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Luck by Chance (2009)

Luck by Chance (2009)

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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 his sights on the city. Vikram's no fool; he has a way of getting what he wants, and when he meets Sona, the sparks start to fly. Meanwhile, superstitious producer Romy Rolly is developing a potential blockbuster designed to launch the career of 18-year-old Nikki, the daughter of '70s-era superstar Neena. Headlining the film is Rolly's biggest star, box-office heavy Zaffar Khan. When things start going south on Rolly's film, Vikram is called in for an audition. One audition is all Vikram needs in order to make a big impression, and before long things are looking decidedly brighter for all involved. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Comedy , Mystery & Suspense
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Box Office:
$326,187.00
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Cast

Farhan Akhtar
as Vikram Jaisingh
Hrithik Roshan
as Zaffar Khan
Konkona Sen Sharma
as Sonam Mishra
Rishi Kapoor
as Romy Rolly
Isha Sharvani
as Nikki Walia
Dimple Kapadia
as Neena Walia
Juhi Chawla
as Minty Rolly
Alyy Khan
as Satish Chowdhury
Saurabh Shukla
as Nand Kishore
Sanjay Kapoor
as Ranjit Rolly
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Critic Reviews for Luck by Chance

All Critics (11) | 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
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

An enjoyable but ultimately toothless inside-Bollywood dramady.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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

A valentine as well as a poison pen letter to good-golly-it's-Bollywood.

Full Review… | May 5, 2015
Hindustan Times

Audience Reviews for Luck by Chance

½

Mini Review 12: Luck by Chance Plot: Aspiring actor Vikram Jaisingh (Farhan Akhtar) dreams of striking gold in Bollywood, by hook or crook, and is waiting for his first break. When nothing seems like coming around, he lands the role of a leading man in one of the most prestigious films. From there on his luck is on a trail run but he falls victim to the usual vicissitudes of stardom, glory, money and paparazzi. Positives: --> Presence of multiple stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan to quote a few --> Extremely natural performance by Konkana Sen Sharma which comes pretty naturally to her --> Great music and background score by Shankar Ehsaan Loy Negatives: --> Truly lucky Farhan Akhtar with not an iota of performance written across him.

Jack Lakkapragada
Jack Lakkapragada

Mini Review 12: Luck by Chance Plot: Aspiring actor Vikram Jaisingh (Farhan Akhtar) dreams of striking gold in Bollywood, by hook or crook, and is waiting for his first break. When nothing seems like coming around, he lands the role of a leading man in one of the most prestigious films. From there on his luck is on a trail run but he falls victim to the usual vicissitudes of stardom, glory, money and paparazzi. Positives: --> Presence of multiple stars like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan and Hrithik Roshan to quote a few --> Extremely natural performance by Konkana Sen Sharma which comes pretty naturally to her --> Great music and background score by Shankar Ehsaan Loy Negatives: --> Truly lucky Farhan Akhtar with not an iota of performance written across him.

Jack Lakkapragada
Jack Lakkapragada
½

Success and failure are choices we make. If you are successful, then this makes sense, but if you’re not, well… After all, no one actually believes that they are a failure because they chose to be. It is a very difficult idea to grasp. However, this is an idea that I tend to agree with. Although luck does play a part in our success, it is what you make with it that really determines if your successful or not. Luck By Chance illustrates that to us very clearly. Success is not determined by our fortune, it is determined by how happy we are in spite of it. I loved this film. It had incredible passion to it. The characters were so real and it is all attributed to such great acting. I was really impressed by these kids’ performances. They were all very talented even the character of Nikki played by Isha Sharvani who portrayed an actress who was supposed to be all looks and no talent. I think she had one of the toughest roles in this movie. This film is about Bollywood actors who are trying to make it in a cut throat business. Funny, if you replace just one letter in Bollywood, you could have had the same movie based out of LA. I do not have much experience with Bollywood movies. The only other one I have seen was Slumdog Millionaire, however, I do not even think that was a real Bollywood movie. I did find the dialog a little difficult to follow at first only because they kept code switching between Hindi and English. However, in my opinion this added to the realism of the movie and it made it quite interesting to watch. I have only ever seen code switching before with Spanish-American movies, never with any other language, it was quite remarkable. The sets were beautiful, the actors were awesome, the script was incredible, this movie, well it left me speechless. Our movies have influenced the world in so many ways. I think the entire world knows about our movies and everyone has been a big fan of them for a long time. We are just starting to see something similar happening with Bollywood pictures. Are we beginning to see some competition? This is really great news for us movie goers. If we expect to see movies like this coming from Bollywood, I think we are all in for a real nice treat. We have seen movies like this before, this was nothing new. However, there was something unique with the some of the decisions and outcome in this movie that made it totally fresh and interesting. Maybe it was that I don’t know anything about the Indian lifestyle. Watching this movie you get to see their daily lives. We have this image of India being a third world country, with poverty and crime. I never quite believed that. I’m sure they have their poverty, I am sure they have their crime, who does not? I didn’t see that in this movie, I saw a beautiful country with a really cool culture not all that dissimilar to ours. If you are not into the foreign film scene, you might not appreciate this one. It is dialog driven so there is a lot of reading. If you’re looking into watching a Bollywood movie for the first time, or if you just want to see a good foreign film some time, this is a great choice. It was very entertaining and I’m glad that is was in my list.

Victor Rodriguez
Victor Rodriguez

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