I guess we had our bit of Sid in our life. If not more than a little bit and that’s why Wake Up Sid (WUS) works to a large extent. Its just that Sid is an extreme case.
WUS is a coming of age film. Its a story of Siddharth a.k.a Sid who is a young man in his early twenties who is too casual about his life. He even proudly admits to spend his father’s money. Taking everything for granted, he meets Aisha who is a 27 year old wannabe writer coming from Kolkatta to Mumbai.
WUS is about Sid and Aisha’s story along with Sid journey from a laidback youngster to a responsible man. Its also the story about Sid’s mother’s effort to be a good mother and friend of her son. Its a story of Sid’s dad who believes that his son may one day learn his responsibilities and somehow believes that he will learn it on his own. Its about Sid’s two childhood friends and its about Aisha and her changing relation with Sid.
WUS is a straight-told story with almost no melodrama. We can call it a toned-down “Lakshya”. There are all goody goody characters and no rude awakening. Everything from the realization to the story is gradually paced.
WUS slowly takes us through the life of Sid and the way he discovers himself.
Although the movie is slow without much drama, we tend to accept the slow pace.
The writer has written a non-dramatic movie and hence more impact on feel-good. Not that I am complaining but a little realism would have done. How a gorl from Kolkatta can afford a house in Bandra and paint and decorate it with no job in hand. I guess the answer would be cinematic liberties.
But that doesn’t take away the fact from debutant director, Ayan Mukerji that it is a well made film along with all its flaws and supported by a good cast.
Namit Das and Shikha Talsania play the supportive friends and are quite good in their short role.
Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak play Sid’s parents. Supriya Pathak is really good in the mother’s role while Anupam Kher is good in the dramatic scenes. Rahul Khanna and Kashmira Shah in a small likeable cameos.
WUS’s two main characters are Aisha and Sid played by Konkana Sen and Ranbir Kapoor and these two make the movie believable. We accept the almost “live-in” relationship of the two. They are on the screen most of the time and the story and characters involve you completely with their life as if we live through it and thats the beauty of the movie. Even though we know that its just too unrealistic to be true.
But then again what’s wrong with fantasy.
Konkana is a great actress and Ranbir matches her to the hilt making them an unusual pair. They actually work good together.
Music by Shankar-Eshaan-Loy works with the story and I especially liked the “Iktaara” number.
WUS is a well made movie and good to enjoy