A spoiled young adult living in Mumbai experiences a change in his lazy ways when he meets a woman at a party, who inspires him to "wake up".


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sid Mehra
Aisha Banerjee
Sarita Mehra
Ram Mehra(Sid's father)
Kabir Chaudhary
Sonia (as Kashmera Shah)
Namit Das ...
Rishi Atul Raheja
Shikha Talsania ...
Laxmi Inder Advani
Krutika Bolaki ...
Mohsin Ali Khan ...
Munir Kabani ...
Amit - Mumbai Beat
Atisha Naik ...
Mrs. Bapat
Rahul Pendkalkar ...
Sanju Bapat
Kainaz Motivala ...
Tanya Lathia


In Mumbai, Sid Mehra is, in the words of his father, an arrogant, spoiled brat. He lives with a doting mother, subservient brother, and a father who covers his expenses and credit card bills. Sid takes his college finals then starts work at his father's business; he lasts less than a week before walking out. At a graduation party, he meets Aisha, newly arrived from Calcutta and set on becoming a writer. He shows her the city and helps her refurbish a rented flat. He asks if she'd like to progress from friend to something more, but she says no: he lacks ambition and isn't her type. Will her words, his exam results, a confrontation with his parents, and a break with his friends be enough to wake Sid up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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2 October 2009 (India)  »

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£101,858 (UK) (2 October 2009)


$717,977 (USA) (30 October 2009)

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The film got delayed three month during post production when Ranbir Kapoor grew a beard for a role in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year (2009), therefore, he was unavailable to shoot some of the patch up scenes. See more »


After the water fight between Sid and Aisha, the back of Sid's shirt is slightly wet, but in the next scene it becomes completely dry. See more »


Sid's father: [hearing Sid tell his mother to shut up] Say you're sorry, Sid. I said apologize to your her.
Sid Mehra: Please don't interfere with this, Dad.
Sid's father: Don't interfere? And continue to ignore what an ungrateful, spoiled brat you've become? How dare you speak to your mother like that. Her life has revolved around you every single day of the last twenty years. She couldn't go to school, so she wanted you to do well so you could get everything she couldn't have.
Sid Mehra: Wow. Another lecture.
Sid's father: [as Sid turns to leave] Sid! Don't...
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Good Morning Karan Johar
11 October 2009 | by (Brampton, Ontario) – See all my reviews

A very refreshing and a very likable debut from writer-director Ayan Mukherjee. Considering the resume of his producer, a very gutsy effort as well.

There is nothing novel about the premise of Wake Up Sid, neither is there any major plot twist that is not quite evident from watching the preview of the film. And yet Ayan is very observant in his writing and seems very true in his approach. He also treats the viewer with appropriate intelligence to let things unfold consequentially and logically.

It is also very inspiring to know that the entire film is shot in Mumbai - it is a story about Mumbai and Ayan adds a beautiful underlying subplot about the city, its character and its weather. Anil Mehta has done an amazing job capturing Mumbai on screen.

The supporting cast and Konkona as well as Rahul Khanna all do a very admirable job, but this is really all about Ranbir Kapoor. He has come of age in this movie as an actor with tremendous ability. The arc of his character is not extremely difficult in its emotionality, but Ranbir has added tremendous conviction and sincerity to it. It is very heartening to see and keeping in mind his forthcoming films, I am very excited.

But most of all, I must applaud Karan Johar. As a producer or director, this is his seventh film - KKHH, KKKG, KHNH, Kaal, KANK, Dostana and now Wake Up Sid. This is his best and the only one that I have personally liked. I applaud him because he has taken a chance and really put his money and his reputation on the line for something that is truly different given his filmography so far.

Indian cinema has changed amazingly in the last 5 years or so and I hope that with films like these KJ and his Dharma Productions will be a part of the newer, smarter, cooler and dare I say better Bollywood. 8/10.

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