Cast: Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Shruti Haasan, Mithun Chakraborty, Danny, Ravi Kissen & Chitrashi Rawat
Director: Soham Shah
Mafia king pin Kareem Musa (Sanjay Dutt) provides an entirely different meaning of betting 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 bent on making big money for compensating the huge fraud his father had caused, 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 whose dream is to buy a Lexus with the prize money and Raghav (Ravi Kissen) a serial murderer.
The rest of the movie is all about the events that happen after these parents enter into extremely dangerous life taking games of luck and who manages to win the big jackpot amongst them.
Luck begins with an exciting opening sequence that gets your heart in your mouth watching a blindfolded Dutt cross the multiple railway lines with trains running around in fast speed. Soham Shah shows tremendous progress as a technician with Luck. He succeeds in getting you all hooked throughout the first half. But, in the second half the pacing drops in between but then picks up yet again towards the pre-climax.
Soham and Rensil D’Silva’s screenplay strikes the perfect balance between a slick action thriller and a mass entertainer. Dialogues are perfectly worthy at places. The film may have its share of criticizers who need to understand that it belongs to a different genre altogether and that it should not judged with the same parameters of a realistic film or a feel good entertainer.
Luck is an edgy stuff. Soham also scores big points in his casting of the veterans. It is almost after 20 years that the trio of Dutt - Mithun and Danny has come together for any film. They were last cast together in Jeete Hain Shaan Se (1988). But, the climax should have been more effectively shot and conclusion slightly less over the top.
Editing and Camerawork is excellent. Salim-Suleiman’s music is racy and goes perfectly with the film, but not a good feast for music lovers. Amar Mohile’s background score is effective. Hari Dwarak’s sound design is excellent.
Imran Khan though earnest, is most of the times expressionless. Kamal Haasan’s daughter Shruti Haasan has a striking screen presence but needs a crash course in dialogue delivery. Sanjay Dutt has achieved a mastery of sorts of playing the big hearted ‘bhai’ and here too he is in his safe zone. Dutt appears super chilled out and enjoying himself. Mithun Chakraborty is extremely impressive. Danny is a scene stealer in many sequences. It is great to see the veteran actor back in top form in a very meaty role. Ravi Kissen is terrific. Chitrashi Rawat is good. Snita Mahey playing Dutt’s team member is super hot.
Luck is a feast for adrenaline pumping edge of the seat cinema lovers. It is one of the slickest action thrillers to hit Indian screens. Action fans should not miss it.