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Comedy. India. Hindi
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Director Ayan Mukerji
script Ayan Mukerji
productionKaran Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar
Songs Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
camera Anil Mehta
actorRanbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Supriya Pathak, Anupam Kher,
Rahul Khanna, Namit Das, Kashmira Shah, Kainaz Motivala, Shikha Talsania
length 140 min.

Theatrical release 2.10.2009
Box office classification
Molodezhnaja age recommendation from 6



© Text Marco, molodezhnaja 20.12.09
© Pictures UTV, screenshots molodezhnaja

Siddharth "Sid" Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) enjoys life. The student is not worried about the future and spends the time hanging out at parties with his friends Rishi (Namit Das) and Laxmi (Shikha Talsania) - after all, his father Ram Mehra (Anupam Kher) is one of the richest men in Mumbai. But now it's serious for him too: Dad doesn't want to buy him a new Porsche until the lazy junior has been working in his bathroom equipment company for a month! Pure torture! The only distraction comes from Aisha Banerjee (Konkona Sen Sharma), who is fresh in the city from Calcutta and started working as a journalist for the trendy magazine "Mumbai Beat". Sid is her "first Bombay boyfriend".


How rich is sid Very rich, you can tell from his t-shirts. In (almost) every scene he wears a new piece. It's not just the cost of the shirts that has to be astronomical, no, it's also about the sheer space that such an arsenal of designer shirts needs. His room must be the size of a dormitory. Or he even throws it away again after wearing it once. Ergo? He's rich, the bastard. And like all wealthy snobbugs, he grows up a little later than those who learn to save as a child and have bloody hands from work for the first time as a teenager.

A film about the growing up of such a late bloomer? Sounds like a movie cliché and not very exciting. But far from it! Debut director Ayan Mukerji stays close to the vibe of the metropolis of Mumbai and shot his youthful and fresh work entirely in that urban, brisk style that Dil Chahta Hai set almost 10 years ago and thus founded an entire genre: the hip Bombay youth Movie. Sorry Mumbai, because at the beginning of the film the makers apologize that Mumbai is called "Bombay" several times in the film. This is the reaction to the violent protests of the right-wing "Maharashtra Navnirman Sena" around the regionalist leader Raj Thackeray. Bombay isn't just hip and modern ...

The film does. And that is thanks to Mukerji's light-footed and spontaneous staging as well as the actors. We are used to performances like this from Konkona Sen Sharma - after Luck By Chance she once again successfully carries a large box with intelligence and wit. She's a real movie star and hands-on independent favorite at the same time. Nobody in Bollywood embodies this tightrope walk between art and commerce better than she does. And it still looks great. However, even more eyes should be on Ranbir Kapoor.

He began his career as a star son among many and made his cautious debut in Saawariya. But since then he has grown with every film and has now conquered the status of Bollywood's most promising young star. And deserves it. Somewhere between cool young people, ordinary everyday people and sparkling Bollywood star, he plays refreshingly and without too much airs. Even if he initially gives the spoiled party stallion, a type of person who doesn't suit me, I couldn't suppress my sympathy for him. That's talent. Or it was because of the "Star Wars" and "Beavis & Butt-Head" T-shirts.

With convincing supporting actors, which are made up of character actors like Anupam Kher and unknown youngsters, "Wake Up Sid" doesn't go wrong either - especially the plump Shikha Talsania is great when she throws Sid on the head, she looks like a whale that he is therefore truly not the only person with problems. Cinematographer Anil Mehta (Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna) is also the first choice, as he puts Mumbai in the best light with his lens. It pays off that Mukerji, in Karan Johar, had an influential producer behind him who provided the best technicians in the business. Of course, this also applies to the composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, which supports the relaxed everyday beat with its equally relaxed beats, which do not get stuck in the head.

"Wake Up Sid" sometimes exaggerates with its we-are-yes-so-trendy paint job, especially the scenes during the "Mumbai Beat" are really cramped out to be relaxed. The drawing of Sid as a man's boy is also a bit striking with cool shirts and a room full of fan gadgets. And last but not least, the second half of the film seems a bit more fragmented, less brisk and full of songs compared to the first. The fact that Sid tries his hand at being a photographer is more than clichéd, the rich kiddies who want to grow up usually take them to the musician or photographer out of the blue, rarely to a bricklayer or carpenter.

Not to be forgotten: The side romance between Konkona Sen Sharma and Rahul Khanna is not good for much and the story is predictable, even if you don't know all of these urban growing-up films. All of this scratches the overall impression, but doesn't make much difference to entertainment. The film is still first-class entertainment, with scenes that make you smile, recognize you and just feel good. You can also be a bit generous when evaluating. After such positive criticism, will I get my stack of "Star Wars" T-shirts, please? Yes? Thanks Karan!


1) Wake Up Sid! - Title piece played during the opening credits, very solid (Shankar Mahadevan, Loy Mendonsa)
2) Kya Karoon? - Gentle piece with a modern lounge vibe (Clinton Cerejo, Dominique Cerejo, Loy Mendonsa).
3) Life Is Crazy - unspectacular, typical montage song (Uday Benegal, Shankar Mahadevan).
4) Aaj Kal Zindagi - Another montage, another nice song (Shankar Mahadevan).
5) Iktara - Hmm. Another assembly. At that point one says "now please come to an end" (Kavita Seth, Amitabh Bhattacharya).
6) Iktara II - mow, still a montage. Same song again. I've had enough (Amitabh Bhattacharya).
7) Finally something rockier. In the credits. And no idea what the piece is called.


UTV (USA), code 0, NTSC
Image: Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Hindi 5.1 and 2.0 with English and Arabic subtitles (film and songs).
Disk Rating * * * (A few blurring, but largely undisturbed picture, DVD including bonus idks)


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