Movie Review: Wake Up Sid

Irrespective of the title not really a review, reflections πŸ™‚

There are some movies, that by looking at its stills you can tell with certainty that you are going to watch it.Β  It is distinctly a whimsy feeling considering you watch all other movies after carefully vetting the reviews. πŸ™‚ Wake Up Sid was one such movie for me. I knew I had to watch it.


God knows how many times I have given in to such feelings and been mortified at my own judgment. I still have a stark memory of buying advance tickets of a Hrithik Movie Yaadein. (After the first hit, Hrithik’s this second movie had so many takers in advance bookings.) I stood for more than two hours (there was a lunch break in between) in an agonizingly long queue for the tickets at Delhi’s Chanakya theater (It has been closed down now) with my friends. Needless to say, once inside in the theater during the screening of Yaadein, my friends cursed me for that excruciating effort we made to buy the tickets for them.

My reviews aren’t meant to be professional, I mean to ramble and reflect. The experience. And Wake Up Sid gave me a wonderful experience.

This is the first time I am going to rave about a movie that has hardly a plot to talk about. Plot is always important to me when it concerns a book or a movie. And Wake Up Sid has none.

Possible Spoiler: It’s simple of story of a college kid drifting through β€˜I-don’t-know-what-I’m-gonna-do’ phase combined with β€˜We-don’t-know-we’re-in-love’ twist. :Possible Spoiler That’s it. That is the story.

Yet movie enthralled me, consumed me. For once, nothing was over-the-top or melodramatic. Yet it touched heart. (It helped my friends discreetly let me be weepy at times. πŸ™‚ ) In the movie, college kids looked like college kids. Sweet friendships, puppy loves and camaraderie. The age when friends make your world go around. You have conflicts with a family you know you love.

And finally not knowing what you are good at. It happens to all of us. I have drifted and veered courses too. I have taken longer time than Sid to decide how I wanted to earn my living. I just knew that I wanted to do something that I love, so that it would not seem like I am working (and that enjoying made half the work done). I am glad I made it and it came by a small quirk of fate. For Sid, he simply drifted through it with some aid from a ‘friend’.

Movie works because it works on a basic rule, β€œDon’t tell me, show me.”

There are so many moments I can recount where there were no dialogues but gestures, feelings that were communicated to you. Possible Spoiler: Like a friend gently dissuading obese friend from eating, laughing off first heartbreak in an attempt to lighten up, father embarrassed at his son’s drifting ways, a doting Mom trying to catch her son’s attention, a woman realising that she has fallen in love, irrational sweet jealousy, a woman realising that the man she’s interested is taken and a boy wanting to please a woman he doesn’t know that he loves. : Possible Spoiler

Each actor was great. Konkana Sen Sharma has always played the character of an independent girl with a hilt. Its again that yet it doesn’t feel clichΓ©d or repetitive. Ranbir Kapoor, as my friend kept reminding looked a spitting image of his mother Neetu Singh, was great as Sid. If this isn’t a consummate performance, then nothing else is. Full marks to both Ranbir and Konkana and unstated chemistry.

Handsome Rahul Khanna who was not half as handsome as he usually is, was also there as Konkana’s crush. Both Anupam Kher and Supriya Pathak (more Anupam though) as Sid’s parents were understated and subtle.

Ranbir Kapoor with Director Ayan Mukherjee

Ranbir Kapoor with Director Ayan Mukherjee

Subtle is also the word for this movie by the young director Ayan Mukherjee. Go watch this movie, it will remind you many young bitter-sweet moments of your love and life.

Rating: 4/5 (It has both heart and spirit so bonus points; if it had a story I would give it a high 5)

P.S: Possible Spoiler: Konkana’s article “New Girl in Bombay” for the mag was certainly not at all a masterpiece but it was sweet, though I loved Ranbir’s repartee (to it) more.

This is your new girl in Pune, signing off. πŸ™‚

52 Responses to “Movie Review: Wake Up Sid”

  1. 1 Vimmuuu October 2, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I didnt read the review/reflection ! Gonna watch it on Sunday and like everyone says , I will be back to comment then !

    Btw, watched Do Knot Disturb today; Do not watch ! Puhleez !!! πŸ˜€

  2. 4 dinu October 2, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    4/5 ? cool πŸ˜€ I will read the review after watching the movie πŸ˜‰ I just checked the rating for now ..

    and the Director is a young guy ? πŸ˜€ that’s pretty cool !

  3. 7 Prats October 2, 2009 at 11:29 pm

    So finally you are back here…. and managed to watch the movie too…

    I haven’t watched it, read the review…sounds good and well written πŸ™‚

    How much I agree I can only comment when I watch the movie

  4. 9 fenugreeklove October 3, 2009 at 12:34 am

    Thank you for the review… makes me wanna watch movie tonight.

  5. 11 Chittaranjan October 3, 2009 at 1:45 am

    Curious. I had quite the opposite thought…this was a movie I should *not* watch!

    After having put back those very painstaking memories of the crossing over from the bindas-ness of life to the responsible side, don’t want to be reminded of it. Tx, but I’ll pass 😈

    And whats with Rahul Khanna getting sidelined in er…side-roles? LAK and now WUS! He’s too good for such spiffy roles.

  6. 13 Indian Homemaker October 3, 2009 at 4:39 am

    So many Possible Spoilers! I stopped reading after the first one. I plan to watch the movie… and it seems you liked it πŸ™‚ (from the little I dared to read) ..will be back after watching πŸ˜†

  7. 15 B K CHOWLA October 3, 2009 at 11:16 am

    Whatever,Ranbir has the looks of a winner.

  8. 17 Vee October 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    Straight from heart one….Acchha hai… I will come back for more…

  9. 19 Rupa October 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm


    After reading your review, am going to watch the movie.

    Thanks for writing about the movie πŸ™‚

  10. 21 Mahak October 3, 2009 at 5:08 pm

    Wow what a sweet review..I am going to watch it..have been waiting for it ever since the OST came IK Taara… πŸ™‚ thanks for posting this πŸ™‚

    • 22 Poonam October 5, 2009 at 10:35 am

      Sure watch it and let me know what you think.:)

    • 23 Mahak October 18, 2009 at 12:02 pm

      hi Poonam, saw it finally…would you believe so late…loved it..the sweetness was there was no twists and turns..a simple yet amazing sweetness…

      Can’t wait for APKGK..the promos look promising and so does the fact the raj kumar santoshi is making a comedy years after Andaz Apna Apna…

  11. 24 Smitha October 3, 2009 at 6:28 pm

    That was really nice to read! Makes me want to watch the movie too.

  12. 26 xylene October 3, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    nice. I wonder the rating that Mr Raj T would give πŸ™‚

  13. 28 Solilo October 4, 2009 at 8:19 am

    I might watch this may be in a month or so. So skipping the spoilers. πŸ˜€

    • 29 Solilo October 4, 2009 at 8:20 am

      BTW what do you think about KJo’s apology to Raj Thackeray? 😐


    • 30 Poonam October 5, 2009 at 10:25 am

      Ok, but come back and do read the spoilers. They are the best part.

      And I understand why Karan let himself be bullied. Though that doesn’t make him any hero. And Mr Raj Thackeray doesn’t deserve any attention. :-/

  14. 31 oorja October 4, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    skipped the possible spoilers.. will watch it..! wanted to since i saw the first promo.. πŸ˜€

    nice non- review.. felt the way we friends discuss any movie.. about what we liked.. not what they tried to show…. πŸ™‚

    • 32 Poonam October 5, 2009 at 10:22 am

      Bingo, that’s what I wanted to write: what we liked rather than what was there. Thanks for coming by and writing such a nice comment. πŸ™‚

  15. 33 Liju Philip October 5, 2009 at 6:21 am

    ok…so will download it and save some money πŸ˜€

  16. 35 Nova October 5, 2009 at 9:24 am

    Ohh!! I loved your review! πŸ™‚ I have very similar thoughts on the movie. Simply loved it πŸ™‚

    Go check my review on the same too πŸ™‚

    • 36 Poonam October 5, 2009 at 10:20 am

      Yes, I read and loved your review. I also discussed your review with a friend last night. πŸ™‚

      Birds of a feather flock together, eh?

  17. 37 Aathira October 5, 2009 at 12:26 pm

    I know I have to watch this movie πŸ™‚

    One of my friends smsed saying.. ” Please watch Wake up Sid, its your kinda movie!” That totally made my day!

  18. 38 Quirky Indian October 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I have decided to take a break from watching films in the theatre….will wait for the DVD to release in this case!


    Quirky Indian

  19. 39 whatsinaname October 5, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Frankly I never gave this movie a thought! But now that everyone is raving about it, will go for it for sure. I was frankly very dissapointed with LAK with all this new gen stuff! Frankly, those kind of kids are rare. Its the middle class, the slogging class which is the true India! Or maybe I still belong to iron age πŸ˜‰
    Not again! Rahul Khanna being jilted that is!!!
    But its OK, I will still go for it with so many reccos!

  20. 40 Hypermom October 5, 2009 at 5:39 pm

    This was so much of a “heartfelt” review-could experience ur emotions-almost!

  21. 41 Vee October 5, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    U r just putting yourself in there and judging.. thass all

  22. 42 Otto Mann October 5, 2009 at 8:11 pm

    I was actually hoping this would be about Syd BARRET. 😦

  23. 44 Rakesh October 6, 2009 at 11:25 am

    Yeah, I loved the movie as well! I guess this was something that felt nice, really NICE after a long time.

  24. 45 Reema October 8, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Hmmm have to watch it now asap.

  25. 46 Kiran October 13, 2009 at 9:16 am

    Sigh. Now I must try to watch it here in Florida. I don’t know how soon though πŸ™‚ How’s the new girl in Pune doing?

  26. 47 shreya October 21, 2009 at 10:34 am

    dis is a nice movie n we like it frankly

  27. 49 easwara sadasian February 3, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I watched and watched and watched WUS. I am madly in love with the Ikhitara song, both the male and the female version of this song. I congratulate Ranbir Kapoor and Konkana Sen Sharma for their great acting performance. I thank director Aayan Mukherjee for a great movie

  28. 50 yash sobti April 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

    hiii ranbir mai tumhara bahut bada fan hoon ilike ranbir kapoor

  29. 51 samvedna June 29, 2010 at 5:12 am

    I watched this movie but didnt like it much though Ranbir and konkona bioth are my favourites:( and Rahul khanna too..liked the sonng Man bawra

  30. 52 Janet Kt. June 13, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Wake up Sid! Boring picture, huhhhh

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