What’s It All About
This is the story of Sidharth Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor), a lazy, unmotivated slacker from Mumbai whose life undergoes a series of changes after failing his final year college exams. Sid’s world is breezy, carefree and without any responsibilities. The most important elements in his life are the credit card, his friends, his camera, his car, and his X-box 360. He rarely communicates with his mother Sarita (Supriya Pathak) and takes his father, Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher), and all his hard earned wealth for granted. Aisha Bannerjee (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer from Kolkata, finds a good friend in Sid when her path crosses with his on her first day in Mumbai. A series of circumstances and events compel him to wake up and take charge of his life.
The day-to-day interaction of Sid and Aisha has been beautifully captured in the film. From the posh interiors of Sid’s bungalow to the subtle-cum-minimal decor of Aisha’s studio apartment – are convincing. What makes the roles authentic is the natural look given to them through their make-up, costumes and dialogues. Aisha’s girl-next-door appearance, Sid’s ‘Mr. Pacman’ t-shirts and PSP, show what lifestyle they live. Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy is groovy and is apt for the theme.
Ranbir Kapoor, the spoilt-brat in the film, plays his role with ease. The part with the laid-back attitude, masti and dhamaal is well enacted by him. Another good performance by Konkana; she lives by her down-to-earth role of Aisha. The unusual pairing and the age difference between them, both find justice in the story. Anupam Kher as the indulgent father and Supriya Pathak as the hinglish mother give good performance. Rahul Khanna in his sophisticated cameo is at par with the other actors. Shikha Talsania and Namit Das lend able support; their natural performance goes well with the college-going story.
Bits and pieces from English film Prime, life experiences and umpteen college themes.
The background score moves along with the film. The camera angles like the room shots of Ranbir, stills of Konkana, and the office of Mumbai Beats give a fresh take to the film. The first half should have been crisper. The second half makes up to a great extent.
As a debutante director, Ayan Mukerji shows potential. He has packed the film with emotion and humour and has succeeded in giving it a young look. Remember the college days? Recall the late night parties, night-outs, exam days, the fights with parents – all of this is summed together. A social/romance, it aims to be a fun film. A coming of age story, leisurely told.
Wake Up Sid is a slow starter, coming as it does during a dull period, but may improve over the weekend at multiplexes.