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Luck by Chance (2009)

 -  Drama  -  30 January 2009 (India)
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A struggling actor comes from Delhi to Bombay and enters the Hindi film industry.

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Konkona Sen Sharma ...
Sona Mishra
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Romy Rolly
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Neena Walia
Isha Sharvani ...
Nikki Walia
Sanjay Kapoor ...
Ranjit Rolly
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Minty Romy Rolly
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Alyy Khan ...
Satish Chaudhary
Sheeba Chaddha
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Abhimanyu Gupta
Sid Makkar
Pankaj Kalra ...
Raju - Sona's agent
Megha Narkar ...
Laxmi - Dance Instructor
Ashish Sawhney ...
Tanvir
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Refusing the accept the same fate as her sisters, Tara and Meghna, and get married to a boy from the same Caste, Kanpur-based Sona Mishra alienates herself from her accountant father, and re-locates to Mumbai in order to act in movies. She meets with Satish Chaudhary who offers to assist her in getting a lead role. Years later, all he could manage was bit parts, leaving her frustrated but hopeful. She meets with another struggling actor, Vikram Jaisingh, and both become fairly intimate. When a lead role with Satish does not materialize, and his wife, Pinky, becomes suspicious, she decides to depart. Disappointment and shock also await Vikram when he is candidly told by his friend, Abhimanyu Gupta, that he has no talent and must consider returning back in Delhi to assist his businessman father. It does look like the end of the road for both Sona and Vikram - leaving the question open whether they will continue with their relationship &/or return to their respective homes. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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30 January 2009 (India)  »

Also Known As:

Liebe, Glück und andere Zufälle  »

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$216,918 (USA) (30 January 2009)

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$355,492 (USA) (20 February 2009)
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In one of the first scenes of the film, Aamir Khan is shown to be giving a shot for an imaginary Rajkumar Hirani film. This is a nod to the fact that the next venture of both Aamir and Rajkumar Hirani after Luck by Chance is together for the movie 3 Idiots (2009) See more »

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Sapnon Se Bhare Naina
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Simply Superb - A Movie Worth Watching.
1 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What can I say about this movie? This is one of the best movies that has been released so far this year and it is by an débutant, female director, who has gone on to prove her capability in directing and it deals with a simple story.

A newcomer from the Indian capital, after completing a course in acting, moves down to Mumbai and tries to join the Hindi film Industry (Bollywood) and makes some friends but struggles in getting a role.

Starring Farhan Akhtar, Isha Sharvani, Hrithik Roshan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Kapoor and Anurag Kashyap. This is directed and co – written by Zoya Akhtar, co – written by Farhan Akhtar and the music score is by Shankhar Ehsan Loy. Special appearances by many, including Abhishek Bachchan, Shilpa Shetty, Shahrukh Khan, Karan Johar, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, John Abraham, Ranbir Kapoor, Akshaye Khanna, Ronit Roy ("Mr Bajaj" in "Kasautii Zindagi Kii" and "Mihir Virani" in "Kyunke Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" of Balaji Telefilms TV series),Mac Mohan ("Sambha" in "Sholay"), Vivek Oberoi and Aamir "Mr Pefectionist" Khan.

This gives the audience an in sight into what sometimes happens when making a movie and what happens in the industry and more when it involves the opposite sex and when you are working together. Zoya Akhtar, sister to Farhan Akhtar and daughter of Javed Akhtar, has done a superb job in her directorial debut in showing that is something believable and has also managed to show how some of the actors struggle when they first try and join the industry and the pains in being involved in a relationship.

Farhan Akhtar, has once again proved that, not only is he a good director of films such as "Dil Chehta Hai" and "Don," but with his second film as an actor, the first being "Rock on," is good. In this, he has portrayed a character that can and should be considered as an ordinary person and is a believable character. The other, being Hrithik Roshan, is also good in his role. Rishi Kapoor as a big movie director is also convincing and as are Juhi Chawla and Dimple Kapadia. The special appearances by the names that I have mentioned do play a major part in this movie and are worth watching. But it made a change to see Mac Mohan after such a long time.

The music score by Shankar Ehsan Loy is worth listening to but the songs are also worth as well and in particular "Bhago Re" and the dance by Hrithik to it and "Jahanmein Sunate Hai." The lyricist and father of Farhan and Zoya Akhtar, Javed Akhtar, who has been a judge on the Indian TV channel, Sony, for "Indian Idol," has also given a good break into playback singing to one of the previous contestants, Amit Paul.

The entry of Zoya Akhtar as a director is a definite "feather in the cap" for the industry.

This is a movie that is definitely worth watching.


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