Based on the book by Anuja Chauhan, of the same name, this story takes the popular notion of luck and superstitions to give out a commentary about how popular beliefs like this shouldn’t hamper growth in the 21st century. However, they don’t put in any “hard work” themselves, and luck might not work this time.
Second show on the day of the release, and I was told that they might cancel the show altogether due to lack of sales. Shocked and surprised, I hoped for the movie to screen and “luck” was in my favour. If only the movie was as interesting as my quest for watching it, but it wasn’t.
Sonam Kapoor plays a “middle class” living in a palatial house, working for an ad agency, or more like the film, trying to work. The film starts off with her being born on the same day as Kapil Dev lifted the World Cup, followed by her cricket fanatic father (Sanjay Kapoor) announcing that she was the reason for their win.
Right at the outset, a voiceover by Shah Rukh Khan dismisses cricket as a disease as bad as “dengue and malaria”. Halfway through, somebody describes the game as “a circus”. By the time the film is ready wind up, the heroine rues the fact that “sab kuch mazaaq ban gaya hai”. Exactly the point. The intention of the film was to poke into India’s obsession over cricket and its tendency to embrace the irrationality if it gets success. But the film doesn’t take its full toll.
This film does a half-hearted attempt in actually humanising the superstitions of cricket, in a country where Cricket is another religion altogether. However, the politics of the film comes out of convenience. Dulquer Salman, son of Malayalam superstar Mammootty, Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, daughter of superstar Anil Kapoor. Industry kids of two successful stars playing leads in a story between talent v/s luck comes off as convenient. To a point where even supporting cast follows that pattern. Sanjay Kapoor and Sikandar Kher (son of Kirron Kher).
The movie makes a parody out of the entire scenario by tacky ads by cricketer within the film, spoof like commentary, bad simulation of matches and even a Tendulkar doppelganger. The characters somehow feel like fallen off from Abhishek Sharma’s Tere Bin Laden series and don’t do any job in taking the story forward, rather fall flat with their arcs.
The film in the first half goes through swiftly in establishing the characters and their interpersonal dynamics, though it doesn’t cover up for the obvious loops in the screenplay. However, the 2nd half just drops it completely. The pace goes down, and it gets very mechanical. Somehow the director is to be blamed here with how he makes a mockery within the film, which also doesn’t help in the message to be passed because it just seems that he doesn’t want it to be taken seriously.
Performances by both leading actors fall short because Dulquer Salman’s big, brown eyes don’t do justice to the character of an Indian captain Nikhil Khoda, while Sonam Kapoor’s Zoya Solanki pulls off a mix of her characters from Aisha and Khoobsurat, only here it wasn’t needed. The romantic angle between the two is on and off throughout the films but falls flat because it takes up the limelight against a broader messaging.
All in all, we have an answer between the luck v/s talent argument, which is also true about the film. And it is talent, which majorly falls short, and here, no luck can save it.