While Hollywood does not think to interpret the business of cinema in Hollywood through films on a regular basis, off late it has become a regular feature in the case of Indian cinema, and LUCK BY CHANCE is another attempt in this direction. May be, the fascination for the tinsel town is what has been the catalytic factor for making movies focusing in one form or the other the underbelly of the Hindi.
The focus towards the world of cinema has been facilitated also by the second generation of film families, who having seen it through the close quarters have the courage to externalize the experience in the form of a cinematic oeuvre. So Zoya Akhtar has wielded the megaphone in LUCK BY CHANCE. Indeed the element of filmmaking is LUCK BY CHANCE more so in Indian context, and particularly in case of LUCK BY CHANCE, as Farhan Akhtar was not destined to do the film originally, but he had it in his luck to act in the film to be directed by her sister.
The underbelly of cinema was for the first time exposed in exquisite details by Guru Dutt's PYAASA and though when it was released, it did not make its mark; it was able to separate the veneer and bring to stark relief the struggle of day-to-day life in the life of an aspirant in the tinsel town. It was followed in a big way by the magnum opus of Farah Khan in OM SHANTI OM, who incidentally also is the second generation Bollywood product, and that too of not much famous figure, so she also must have seen the tribulations from a close quarter to bring it out in a comic manner in OSO.
Zoya Akhtar has seen it all from the close quarters, and she has put it in a modern context otherwise the tribulations associated with the art of film making still continues to be the same. The quotient of luck in being able to make its mark is an underlining factor in most of the first generation stars. In such kind of films the real opportunity is to always treat the subject in a fresh manner as every generation has its own experiences, and Zoya Akhtar has tried to bring in the dilemma associated with the modern times. LUCK BY CHANCE is going to provoke further interpretation of the cinema world, and the more it is deconstructed more the aura associated with it may diminish and the more democratic it may become.