Sunday, August 09, 2009


Gaining publicity for being Kamal's daughter Shruti's debut more than anything else, Luck is another in the line of Hindi movies(like Dus, Dhoom, etc.) that try to cover up their silly plot with slick filmmaking. Sanjay Dutt plays a man who organizes an annual human betting game where winning means staying alive at the end and one's luck decides if one is a winner. He gets together people proven to be inordinately lucky and this year, its Imran Khan(who needs the money to get an illegal visa to go to the US), Shruti Hassan, Mithun Chakraborthy(an armyman who needs the money for his wife's operation), Ravi Kissen(a serial killer who is now free because the rope broke when he being hanged!), Chitrashi Rawat(a camel racer in Pakistan) and a bunch of anonymous foreigners. After the obligatory character exposition showing what led the protagonists to this game, the movie proceeds to the contests. These are the film's highpoints. There is not much suspense about who will still be living at the end but the combination of quick editing and the high-energy background score make the sequences interesting. But the movie inexplicably abandons this concept of a 'competition based on luck' and pits Imran, Mithun and Shruti against the rest of the gang in the ridiculous climax. With random gunfire, exploding trucks and people outrunning huge fireballs, it is both silly and pointless. The film then tops it off with a 'medical miracle' which probably came out of the same medical dictionary used by Kamal as reference for the cancer-curing bullet in Dasaavathaaram! Imran struggles as action hero and looks a lot less natural compared to his performance in JNYJN. Shruti looks great but has quite a long way to go to match her dad even in his first few movies.

Luck starts off in an interesting fashion but has us cursing our luck by the time it ends.


At 5:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am eager to know what the "medical miracle" is. Of the three given below how would you rate the miracle based on stupidity?

1) Dasavatharam - Cancer Curing Bullet
2) Sivaji - Resurrection of Rajini after being electrocuted.
3) Medical Miracle in Luck.

At 6:27 AM, Blogger giri subramanian said...

I guess all the three mentioned are equally stupid.

At 7:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

how about all the medical miracles in vijaykanth movies? :P

At 9:27 PM, Blogger Ram Pranavan said...

Vijaykanth movie miracles (not only medical, but in general) transcend all forms of stupidity and takes it to a whole new level...

At 10:29 PM, Blogger Balaji said...

anon, I'd say Dasavatharam is 1st just because Kamal is the last person I'd expect to resort to something like that. Luck will probably come 2nd :)

giri, probably true :)

anon/ram, yep they're a class apart :)

At 1:02 PM, Blogger Sreekrishnan said...

Sivaji's resurrection of rajini is not only there .. i think it was tried in Virumandi as well?

Also, that works - its not a miracle anymore but there are certain specifics to when it can work and Sivaji's situation is for sure one !

I too had the same opinion but i watched this in true tv and couple of other shows in Discovery where they had real videos of people declared dead and then brought back. But the point is after that they had to be in so much monitoring coz heart is recovering back from a failed mode and is like Vista coming up from Sleep mode..

They would literally be very weak and cant do anything close to what rajini did in Sivaji- ofcourse Shankar makes a nice passage of time there by making the villain say "konja naal munnala .." Given the fact that it is Rajnikanth and Shankar - it works !

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At 10:52 PM, Blogger Nagesh.MVS said...

There is NO Luck who watch this Movie.Kamal's daughter acting is not good in some scenes.She must learn some Tricks from his father.

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At 10:27 AM, Blogger *chutz* said...

i just watched luck and i had to come and read your review (new habit i've developed where i watch something and comeback to compare thoughts :P)

i agree with the most of what you've said although i'll have to point out one thing. the 'medical miracle' is actually a very real condition called dextrocardia. i worked in a paediatrics department for 4 weeks of my medical training and i saw 3 babies with said condition. not very uncommon now is it!


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