Cast: Farhan Akthar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor, Cheetah Yagnesh Shetty, Saif Ali Khan, Hrithik Roshan
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar
Lyrics: Javed Akhtar
Cinematography: Carlos Catalan
Zoya Akhtar’s (daughter of the famous lyricist Javed Akhtar and sister of the young and famous director turned actor Farhaan Akhtar) directorial debut film “Luck By Chance” is a contemporary take on the Hindi film industry. Although, the similar subject was dealt with in the movies like Om Shanti Om as well as Khoya Khoya Chand, this movie is something different.
There are certain reasons that set this film apart from its counterparts. The movie stars all the biggies of Bollywood. It boasts of 25 prominent actors in its star cast. While actors like Shabana Azmi, Javed Akhtar, Shahrukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Rani Mukherji, Shilpa Shetty, Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, John Abraham, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Vivek Oberoi, Boman Irani, Anurag Kashyap, and Rajkumar Hirani make a guest appearance, Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma, Hrithik Roshan, Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Isha Sharvani, and Saurabh Shukla are in the main lead. After watching the movie I realized that all these actors are not just stuffed in for star-value, but go in sync with the script. Zoya Akhtar succeeds in extracting perfect performances from each and every member of the cast.
Yet, another fact that sets the movie apart is that it is for the first time that two of our Indian film icons, Shahrukh Khan and Aamir Khan have made a special appearance in a movie together, despite them having not shared the same frame ever before. The movie also makes behind-the-scenes, action director, Yajnesh Shetty alias ‘Cheetah’ face the camera. Yajnesh Shetty’s zest for martial arts led him train big stars like Amitabh Bachchan, Ajay Devgan, and Govinda. He also produced Govinda starrer Hum Tum Pe Marte Hain.
Luck By Chance is a journey of an actor named Vikram Jaisingh (director turned actor Farhan Akhtar) who comes from Delhi to Mumbai to make it big in films. Sona Mishra (played by Konkona Sen Sharma) has been struggling in B-grade cinema and wants to switch to more meaty roles. Meanwhile, film producer, Rommy Rolly (played by lover boy of 80′s Rishi Kapoor) announces a new project starring popular film-star Zafar Khan (played by superstar Hrithik Roshan). Zafar’s exit from the project is Vikram’s entry ticket to Bollywood. Luck shines bright on him as he is short-listed for Rolly’s film. But as he gains professional fame, his personal life goes for a toss with a failed relationship with girlfriend Sona.
Zoya manages to pull off satire on several actors who make you laugh at their own expense (Mac Mohan, Sanjay Kapoor and Anurag Kashyup). Also the film-in-film setting gives ample scope for several parody pieces on Bollywood clinches. The uniqueness of Luck By Chance lies in its nervy spoofs that it makes on the film industry, without exaggerating the outcome. On the whole, the music of Luck By Chance stands for quality like most of the albums by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. The album has a robust mix of songs of different genres, a trademark of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy that enthralls audiences and at the same time give them good music to hum.