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Imran Khan, Sanjay Dutt & Danny

Imran Khan, Sanjay Dutt & Danny

Luck

'Worth watching for thrilling stunts and exotic locales,' BBC shropshire Bollywood

Director: Soham Shah
Starring: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Shruti K. Haasan, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny Denzongpa, Ravi Kishan
Information:Contains strong violence and threat
Running time: 142mins
BBFC cert: 15
Rating: 3/5

South African-based mafia kingpin, Musa (Sanjay Dutt) is obsessed at revolutionising the betting industry. For him, life is a gamble, and what better way to skew the odds than play with unlucky people.

Musa puts their lives at risk by making them perform death-defying stunts in return for big money – that’s if they survive! So, Musa’s business partner, Tamaang (Denzongpa), chooses 20 most unlucky characters from around the world betting for their survival.

These include young guy, Mehra (Imran Khan), needing money to pay off his late father’s stock market loss.

Retired Major Singh (Mithun Chakraborty), who needs money for his ailing wife’s hospital bills.

There is also troubled and revengeful, Ayesha (Shruti Haasan), ambitious Pakistani camel racer, Shortcut and a deceitful criminal Raghav (Ravi Kishan).

What follows is a series of dangerous stunts as competitors jump from helicopters, fighting off sharks and even jumping across tracks in front of moving trains.

With millions at stake, how far will each of them go in courting danger and deceit?

Director Soham Shah’s thriller scores highly on the brilliantly executed stunts against the stunning Namibian backdrop. Allan Amin’s well executed action sequences takes you to another high from a technical point of view.

But the film runs out of 'luck' midway due a weak plot giving you an impression you are watching a reality show! A thriller works best with few twists and turns but unfortunately, the only sting in the tale in this movie comes at the very end during the climax scenes.

Dutt’s persona fits Musa’s character down to a tee. No other actor could have carried it out better than Dutt.

Young teen sensation, Imran Khan is gaining maturity as an actor with every film and this can be seen whilst performing the stunt scenes.

Shruti Haasan makes a confident debut and looks every bit a Bollywood star whilst Ravi Kishan’s dialogue delivery will prove popular with the masses.

Despite a weak script, the film has 'luck' on its side due to star power and thrilling stunts proving a novel experience for Bollywood fans.

Reviewed by Manish Gajjar
BBC Bollywood Correspondent

last updated: 31/07/2009 at 18:47
created: 31/07/2009

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