“Jee Le – Remix”
Written by Anvita Dutt Guptan
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Shruthi Pathak, Amyth, Naresh Kamat
Music Label T-Series

“Khudaya Ve”
Written by Shabbir Ahmed
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Salim Merchant
Music Label T-Series

“Khudaya Ve – Radio Mix”
Written by Shabbir Ahmed
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Salim Merchant, Amyth
Music Label T-Series

“Khudaya Ve – Remix”
Written by Shabbir Ahmed
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Music Label T-Series

“Laga Le”
Written by Shabbir Ahmed
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Anushka Manchandani, Robert ‘Bob’ Omulo
Music Label T-Series

“Luck Aazma”
Written by Shabbir Ahmed
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Satya Hinduja
Music Label T-Series

“Luck Aazma – Remix”
Written by Shabbir Ahmed
Composed by Salim Merchant, Suleiman Merchant
Performed by Sukhwinder Singh, Amyth, Satya Hinduja
Music Label T-Series

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 22 February 2011

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