Friday, October 9, 2009

Wake Up Sid

Medium : Hindi
Starring : Ranbhir Kapoor, Konkana Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher
Direction : Ayan Mukherjee
Producer : Karan Johar
Music : Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Amit Trivedi

Right from the mid 19th century, bollywood has been ruled by the Kapoor family. It starts from Prithviraj Kapoor to the well known show-man Raj Kapoor and later came the era of Shashi Kapoor followed by Rishi Kapoor and now the younger member of the family, Ranbhir Kapoo
r has also started acting since last 2 years. Born as the son of notable star couple, Rishi Kapoor - Neetu Singh, he has started acting through Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Sawariya', then came 'Bachna Ye Haseeno' and now he is starred opposite Konkana Sen Sharma ('Page 3', 'Traffic Signal', 'Mr & Mrs Iyer', 'Aaja Nachle' fame) in 'Wake Up Sid'. It is directed by debutant Ayan Mukherjee and produced by notable director Karan Johar.

Ranbhir Kapoor comes in the role of a student who is not at all serious in his
studies. He has to pay the price for his careless attitude. Though he is born in a rich family, his father (Anupam Kher) doesn't like his son 's irresponsible behaviour. Due to this, the son quarells with his father and leaves the house. In the mean while, he meets the heroine (Konkana), who reaches Mumbai in search of a job. Leaving his own house, he decides to stay with her. She helps her in getting a job and also in moulding his character. Anyway in the end, as it has to be, it is a contrasting change happens in his life.

The attitude of bollywood films has canged a lot in the last 10 years. This fact has been discussed by us several times before. Though there are romantic films still releasing, they are giving some variety subjects also through many new directors like Ramgopal Varma, Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashuthosh Gowariker etc. 'Wake Up Sid' is one such film where the treatment holds the main factor. Konkana Sen Sahrma and Ranbhir Kapoor who did the pivotal roles have given an excellent performance. The situations and the dialogues used in the film are natural. The way in which hero's classmates are shown, the scene in which the hero tells his love and also the portrayal of matured character of the heroine etc are some examples. (...but I doubt the genuinity in the situation where the hero and the heroine stays together in a room for a long time...!!!). Anyway in the end, one might feel that the hero's character has got shades from the real life.

The hero's role, here and there resembles Hrithik Roshan's first half character in 'Lakshya'. The songs given by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy are not upto the mark; but we doesn't feel it while watching the movie. Anil Mehta, the senior cinematographer behind films like 'Lagaan', 'Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna', 'Veer Zaara' etc had given colorful frames.

In my review of 'Sawariya' I told that my comments on the new hero will be given once I watch his future projects only. After 'Wake Up Sid', I felt that Ranbhir Kapoor has also got the talent to acheive a position in a place where his father once ruled.

'Wake Up Sid' is not extra ordinary; but the difference in treatment made it good and it is a relief from the usual bollywood love / masala formula.

Rating : 8 / 10

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