Director: Aziz Mirza
Cast: Shahid Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Om Puri, Haider Ali
Storyline: An unlucky architect falls in love with his Lady Luck but has to decide what he wants more.
Ups: It makes you think Lindsay Lohan-starrer ‘Just My Luck’ wasn’t that bad. Kismet is on the same lines towards the beginning and then gets into ‘Two Weeks Notice’ territory with the shopping-mall versus community-centre conflict. Om Puri and… never mind, we forget. Actually, with female company you may not mind this seemingly long film that demands absolutely no attention from you.
Downs: Shahid Kapoor is back to being Shah Rukh Khan and suggests that Jab We Met may have been a fluke. Vidya Balan is all set to win the Na-Real again for her choice of wardrobe that often gives her arms to match Shahid. No doubt she’s pretty but I wouldn’t dare an arm-wrestling match with Vidya after Kismet. We know Aziz Mirza’s signature is in creating an ensemble but here, it just means more annoying characters than ever. It’s always tricky to make a film based on chance and luck but there’s only so much disbelief you can suspend. Suddenly telling us that nobody, including all architects pitching for the project, knew the disputed property had a strong foundation is not just convenient and lazy screenwriting, it is the kind of stuff that makes you want to walk out in a terribly slow film that tries hard to be sweet.
Bottomline: Miss Kismat. Mat Jao.