Directed by Ayan Mukerji
Produced by Karan Johar
Written by Ayan Mukerji, Niranjan Iyengar
Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak, Rahul Khanna, Kashmira Shah
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Distributed by Dharma Productions, UTV Motion Pictures
Release date(s) 2 October, 2009
Running time 138 Mins
Its been 264 days, or 8 months, 21 days since I last wrote a movie review. Its not that I’ve stopped watching movies, no sir! That can’t happen. I’m a BIG movie buff if you don’t know already, and I’ve seen a lot of movies in that time, just that ever since I started using twitter, my blog took a backstage. Not anymore though, I’ll try to be regular from now on. Anyways on to the movie review now.
Initial promos of the movie didn’t really inspire me to go and watch the movie, but slowly and steadily the movie gathered good ratings and with good word of mouth recommendations, I decided to give it a watch. A lot has been said about the movie able to connect with the youth, which I found quite true. I could relate how it is to go through that transition phase from the no responsibility college going youth to a guy working and starting his important phase in life. So that way a lot of people can somehow relate to the events in the movie.
Plot (spoiler warning)
The plot was pretty simple, Sidharth Mehra aka “Sid” (Ranbir Kapoor) is a lazy rich boy who is in his final year of graduation and doesn’t have a clue about whats next in store for him after he completes studies. His friends have started moving on in life and he is still not decided. His parents Sarita (Supriya Pathak) and Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher) run out of patience when he fails in his exam, and out of the heated arguments he decides to move out of the house and starts living with a new friend Aisha Bannerjee (Konkona Sen Sharma), whom he met at the farewell party. So slowly Sid starts realizing that he needs to do something and get a job, which he eventually gets and then he returns to his home, with his parents happy that their son is now a grown up man. Sid and Aisha realize about the feeling they share for each other and profess their love. A Happy Ending!
Ranbir Kapoor was at the center stage in the movie and he did a solid job. He really looked like a spoilt brat who doesn’t care about the world and was realistic. He’s getting better and better. He fits in the youth-type roles pretty well. Konkona Sen Sharma is a great actress, does a great job with every movie she is in, and this was no exception. Her character had maturity and she looked realistic as well and complemented Ranbir. Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak, who played the roles of the parents were really good. Rahul Khanna and Kashmira shah didn’t have much to do, and were just fine. The friends of Sid were all really good.
Ayan Mukherji has handled the subject pretty well in his directorial debut. He was the assistant director to Ashutosh Gowariker in Swades and Karan Johar in Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna, so he has learnt his craft from two well known film makers and he did a pretty good job himself. Cinematography was top notch. Mumbai is a beautiful city and we could see great parts of the city in superb visuals and angles.
Music of the film was pretty good, effective and gels with the theme of the movie. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy got it spot on and title track “Wake Up Sid” & “Iktara” were both pretty good.
Overall the movie was a good watch. It should connect well with the youth and gives an example of how important it is to seriously think about what lies ahead. Some scenes in the movie were done pretty well. When Sid meets his father and tell him about the job and hands over the first pay check, that was a touching scene. So in all its a decent film and should be able to get favorable response.