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    LUck Movie Review

    Let's get one thing straight. This is a film about subverted heroes. People who
    need big money so desperately they are willing to participate in a crazy game of
    life and death orchestrated by a man who has turned betting on human beings into
    a galloping global industry.

    Sanjay Dutt strides across the wide screen and its accompanying pomp and
    paraphernalia with aplomb. He's accompanied by a cast that knows this film means
    macho business.

    However, the real heroes of this tale of perverse heroism are the action by
    Allan Amin, dialogues by Soham Shah, locations - ranging from the super-rugged
    to the ultra-chic - the thundering background score by Amar Mohile and the
    cinematography of Santosh Thundiyil.

    All these technical components enrich the experience of watching an extended
    video-game done at an adrenaline-defying speed.

    So is "Luck" just a series of action sequences threaded together? To a large
    extent the skills that have gone into Shah's storytelling tend to be eclipsed by
    the sheer volume and impact of the virile action. Even the female characters
    (Shruti Haasan and Chitrashi) are devoted to money and machismo.

    So, play the game. Shah displays a penchant for pyrotechnics that hit you in
    your face and rev up the proceedings from the word go. Every principal character
    (barring debutante Shruti Haasan) is given a back story done with an economy of
    narration that impresses with its austere suppleness.

    Particularly riveting is Imran Khan's introductory episode where in a Harshad
    Mehta-like scam the boy's life and finances come undone because of his father's
    economic misadventures. Here, the character's desperation of monetary redemption
    comes alive as much through Imran's clenched jaws and anguished eyes as the
    small details that go into constructing an ambience of desperate destiny.

    Then there's Danny Denzongpa, filled with smothered anguish at the thought of a
    dying wife (Roopa Ganguly) and the millions needed to keep her alive.

    Most interesting of all is Ravi Kishan. As a psycho on death row who cheats
    death, he gets some of the juiciest lines in this well-written jigsaw of fallen
    lives and scamsters. Kishan makes the best of the situation and comes up with a
    performance that pervades the screen with a wolf-like wackiness.

    Also a treat is Chitrashi, who as the zestful stowaway from Pakistan comes up
    with a great performance. Her sequence from the hospital bed after mechanical
    sharks bite off her limb is the sort of foolproof emotional intervention in the
    rugged plot that cannot go wrong.

    You love Shah for making such telling use of Mithun Chakbraorty and Danny's
    immense rabble-rousing personalities.

    Why didn't other directors think of casting these actors in such tailor made
    roles? Like the cinema of Sanjay Gupta, Shah's film shows materialism to be the
    motivating mantra of modern times.

    Money makes the world of "Luck" go around unapologetically.


    Some of the pauses dividing the five-six principal action scenes don't quite
    succeed in giving the goings-on a sense of rhythm and grace. But you can't
    really fault "Luck" for its ration of kinetic momentum. The narration is
    propelled forward by a pulsating integrity to the genre of action movies.

    Original in concept and engaging in execution, "Luck" is cinema at its macho
    peak. It pumps up the octane to an optimum level and lets the plot devise its
    own pauses and porous outlets.

    You don't come away liking too many characters in this tale of guns and deaths.
    But you don't dislike these people for their monstrous materialism either.
    That's the real success of "Luck".

    Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Mithun Chakraborty, Shruti Haasan, Danny
    Denzongpa, Ravi Kishan, Chitrashi Rawat

    Director: Soham Shah

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