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Luck by Chance (2009)

LuckByChance2009

Luck By Chance is a 2009 Indian drama film written and directed by Zoya Akhtar. Co-produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, the film featured co-producer Farhan Akhtar and Konkana Sen Sharma in the lead roles. Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Juhi Chawla,Hrithik Roshan, Isha Sharvani and Sanjay Kapoor feature in the supporting roles.

The film is about the journey of an actor who arrives in Mumbai to become a movie star. How he finds himself riding his fortune to becoming one, while struggling to sustain his relationships forms the rest of the story. The movie released on 30 January 2009, supported by positive reviews from critics.

Plot

Young actor Vikram Jaisingh (Farhan Akhtar) arrives in Mumbai to make it as a Bollywood film star with the help of Abhimanyu (Arjun Mathur), an actor friend from his hometown, and their mutual friend Sameer, who works in a studio propsdepartment. Vikram befriends Abhi’s neighbor, young actress Sona Mishra (Konkona Sen Sharma), with whom he eventually becomes romantically involved. Sona, the mistress of small-time producer Satish Chowdhury (Alyy Khan), who for three years has promised her a leading role in his dream project, meanwhile works in regional films and bit parts.

Sona finds out that Satish has secured financing for the new project and meets him expecting him to cast her as second heroine, but he refuses saying that they need a new face and since she has acted in many regional films and other small roles she is no longer a fresh face. She argues that she can act well but he says that is not a major criteria these days in Bollywood. Sona is crying when Satish’s wife enters and asks her why she is crying. Sona answers by fabricating a lie about trouble at home to save both her and Satish’s embarrassment. Sona while leaving the both of them gives photos of Vikram to Satish who shows it to his wife and who in turn shows them to Romy.

Vikram is shortlisted and Neena sees his audition and tries to remember where has she met him before. Vikram is told that the audition was for the lead role in the film and that Neena has seen his audition. He goes back and sees every movie Neena has starred in and when he finally meets her again, he impresses her with his charm and knowledge about her movies. Another guy who was also shortlisted is made overconfident by Virkam. Finally he is selected by Neena, Ranjit (director of the filmSanjay Kapoor) and Romy’s wife (Juhi Chawla), while Romy wanted to select the other macho guy, but was convinced by the three that Vikram has a charm that will appeal more to the public.

On set Vikram becomes increasingly crafty and manipulative, while Nikki becomes smitten by him and sneaks into his room one night while her mother is asleep in an attempt to seduce him. Vikram succumbs to her advances and a secret affair starts between the two, the affair becomes stronger when Neena has to leave the set on business for a few days. After coming back Neema instantly recognizes that something is going on between them and makes them understand that it will be mutually beneficial for them not to let the press and public know of their intimacy. Meanwhile, Sona arrives at the hotel where the cast is staying to surprise Vikram. She calls a friend to let her know that she has arrived, but her friend instead warns her of a blossoming romance between Vikram and Nikki. She doesn’t take heed of her friends warning but discovers the truth when she sees Vikrams unexpectedly cold behavior towards her. Distraught, she leaves the hotel.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the news of the affair has leaked and a friend of Sona who works at a tabloid gets the assignment to prepare the article, which describes Vikram as a user who has shot to stardom by manipulating Neena and her daughter Nikki. The article also mentions details of when he was struggling to land a role and Sona’s part in his life as the forgotten girlfriend. Neena yells at the magazine editor and also tells Nikki to stay away from Vikram. Vikram and Nikki have a fight and Vikram also shows his frustration to Sona as he believes she is the one responsible for the article.

Eventually the film is released and it becomes a hit. Vikram rises to stardom but at the expense of his friends. At a party, he meets his idol Shah Rukh Khan, who advises him to not fall into the trappings of stardom and to always be close to the people that stood by him when he was a nobody. He tries to get back with Sona but she points out that he only wants to be with her because he feels guilty. She refuses and walks out of his life. Sona soon gets good roles on television and is interviewed by a reporter for her fan following. The film ends with her revealing to the reporter that she is happy living the life of an independent and somewhat successful actress instead of being upset about not becoming a major movie star.

Cast

Farhan Akhtar as Vikram Jaisingh
Konkona Sen Sharma as Sona Mishra
Rishi Kapoor as Romy Rolly
Dimple Kapadia as Neena Walia
Isha Sharvani as Nikki Walia
Sanjay Kapoor as Ranjit Rolly
Juhi Chawla as Minty Romy Rolly
Hrithik Roshan as Zaffar Khan
Alyy Khan as Satish Chaudhary
Sheeba Chaddha
Arjun Mathur as Abhimanyu ‘Abhi’ Gupta
Sid Makkar
Pankaj Kalra as Raju – Sona’s agent
Megha Narkar as Laxmi – Dance Instructor
Ashish Sawhney as Tanvir
Aamir Khan as Himself
Rajkumar Hirani as Himself
Saurabh Shukla as Nand Kishore
Mac Mohan as Himself
Manish Malhotra as Himself
Manish Acharya as Junior corporate
Anurag Kashyap as Deepak – writer
Akshaye Khanna as Himself
Javed Akhtar as Himself
Shabana Azmi as Herself
Rani Mukherjee as Herself
Diya Mirza as Herself
Abhishek Bachchan as Himself
John Abraham as Himself
Ranbir Kapoor as Himself
Vivek Oberoi as Himself
Boman Irani as Dinyar Sabri
Kareena Kapoor as Herself
Karan Johar as Himself
Ronit Roy
Shahrukh Khan as Himself
Sahil Mohan as Boy in acting class
Priyanka Kumar as Monica
Supreet as TV show host
Arvind Vaidya as Panditji
Shreeda Patel as Reema
Ankur Tewari as Harveer
Saagar Kale as Dressman
Rajshree Gupta as Ratna
Sonal Chaudhuri as Dance director
Subhash Thomas as Ranjit’s cinematographer
Nilu Kohli as Mohini aunty
Devika Shroff as Receptionist
Ratnesh Kumar Punwani as Senior corporate
Umesh Pradhan as Dubey
Vijay Palande as Devraj
Deepti Dutt as Shubhna
Mohsin Akhtar as Kunal Khanna
Avan Contractor as Magazine journo
Meghna Kapoor as Tanya
Kamlesh Shinde as Suresh dad
Veena Mehta as Mrs. Verma
Pritika Chawla as Roshni – reporter
Saurabh Nayyar as Videocon fridge man
Anand Kumar Ekbote as Theatre doorman
Deepti Datt as Shubhna

Sound Tracks

“Baawre”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ila Arun, Mumay Khan, Babu Khan, Manzoor Khan, Rajab Khan
Music Label Big Music

“Baawre – Remix”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ila Arun, Mumay Khan, Babu Khan, Manzoor Khan, Rajab Khan
Music Label Big Music

“O Rahi Re”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan
Music Label Big Music

“Pyaar Ki Daastaan”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Mahalakshmi Iyer, Amit Paul
Music Label Big Music

“Sapnon Se Bhare Naina”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan
Music Label Big Music

“Yeh Aaj Kya Ho Gaya?”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Sunidhi Chauhan
Music Label Big Music

“Yeh Zindagi Bhi”
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa
Music Label Big Music

Reviewed by ChathuRangA on 07 January 2011

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