Lucky: No Time for Love
India 2005
Directed by Radhika Rao and Vinay Sapru.


Lucky (newcomer Sneha Ullal, who bears more than a passing resemblance to former Miss World Aishwara Rai) is a seventeen year old student and the daughter of an employee of the Indian Embassy in Russia. She's about to fail her exam for the first time, and prays to God it will somehow be called off. Her prayers are answered in the form of a terrorist uprising that sweeps the country and forces all Indian citizens to converge on the embassy and evacuate the country. Unfortunately, she gets caught in the mayhem, falls in with hunky Aditya Segal (Salman Khan), and the two must cling to each other for survival as they make their way to the plane trying to get there before it leaves them behind.

Naturally, the two fall in love as they make their way through war torn Russia, or at least they would, if they weren't constantly under attack, dodging bullets, drinking poison, hiding on rooftops, and crossing ice covered lakes. But still, this being a Bollywood production, one must take the subtitle, "No time for love," with a grain of salt. What they mean is, they've only got around an hour or so of the running time for love, the rest is too filled up with action, drama, and dance numbers to make room.

The challenges the two face in the Russian winter are formidible and make for a pretty interesting story. Unfortunately, the story is let down by a deux en machina in the form of private detective PD Kapoor (played by veteran actor and DISCO DANCER Mithun Chakraborty. He is a master of disguise, and apparently something of a superhero. Whenever it seems our heroes are in a jam too hard to get out of, up pops PD to help them make their escape. By the time of his last miracle, one is well tired of this plot contrivance.

The music is a letdown as well, ranging from mediocre to excruciatingly painful, and the dance choreography nothing to write home about.

Still, there is much to like about LUCKY, first and foremost newcomer Sneha Ullal, who, while only really called on to look beautiful, tired, and/or near death, does so in a way that captures the attention. As Adi falls for Lucky, the viewer finds it not all that difficult to understand, and indeed, may even relate quite well to the feeling. Salman Khan delivers a likable and lively performance, and he remains India's premier action hero.

The Russian locations are also a novelty in LUCKY. Shot in St. Petersburg, the film also uses many Russian extras, and plenty of spoken Russian. The Russian dialog is never subtitled, leaving the audience in the dark as to what they might be discussing, just like LUCKY, who speaks no Russian herself.

One wonders what the reaction to this film would be in Russia. After all, the country is essentially depicted crumbling, in chaos, from unstoppable terrorist attacks. And it's all just background for a singing and dancing romance. Imagine if the movie were to take place in America, how weird it would be. But Russia was chosen, no doubt because the scenario seems plausible, but the country is stable enough to produce a movie in, unlike, say, Uzbekistan.

Rating: Marginally Recommended (Marginally Recommended)

Posted by Peter Nepstad on June 16, 2005.


Comments

lucky was a beautiful movie.i wacthed it 11 times.sneha was so good.salman was looking great.

Posted by: vikram at November 8, 2005 09:30 AM

ON THE WHOLE LUCKY IS AN EXCELENT FILM. 1 OF THE BEST FILMS EVER MADE IN BOLLYWOOD. I LOVED IT. A VERY NICE MOVIE. MITHUN CHAKRABORTY'S CAMEO ROCKED! HE WAS THE BEST IN THE FILM. SALU BHAI WAS GOOD. AFTER MITHUN HE WAS THE BEST. SEHNA ULAL WAS OKAY. FOR HER FIRST FILM SHE DID HER PART WELL. LUCKY IS A MUST WATCH.

Posted by: namashi at December 29, 2005 07:50 AM

Nice movie, nice review. the plot for russia is unconceivable though. the train they have shown is impossible for today and exists perhaps thanks to world war two movies. I think someone had a pretty bad time with russian customs and this is a sort of revenge or something. i liked the music very much and find it quite catchy.

Posted by: Leo Sharma at May 10, 2007 09:11 AM

yes the best acter 1982 mithun am the great suport of mithun chakar porty stayl acting and his perdsonality am still interesting the film of mithun char porty mithun live ling

Posted by: mahad at June 2, 2007 06:14 AM

I love mithun I will Naver For get you aik aur film please salman khan ke saath zaroor karna thanks miss you

Posted by: mubasher waqas at June 12, 2007 02:16 AM
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