– by Saurin Parikh
Everyone born and brought up in Mumbai will love this movie. Everyone who has come from elsewhere and made the city their home will love it as well. And almost everyone (I say almost because I exclude myself) who has ever lived in the city will miss it more than any time before.
Wake Up Sid rocks, at its own leisurely pace. No uncalled for melodrama, no unnecessary so-called ‘situational’ songs, no uncouth humour, no overstretched sequences and definitely no overacting, Wake Up Sid is clean, crisp and warm.
Debutant writer-director Ayan Mukerji (Rani Mukerji’s brother, in his early twenties) has done a fine job of displaying age-old clichés in a refreshing vein. The direction is good (I particularly liked the use of close-ups), the storytelling is lucid, the cinematography is modern… in a way, there is nothing revolutionarily new about Wake Up Sid, but therein lies the movie’s charm. It’s fun, and it makes you smile, often.
Ranbir Kapoor (with a fine ensemble of cartoon character tees) and Konkana Sen Sharma are naturals – lovingly nonchalant in their portrayals of Sid and Aisha. Sid is the quintessential cool college dude, he is handsome, he is funny, he has a rich father, a dotting mom, a throng of friends and a couple of class toppers who are probably jealous of him, he drives a CRV, he drinks hard, parties harder and even though he is arrogant at times, one can’t help but fall in love with him. The one thing that is missing from his side is a girlfriend. Enter Aisha, who on her first day in Mumbai runs into Sid. A complete opposite of Sid, Aisha is independent, career-oriented, has goals in life, wants to earn and spend her own money, doesn’t mind living in a 1bhk flat, which with the help of Sid is turned into a cool home. They say opposites attract, and here we find out how well.
As the story moves ahead, Sid and Aisha start living together and thus begins the journey of their transformations. The best thing about Wake Up Sid is that Sid doesn’t wake up before almost three quarters of the film are over. Every time he makes some mistake – which he remains blissfully unaware of – you think he’ll wake up now. But he doesn’t. And when he finally does wake up, he no longer remains a boy, Sid becomes a man. At the other end, Aisha achieves a good start to her career but realizes that she had the wrong dream about her ideal man. How they, if they, end up together is for you to see.
Wake Up Sid also has superlative performances from Supriya Pathak and Anupam Kher (as Sid’s parents) and his two friends, whose names I couldn’t catch. A young actress makes her debut as well; she looks pretty and catches your eye in her small role.
On the whole, Wake Up Sid is extremely watchable. Rahul Bose and Malika Sherawat were the unlikely pair that rocked Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma do the same for Wake Up Sid.