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Wake Up Sid (2009)

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  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 2 October 2009 (India)
  • Runtime: 138 min
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  • IMDb page: Wake Up Sid (2009)
  • Rate: 7.4/10 total 3,529 votes 
  • Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance
  • Release Date: 2 October 2009 (India)
  • Runtime: 138 min
  • Filming Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Gross: $710,487(USA)(25 October 2009)
  • Director: Ayan Mukherjee
  • Stars: Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma and Shruti Bapna
  • Original Music By: Shankar Mahadevan (music) (as Shankar Ehsaan Loy) Loy Mendonsa (music) (as Shankar Ehsaan Loy) Ehsaan Noorani (music) (as Shankar Ehsaan Loy) Amit Trivedi (music & background music)  
  • Soundtrack: Suno Toh Zara, Humko Hai Yeh Kahena
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Friend | College | Writer | Spoiled Brat | Love

Writing Credits By:

  • Ayan Mukherjee (story and screenplay) (as Ayan Mukherji)
  • Niranjan Iyengar (dialogue)

Known Trivia

  • The film got delayed three month during post production when Ranbir Kapoor grew a beard for a role in Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year, therefore, he was unavailable to shoot some of the patch up scenes.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Sid is reading his first e-mail from Aisha, what he and Aisha are saying aloud are clearly not what is actually written in the e-mail.

Plot: A spoiled young adult living in Mumbai experiences a change in his lazy ways when he meets a woman at a party, who inspires him to "wake up". Full summary »  »

Story: In Mumbai, Sid Mehra is, in the words of his father, an arrogant, spoiled brat. He lives with a doting mother and a father who pays his expenses and credit card bills. Sid takes his college finals then starts work at his father's business; he lasts less than a week before walking out. At a graduation party, he's met Aisha, newly arrived from Calcutta, set on becoming a writer. He shows her the city and helps her refurbish a rented flat. He asks if she'd like to progress from friend to something more; she says no – he lacks ambition and isn't her type. Will her words, his exam results, a confrontation with his parents, and a break with his friends be enough to wake Sid up?Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Siddharth "Sid" Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) is the spoiled, carefree son of wealthy businessman Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher). A resident of Bombay, his only interest is to have fun with friends and to spend his father’s money. Thus, he spends little time at college and is not prepared for the exit exams. His father however, not being aware of this fact, tells Sid it is time to join his company, which Sid reluctantly does only after his father tempts him with the promise of a new car.Meanwhile, Sid meets Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma) a woman from Calcutta, who is an aspiring writer. On their first meeting, they go out on a walk along the streets of Bombay. Sid shows her the city and takes her to Marine Drive by the sea. Sid tells her that one of the fascinating things of being in Bombay is its luscious monsoon. They seem to strike a chord instantly and a friendship ensues. Sid helps her to find (and furnish) her own apartment. She also lands a job with Mumbai Beat, (based on Time Out! Mumbai)[1] a hip magazine run by the handsome, sophisticated editor-in-chief Kabir (Rahul Khanna). On the eve of her 27th birthday Aisha invites Sid to her place because she does not want to be alone. When Sid tentatively explores moving their relationship beyond friendship, he finds that Aisha perceives him as boyish and immature. Despite feeling hurt, he maintains his friendship with her.Their relationship intensifies when the exam results come out and Sid finds that he failed. His failure leads to a family fight that ends with him moving out of the house. With nowhere to go, Sid (who has never been on his own) asks Aisha if he can stay with her. Aisha is initially happy to have the company (although she clarifies that his stay is purely platonic). Eventually, however, Sid’s bad habits revive themselves as he leaves her place a mess and makes the kind of demands on her that he is used to making on everyone. When she finds he has not eaten all day, Aisha is amused by the fact that Sid cannot cook and does not know how to feed himself. Over time, Sid learns that to survive in the world he has to begin cooking and cleaning. He has also realized he must work and Aisha helps him become a photography intern at the magazine she works for.Aisha who had a crush on her boss, editor in chief Kabir, is ecstatic when he selects her article for the magazine and also asks her out on a live jazz performance. However, as she goes out with him, she realizes she does not much in common with Kabir. Meanwhile, she slowly realizes her feelings toward Sid and understands she is in love with him.As Sid begins working, he finds meaning in life and realizes that there are more options than working in a standard corporate environment. He also begins to see for the first time how his behavior has hurt everyone he loves and that he needs to change his ways. After he is hired as full-time staff and receives his first pay check, he confronts his father. They reconcile and Sid’s father asks him to come home. Sid, who often feels a burden to Aisha, tells her that he won’t be dependent on her charity anymore and expects her to be thrilled. He doesn’t realize that Aisha has fallen in love with him and thus is furious to hear that he is leaving. Their departure is a hostile one and Sid leaves without resolution.When Sid returns home from Aisha’s place, he thinks constantly of her. However, he remembers that she had told him they can only be friends and so he does not consider that she might share his feelings. When the latest issue of Mumbai Beat arrives, Sid reads Aisha’s column and is startled to discover that it is about her feelings for him. As rain starts pouring, he rushes to meet her at the same beach where they had sat the very first day they met. Sid expresses his love for her and the two embrace.

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Hiroo Johar known as producer (as Hiroo Yash Johar)
  • Karan Johar known as producer
  • Apoorva Mehta known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Ranbir Kapoor known as Sid Mehra
  • Konkona Sen Sharma known as Aisha Banerjee
  • Shruti Bapna known as Debbie
  • Krutika Bolaki known as Neha
  • Namit Das known as Rishi Atul Raheja
  • Munir Kabani known as Amit – Mumbai Beats
  • Mohsin Ali Khan known as Chottu
  • Rahul Khanna known as Kabir Chaudhary
  • Anupam Kher known as Sid's father
  • Kainaz Motivala known as Tanya Lathia
  • Atisha Naik known as Mrs. Bapat
  • Supriya Pathak known as Sarita Mehta
  • Rahul Pendkalkar known as Sanju Bapat
  • Kashmira Shah known as Sonia
  • Taranveer Singh known as FB publicist
  • Shikha Talsania known as Laxmi Inder Advani

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Supporting Department

Art Department:
  • Sumayya Shaikh known as assistant production designer

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Dharma Productions

Other Companies:

  • Prime Focus  digital intermediate
  • Shree Ganesh Movie Lights  grip and lighting equipment

Distributors:

  • UTV Motion Pictures (2009) (worldwide) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Prime Focus

Visual Effects by:

  • Praveen Bareria known as cg supervisor
  • Yatin Bhave known as compositor
  • Asif Bhushan known as digital compositor
  • Michael D'Sa known as visual effects producer
  • Sandeep Gamre known as paint lead
  • Anish Holla known as render wrangler/render support
  • Rohinton Irani known as tracking lead
  • Vishal Kapoor known as lead compositor
  • Ashutosh Khandelwal known as render wrangler/render support
  • Swapnil Kulkarni known as roto and paint artist
  • Suryakant Mahunta known as visual effects artist
  • Aziz Merchant known as cleanup artist
  • Tsering Namgyal known as line producer: vfx
  • Payankulath Nandakumar known as senior compositor
  • Anand Nayak known as digital effects artist
  • Gauri Patil known as digital compositor
  • Reupal D. Rawal known as senior visual effects supervisor
  • Ramsai Rayanapati known as cg lead
  • Chandrasekhar Reddy known as cg paint supervisor
  • Chandrachur Roy known as motion graphics artist
  • Swapnil Shahane known as rendering artist
  • Merzin Tavaria known as visual effects supervisor
  • Anuj Upadhyay known as digital compositor
  • Yatin Vij known as visual effects coordinator

Release Date:

  • India 2 October 2009
  • Netherlands 2 October 2009

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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  1. Peter Young from Australia
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    Ayan Mukherjee's 'Wake Up Sid' is one of the most eye-pleasing andrefreshing films of the year. It is light, entertaining andinteresting, and unlike most of Karan Johar's previous productions, itis much more realistic and does not fall into the category of a'run-of-the-mill fairytale'. The writing and the dialogue are verysimple, and despite some sentimental moments, there are neither clichésnor vain attempts to dramatise the story. The film shows the beauty ofMumbai, its youth and its modern culture. Ayan Mukherjee's direction isexcellent and his portrayal of India's urban lifestyle is impressiveand inspiring alike. He gives the viewer a view of a new India whichconsists of young, effervescent and ambitious people who want toprogress, to graduate, and to have an altogether better life. I thinkthat this depiction was much more important than the film's actualstory. Aspects that make this depiction so authentic include thebreathtaking locations, the superb soundtrack, and the fantasticstar-cast. The film flows brilliantly with all the songs which enhanceits story and lighthearted feel, and the acting is roundly natural.

    Ranbir Kapoor performs exceedingly well throughout as the mainprotagonist Sid – a young, indecisive guy whose conflicts with hisfamily and friends and failure at college make him leave his home andtry to make a life on his own. But honestly, the one who blew me awayis Konkona Sen Sharma. One of the most talented actresses in Indiatoday, she is totally convincing as the young, independent career-womanand makes her character very easy to relate to thanks to her naturalacting and no-nonsense attitude. Oh, and she is simply gorgeous here. Imust note that I did not expect Ranbir and Konkona to form a verycredible romantic couple, but they proved me wrong. The two getbrilliant support from other members of the cast. Supriya Pathak iswonderful as Sid's loving and caring mother, exuding a certain warmththat really makes one realise the importance of a mother. Anupam Kheris brilliantly restrained. Kainaz Motivala, in a much smaller part, isso beautiful you can't take your eyes off her, and so is the ever sohot Kashmira Shah. Rahul Khanna, Shikha Talsania, Shruti Bapna andNamit Das are all very effective.

    One of Wake Up Sid's biggest achievements is the gradual growth of thestory, without which no coming of age film could work. With everypassing scene, the film grows more captivating, making the viewer careabout what happens next and wonder how it all wraps up. It's not thatit's totally unpredictable, but its steady pace, identifiablecharacters, and the genuine portrayal of relationships, make everythingmuch more intriguing than it could have been. The everyday atmospherecreated in Aisha's old residence is heartwarming; the neighbours livelike one huge family, but not in a cheesy way. The development of Sid'srelationship with Aisha is equally natural. I would like to mention onesong which is one of my favourite in recent times, and it is "Iktara".It's a soulful track beautifully sung by Kavita Seth and extremely wellpictured on-screen, efficiently presenting the film's brightest momentof romantic realisation. All said and done, I recommend you to watchWake Up Sid, it truly is a wonderful film which is worth revisiting. Itis beautifully shot, well written and directed; it is inspiring,exciting and thoroughly enjoyable.

  2. kalyan006 from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    The lazy, spoilt, Son-of-a-Rich-Dad is back again on the screens. Thistime he takes the form of Siddarth Mehra.

    Firstly though, Ayan Mukherji (story, screenplay and direction)deserves immense praise for his directorial debut venture. As far asthe story goes, there is nothing new or novel. The script has nounexpected twists or such. It goes along at its own sweet pace and youcan foretell every next incident. This is a movie more on the lines of'Dil Chahta Hai' meets 'Lakshya'. But where Ayan scores heavily is inthe direction and screenplay departments. The direction is fresh anduncomplicated. He stuck to the very basic rule and kept it simple, andthis has definitely paid huge dividends. The screenplay is crisp andwell executed. It shows in the way Ayan has resisted the desire to jumpinto song-and-dance sequences, as are most bollywood movies prone to,and thats a refreshing change.

    The movie revolves around our protagonist Siddarth Mehra (Sid, as hisfriends call him), who is arrogant, self-centred, has an absolutedisrespectful attitude to financial dealings (read shopping) andanything to do with exercising his mental capabilities. Be it learningat college or going through the daily 9-to-5 grind. Though most of usmay not readily identify ourself with Sid, we all have surely known apersonality like him at some point of our life. Sid strikes upfriendship with Aisha Bannerjee, played superbly by Konkona Sen Sharma,during a boring farewell party. The friendship grows stronger,initially through e-mails and then through setting up Aisha's flat. Thetwo characters are poles apart, Aisha strives to be independent, isorganised and has a set of goals, whereas Sid on the other hand iscarefree and childishly immature with not a care in the world. As thestory evolves Sid has a spat with his parents and leaves home. He takesrefuge in Aisha's flat and is slowly forced to delve deeper into hisway of living. He has virtually taken everything for granted in hislife so far, including his friends and his parents. He now has to takelife by the horns. It can be safely said that he admires Aisha'sopinion of him and transforms himself to please her in ways he neverknew before, and in the process he matures in his thinking and takesresponsibilities seriously. How he nurtures his hobby and utilises itto make a living, thus turning a new leaf in his life forms the rest ofthe story. Not to mention, he even realises he is in love too, as oneis wont to expect.

    The actors have all lived up to the expectations. Ranbir Kapoor as Sidis a revelation. This is the first movie i watched of his and i thinkhe has a very bright future, though i would hate to see him gowandering into stereotype bollywood. The way he gets all childish whenhe has learnt to fry eggs is as admirable as it is funny. He is pleasedas a punch and puts a smile on your face. Konkona Sen Sharma as Aishadoes here what she knows doing best. She has acted in various rolesdoing justice to them all and the role of Aisha is no different. Youjust cant help but admire the various emotions that she can pull-off. Apleasing change from all the eye-candy mainstream actresses who haveflooded bollywood of late. Supriya Pathak and Anupam Kher as Sid'sparents do an applaudable job. The scene where Supriya Pathak tries tolearn English so that she can bond with Sid more as a friend than amother deserves a special mention. She sure strikes a few emotionalchords with the mature audience. Kashmira Shah has very few lines inthe movie and she is pleasing on the eye. Hope she had a meatier role.Rahul Khanna as the editor does his job well.

    The direction is top-notch, so is the screenplay and acting. Someviewers may find it a bit too long but i think the editing is sharp andthe camera work goes a long way to make this movie an interestingwatch. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is pleasing on the ear without beingtoo imposing. All-in-all its a good movie for a weekend at the cinemasas long as you don't look too deep into the 'same-old-story' aspect.

  3. Moksh Juneja from Mumbai, India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    What i loved most in the movie – Wake up Sid, not every one is perfect,there cannot be pure good, pure bad people, it has its own shade ofgrey, that is what Sid the character is all about. Then, once yourealise this, you go out and try and find what you love doing, and dothat. Everything else will fall in place.

    Sid, everyone from family to friends want Siddharth Mehra to dosomething constructive in life and earn some self – respect and ofcourse money. He has no plans and take life as it comes. Aisha (playedby Konkona Sen Sharma), who on the other hand has planned verymeticulously, what she wants. I believe that because of Konkona'sperformance Ranbir's performance was complimentary, rather than otherway around. Was it just that Aisha was a much stronger character in themovie.

    The credit should go to the director to a very large extent, to makeone realise, what he is worth does need to go Kargil like Lakshya orGoa like Dil Chahta Hai. You would surprised that once you realise whatyou want, it was just next door. Loved the way, the house where Konkonastays and they way everything in the studio apartment has been placed -the books (choice of books), the artefacts, the show pieces. The househad no bed, but a bedding that was on the floor. It reminded me of myhouse in Pune. That's another story.

    And I just love the music, every well written and woven into the movie,specially "Iktara" that for sure Favourite song, too!! Towards, the endof the movie, you keep thinking did you like the movie, didn't you likethe movie. But then the movie is inspiring in work, in love, inrelationship.

  4. Saa89 from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    I'm am new to IMDb and i have to say that Wake Up Sid! was worthwriting my first comment for.

    Wake Up Sid! is kind of a coming of age movie about this guy SiddharthMehra who refuses to grow up. Something I'm very sure a lot of the guysout there can relate to. No matter how old you are, you definitely wentthru this stage once. The movie very astutely draws attention to thevarious aspects of this stage. The young but evidently talenteddirector has been able to very efficiently portray the characters andtheir emotions . The movie has a lot of very touching dialogs,brilliant acting, great music combined with some beautiful shots of thewonderfully vibrant city of Mumbai. Most of the characters were welldefined and the story was told very well by the debutant director. Allin all it was a very well made film with a heart and a soul.

    A lot of the films credit also goes to the two lead characters RanbhirKapoor and Konkona Sen. The 2 actors were brilliant and very sincere indepicting there respective characters, and were very convincing inshowing there emotions and feelings on screen. The chemistry betweenthe fresh, though unlikely pairing of Ranbhir Kapoor and Konkana Senreally works to a great extent, which translates into this special yetintimate bond between the two characters. Till this movie i was notvery sure about Ranbhir Kapoor as an actor but with this movie he hasreally risen to the occasion and given a stellar performance whileKonkana is her usual remarkable self, with yet another impact-fullperformance. Actors Anupum Kher and Supriya Pathak were also very goodas the father and mother and played their respective characterstruthfully. The talents of Rahul Khanna has again been wasted in aminuscule role, but he manages to make the best of what he had. Evenmost of the smaller actors manage to do a very commendable job.

    Well d movie had a lot more going for it but i will now talk a bitabout what went against it. The movie to sum extent was a bit slowpaced and there will be a lot of people who will kind of find it a bitof a drag. The ending of the movie was quite predictable and borderscheesy. Also the director treated the movie in a little serious andphilosophical manner which not many youth in the audience appreciatethese days. The movie is very symbolic and one can only reallyappreciate it if they can strongly relate to what the director istrying to talk about in the movie. This is a must watch for everyonewho is or was in the grey stage of growing from a boy to a man. Abeautiful movie which deserves to be watched with an open perspective.Please check it out.

  5. sumegha-c from New Delhi, India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    I personally think it's one of the best movies of the year. Thegood-for-nothing least-bothered college boy has been played by RanbirKapoor perfectly. Considering the fact that he's just 3 movies old,this is by-far his BEST performance and not even near to being a '3rdmovie performance'. It seems like he has been here since ages.

    The movie is not all about him, though.

    Konkona Sen Sharma gets a major part as the very ambitious, well-readaspiring writer who is a newbie in the city of Mumbai and knows nothingabout the city but gets Ranbir Kapoor as her first friend on her firstnight in the city. They have a 7-year difference but have a very strongconversational chemistry.

    Supriya Pathak is amazing as Ranbir's mother and her acting reminded meof my mum. 😀

    Anupam Kher also fits his role as the rich hard-working dad.

    All-in-all, DO NOT MISS THIS MOVIE. You will surely not getdisappointed.

    And yes, it will get you moist-eyed and make you reminisce about allthose days of your college which are surely dumped in some corner ofyour mind today.

    Or just watch it for Ranbir. The movie belongs to him!

    I watched it last night and can't WAIT to watch it again in the hall!:D

  6. codenamepaulie from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    Indian cinema is finally coming of age with established banners takingchances with new age directors & relevant themes. Wake up Sid is onesuch attempt. The movie opens with a last minute study routine that allof us have gone through some time of the other. The film connects withyou from then on.

    Ranbir Kapoor plays the rich kid Sid who has never thought of any plansbeyond tonight and couldn't care less about making a career. KonkanaSen Sharma has just come to Bombay to make something of her in thefield of creative writing. She has tastes ranging from Tagore to AnnieHall. How they meet at a party and become friends. And Sid goes aboutdiscovering himself with Aisha (Konkana), who is elder to him, as hismuse. Their building romance is subtle & well presented.

    The director delivers some powerful scenes. The one when Sid's dad askshim to leave home is par excellence. The director's sensibilities areobvious by portraying Sid as a boy who likes his bunch of people but isrude to others not his kind. As is generally the case in real life too.Attention to detail is visible from little things like Sid's servant'sover-sized T-shirts which look like Sid's throwaways.

    The music may not have been a chart buster, but flows with the movie."Ikk Tara" is definitely the high point of the movie. Also, thebackground score is particularly good. In some scenes, the score beginsand then stops playing abruptly just enough for the actors to deliversome intense scenes, then it begins again. A good experiment. Impactfultoo.

    Ranbir with his stoned look is ideal for the lead character. Hisexpressions are natural. Look for the sequence when he sees the resultsheet to know that he has failed the exams. Konkana Sen Sharma takesover from where she left in Luck By Chance, not to say that she'srepetitive, but an almost perfect antithesis to Sid.

    There are some flaws like the friends keep coming in & going out &remain on the fringes of the film. They could have been more to them.There are some parts that do remind of Dil Chahta Hai & Lakhshya as thebasic premise remains the same. But it does not take you on a journeyto picturesque Goa or the Kargil war for Sid to wake up. It is more ajourney within, near home. Watch it, it's worth.

  7. swaranjs from India
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    I do not accompany my wife on her visits to the cinema to watch mostnew Hindi movies. There is a rash of silly comedies (supposed to be)with one or more from Akshay Kumar, the Deshmukh kid, Fardeen Khan,Sunil Shetty, Govinda in his terrible new avatar and others of theirilk. Or there are the Shahrukh Khan types with his ever increasinghamming that people continue to love in this country after half acentury (in my life time) of watching. I wait and wait for a greatreview or for one of the few friends whose judgment I trust to tell mehere is a you must see before I go to watch a Bollywood film. So whenmy good friend Sandhya Divecha told my wife to ask me to see this one Iwent.

    And it was good.

    Yes it could have been better (almost every movie can be and most Hindimovies can be MUCH better) but it was enjoyable. It was my first timewatching Ranbir Kapoor and he is pretty good. This kid needs time (andbetter luck than his father) and he could be a real star. Everyone knowhow good an actress Konkana is but he more than holds his own and thatsa big compliment.

    The first half is a bit patchy but gets better as the movie gets goingand the second one is a breeze. Anupam Kher does an ordinary job as hedoes more and more frequently of late and the highly talented SupriyaPathak is given yet another role which makes her mouth silly brokenEnglish. Friends tell me that it suits the role but that doesn'tconvince me. But both Kher and Pathak have minor roles. Its is Ranbirand Konkana all the way and you go with them and their emotions all theway.

    Go watch it, as someone said in another review, with someone you loveor intend to.

  8. Jizdenky from Fraggle Rock
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    Ayaan Mukherjee's coming-of-age movie 'Wake Up Sid' comes as a breathof fresh air during a time when the Hindi film industry seemed to onlyfocus on the tried and tested formula. Considering that Karan Johar wasthe producer, I was expecting it to be another one of those rich NRI(non-residential Indian) movies set somewhere in New York butthankfully it's nothing like that. 'Wake Up Sid' takes place in Bombayand I liked how Mukherjee presents the city. His direction is fluid.It's quite surprising that this was made by a first time director.

    'Wake Up Sid' tells the story of a rich spoilt brat who, thanks to arich father, has everything going for him. However, the day he findsout he failed his final exam, frustration takes over and be breaks tieswith his old friends and moves out of his parents' house. His newfriend, Aisha, a vivacious non-nonsense young lady, new to life inBombay, agrees to let him stay. However, the clash between lifestyles,that of Aisha, a strong independent tidy young woman, and Sid, a lazyyoung man who's dependent on others to clean up his mess and cook andserve meals to him, creates tension.

    Mukherjee's writing is solid. The story is easy to follow and thecharacters are easy to relate to. Iyengar's dialogue is witty andcharming. The songs are great and they fit brilliantly with the storygiving it a whimsical touch. Further, I liked that Mukherjee didn't usetypical visuals of Mumbai and focused on what mattered like the sea.

    Ranbir Kapoor is very competent as Sid. He shows that he is capable ofleading a movie but Konkona Sen Sharma steals the show once again. Sheplays Aisha with sheer ease and spontaneity. Of the supporting castNamit Das, as Sid's former friend and Supriya Pathak as Sid's motherare outstanding. I especially liked Sarita's dedication as a mother andhow she learns English just to get closer to her son.

    Newcomer Ayaan Mukherjee has made a fine little film, something thatmight exceed entertainment especially for the youth of today. Butthat's not to say that it ain't for the family. Quite the contrary.

  9. Kamal Gupta (CAMKG) from Brampton, Ontario
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    A very refreshing and a very likable debut from writer-director AyanMukherjee. Considering the resume of his producer, a very gutsy effortas well.

    There is nothing novel about the premise of Wake Up Sid, neither isthere any major plot twist that is not quite evident from watching thepreview of the film. And yet Ayan is very observant in his writing andseems very true in his approach. He also treats the viewer withappropriate intelligence to let things unfold consequentially andlogically.

    It is also very inspiring to know that the entire film is shot inMumbai – it is a story about Mumbai and Ayan adds a beautifulunderlying subplot about the city, its character and its weather. AnilMehta has done an amazing job capturing Mumbai on screen.

    The supporting cast and Konkona as well as Rahul Khanna all do a veryadmirable job, but this is really all about Ranbir Kapoor. He has comeof age in this movie as an actor with tremendous ability. The arc ofhis character is not extremely difficult in its emotionality, butRanbir has added tremendous conviction and sincerity to it. It is veryheartening to see and keeping in mind his forthcoming films, I am veryexcited.

    But most of all, I must applaud Karan Johar. As a producer or director,this is his seventh film – KKHH, KKKG, KHNH, Kaal, KANK, Dostana andnow Wake Up Sid. This is his best and the only one that I havepersonally liked. I applaud him because he has taken a chance andreally put his money and his reputation on the line for something thatis truly different given his filmography so far.

    Indian cinema has changed amazingly in the last 5 years or so and Ihope that with films like these KJ and his Dharma Productions will be apart of the newer, smarter, cooler and dare I say better Bollywood.8/10.

  10. dips_26 from Hong Kong
    30 Mar 2012, 1:28 pm

    I have seen this movie a number of times, and this is when I am not amovie buff. What keeps me bringing back to this movie however, is thefact that Wake up Sid is definitely more than a movie.

    It is a story enjoyable in totality or just in parts, no matter howmuch one sees of it, there is always something to take away. Mytakeaways from this movie have been numerous – from something asfrivolous as ideas for redoing a house to something as drastic asfinding a direction in life. And every time I feel I lack focus, I endup watching this movie.

    Wake up Sid does have its flaws, probably the key one being its pace,it gets slow at times (though never painfully slow). Then again, if youare looking for some great climax, there is none to come, because themovie is not really a typical Bolly/Hollywood stuff – it is not acomedy (as incorrectly mentioned at many places), nor a pure love story(though that forms a very beautiful element of the whole package). Thetrue genre of the movie is what you are gonna take away from the movie,so just watch it to realize how different this movie can be every timeyou watch, it has the potential to come across just as differently asdaily weather.

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