‘Wake Up Sid’ is a refreshingly new movie that has come on the scene after a lot of big-bang movies like Kaminey and Wanted. The movie starts on a subtle note and ends with the same, and sadly, stays on the same note throughout its existence as well.
Siddharth Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor) reminds you of Karan Shergil (Hrithik Roshan) from Lakshya. For the first 15 minutes of the movie, you would probably believe that Sid will tear open his body and Karan would come out with all his confusion!
The college life and the fun life of a rich brat are pretty aptly portrayed. Sid is a bit, how should I put it, simpler, than the characters from Dil Chahta Hai. His passions include clicking photographs on his Nikon DSLR, whiling away time on his PlayStation and hanging out with friends in his SUV.
Konkona Sen Sharma gives a good performance as Aisha Banerjee. Aisha is a wannabe writer who comes to BOMBAY to make her mark on the literary scene. She meets Sid at his college farewell party and they gel a bit too well going by the standards of Bollywood films. It makes you think that a dash of Hollywood coming-of-age movies was splattered in that sequence.
Aisha is very friendly with Sid and although, I felt she wanted to get into his pants eventually, she makes it a point to state that she doesn’t.
The movie has a really good performance by Namit Das as Sid’s chaddhi-buddy Rishi. Although a short role, Namit brings out the character perfectly.
Anupam Kher gives out an awesome performance as the rags-to-riches dad who has lost all hope from his arrogant, young son. The character of Sid’s linguistically English-challenged mother has been perfected by Supriya Pathak. At times you just feel bad for the lady.
Sid leaves his home and starts residing with Aisha after a tiff with his folks. Predictably, he learns the ‘tips and tricks’ of life when out in the big wide world (which is not cruel to him).
The highlight of the movie is the music by Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy. This is what holds the audience back into their seats when the movie starts to crawl. Beautifully fresh numbers conjure up a good feeling while watching the movie.
Watch this movie if you are in for a good-mood, light flick. Don’t have many expectations. Just go out there and enjoy. It says a bit about ‘doing your own thing’.
P.S: The last 30 minutes of the movie are excruciatingly slow. Yes, the minutes appear to be really slow! I would not be surprised if someone shouts at you with a “Wake Up…”.