WAKE UP SID is indeed a clarion call for the youth of the country to wake up and assume the responsibilities that are expected from them, be they born with the proverbial silver spoon or not. It is also a retort for the uber youth of the today to get themselves involved in the process of day-to-day upbringing themselves and not let the sense of ennui destroy their existence. From this perspective WAKE UP SID could be said to be a prelude to whatever happened in DIL CHAHTA HAI where the urban youth where looking for meanings from their lives and here the pair of youth has been replaced by a boy and a girl who are trying to eke out their living by living together.
The background has shifted to the metropolitan city in India otherwise this theme has been given an expression in subtle manner in SALAAM NAMASTE and DOSTANA as well. Konkona Sen Sharma's presence as the female lead brings about quite a lot of counterpoise against the exuberance of Ranbir Kapoor and one of the scenes of the films where both are cleaning their clothes and Ranbir suddenly finds the undergarments of Konkona and the sensitivity with which she has handled the scene speaks volumes about the confidence that Konkona brings about in her performance without going overboard in doing it.
If one were to look about the genesis of themes of these kinds where the lead actor is more into daydreaming, as he does not have an objective to his life, it was explored in great detail in Rakesh Roshan's KAMCHOR. The only difference from WAKE UP SID was in the fact that for KAMCHOR the setting was more rural while in case of WAKE UP SID it is neo-urban.
Karan Johar is emerging as another alter ego who is trying to give platform to new directors to express their talent and to expand the view that that Karan Johar epitomizes through his films, starting from KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI. WAKE UP SID therefore gives opportunity to another director Ayan Mukerji to display his prowess as a director under Karan Johar's baton. The film has been lavishly mounted, and built at a cost of Rs. 60 crores, it could give score of aimless youths of the country in metropolitan cities born with silver spoons in their mouth, new meaning to their lives. It also seems that in line with the image that Konkona Sen Sharma has for herself, she has been given the role of a writer in this film. It would indeed be after a long time again that a Bengali lady on the screen would be pitted against a Punjabi boy. Would this be able to wake up the box office? Time should be the judge.