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Luck by Chance (2009)

 -  Drama  -  30 January 2009 (India)
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When Vikram gets tapped to play the male lead in a Bollywood film, he can't believe his luck. But it may ruin his relationship with his girlfriend.

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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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Trivia

In a casual conversation, a struggling newcomer actor asks an Assistant Director if he can get a chance to act in a Bhatt film because "Bhatts are always giving chance to newcomers like himself", which points to the fact that Mahesh Bhatt and Mukesh Bhatt are reputed of starring newcomers in every film they produce. Also, the actor Emraan Hashmi's name is mentioned when the AD invites Farhan (the newcomer) on the sets saying Emraan is doing a smooch scene yet again pointing at the "serial kisser" reputation that Emraan has created of himself lately. See more »

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The actual movie shows Konkona winning a new Godrej Fridge towards the end of the movie through a lucky draw. However in the credits, the name goes as Videocon Fridge Guy. While Videocon is another manufacturer of electrical appliances. See more »

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Pyaar Ki Daastaan
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Mahalakshmi Iyer (as Mahalakshmi) and Amit Paul
Courtesy of Big Music
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The movie is superb: For lovers of intelligent cinema
1 February 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I was completely taken by surprise by this film. I wasn't planning on watching it, but I am glad I did. It is terrific. This is easily one of the best films I have seen recently. It's Bollywood at its finest. The story is an insider look at the Bollywood film industry and the struggle of actors to get noticed in Bollywood. It deals with a range of issues like casting couch, movie business, actors images, hopes and aspirations and showbiz politics. It does so in a subtle and understated manner, yet is incredibly engaging. The film is very intelligently written and the dialogues are sharp and true to life. The characters are instantly likable. They are complex and seem like they are straight out of life. The acting is brilliant from the entire cast. You will find yourself hanging onto their every word and expression.

The most noticeable aspect of this film is how sincere and understated it is. There is very little use of background music and embellishments. The film completely hinges on the superbly-written drama and acting. It's a delight to watch Farhan Akhtar, Konkona Sen Sharma act and their scenes together exude warmth and innocence.

It is difficult to believe this is Zoya Akhtar's directional debut. Her direction is flawless and technically brilliant. It seems effortless in fact. It's as if direction is natural to her as breathing. I also admire how balanced her portrayal of the Bollywood film industry is. She takes some digs at many Bollywood conventions, but never in a cynical or contemptuous way, more as acknowledging the dynamics of industry life. Giving the outsider a remarkable and clean insight on what goes on behind the scenes.

You really should see this film, especially if you enjoy intelligent cinema. This film is immensely likable for its total sincerity and innocence, personified by Farhan Akhtar's character. I would be surprised if anybody disliked it.


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