Luck by Chance (2009)

Luck by Chance (2009)

Luck by Chance



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A Bollywood starlet and a struggling newcomer are brought together by kismet, working their way through the Hindi film industry as romance blossoms and their lives are forever changed. Arriving in Bombay with stars in her eyes and dreams of success, Sona has the luxury of a rented apartment, and passes the time in the company of her loyal friends. Everyone has a dream in this city, and as Sona works hard to make a name for herself on the big screen, Vikram leaves his parents' Delhi home and sets … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Javed Akhtar, Zoya Akhtar
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 17, 2009
Box Office: $0.3M
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as Vikram Jaisingh

as Zaffar Khan

as Sonam Mishra

as Romy Rolly

as Nikki Walia

as Neena Walia

as Minty Rolly

as Satish Chowdhury

as Nand Kishore

as Ranjit Rolly
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Critic Reviews for Luck by Chance

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

Luck by Chance is a sharp look at how stardom is both desired and created and the personal and professional toll it can take on those who pursue it.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Los Angeles Times
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Expensively polished, with portions shot in the now-notorious Taj Mahal hotel and a bombastic techno-poppy soundtrack currently getting raves in India, the film mostly just makes one nostalgic for Bollywood classics.

Full Review… | February 11, 2009
Village Voice
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An enjoyable but ultimately toothless inside-Bollywood dramady.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
L.A. Weekly
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Bursting with the usual colorful pop music numbers and lighter-than-a-soap-bubble quandaries, the film is a typical Bollywood entry, not likely to win over many new converts.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
New York Post
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Luck by Chance is an appealing tale of two would-be actors looking for movie stardom.

Full Review… | January 30, 2009
New York Times
Top Critic

Poised somewhere between an outright art movie and a mainstream Indian feature, [this] behind-the-scene look at the hopes and shattered dreams of aspiring Mumbai movie stars could as easily have been called "What Price Bollywood?" or "Run, Vikram, Run."

Full Review… | March 1, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Luck by Chance


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Ever wonder what actors go through, from class to auditioning, dealing with other actors and finally getting a break. Get yourself to a theatre near you (well a theatre that's playing Hindi movies, which will probably not be near you, you'lll have to drive a bit, unless you live across from one.) and buy a ticket for "Luck By Chance". I was intrigued by the previews which I saw on B4U when I was back home for the holidays in my brother's basement; (I really didn't need to say that did I?) and I have to say the film is very enjoyable. Let me ask you a question.

What do Hrithik Roshan, Dimple Kapadia, Sanjay Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor and Farhan Akhtar have in common? (you'll know this if you watch Bollywood movies, oh excuse me I mean, movies from the "Hindi Film Industry")They are all sons and daughters of actors, writers and industry related people. They all are also starring in "Luck by Chance". I find it ironic that one of the issues dealt in the movie was how difficult it is for an unknown actor to make it big, and here we have all actors who in someway have or had a connection in the film industry telling this story. Even our leading lady Konkona.Sen Sharma is the daughter of an actress-writer-director. (wow she got all three). Well at least they are telling good stories. The one person that is not, who really did get lucky is Isha Sharvani who got her break in Subash Ghai's "Kisna". She is absolutely adorable in this film. The multi talented Farhan is a wonderful choice for the lead. He has average looks but the potential to be great which works for this film. Konkona has become the Hindi film industry's Indie girl and once again delivers! Dimple Kapadia has never been better. In all her scenes she brings out a vulnerability that so many actors lack. Hrithik is gorgeous as usual and will entertain the pants off of you. The song "Baawre" is very catchy and will have you shaking you head all the way home. (side note: there is one line that the acting teacher says which I need to comment on. He says it is easy to make it in Hollywood, it is difficult to make it in Bollywood, you have act, sing and dance. First of all lets take out singing, no one really does that , unless they want to, its not required. second only a handful of actors are great dancers in Bollywood others just get by. Bollywood has actors mainly from India. Hollywood has actors from around the world coming and trying to make it, so not so much buddy!)

From what I have experienced there are many scenes portrayed in this film that are true to life. For example, you show up to an audition and there are 50 actors there auditioning for the same role. I've even gone to the bathroom several times to get away from it all and clear my head. I was kind of nervous watching some of the scenes.

The credit truly goes to the powerhouse team of Javed, Farhan and Zoya akhtar. Who have made an attempt to show something different and genuine. The film scatters around a bit to show what all different industry related people do, I would have preferred them to concentrate on 2-3 stories instead of 5-6 but Zoya Akhtar does to a great job of keeping it all together. I didn't mind any of the songs here either. They are all wonderful and moved the story along. The film is great but I loved the opening credits and the ending, it really hit home for me. Needless to say I walked out with satisfied smile on my face.

Kal El

Ever wondered about the heroine's dead-sister's friend? Well, Luck by Chance makes you.

This is a film about those tens of thousands of people who light up the screen momentarily if only to take the story forward. They are the clogs that make the wheels of Indian cinema turn; the unsung heroes (and heroines) of 'the Hindi Film Industry' who don't quite make it big.

Mostly because- as this film tells us- they aren't born into Filmdom's Royalty: the progenies- sons, daughters, nephews and nieces- of the Bollywood elite. The only non-entrenched non-filmi people who do make it big are those who do movies filmi-children wouldn't want to touch with a pole. Think SRK in Baazigar; or the Big B in Zanjeer.

Farhan Akhtar's character is one such struggling actor who gets his break starring in a movie the Superstar walks out of. He superbly- and subtly- portrays the moral dilemma of success, torn as he is between keeping his old set of not-so-lucky friends and the new glamorous lifestyle that comes with stardom- a world in which the former have little or no place except perhaps as cronies and hangers-on.

Konkana Sen is particularly moving as Farhan's much-victimized girlfriend from his days of struggle and Hritik Roshan shines as the Superstar- replete with the insecurities that come with that job.

This is a very good if somewhat longish film. But we owe it to the countless could-have-beens of Bollywood to go see it. The Curtains come off quite nicely.

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