Luck (2009) *HQ*

A movie that not just borrows its concept but also shamelessly copies a few sequences from the acclaimed French-Georgian film ‘Tzameti’ (meaning 13), ‘Luck’ stretches the bizarre to its limit.A new game is in town in director Soham Shah’s Luck.Testing one’s luck in a casino or a race course is passé. Too thanda. It’s time to put the very life on the line. The lucky one who dodges death gets millions of bucks.The one who doesn’t becomes history.

Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Mithun Chakraborty

Mafia king pin Kareem Musa (Sanjay Dutt) takes the game of betting to an altogether different level by involving humans as betting objects who are made to fight their own luck to survive. Every year his trusted aide Tamang (Danny) assembles for him in South Africa, 20 participants handpicked from across the globe who have a proven record of extreme luck. Betters across the globe put their money on them through Musa’s syndicate.

During the new season, amongst the participants are Ram (Imran) a white collar job youth who is hell bent on earning big money to compensate the huge fraud his scamster father was reason for, Ayesha (Shruti) who has her own personal agenda, Retd. Col Singh (Mithun) who desperately needs money for his wife’s operation, Shortcut (Chitrashi) a Pakistani camel racer girl who dreams of buying a Lexus with the prize money and Raghav (Ravi Kissen) a serial murderer.What happens after these participants are put into extremely dangerous life taking games of luck and who manages to win the big jackpot amongst them forms the rest of the film.

The opening and ending action sequences by Allan Amin are convincingly choreographed but the intermediate stunts appear too artificial.The director tries to cover up the patchiness of the action by Santosh Thundiyil’s erratic camerawork but it only disturbs more.The banter between characters in confrontational scenes looks too rehearsed.Each one has a dramatized mugged-up response to complement the opponent’s remarks.The emotional connect with viewer is certainly missing despite director Soham Shah’s repeated attempts to induce sentiments.

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