Directed by Ayan Mukerji, Produced by Karan Johar, Starring Ranbir Kapoor, Konkona Sen Sharma, Anupam Kher, Supriya Pathak and Rahul Khanna, Music by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy.
There is much to recommend in Wake Up Sid, a film that takes a refreshing look at the lives of spoilt young men, and how they need to discover their true selves to make a mark in society. A light, frothy and yet earthy approach towards a complex issue makes Wake Up Sid a landmark film in some ways.
Ranbir Kapoor, who plays the spoilt brat in question (Sid), is as fresh as a green leaf that has sprouted during the monsoons. He is a born actor and has obviously inherited the right genes from his talented parents. Certain rough edges apart, he looks good, delivers his lines well and displays a sense of charm and confidence that his father Rishi Kapoor must be proud of.
Konkona Sen Gupta (Aisha Banerjee) had to be a superb actor to survive and flourish in the cut-throat sort of world that Bollywood is, for she is not endowed with the looks that some of the other leading ladies of today are. And what an outstanding performer she is! Playing the part of the girl next door who arrives in Mumbai to make a mark as a writer, she displays histrionics of the highest order, especially when she is trying to find a job and a house to live in, and when she realizes that her boss (played by Rahul Khanna) is not the man of her dreams but that Sid surely is.
Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak get another chance to display their superb acting skills and they do not disappoint.
The story is not new and pace of the film is relaxed but the direction is refreshingly different and the screenplay is a highlight. Where the film disappoints is in the lack of momentum it gathers in the first half. Konkona and Ranbir look a bit mismatched too, but then Sid clearly does not like the dumb blondes who run after him by the dozens, and seeks a partner with much more substance i.e. Aisha.
Should you watch it? Indubitably!