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Luck by Chance

Promotional poster for the film
Directed by Zoya Akhtar
Produced by Farhan Akhtar
Ritesh Sidhwani
Written by Zoya Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
Starring Farhan Akhtar
Hrithik Roshan
Konkona Sen Sharma
Isha Sharvani
Rishi Kapoor
Dimple Kapadia
Juhi Chawla
Arjun Mathur
Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Cinematography Carlos Catalan
Editing by Anand Subaya
Distributed by Excel Entertainment
Big Pictures
Release date(s) January 30, 2009
Running time 156 Mins
Country India
Language Hindi
Gross revenue US$ 4,494,200***

Luck By Chance is a 2009 Indian drama film written and directed by Zoya Akhtar. Co-produced by Ritesh Sidhwani, the film featured co-producer Farhan Akhtar and Konkana Sen Sharma in the lead roles. Rishi Kapoor, Dimple Kapadia, Juhi Chawla, Hrithik Roshan, Isha Sharvani and Sanjay Kapoor feature in the supporting roles.

The film is about the journey of an actor who arrives in Mumbai to become a movie star. How he finds himself riding his fortune to becoming one, while struggling to sustain his relationships forms the rest of the story.[1] The movie released on 30 January 2009. Although supported by positive reviews from critics, the movie did not perform as expected at the box-office.



Young actor Vikram Jaisingh (Farhan Akhtar) arrives in Mumbai to make it as a Bollywood film star with the help of Abhimanyu (Arjun Mathur), an actor friend from his hometown, and their mutual friend Sameer, who works in a studio props department. Vikram befriends Abhi's neighbor, young actress Sona Mishra (Konkona Sen Sharma), with whom he eventually becomes romantically involved. Sona, the mistress of small-time producer Satish Chowdhury (Alyy Khan), who for three years has promised her a leading role in his dream project, meanwhile works in regional films and bit parts.

The movie shows what happens behind all the glitter of bollywood by showing interactions between producer Romy Rolly (Rishi Kapoor) , director, young newcomer Nikki Walia (Isha Sharvani) daughter of famous old actress Neena Walia (Dimple Kapadia). Sameer takes Vikram to a party where Vikram impress Neena with his charm by praising her beauty irrespective of her age. Zaffar Khan (Hrithik Roshan) walks out on a movie being made by old-school producer Romy Rolly (Rishi Kapoor). Corporate sponsorship for the movie is also delayed, but Neena helps Romy by introducing him to an old friend of hers who agrees to sponsor the film and makes Neena the boss of the movie and also decides to sponsor the movie of his brother-in-law Satish Chowdhury (Alyy Khan). Romy decides that it is time to search for a new face as none of the established actors agree to sign for his movie.

Sona finds out that Satish has secured financing for the new project and meets him expecting him to cast her as second heroine, but he refuses saying that they need a new face and since she has acted in many regional films and other small roles she is no longer a fresh face. She argues that she can act well but he says that is not a major criteria these days in Bollywood. Sona is crying when Satish's wife enters and asks her why she is crying. Sona answers by fabricating a lie about trouble at home to save both her and Satish's embarrassment. Sona while leaving the both of them gives photos of Vikram to Satish who shows it to his wife and who in turn shows them to Romy.

Vikram is shortlisted and Neena sees his audition and tries to remember where has she met him before. Vikram is told that the audition was for the lead role in the film and that Neena has seen his audition. He goes back and sees every movie Neena has starred in and when he finally meets her again, he impresses her with his charm and knowledge about her movies. Another guy who was also shortlisted is made overconfident by Virkam. Finally he is selected by Neena, Ranjit (director of the film Sanjay Kapoor) and Romy's wife (Juhi Chawla), while Romy wanted to select the other macho guy, but was convinced by the three that Vikram has a charm that will appeal more to the public.

On set Vikram becomes increasingly crafty and manipulative, while Nikki becomes smitten by him and sneaks into his room one night while her mother is asleep in an attempt to seduce him. Vikram succumbs to her advances and a secret affair starts between the two, the affair becomes stronger when Neena has to leave the set on business for a few days. After coming back Neema instantly recognizes that something is going on between them and makes them understand that it will be mutually beneficial for them not to let the press and public know of their intimacy. Meanwhile, Sona arrives at the hotel where the cast is staying to surprise Vikram. She calls a friend to let her know that she has arrived, but her friend instead warns her of a blossoming romance between Vikram and Nikki. She doesn't take heed of her friends warning but discovers the truth when she sees Vikrams unexpectedly cold behavior towards her. Distraught, she leaves the hotel.

Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the news of the affair has leaked and a friend of Sona who works at a tabloid gets the assignment to prepare the article, which describes Vikram as a user who has shot to stardom by manipulating Neena and her daughter Nikki. The article also mentions details of when he was struggling to land a role and Sona's part in his life as the forgotten girlfriend. Neena yells at the magazine editor and also tells Nikki to stay away from Vikram. Vikram and Nikki have a fight and Vikram also shows his frustration to Sona as he believes she is the one responsible for the article.

Eventually the film is released and it becomes a hit. Vikram rises to stardom but at the expense of his friends. At a party, he meets his idol Shah Rukh Khan, who advises him to not fall into the trappings of stardom and to always be close to the people that stood by him when he was a nobody. He tries to get back with Sona but she points out that he only wants to be with her because he feels guilty. She refuses and walks out of his life. Sona soon gets good roles on television and is interviewed by a reporter for her fan following. The film ends with her revealing to the reporter that she is happy living the life of an independent and somewhat successful actress instead of being upset about not becoming a major movie star.



Special appearances

Appearing as themselves (in alphabetical order):



Zoya Akhtar said in an interview that she wrote the first draft seven years ago while relaxing on Palolem beach in Goa. In an interview she said:

I hand wrote it and it was some ridiculous, epic-length when I came back and transcribed it on my laptop. The first film is the easiest to write because it's usually what the person knows their personal graphs, milieu and feelings. Luck By Chance is not about established actors, but those who are waiting for things to happen. Farhan's character is fresh off the boat, while Konkana's does bit roles, looking for a big break.[2]

The production team went through a host of names, like Madhuri Dixit, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Karisma Kapoor and Tabu.[2] Having seen a lot of struggling actors come to Mumbai to make a living out of Bollywood, Zoya found it was easy to write the script for the film without any research. She was inspired to write this movie by a lot of Bollywood-inspired movies like Guddi, Rangeela and Om Shanti Om.[3]

Javed Akhtar wrote the dialogues for the film, incorporating, as Zoya puts it, his bizarre sense of humour.[2] Farhan had to reportedly train to get six pack abs for the film. He was trained by Cheetah Yagnesh, who appeared on the film as Farhan's character's trainer.

Filming faced lot of problems, including the unpredictable Mumbai rains, which halted a song shoot with Hrithik Roshan. The rains washed out the entire set, and eventually the entire tent began to leak. Zoya was afraid that this would lead to short-circuit, and so all the lights had to be switched off..[4]

According to Farhan, principal photography for the film was completed in October.[5]


Zoya Akhtar cast her brother Farhan to play the lead role after it was suggested to her by director Reema Kagti. She became convinced after seeing Farhan's performance in Fakir of Venice She said in an interview, "Farhan was the perfect choice for the role in Luck By Chance because he knows the industry in and out. He is smart and bright and both of us have been working together for years". Problems arose with the huge casting of the film. Zoya said, "I had to really think it out when I was deciding on these multiple actors that I wanted in the film. It was tough to decide especially because I wanted the right actors who could play themselves and still look believable as part of the film. Then there are other good actors like Boman Irani and Saurabh Shukla, who are playing characters in the film".[3] Next to be cast were her parents, Javed Akhtar and Shabana Azmi, along with such veteran stars as Rishi Kapoor and Dimple Kapadia.[5] Zoya said, "We could have had Shabana (Azmi) as the diva, but I needed a mainstream heroine. Only a leading lady would do. Dimple has played it edgy. She's all warm, soft sunshine and then there's a flip and she's hard, cold, steely".[2] Isha Sharvani teams up again with Hrithik Roshan after appearing together in an ad.[6] Juhi Chawla joined the cast playing Minty, the wife of producer Rommy Rolly.[7]


The producers decided to go with subtle promotion for the movie, while letting audiences explore the film by themselves.[8] The main trailer for the movie was released on the last week of December. The trailer introduced the main characters and set the pace for the what the movie was about.[9] BigFlix, a part of Reliance BIG Entertainment Ltd, was given the task of promoting the movie. The first bit of promotion came from the music album wherein winners were given signed music albums by Farhan Akhtar and Konkona Sen Sharma. They promoted the whole movie across the nation in all 112 stores in 10 cities in the country as well to the international audiences through its Video-on-Demand (VOD) site. The pre-release promotional activities included online marketing and publicity of the film’s music videos, trailers, downloads, movie previews, preview shows, contests and continue with other promotional activities post the movie release like meet-n-greet events with the star cast at select cities.[10] A unique promotional campaign was launched by producers Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani called "Auto By Chance". They have introduced 10 ‘Auto by Chance’ three-wheelers in suburban Mumbai suburbs that will transport people free of charge to the destination of their choice in the suburbs. The promotion is being run in conjunction with Big FM radio station and Godrej. One passenger will be interviewed live by an RJ and go on air with his experience of getting lucky and enjoying the free ride.[11][12] The Indian gaming portal created a microsite for the movie with a game, "Luck by Chance - Lucky Break".[13]


The movie was initially scheduled to be released 23 January 2009, alongside Raaz - The Mystery Continues, but was pushed to January 30.[14] The movie was released on 900 screens worldwide in 27 countries. Of this, over 700 screens are in India and the rest in such overseas markets as the US, Canada, UK, UAE, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand.[13]


Critical reception

The film was well received by critics, Anupama Chopra of NDTV wrote, "Zoya pokes fun at Bollywood but she does it with a great affection. There are some lovely little moments like the star daughter in a super short skin-tight outfit struggling to touch her producer's feet without splitting a seam. But what makes Luck By Chance compelling is the layers beneath the laughs. Though the first half wobbles precariously as the script struggles to find a momentum, but thankfully the narrative flows better in the latter half and culminates in a satisfying, bittersweet end".[15] In the review at UAE Daily the United Arab Emirates reviewer said, "One of the prime reasons why Luck By Chance works is because [of] the writing. [...] Right from the characters, to the individualistic scenes, to the way Zoya puts them in a sequence, Luck By Chance is easily one of the most cohesive scripts this side of the Atlantic. If Zoya's writing is superb, her execution of the written material deserves distinction marks".[16] The Times of India said, "Luck By Chance highlights how the film industry give regards to everything else but the story when making a movie and ironically weaves a fascinating story using that paradox".[17] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of cited some drawbacks and said, "Luck By Chance provides you some smiles throughout the movie. However, it fails to leave you with the content smile that a feel-good movie ideally aims to do.".[18]

The movie achieved 60 percent positive rating, by five critics, on the aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.[19] Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times said, "It might seem as if Bollywood couldn't possibly satirize itself — the genre is already so over-the-top — but Zoya Akhtar manages the trick deftly in Luck by Chance. [...] A fabulous circus-theme musical number pulls out all the stops, but a scene in which an acting teacher explains why Hindi stars have to be more talented than those in Hollywood is a subtle comic gem". [...] [I]t is Mr. Akhtar whose understated performance holds together this far-ranging, cameo-filled film. He manages to remain sympathetic even while wreaking romantic havoc".[20] Frank Lovece of Film Journal International characterized it as, ''The Player meets All About Eve in this seriocomic satire of the Bollywood film industry by a first-time director whose collaring of over a dozen major Hindi stars for cameos speaks well of its biting accuracy",[21] while Kyle Smith of the New York Post found it "gently humorous" and "almost totally lacking in the cynicism, self-hatred and ennui that characterizes inside-Hollywood flicks".[22]

Box office performance

The movie had a slow start at the box office and registered 25% to 30% attendance at the plexes.[23] According to trade analyst and critic Joginder Tuteja, the occupancy at the theatres came down to 50 percent.[24] Outside India also, the movie has failed to perform per expectations.Although the movie was critically acclaimed , and later after the movie was disscussed amongst the media it got a boost and was ranked an average score overall.

In the US, the movie debuted at number 32. In its opening weekend, the film collected $217,439 (approx. Rs. 1.06 crores) on 61 screens, a per-screen average of $3,556. In the UK, Luck By Chance debuted at number 21 and collected £73,822 (approx. Rs. 50.95 lacs) on 50 screens, with a per-screen average of £1,476. The movie did poorly in Australia but was a big flop in India, grossing $3,914,500 at the Indian box office.[25][26][27] Worldwide, the film has grossed $4,504,365.[28]


Luck By Chance
Studio album by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
30 December 2008
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 34:31
Label Big Music
Producer Farhan Akhtar & Ritesh Sidhwani
Professional reviews
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy chronology
Chandni Chowk to China
Luck by Chance
Konchem Ishtam Konchem Kashtam

The music of Luck By Chance was released on 30 December 2008. It had an early release through iTunes on 23 December 2008.[29] The album is composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and the lyrics written by Javed Akhtar. Against expectations, Farhan Akhtar did not lend his voice to the soundtrack, as he did in Rock On!!.[3] The promotion of the music was done keeping the digital platform in mind. The music of Luck By Chance was made available directly and through partner sponsors on mobile, Internet and physical markets.[30] MIDIval Punditz also did some remix of the tracks of the album, which were featured as background score in the movie.[31]

The first music video for the film was Baawre. It released on 12 January 2009 and depicted a circus setting in which Hrithik Roshan and Isha Sharvani perform alongside Russian circus acts. Following "Baawre" was the video for the song "Sapnon Se Bhare Naina", showing Farhan and Konkona facing their trials and tribulations in the film industry. "Yeh Zindagi Bhi" was the last video released.


The music for the film received mostly positive reviews from critics. MSN India said, "The album has a robust mix of songs of different genres, a trademark of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy that will enthrall audiences and at the same time give them sensible renditions to hum. On the whole, Luck By Chance stands for quality like most of the albums by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. A perfect soundtrack with medium-paced songs, great singing and hummable lyrics, the album is a sure shot hit. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, reinforces one's faith in good music. The composers also prove that Bollywood musicians aren't shy of experimenting.[32] Rediff said, "The bottom line is that Luck By Chance's music is aimed at the Dil Chahta Hai generation of Bollywood viewers — it's definitely urban and the music rocks!"[33] Hindustan Times wrote, "Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy come out of their comfort zone of lilting romantic melodies and wallop out unusual tracks here. Check out Shankar Mahadevan's masterful jugalbandi with a Rajasthani ensemble in "Baawre" or the dark, fast-paced "Sapnon se bhare naina", which are reason enough to buy the soundtrack".[34] NDTV reviewed the soundtrack and said, "On the whole, Luck By Chance stands for quality like most of the albums by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy. A perfect soundtrack with medium-paced songs, great singing and hummable lyrics, the album is a sure shot hit".[35]


The tracklisting for the soundtrack.

Track Song Singer(s) Duration Notes
1 Yeh Zindagi Bhi Loy Mendonsa , Shekhar Ravjiani 6:39 Opening Credits of the Film
2 Baawre Loy Mendonsa , Shankar Mahadevan,Raja Hassan 5:13 Picturised on Hrithik Roshan, Farhan Akhtar, Isha Sharvani and Konkona Sen Sharma
3 Pyaar Ki Dastaan Amit Paul , Mahalakshmi Iyer 5:21 Picturised on Isha Sharvani & Farhan Akhtar
4 Yeh Aaj Kya Ho Gaya Sunidhi Chauhan 3:25 Picturised on Konkona Sen Sharma
5 Sapnon Se Bhare Naina Shankar Mahadevan 4:59 Picturised on Farhan Akhtar
6 O Rahi Re Shankar Mahadevan 4:27 Ending Credits of the Film with Konkona Sen Sharma
7 Baawre (Remix) Loy Mendonsa , Shankar Mahadevan 4:27 Promotional Song


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