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Day 47 - WAKE UP SID

Film Review

Time for my second review (writing Reviews is harder than I had anticipated). The movie was cute and charming and right-out-of-everyday-life.

It is a straight-forward story without any bumpy-rides. You pretty much know what will happen but yet are completely involved in the narration. I personally thought the movie took about 40 minutes to sets it's pace but once it did, there was no going back!

It's a story of a spoilt brat (Sidharth) who has to learn to get up on his feet once the college gets over and he gets his result. It is also a story of a young girl (Aisha) who comes to Mumbai to make her dreams come true and be independent. She aspires to be a writer. Sid and Aisha's paths-cross on the first day of her arrival in the city and the story unfolds of their friendship, career, growth and ... may be ... love? There are some really touching sequences in the movie. I am sure everyone will find one instance that they would relate to, personally with their own life. My favorite scene in the movie is when Sid finds Aisha's 'white kurta' in his bag and wears it. Somehow the scene struck a cord with me :o)

Director Ayan Mukerji has done a marvelous job considering this was his debut movie. I think his forte is emotional scenes. The music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is absolutely in sync with the feel of the movie. It is melodious. However, my personal favorite is Iktara composed by Amit Trivedi. My only critic would be about the dialogues, as they seldom felt befitting which took away from the effectiveness of the scene.

Ranbir Kapoor in the portrayal of Sid was top-notch. He absolutely made the character his own and now I cannot imagine anyone else playing it. He was superb and cute and funny and 100% convincing. Special mention about his T-Shirts - They were soooooo cute. I loved each one of them. He should totally wear them all time. He looks ' so handsome' (you'll know what I mean when/if you see the movie) in them.

Konkona Sen Sharma is amazing, it doesn't get better than her. She is anyways among one of my favorite talented Indian actresses. I yet have to see her in a bad performance. Her movies might have been terrible but she always shines, in each one of them. She is an effortless actor. Her craft clearly comes 'naturally' to her. This particular role was definitely written for her. Again, no one else could have given such an understated performance and yet shine through it.

Supriya Pathak was adorable. Anupam Kher was good, as expected. Kashmira Shah was alright in the screen time she got. Chhotu was cute and all of Sid's friends were correctly casted. However, Rahul Khanna (as in all his movies) had a half baked role, which always makes me wonder - Why does he do them?

Bottom line - Watch it! It's a good feel-good-family movie. If nothing else, I came out smiling. My 2.5 hours well spent this friday evening.

Week 7 | Day 47 | 2nd October 2009