Wake Up Sid: A whole new formula film

October 2, 2009

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 didn’t go by the formula.

Films like “Wake Up Sid” 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 don’t think it’s a bad thing to make a formula film. After all, many of Bollywood’s biggest hits have followed the formula but they have also had that something extra. “Wake Up Sid”, starring Ranbir Kapoor and Konkona Sen Sharma doesn’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 “independence” 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 Aisha’s house, hoping to make it in the real world, but soon realizes he isn’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 doesn’t.

Of the cast, Ranbir Kapoor is excellent, really getting into the character, bewildered expressions and all. Konkona Sen Sharma is also efficient but doesn’t dazzle as she usually does. Special mention of Shikha Talsania as Sid’s friend Laxmi for a spirited performance.

“Wake Up Sid” isn’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.

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Given the spate of recent movies that have hit the screens one must rejoice for the new breed formulaic multiplex films. Barring ‘Kaminey’ there hasn’t been much to talk about from the Hindi film industry recently, so even if this one is a ‘new formula film’ one can’t complain too much.

Posted by Arun | Report as abusive

remember LAKSHYA guys???

THE MOVIE IS WORTH A WATCH.
IT SEEMS HARD TO REALISE THAT RANBIR WAS JUST TWO FILMS OLD.
HE GIVES A BRILLIANT PERFORMANCE.THE STORY FLOWS PARALLEL TO LIVES OF MOST PEOPLE. ANUPAM KHER IS TOP NOTCH. EVEN SURIYA PATHAK GIVES A SUPERB PERFORMANCE.
****/2 MOVIE IS GOOD FOR THE COMPLETE FAMILY.
THANX TO KARAN JOHAR THE NONSENSE ELEMENT KASHMIRA SHAH DIDN’T FOUND MUCH TIME.
IN SHORT A COMPLETE FAMILY MOVIE.

Posted by Bhoj Rathore | Report as abusive

I really liked the movie.. a perfect weekend watch.. wont mind even a second watch.. :) Cute, simple, and light

Posted by Aditya | Report as abusive

I think the 4th last para of the blog gives quite a lot of information about the movie. whole of first half infact.. a bit of a spoiler for someone keen to watch it.. nice movie though

Posted by Ramesh | Report as abusive

I loved the movie! I hope other film makers implement Ayan Mukherjee’s formula.
The music of the film is impressive like most Karan Johar films.

Posted by Sakshi | Report as abusive