A transparent movie with solid corners…

When you make a movie, you need to ensure that your movie falls into a genre. If your movie doesn’t fall in a genre, your audience gets confused/bored because they expect something from your first frames. Luck By Chance unfortunately doesn’t have a genre and tries to mix three genres. End result: a transparent film that looks at Bollywood in a lot of ways but tries to mix drama in it.

LBC is about Vikram Jaisingh (Farhan Akhtar in another solid performance), an actor who comes from Delhi to Mumbai to follow his dreams of making it big in Bollywood. He has been trained in the Nand Kishore Acting School and is confident. He meets Sona Mishra (Konkona Sen Sharma) through a friend and they become friends. Meanwhile, Rommy Rolly (a fat Rishi Kapoor) is having casting issues in his son’s movie because Zafar Khan (Hrithik Roshan) wants a break. Through the extremes of luck, Vikram is asked to audition for the empty role. He finally gets the role. But then he has to face the responsibility of being a star.

All the humorous references to films in general i.e. A Fistful of Rupees, The Good, The Bad, The Worst, are good and are filled throughout the film. The acting of the production company is over the top, especially Rishi Kapoor. The homages and displays of the industry are great. But it’s a glam sham: too many stars in too long a running time. It’s a 2 1/2 hr mess that is transparent but has a lot of good aspects.

Writer-director Zoya Akhtar directs her first feature with ease. I guess it comes with an extensive knowledge of the Hindi film industry. The credits at the beginning are real good because of the relationship with the visuals and the field credited. The beginning of the movie starts well, sets up our characters, but we don’t know where the story goes. I seriously thought that upto the part where Vikram lands the role, the movie was a good look into the industry. Problem is, apart from being a look at Bollywood, this is nothing more and Vikram, our protagonist, has no direction in the story. Farhan’s acting is great, but he’s stuck in such a role where there is no direction. You can’t feel for any of these characters. I nearly slept at a point in the movie. Ah well…

With all this mess, I guess this deserves:

2/5.

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