Bollywood departed from its usual monotonous routine of romantic films when ‘ Luck by Chance’ , hit the box office. The movie throws light on the role of the fictitious hand of fate that can change a man’s destiny. On the path to becoming a glorious and famous star, what the protagonist , Vikram, has to forgo is the theme of the movie.
Vikram Jaisingh( Farhan Akthar once again after his mindblowing debut in Rock On) comes to Mumbai longing to be a star. He meets Sona( Konkana Sen) , another struggling actor, striving hard to make it to the top. She makes compromises with her director who promises her a lead role in his film, yet knows her limits unlike Vikram. Being in the same boat, they are hit by Cupid’s arrows. Vikram is prepared to forgo anything in chase of his dreams. The story takes a turn when luck seems to smile at him- Zaffar Khan( Hrithik Roshan),playing a successful hero says no to the movie being produced by Romy Rolly( Rishi Kapoor) paving way for Vikram. It is only time that changes the struggling artist into a successful man, while on his road to stardom he hits on Nikki( Isha Sharvani), his rising co star, ending his affair with Sona. His metamorphism does not end there- He makes his moves on her mother Neena Walia ( Dimple Kapadia) who he enthralls by his charms. Is it worth all that he forgoes to conquer the top?
The movie also features Amir Khan and SRK in extended cameo roles as themselves, Juhi Chawla as Romy Rolly’s wife, Kareena Kapoor, John Abraham and others. This is Zoya’s debut as a director. It has received a good response so far. More than luck, there seems to be a lot of back stabbing, blackmail, manipulation and little work in being a star.
The movie was simultaneously released in Canada , US and UK. It was welcomed with unusual excitement. LA Times said:
“Where "Slumdog," with its signature "It is written" take on fate, implies that things happen because they must, "Luck by Chance" concludes that we each have a hand in determining our own destiny. As it should be, for in this winningly glitter-spangled variation on "All About Eve," the freewheeling fun and delicate heart-tugging of "Luck by Chance" is no accident.”