Wake Up Sid: A whole new formula film
Bollywood has always survived on the formula — the elusive secret to making a successful film that combines elaborate sets, melodrama and of course, dancing around trees. Then multiplexes arrived and we were told it was the era of niche films, ones that didnâ€™t go by the formula.
Films like â€śWake Up Sidâ€ť are well on their way to becoming a meeting point between the old and the new, and becoming a whole different genre of films — the formula multiplex film.
Now that the multiplex audience in India is such an important part of the movie going public, there are a lot of films being made with them in mind and most are now beginning to stick to a formula.
Have an urban hero (preferably young) confused about life, throw in some college scenes, smart dialogues and a disco scene or two.
Make the aesthetics such that they appeal to the yuppie audience and there you have it — the formula to make a multiplex film.
Let me also add a disclaimer here. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a bad thing to make a formula film. After all, many of Bollywoodâ€™s biggest hits have followed the formula but they have also had that something extra. â€śWake Up Sidâ€ť, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma doesnâ€™t always pass that test.
Kapoor plays Siddharth Mehra, a spoilt rich brat who has no aim in life except — do nothing. He meets Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), elder to him and in search of â€śindependenceâ€ť in Mumbai. The two soon strike up a friendship.
When Sid fails in his exams and his father decides to crack the whip, our protagonist decides he is better off living on his own. He lands up at Aishaâ€™s house, hoping to make it in the real world, but soon realizes he isnâ€™t equipped for it at all.
As a coming-of-age film, this one has its moments and first-time director Ayan Mukherji manages to inject the film with a lot of moments that make you smile. However there are also times when you feel the film could rise above the average but doesnâ€™t.
Of the cast, Ranbir Kapoor is excellent, really getting into the character, bewildered expressions and all. Konkona Sen Sharma is also efficient but doesnâ€™t dazzle as she usually does. Special mention of Shikha Talsania as Sidâ€™s friend Laxmi for a spirited performance.
â€śWake Up Sidâ€ť isnâ€™t necessarily a memorable film, nor is it an original one. But it is good for a one-time watch over the weekend, which is a lot more than what Bollywood has dished out over the past few weeks, so I would say go for this one.