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Luck by Chance (2009)

Not Rated | | Drama | 30 January 2009 (India)
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.

Director:

Zoya Akhtar

Writers:

Zoya Akhtar (story & screenplay), Javed Akhtar (dialogue)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Farhan Akhtar ... Vikram Jaisingh
Konkona Sen Sharma ... Sona Mishra
Rishi Kapoor ... Romy Rolly
Dimple Kapadia ... Neena Walia
Isha Sharvani ... Nikki Walia
Sanjay Kapoor ... Ranjit Rolly
Juhi Chawla ... Minty Romy Rolly
Hrithik Roshan ... Zaffar Khan
Alyy Khan ... Satish Chaudhary
Sheeba Chaddha
Arjun Mathur ... Abhimanyu Gupta
Sid Makkar Sid Makkar
Pankaj Kalra Pankaj Kalra ... Raju - Sona's agent
Megha Narkar Megha Narkar ... Laxmi - Dance Instructor
Ashish Sawhny Ashish Sawhny ... Tanvir (as Ashish Sawhney)
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi | English

Release Date:

30 January 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Liebe, Glück und andere Zufälle See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$216,918, 1 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$355,492, 22 February 2009
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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Trivia

At the end of the title sequence of the movie, when the 'directed by' credit appears on the screen, a closed gate of a fictitious cinema hall is shown which appears to be named "Kismet Talkies". This is a reference to the director Zoya Akhtar's shelved project which was called "Kismet Talkies" (Kismat Talkies (2010)) and which remained on hold for a long time after which she moved on to make Luck by Chance. See more »

Quotes

Romy Rolly: Oye, Institute, I am not making this film for film festivals.
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Crazy Credits

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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Soundtracks

Baawre
Written by Javed Akhtar
Composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa and Ehsaan Noorani
Performed by Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa, Ila Arun, Mumay Khan,
Babu Khan, Manzoor Khan and Rajab Khan
Courtesy of Big Music
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The movie is superb: For lovers of intelligent cinema
1 February 2009 | by The_Mighty_WarriorSee 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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