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Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 07:13 PM
Theatre : Star Cineplex Sharjah
Date : 23rd July 2009
Time : 1:15 pm

Saw the much hyped movie "Luck", the debut vehicle of Shruthi Hassan..

Plot revolves around human betting and some very lucky people's life taking a U turn bcoz of their lucky charm... Moussa (sajay dutt) is a bigwig in betting world, he recruits people who are born lucky for making more money.. Story revolves around 5 persons, Ram (Imran Khan) who was born lucky needs money to clear his debts, Jabber (Mithun Chakraborthy) needs money to save his wife who is fighting against death, Ayesha (Sruthi Hassan) whos intentions r diff from others, Shortkut (the short girl who acted in Chak De India) who has big dreams to become rich n Raghav (don't know his name) a guy with negative intentions... These 5 are selected to play some adventurous games for 20 days where "luck" plays an important role where anybody can die if their luck is running out !

Padathil enikkishtappeta kaaryangal :

Shruthi Hassan's smashing looks..Avalu bikni ittu varunnathokke adipoli... :premam: Pre climax il ulla twist... Imran Khan's n Mithun's decent performances... Khudaaya song was really good n hummable.. :nallatha:

Padtahil enikkishtappedatha karyangal :

Ithu parayaan aanel orupaadund... Sruthi's acting part was a total dissapointment, expressions aduthoode polum povunnilla... Ival oru skin show kanikkan mathramolla nadiyaavumo ennu kandariyendiyirikkunnu ! Sanjay Dutt paladithum over aayirunnu...

Direction n script mikka stalathum oru grip illatha pole aarunnu.. 1st half mikka characters nte introduction vendi kalanjirikkunnu, 2nd half aanenkil action sequences ennum paranjond MTV Roadies pole kore adventure sequences kond narachu vechirikkunnu...

Pinne climax, Lovestory 2050 kku shesham kanda ettavum thallipoli climax, orumathiri Bala Krishna/Vijayakanth padangalile pole...:doh: BGM was below average, bgm ennu paranjond aake thirichum marichum keppichathu athinte title track thanne :puker:

Script il orupaadu english films nte inspiration und, pretyekichum SAW series... Santhosh Thundiyil nte camera work um mikacha nilavaram pularthiyilla pathivinu vipareethamayi...

Verdict : Don't dare to try your luck with this Lackluster Effort !

Rating - 4/10

Vaalkkashnam : Padam korachengilum mothalaayathu Sruthi ude bikni appearence, cleavage n vada show kond mathram !:kannuruttu:

munshi02
23rd July 2009, 07:30 PM
great review thanks machu mudinja advts ayirunu padathinu

KasinathaN
23rd July 2009, 07:32 PM
Thanks Binoy

Vincent Gomas
23rd July 2009, 07:35 PM
thanxx macha.....!!!

Krrish
23rd July 2009, 07:36 PM
Aazmaa Luck Aazmaa, aazmaa Luck aazma....

Thanx Binoy

Brother
23rd July 2009, 07:37 PM
thanks binoy...

Ali Imran
23rd July 2009, 07:41 PM
thnks bonoy

Nick Nack
23rd July 2009, 07:42 PM
Churukathil paranjal prekshakarude Bad Luck

Nick Nack
23rd July 2009, 07:42 PM
Thanx Binoy

FRIEND
23rd July 2009, 07:55 PM
Thanks Binoy......

kandal producerude luck...allenkil prekshakarude luck...

Njan ithu kananam ennu karuthiyathanu....ini TVyil varumbol kanam..

Sree
23rd July 2009, 08:09 PM
thanks binoy....blockbuster aayekkum alle? :alochana:

Hari Kuttan
23rd July 2009, 08:11 PM
Thanks da... Appo sruthi velya mechamilla alle..

lalistheonlySuperStar
23rd July 2009, 08:16 PM
i am very " LUCKY " to have your great review binoy macha

Mr.Lonely
23rd July 2009, 08:26 PM
engane oru movie okke release ayi alle :roll:
thanks binoy :hi:

lalistheonlySuperStar
23rd July 2009, 08:28 PM
engane oru movie okke release ayi alle :roll:
thanks binoy :hi:

thangal ottakkirikkunnathu kondanu ithonnum ariyathahu ente LONELY CHAYA

Mr.Lonely
23rd July 2009, 08:31 PM
thangal ottakkirikkunnathu kondanu ithonnum ariyathahu ente LONELY CHAYA
hehe itinte thread okke aaru engilum evide start cheyatharino?? kandittillallo :nono: :hum:

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 08:49 PM
great review thanks machu mudinja advts ayirunu padathinu
Welcome macha... Aa advts njanum kudungi poyi:?

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 08:50 PM
Thanks Binoy


thanxx macha.....!!!
Welcome Param n VG...

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 08:51 PM
Aazmaa Luck Aazmaa, aazmaa Luck aazma....

Thanx Binoy
Aa onakka pattanu thirichum marichum BGM aayi idunnathu...:bodhamilla:

Welcome macha..

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 08:51 PM
thanks binoy...


thnks bonoy
Welcome Brother n Aade...

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 08:52 PM
Churukathil paranjal prekshakarude Bad Luck

Thanx Binoy
Sathyam !

Welcome anna...


Thanks Binoy......

kandal producerude luck...allenkil prekshakarude luck...

Njan ithu kananam ennu karuthiyathanu....ini TVyil varumbol kanam..
:(::(: Welcome macha...

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 08:54 PM
thanks binoy....blockbuster aayekkum alle? :alochana:
Welcome macha... Enikku prateekshayilla, average enkilum aayal kollam...


Thanks da... Appo sruthi velya mechamilla alle..
Welcome da...Shruthi kaanan kollam...:banana:

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 08:55 PM
i am very " LUCKY " to have your great review binoy macha
Welcome anna...:strong:


engane oru movie okke release ayi alle :roll:
thanks binoy :hi:
Welcome Lonely..

Tony
23rd July 2009, 09:01 PM
Thanks Binoy...

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 09:04 PM
Padathinte highlights...

http://i.indiafm.com/stills/09/luck/still14.jpg

http://i.indiafm.com/stills/09/luck/still34.jpg

http://i.indiafm.com/stills/09/luck/still42.jpg

http://i.indiafm.com/stills/09/luck/still28.jpg

:icecream:

Robert Langdon
23rd July 2009, 09:05 PM
Thanks Binoy...
Welcome macha...:):

Transporter
23rd July 2009, 09:22 PM
thanks binoy

Malayalee
23rd July 2009, 09:24 PM
Thnx Binoy..

Imran khante padam etra mosham aavumennu karuthiyilla..

unsahikkable film aano.. vjyan aanel kandirikan pattumo ?

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 01:16 AM
thanks binoy
Welcome dude...


Thnx Binoy..

Imran khante padam etra mosham aavumennu karuthiyilla..

unsahikkable film aano.. vjyan aanel kandirikan pattumo ?
Welcome macha...

Unsahikkable aanonnu chodichaa, climax okke sherikkum kathi aanu...:oops:
Vyajan il fast forward enkilum cheyyam:cry::cry::cry:, so dhairyamayi kandolu vyajanil

kiroo
24th July 2009, 02:06 AM
thanks binoy.............

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 04:20 AM
thanks binoy.............
Welcome kiran....

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 04:24 AM
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="484"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" class="size18 black" align="left" height="26" valign="top">Super opening for Sruthi’s Luck!</td> </tr> <tr><td colspan="2" height="8">
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The film carries very good pre-release reports, as per indications from two sneak previews of the film held in Chennai and Mumbai.
Sruthi is said to be fantastic in her role singing, dancing and fighting the baddies. The action scenes in the film are said to be awesome. The debutant actress is said to have stolen the show along with Imran Khan from veterans like Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakravarthy and Danny Denzongpa.
In her home town of Chennai, Luck is releasing big in six screens in huge capacity screens. Said a spokesperson of Sathyam Cinemas, who are distributing the film in Tamil Nadu: “The advance booking for Luck is extraordinary considering it is a Imran Khan film”
The film is expected to take a bumper opening in Chennai, in spite of three new Tamil releases. There is also a lot of curiosity factor around Sruthi, as after all she is - Namma Kamal Ponnu (our Kamal’s daughter) !

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praveenshankar
24th July 2009, 09:24 AM
thanks binoy...

Shambu
24th July 2009, 09:54 AM
"Luck" - My Review - Don't try your "LUCK" with this atrocious movie !!!

thanks binoy... anganey oru vaaku padichu.... :)

atrocious - Exceptionally bad or displeasing

ITV
24th July 2009, 10:12 AM
THANKS FOR THE REVIEW

sertzui
24th July 2009, 10:32 AM
Thanks Binoy

Appol ithum Um......I !!

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 01:55 PM
thanks binoy...
Welcome Prvaeen...


thanks binoy... anganey oru vaaku padichu.... :)

atrocious - Exceptionally bad or displeasing
Welcome Sambhu:peace:

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 01:55 PM
THANKS FOR THE REVIEW
Welcome ITV...


Thanks Binoy

Appol ithum Um......I !!
Welcome sertzui..

:kiki:

rajappan
24th July 2009, 02:02 PM
Thanks for the review

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 02:04 PM
Thanks for the review
Welcome rajappa...

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 02:04 PM
Taran nte sughippikkal review vannittund :lol:

By Taran Adarsh, July 24, 2009 - 09:20 IST


http://images.bollywoodhungama.com/img/reviews/09/luckmp1.jpg Fasten your seat belts and get ready for hardcore stunts and thrills, Hollywood ishtyle. Come to think of it, Bollywood hasn't churned out stylised action movies as regularly as it churns out comedies and rom-coms. There's a vacuum for sure. But LUCK fills that lacuna. Be rest assured, you haven't watched such thrills since DHOOM 2.

LUCK is more of a hi-concept film. Three decades ago, Krishna Shah's SHALIMAR narrated the adventures of a billionaire who assembles/invites criminals/gangsters from across the globe to perform the heist of a precious diamond that he possesses. The concept isn't similar here, but in this case too, a gambler assembles people from across the globe for a concept called human betting.

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LUCK may have loads of thrills, but director Soham Shah ensures that the grand canvas and stylised thrills appeal to every strata of movie-going audience. Only thing, had screenplay writers Soham Shah and Rensil D'Silva worked doubly hard to come up with a watertight script, it would've only worked wonders.

After weighing the pros and cons, it can be said that LUCK rides on star power, its concept and adrenaline-pumping thrills primarily. If you're into thrillers or have been missing one, LUCK holds the key.

LUCK tells the tale of mafia kingpin Musa [Sanjay Dutt], who has one obsession: To revolutionize the betting industry. For him, life is a gamble and what better way to skew the odds than play with those with luck on their side.

http://images.bollywoodhungama.com/img/reviews/09/luckmp2.jpg Different characters from different parts of the world, each with Lady Luck in their favour, are brought in to play the game of death. With millions at stake, how far will each of them go in courting danger and deceit?

The very start of the film transports you to a different world. The viewer is drawn into a world where bets are placed on humans and death-defying stunts are the order of the day. The train sequence at the very start says it all. It's a sequence that not only introduces you to the plot, but also makes a hammer-strong impact. You haven't watched something like this on the Hindi screen before.

The game of death is far more dangerous than those witnessed in the reality shows. The revolver sequence [the first challenge], the helicopter jump, the underwater sequence with sharks and the train sequence in the climax give you goose bumps and remain etched in your memory. There's a scene involving a lighter too, which is sure to draw whistles and claps.

But the film slips due its ineffectual writing. It gyrates from engrossing to bas-theek-hain towards the second hour. The romantic track, to be specific, is flaccid. Also, the climax should've concluded the moment Imran wins the jackpot money of Rs. 20 crores. Wasn't that his motive when he entered the game with his eyes wide open? So why this sudden urge to confront Sanjay Dutt after the game is over? Had the prize money doubled to Rs. 40 crores, it would've made sense. Or, for that matter, if he had a personal score to settle with Sanju, the game of death would've looked plausible. There's no motive in the first place.

Moreover, the sequence in the hospital, towards the end, may be true, medically speaking, but the question is, was it necessary in a film of this genre? Frankly, it robs the film of its seriousness and even compels you to break in a full-throated roar, a reaction that is completely unwarranted. Even Shruti Haasan's double role doesn't cut ice.

http://images.bollywoodhungama.com/img/reviews/09/luckmp3.jpg Soham Shah has made a stylish film and the fact remains that he has an eye for visuals. But Soham should've stuck to the spirit of the film, instead of getting into diversions [romance and the penultimate scene]. Salim-Sulaiman's music is vibrant and 'Aasma' is easily the pick of the lot. The background score [Amar Mohile] is electrifying. Santosh Thundiyil's cinematography matches international standards. Ditto for the sound design by Dwarak Warrier. Allan Amin's stunts and thrills are a major USP.

Sanju is perfect for this part and enacts it with natural ease. Actually, here's one role that only he could've portrayed so effectively. Imran is getting better with every film. Watch his helplessness at the start or his confidence when he takes to the stunts. Even towards the latter reels, he's very much in sync with his character.

Shruti Haasan is a star, no two opinions on that. The confidence with which she carries off this role just cannot be overlooked. Ravi Kishan is another scene-stealer. You are under the impression that he may get lost in the crowd, but he stands tall. The masses will love him.

Mithun Chakraborty is controlled and delivers a truly fine performance. Danny Denzongpa is, as always, so perfect. Very few actors have that ability to stand out in a crowd. He's one of them. Chitrashi is excellent. The sequence in the hospital is superb. Rati Agnihotri gets no scope.

On the whole, LUCK rides on star power, adrenaline-pumping thrills and a concept that's novel for the Indian screens. Despite some loose ends, these three factors primarily would ensure a Lucky journey at the box-office.


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Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 02:12 PM
Raja Sen with almost my views:banana:

What the Luck is this?



http://im.rediff.com/movies/2009/jul/06luck11.jpgEarly on in Soham Shah's latest film, we see a sign on the walls of a peculiar little gambling den saying that the only thing certain about luck is that it will change.

This is a sign that gives us hope, for it tantalisingly promises that no matter how bad this film named Luck seems, perhaps it will miraculously transform into something watchable, nay, something entertaining. This is, of course, a fallacy -- and we continue watching this tackily made bore unfolding like a poorly written comicbook, one that was never cleaned up after an adolescent first draft inception. And it never, ever gets better. Just our luck.


The film is about Musa (Sanjay Dutt [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=sanjay+dutt) ]), a dude with the luck of the devil who has made his fortune in human hunting. He sets up big, realityshowesque deathtraps for people, and his lackey Tenzang (Danny Dengzonga) scours the world hunting for the most freakishly lucky people -- all of whom incidentally happen to be unlucky enough to really, really need this self-guillotining gig.

This odd bunch of misfits are mostly culled from India -- a slew of Mumbai's [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=mumbai) ] foreign extras are around but hardly get to speak a word, of course -- and include Imran Khan [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=imran+khan) ], Ravi Kissen [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=ravi+kissen) ], Mithun Chakraborty, Shruti Hassan [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=shruti+hassan) ] and, as a token Pakistani character, Chitrashi Rawat. They are then all pitted in surefire deathtraps with people from all over the world betting on their luck.


It's not a bad premise -- even though it does sound suspiciously like The Condemned, a horrible film starring Stone Cold Steve Austin, and I'm not even going to go into any conversation about the now cult French film 13 Tzameti -- and it could have made for a fun actioner. It could have been 'decent timepass,' as us indulgent towards Bollywood are likely to label tripe, but this ridiculous script devoid of both logic and drama leads to a really boring piece of trash.

It's like watching a really slow episode of the Indian Fear Factor [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=fear+factor) ], one where Akshay Kumar [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=akshay+kumar) ] -- or the girls -- forgot to show up. The shots are tacky, the thrills leave you cold, and this film could have been half its length but a sadistic use of slow-motion and flashback doubles your misery. :nallatha:



http://im.rediff.com/movies/2009/jul/06luck31.jpgSeveral of you are curious about debutant Shruti Haasan (http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/jul/02/slide-show-1-shruti-hassan-rocks.htm), and all I can say is that Kamal's daughter deserved a better launch vehicle. This dud doesn't require anyone to act -- and none of the cast even make a token attempt, led by a bored Sanju looking like a drugged bear, Bhai-walking around in super slow motion with suits, Pathani and otherwise, flapping superkinetically in the wind -- but for now it seems like Shruti may needs to work on her dialogue skills. And her script-reading ones.

Imran Khan (http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/jul/14/slide-show-1-imran-khan-on-luck.htm), when removed from campus, seems excessively out of place and clearly needs a director to push him into naturalism. Gone is the easy Jaane (http://in.rediff.com/movies/2008/jul/04jaanetu.htm) Tu (http://in.rediff.com/movies/2008/jul/04jaanetu.htm) charm, replaced by stock expressions and what seems like a case of the nerves, goading him to forsake all subtlety. Ravi Kissen (http://movies.rediff.com/slide-show/2009/jul/16/slide-show-1-ravi-kissen-on-luck.htm), best known in the non-Bhojpuri world as a reality show pest, is the only one trying hard -- which basically means hijacking Manoj Bajpai's [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=manoj+bajpai) ] laugh from Aks. He plays a character, by the way, who is freed from jail because an attempt to hang him results in a slipped rope, which is why India feels a serial killer should be let loose.:parihasam: Yeah, it's that kinda movie.

The problem isn't with the lack of logic -- Dus and Dhoom 2 [ Images (http://search.rediff.com/imgsrch/default.php?MT=dhoom+2) ] aren't examples of intelligent films -- but if you are to make a silly cheesy film, make it spectacular, make it dramatic. This film not just makes them look clever, but ends up with no drama whatsoever, a procession of set-ups and coincidences with not a single character worth caring about. Save perhaps Danny, who is immensely hard to take seriously because of an inconsistently orange tan. Tsk. And the dialogue is hilarious, the characters speaking only in extreme exposition or overwritten punchlines, ones that almost rhyme.

It's the kind of film that can only be salvaged while playing a drinking game at home, downing a shot of Smirnoff every time anyone mentions a synonym of the word 'Luck.' That might lead to a pretty specacular evening but... what am I saying? Clearly that's what the film's screenwriters were playing as they wrote. My mistake.

A word to the director: Mr Shah, despite much hype you gave us Kaal. And now there's Luck, with too many loopholes to even point at. A suggestion, then, for your new industry nickname: Ho-hum Shah. Thanks for the yawns -- and for the single funniest climax in ages. :ayye: No, really.


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Fontu
24th July 2009, 02:15 PM
enthaayalum Archanaye vittu Sruthiyude pinnale povarayalle...
@ Neelathamara old version kando..? njan 12th stdil vachanu adyam kandathu..pinne last week Suryayil vannapo veendum kandu..

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 02:18 PM
enthaayalum Archanaye vittu Sruthiyude pinnale povarayalle...
@ Neelathamara old version kando..? njan 12th stdil vachanu adyam kandathu..pinne last week Suryayil vannapo veendum kandu..
Archana:drunken: Shruthi:drunken:

Neelathamara old kandittilla, eeyide TV vannappolum kaanan othilla !

Ithinte VCD erakkiyittundo ?:alochana:

Fontu
24th July 2009, 02:19 PM
Archana:drunken: Shruthi:drunken:

Neelathamara old kandittilla, eeyide TV vannappolum kaanan othilla !

Ithinte VCD erakkiyittundo ?:alochana:
VCD illennu thonnunnu..ee padathinu ipo mathram anu kurachu exposure kittunnathu..pinne ente taste karanam ano ennariyilla..annathe oru usual film..(except for cinematography)athu 12times theatreil poyi kanda Sureshkumar enthu kanddittanavo..!!!

Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 06:51 PM
<table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="418"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" align="left" valign="top"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="484"><tbody><tr><td colspan="2" class="size18 black" align="left" height="26" valign="top">Review: Imran Khan rescues Luck </td> </tr> </tbody></table></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left" valign="top"><table border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="484"> <tbody><tr> <td class="verdana size12 black" align="left" valign="top"><table align="right" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0" width="143"><tbody><tr><td align="left" valign="top" width="10">http://im.sify.com/movies/images/images2008/spacer.gif</td><td class="size12 black" align="left" height="37" valign="top" width="133">Movie
Luck</td></tr><tr><td align="left" valign="top" width="10">http://im.sify.com/movies/images/images2008/spacer.gif</td><td class="size12 black" align="left" height="37" valign="top" width="133">Director
Soham Shah</td></tr><tr><td align="left" valign="top" width="10">http://im.sify.com/movies/images/images2008/spacer.gif</td><td class="size12 black" align="left" height="37" valign="top" width="133">Cast
Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Imran Khan, Ravi Kissen, Shruti K. Haasan, Rati Agnihotri, Chitrashi Rawat, Snita Mahey</td></tr><tr><td height="16">
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</td></tr></tbody></table> <!--http://www.snehasallapam.com/images/img10.jpg--> http://im.sify.com/sifycmsimg/jul2009/Entertainment/Movies/14901215_luck_23jul09_330x234.jpghttp://im.sify.com/images/spacer.gif </td> </tr> </tbody></table></td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left" valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" class="verdana size12 black" align="left" valign="top">Sonia Chopra
</td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" align="left" valign="top"> </td> </tr> <tr> <td colspan="2" class="verdana size12 black" align="left" valign="top">You watch Sanjay Dutt play a crimelord named Musa who always walks in slow-mo. You see the heroine being held hostage, just after a scene in which she appears in a swimming costume. Your eyes follow the hero who is sprinting on the roof of a burning train to rescue her. And you soon get that Luck is not crazy about challenging conventions. Which is such a gloom, because the film's core concept is hat ke.
Musa employs Tamang (Danny Denzongpa) to sniff out lucky people who can then work for them. "I am an investor in luck", he tells a bewildered Ram (Imran) when the offer for a job is made.
Ram needs cash pronto or he stands to lose his home: he bites the bait. They go on to a desi Las Vegas where Ram wins pretty much every gamble and Tamang squeals like a delighted baby.
In one of the film's most interesting scenes, the gambling den's owner bets a Rs 6 lakh amount if Ram can light his erratic, playing-card shaped lighter five times in a row.
Eventually, several others like Ram are collected and brought together to Cape Town for a ‘game’ where bets are laid on each contestant's survival. Among the players are several foreigners who curiously keep getting bumped off to leave our Hindi-speaking protagonists to take the story forward.
There's the babe-in-the-woods Ayesha (Shruti Hassan), a camel-race expert Shortkut (Chitrasi Rawat, Chak De! India), a retired army man (Mithun Chakraborty), and ex-convict Raaghav (Ravi Kissen). Ram and Ayesha are blindfolded when they first meet each other and he decides he's already in love. He also proclaims in a tone most ungentlemanly, that he'd be happy if she slapped him; at least she'd touch him (Yikes!).
Luck is full of hooks with the reality game putting out one sickening level after the other -- one underwater and another shot mid-air. These scenes are well-done but they're not a hundred per cent there. In the underwater portion for example, after the initial tension, a contestant’s leg getting bitten off by a shark is strangely comical.
The second half doesn't keep up with the tautness of the first: you have melodramatic hospital scenes, tiresome conflicts and a climax that's straight out of a 1980s potboiler.
Characterisation is straitjacketed, with the army man being the moral one, the heroine there for the skin-show, the villain showing a contrasting sense of humaneness and belief in fairness, and the hero winning against impossible odds.
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Luck is on shaky ground as far as detailing is concerned: One wonders if the Indian Army uses the guns shown in the film. Also, Raaghav who is being hanged for a serious crime is let off when the execution doesn’t happen owing to some technical flaw. Wouldn’t such a criminal be given a life sentence instead of being escorted out to roam free?
The dialogue that hammers the movie's name in every sentence (keeping a count is not advised) is straight out of kooky-land, with characters having an intense conversation while rhyming their dialogue. Then there are lines like -- Yeh Khudkhushi nahin, khud ki khushi hai.
Camerawork is good, though partial towards close-ups. Background score is fun at times, though it goes pretty nuts with Arabic music towards the middle.
Mithun, made to wear bulky jackets with feathers around the neck, gives a laboured performance. Let's just say that he has looked far better otherwise. Ditto Denzongpa, though he makes up with his rendering of the bad guy who's got a likeable streak.
Sanjay Dutt floats through the film looking very bothered. Ravi Kissen is very good: a revelation. Chitrasi Rawat is superb; it'll be interesting to observe how this tiny powerhouse performer's talent is exploited by our filmmakers.
Despite a double role, Shruti Hassan is hardly there. She doesn’t have any spectacular dialogues and is constantly being rescued by the hero. Her character is not the stuff dream debuts are made off. But even in this bit role, her dialogue delivery disappoints. What she does have is screen presence and great dance moves.
Now to save the film from all its flaws arrives, in true-hero style, Imran Khan. With a face that exudes vulnerability and intensity and expressions that are nuanced, Khan is a delight. He carries the film on his shoulders with not much help from others in the cast. And he does splendidly.
Writer-director Soham Shah turns an innovative concept into a tired plot. Still, for Imran Khan and for a few gripping portions, this one could be a half-decent option.
Verdict: One-and-a-half stars
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24th July 2009, 06:52 PM
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Reality television comes to big screen but the fear factor is that it's too pretentious. So in the same South African city where Akshay Kumar played host to daredevil girls, Sanjay Dutt challenges an eclectic group to perform stunts for his betting business. Predictably you also know their order of elimination with the junior artists getting knocked-off first and subsequently the hero (Imran Khan) surviving over the villain (Ravi Kishen). Ironically, while reality shows are unnecessarily scripted, films which need a tight script are loosely written.

The first half of the film is merely devoted to character introductions though none are convincingly established. For the zillionth time, Sanjay Dutt repeats his gun-toting act, moving around in sherwani, jackets and a French beard in the company of black-suited bodyguards. What more, even his name isn't any different - Musa. Ram Mehra (Imran Khan) has to repay the 20 crores that his late father had lost in stock market. Retired Major Jawar Pratap Singh (Mithun Chakravarthy) has the same conflict that Amitabh Bachchan had in Kaante - needs money for his ailing wife. For the neighbouring country connection, the script takes a Shortcut (Chitrashi Rawat). The best is yet to come! When a loose noose fails to hang rapist Raghav (Ravi Kishen) to death, he is officially set free by the law.

The group is hand-picked by Tamang (Danny) for Musa who indulges into the most synchronized corny conversations in the film. As he gets the team to South Africa, Musa makes them aim on each other at point blank range (in a scene directly lifted from 13 Tzameti) and only peripheral characters from the circle are subtracted.

What follows is a series of terminal tasks where not the mighty but the lucky would survive. So the characters have their legs gobbled up by rubber sharks and look plastic as they fall off parachutes. Amidst all this action, the director is inclined to force a mandatory romance track (through nonexistent chemistry between Imran and Shruti Hassan) and a rape attempt to reach a speeding climax.

The opening and ending action sequences by Allan Amin are convincingly choreographed but the intermediate stunts appear too artificial. The director tries to cover up the patchiness of the action by Santosh Thundiyil's erratic camerawork but it only disturbs more. The banter between characters in confrontational scenes looks too rehearsed. Each one has a dramatized mugged-up response to complement the opponent's remarks. The emotional connect with viewer is certainly missing despite director Soham Shah's repeated attempts to induce sentiments.

Sanjay Dutt's screen presence in the film is equivalent to Akshay Kumar's contribution to Fear Factor minus his stunts. Imran Khan gives a decent performance though he can go easy on his lip movements. Shruti Hassan is synthetic and fails to impress. Danny is better amongst others but his character is short-lived in the second half. Ravi Kishen, Mithun and Chitrashi are passable.

The script of the film relies too much on coincidental luck. Director Soham Shah rubs too hard on luck but at the same time stresses on the adage that 'the only thing certain about luck is it's going to change'. On that thought here's wishing him better luck next time!


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Robert Langdon
24th July 2009, 06:53 PM
NDTV Review

LUCK <table align="left" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5" width="320"> <tbody><tr> <td valign="top"> http://movies.ndtv.com/images/hindi/banners/Luck.jpg </td> </tr> <tr><td bgcolor="#dcdcdc">Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Imran Khan, Ravi Kissen, Shruti Haasan</td></tr><tr><td bgcolor="#dcdcdc">Director: Soham Shah</td></tr> </tbody></table> <!--span class="bluetext" style="font-size:16px;color:#003399">Luck</span--> Anupama Chopra, Consulting Editor, Films

Luck must have sounded good on paper. A motley group of unusually lucky people take part in fatally dangerous games orchestrated by the betting king pin Mussa Bhai. The contestants who mange to stay alive make Rs 20 crore in 20 days.

We’ve got sexy South African locales, high-octane stunts, lots of wind blown hair, high speed shots, helicopters, trains, guns and money - basically everything you need for a roller coaster action thriller. Unfortunately, much has been lost in translation.

Luck, written and directed by Soham Shah, is essentially a 1980s film repackaged as reality show. It’s superbly silly with a climatic twist so far fetched that you will split your sides laughing.

The movie borrows sequences from similarly themed films like the Spanish Intacto and the French 13 Tzameti but its essence is pure Bollywood masala.

So, we have a courageous Army Major with a dying wife who must participate in Mussa’s extreme sports so that he can pay the hospital bills.

We have rape prevented by the entry of the hero in the nick of time. But most of all we have relentless dialogue-baazi. Nobody has a normal conversation in Luck. Everyone makes pronouncements, usually about luck, such as Insaan aur luck, dono ka koi bhorasa nahi hai.

Mussa’s right-hand man tries to convince the hero, Aman played by Imran Khan to participate in the game by saying: Tu khud hi ek ATM hai. And this one was my personal favourite: When a death row convict survives hanging because the rope slips, he is told: Tera luck tujhse bhi harami hai.

There is only so much conviction the actors can infuse into dialogue such as this. In any case their main job is to look sufficiently cool.

Imran, as usual, rises above the material. He tries to bring some texture to his character of an average joe forced into horrific life-and-death games. Ravi Kissen is nicely hammy as a vicious serial killer while Sanjay Dutt does his routine macho gangster act wearing velvet coats over pathani suits.

Star daughter Shruti Hassan is singularly attractive but her acting and dialogue delivery is painfully awkward. And like everyone else in Luck, Shruti is saddled with an underwritten character.

Soham tries to give each one a backstory but it’s so choppy and rushed that we have little sense of these people and therefore no emotional investment in whether they live or die.

Luck has some nice stunts orchestrated by Allan Amin and a few smart lines.

It might be unintentionally funny entertainment on a slow night when you have nothing else going on. So I’m going with two out of five stars and recommending that you wait for the DVD.

Robert Langdon
25th July 2009, 05:21 PM
Luck Opening Is Mixed

Saturday 25th July 2008 13.30 IST
Boxofficeindia.Com Trade Network

Luck opened to a mixed response with single screens being strong and multiplexes on the lower side. The reports are also mixed and as its multiplex business is the lower side the film will find it difficult to be a major success but if single screens can sustain it can emerge an average earner.

Invalid_user
25th July 2009, 08:24 PM
Thanks daa....
Sruti hassanu kidilam debut ennokke Asianeto Indiavisiono innale thatti vidunundaayirunnu....

Robert Langdon
26th July 2009, 12:25 PM
Thanks daa....
Sruti hassanu kidilam debut ennokke Asianeto Indiavisiono innale thatti vidunundaayirunnu....
Welcome anna...
Avaru paranjathil enthaa thettu... Kidilam allarunno bikni n cleavage show :cheers:

Invalid_user
26th July 2009, 12:31 PM
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gujav
26th July 2009, 12:43 PM
Luck-il Ravi Kishan's performance kollam enn kettalo..... sathyam ano?? :o

Cooldude
26th July 2009, 02:26 PM
Thanx Binoy...mattoru waste padam koodi.