Cast: Farhan Akhtar, Konkana Sen Sharma, Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Juhi Chawla, Sanjay Kapoor, Isha Sharwani and Hrithik Roshan (guest appearance)
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Producer: Farhan Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Zoya Akhtar
Release date: January 30, 2009
Just when you thought Shah Rukh Khan's "Om Shanti Om" was the last take on Bollywood's inside story, Zoya Akhtar makes her directorial debut this Friday (January 30) with "Luck By Chance", a serious dig at the industry.
Already in the news for its brother-sister camaraderie, the film has been written and directed by Zoya and is the story of an aspiring actor who arrives in Mumbai to make it big in Bollywood. And penning the script seems to have been a cakewalk for Javed Akhtar's daughter.
"This was quite an easy film for me to write. From start to finish, it took me no extra research to pen the story down. It is so because I've seen a lot of strugglers who come to Mumbai make a living out of Bollywood. Also, I have friends who came from Oman and Assam and are doing fairly good work for themselves," Zoya told IANS in an interview.
Produced by Excel Entertainment in association with Big Pictures, "Luck By Chance" stars Zoya's brother Farhan Akhtar in the lead, who was last seen in his hit debut "Rock On!!"
The film has an ensemble cast and also features Konkona Sen Sharma, Dimple Kapadia, Rishi Kapoor, Juhi Chawla, Hrithik Roshan and Isha Sharvani. A few Bollywood biggies have walk-on parts too.
The movie is already making its mark in people's minds with its unique promos and rumours that it is Bollywood's next "Om Shanti Om", considering its behind-the-curtains portrayal of the Hindi filmdom.
But Isha Shravani slams all such buzz. She said: "The film is very different from 'Om Shanti Om'. The plots of both the movies are very different. 'Om Shanti Om' was much more of a musical. While 'Luck By Chance' has a different take on Bollywood. It's much more real.
"Zoya has really put together a fantastic script and characters in the movie. The film is unique in its approach."
The soundtrack of the film is already a hit with its experimental music and oft-hummed tunes courtesy composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
Featuring a robust mix of songs from multiple genres, the film's medium-paced songs have already enforced the audiences' to shake a leg as well as brood in silence with its varying tempo.
Considering the volatile situation in terms of business in Bollywood, the year started on a disappointing note and has managed so far to give a hit only in Vishesh Films' horror thriller "Raaz - The Mystery Continues".
What is to be seen is whether audiences would hold onto their seats for another behind-the-scenes Bollywood potboiler.
Zoya though is quite confident about the box-office results for her maiden venture.
"I don't think any film made on Bollywood has not done well. At least, I have liked all of them whether it be 'Guddi', 'Rangeela' and 'Om Shanti Om' ... and all of them have done well too," she said.
Sona (Konkona Sen Sharma) arrives in Bombay with her dreams of becoming a film star. Wide eyed but ambitious, she does whatever it takes, to make it. She lives on her own in a rented apartment - a luxury for most in this bustling city and spends her time with a motley crew of loyal friends whose lives are also entwined with Bollywood, each one in search of a bigger dream.
Vikram (Farhan Akhtar) has just moved to the city leaving the comforts of his parents' Delhi home. He is a mover, he is used to getting what he wants and is smart enough to know when to demand it and when to manipulate it. He is young and handsome, and full of promise.
Sona begins to enjoy Vikram's attention and affections; they develop a romantic relationship.
Rolly (Rishi Kapoor) is a successful though superstitious producer who only works with the biggest stars. He is making a potential blockbuster launching the nubile Nikki Khurana (Isha Sharwani), the 18-year-old daughter of 70's superstar, Neena (Dimple Kapadia). The hero of the film, Zaffar Khan (Hrithik Roshan), is Rolly's favourite superstar. He was launched by Rolly and went on to become a huge draw at the box office.
The wheels of fate indeed spin favourably for Vikram, as elsewhere in the industry, havoc spreads on the sets of producer Rommy Rolly's new film. Vikram is called in for an audition and uses this opportunity to the fullest.
The film is about a slice of Bollywood life, in which destiny plays a huge role. Here, notions of superstition, fate and destiny underline every life, as grand desires and opportunity converge to form strange patterns.
In such an unpredictable climate is success and failure what others define for you or is it something you decide for yourself.
"Luck By Chance" is a contemporary tale set in a world desperate to escape its own reality.