January 25, 2010

Wake Up Sid - How I fell in Love with Ranbir Kapoor and this Film!

Yes thats Ranbir floating in my head lol!

(Warning this review contains: SQUEALS, SQUEAKS, YAAY'S)

I have been quite lazy and busy with homework these days and have put off my reviews instead making funny lists and mini reviews. But I'm back with a fully fledged review of gushing and fawning over this film which i really like! I missed out on the opportunity to see this film at the local cinema which was silly of me, because who doesn't wanna watch Ranbir onscreen, I swore my allegiance to the Ranbir-brigade by going out to see his first blue film Saawariya and torturing my mum through that!
But I digress as usual, so we meet Sid(Ranbir Kapoor) a rich and lazy boy at college spending his days in fun with his two friends Rishi(Namit Das) and Laxmi(Shikha Talsania). But being a lazy guy he doesn't study for tests, barely attends classes, and is a directionless guy unlike his somewhat focused friends. What I loved about this film, is how identifiable the situations are, who hasn't been stumped during a final exam, and partying with friends. At the leaving ball he meets Aisha(Konkona Sensharma)
I want a nicely decorated place like Aisha's!
Aisha is a new arrival to the city of Mumbai - which they all refer to Bombay, which explains the quick apology at the beginning, I can imagine Kjo grovelling at Bal Thakeray's feet for an apology! She's new to the city, and Sid helps her out finding a place, while he avoids work at his dad's(Anupam Kher - great performace) shower company. Another gush moment, I really liked how Sid and his dad's relationship was explored and how distant they were unless his dad had to pay for Sid's partying! It was completely moving and touching, Anupam surprised me with a really heartfelt role! But Sid being the wastrel he is, ditches work to help paint at Aisha's new pad which allows for the song "Life Is Crazy" which is one of those montages you've seen a million times but it was cute and i ended going "YAAY PAINTING!" like an absolute nutter! Yaay Painting with Ranbir!
Then Sid fails his exams, and instead of understanding it was his own fault he blames his friends and his hapless Maa(Supriya Pathak - so sweet!) insulting her, and receiving the wrath from his dad! This scene was very well done, and Ranbir can really be quite intense in his shouting matches lol! He packs his bags and heads over to Aisha's pad, where he flourishes under her care and shock! horroR! He wakes up! Sorry i had to be a useless reviewer and use the title of the film to reiterate my point LOL!
The second half is the great part of the film where we see Sid finally accepting his responsibilities and slowly falling in love with Aisha his waker-upper! The wonderful part of the post-intermission stuff is that Sid blooms under the help of all the women in his life, like making an egg from the neighbour Kashmira Shah, and getting help in his career from Aisha at the magazine she works at! Where i might say the hot boss is again played by Rahul Khanna, bechaara he is always playing the hot boss who gets ditched but alas we get to look at him naa?! What i was trying to say is that its a refreshing message to see Sid not needing a male role model to look upto because he's got Aisha who helped with his waking up(I'm sorry, brain is squeal mode and chai with lots of sugar mode!!) and Aisha equally falls for Sid slowly and thats what i liked love was gradual instead of a Meet-Cute and then a mishap here and there and we're all in love! One of the cutest scenes in the film
The gradual love is signalled with one of my favorite songs of the year, Iktara which i sing all day long! A couple of reunions and piecing together of relationships, Sid is a new responsible thoughtful guy with a job as an photography intern!
SQUEAL SQUEAK YAAAY = I really liked this film, it definitely goes in the Heartfelt Masala state in the Masala Pradesh. Perhaps I loved it so much because it spoke to me, as the situations in the film of being a lazy lafunga is basically my life story! That you actually have to seek your own destiny and jobs, that its not gonna land in your lap like the Masala films i watch too much! The fact that we saw a character growing up from boy to man and like the hilarious headline in some New York mag "Woman teaches Man-Child to grow up!"
And its supremely refreshing to see a man apologizing to the women in his life, and doing chores and taking ownership for his life instead of being a lazy lafunga! And the lafunga in question is the prince of dil right now, RANBIRR!!! He was wonderful here, capturing the arrogance of the spoilt boy to the man realising what life is all about, it was a very good performance and cuttteee! Konkona is excellent in anything and whenever she's in a mainstream movie she just gives it some class!
The performances were all wonderful and it was a great effort from the debut director Ayan Mukherjee who gave it nice touch of realism. Sure some situations like the end hug was a bit silly but i alas got the soundbyte for the ages with Ranbir's utterance of "III LOWWVE UUU AAIISHAA!" and maybe it seemed to quick for Sid to land a photo in the next issue, as a somewhat-journalist I can say that does and doesn't happen at mags. But that's just nitpicking, I loved it and it was one of the most satisfying films I saw this year. Most importantly films all over are supposed to evoke a reaction and emotion and perhaps speak to you, and thats what this film did for me. I'm still a bit of a Lazy Lafungi but I really enjoyed this film with its post-modern film techniques of the montages and the real situations!
Must say the music to this film is wonderful and I really liked the music interludes of the "Just the Two of Us" or the song when he's taking his pictures, thankfully i can live a happy life because I found them on the net, they really should have added them to the soundtrack!
All in all Wake Up Sid was one of my definite favourites of this year, a refereshingly real film of Waking up! (I had to!)
Now I need to nosh on some breakfast too!


rhilex said...

I don't really know what to say, because you've said most of it, so...



shell said...

Hi! Just came by your blog via twitter. Great review. I just saw this movie also and really liked it (you can check out my little review here: http://shellsbollyworld.blogspot.com/2010/01/wake-up-sid.html. Ranbir was great in it as was Konkona. Left me feeling like I needed to find my passion and go for it.

Looking forward to visiting more of your site.

Bollyviewer said...

I did manage to see it on the big screen - because it sounded like my kind of romantic comedy and because Koko was in it. At the end of the film, I was a confirmed Ranbir fan! :-) It was not only nice to see a guy do chores and grow up, it was wonderful to see a romance between an older woman and a younger man where they do not make a big noise about the age difference. I hope the DVD comes out soon 'coz I need to watch it over and over again...

bollywooddeewana said...

Wow Rum loved every piece of your review, this film is fast becoming the most loved one on the blogging circuit, this is the third/4th one i'm reading on it, i have to watch it Asap so little time so much films to watch.

Good Point about Rahul Khanna (poor guy) i hated Love Aaj kal the more, because of the way he was treated, i would like to see him play roles other than the down trodden/push aside guy

Ness said...

YES YES YES! I'm squealing along with you in adoration of this film. Great heartfelt review, this is one of my favourites too and I agree with EVERYTHING you say, lol!

Rum said...

Rhilex - kthxbai for stopping here! As you can tell I LOOOOVED IT!

Shell - Hiya! I love your blog too and your review of this was much more balanced than mine! The wake up message was very well done and not too heavy handed

Bollyviewer - I definitely am jealous of you seeing on the big screen! And i definitely like the young man-older woman thing and she wasnt very old which made it less creepy unlike Nishabd! I think the dvd's out already, so get yourself down to your aunty dvdwallah!

Bollywooddeewana - It truly is a loved film on the blogosphere, its nice and breezy and refreshing too!You definitely have to take a plunge and watch it! And poor rahul khanna, definitely didnt like the way he didnt mind getting divorced in LAK

Ness - Hiya! Thanks for equal squeals, i return them back to you from Vancouver lol!

Filmi Girl said...

Yayyyy! I <3 this movie!!

Ranbir def. moved onto my top heroes list this year. :)

Rum said...

Filmi Girl - I knew you'd eventually come around after reading your Bollyspice review with stacey and beth!

ajnabi said...

I finally watched this a couple days ago! I've been on the Ranbir train since it left the station with Saawariya, but this cemented my opinion. He rocks, and Konkona was really sweet in her role too. Love the review!

Rum said...

Ajnabi - thanks! Same here but i think ever since he dropped that towel and did his happy dance in Saawariya I was on the Ranbir train! This is one of my fave performances from his and konkona's career so far!

Darshit said...

you found those songs???
Please please please give them to me please. darshjoshi at gmail

Just love this movie. Such an eye pleasing one. Also pace of lovestory between koko and ranbir is so smooth that makes it different yet lovable.

I want a nicely decorated place like Aisha's!
me too me too.

Rum said...

Darshit - I'll definitely send them along! The pacing of the film was nice and breezy and it allowed for gradual love between the two which we actually saw!