Luck Review – Folks, Don’t Waste Your Money or Time; Bad Copy of 13 Tzameti

Luck – Box Office Gods Piss on Luck

Folks, don’t let the swines and clowns con you into believing otherwise.

Luck (featuring the Mumbai blasts-linked criminal Sanjay Dutt, Imran Khan, Shruti Hassan) is a bad Bollywood version of 13 Tzameti.

Based on the recommendation of SI readers, we watched 13 Tzameti some months ago.

A lovely Black and White movie, 13 Tzameti features Georges Babluani as a young, poor Russian immigrant construction worker unwittingly taking up a dangerous assignment to make a little money. There’s a delectable tension throughout the movie contributed in no small measure by the gripping story and Babluani’s solid acting.

Directed by Babluani’s brother Gรƒยฉla Babluani, the movie deservedly went on to receive critical acclaim and is reportedly now being remade in color.

Usual Bollywood Shit
, on the other hand, is your usual Bollywood piece of shit.

Steal the plot of an acclaimed foreign movie, add the usual Bollywood song and dance routine to the kitchdi, hire a bunch of nincompoops to go through the motions of acting and direction, fly off to some foreign land and above all, pray to Lord Ganesh that the audience will lap it up.

Like 13 Tzameti, the crux of the Luck story is betting on human lives – Who lives and who dies.

13 Tzameti handled it with a great deal of panache and class in a minimalist style with very little talk. All the razmataz in 13 Tzameti was in the story and acting. The first time Georges Babluani is forced to participate in the Russian Roulette, you can almost feel the agony writ large in his face.

Luck is the opposite – all sound and action amounting to little more than crap.

Even after stealing the underlying theme, director Soham Shah (also the writer) fails to weave a compelling story.

Whether it’s the Russian Roulette in the South African desert or the romantic angle thrown into the stinking pot with little thought of how it fits in with the rest of the movie, the whole thing is so amateurish.

Besides being a colossal piece of crap, Luck decisively proves that Imran Khan is a fluke star whose first big movie Jaane Tu Yaa Jaane Naa was just a luckyร‚ย hit.

Like in his last movie Kidnap, Imran Khan sleep-walks into Luck as well. There’s little range or depth in his emotions on the screen.

By the way, Imran Khan seems to be specializing in featuring in stolen movies since Kidnap was also stolen from Shattered. Guess this practice of profiting from theft runs in the family since his uncle Aamir Khan handsomely profited from that Memento lift Ghajini.

What about Shruti Hassan, you ask?

Yeah, what about her.

Sure, her 34B (??) tits in the two-piece bikini debuted in this movie.

What’s the big deal (or small deal, depending on your preference). It ain’t the first pair of Malgoas we’ve seen and, if our luck holds, won’t be the last.

The gal doesn’t have much of a role in the movie and mercifully, in the limited screentime she has, she didn’t inflict any horrible damage. Hopefully, Shruti will land a meatier role in her next movie.

Mumbai-blast linked criminal Sanjay Dutt is horrible as usual. How this monster manages to stay on and thrive in Bollywood is a mystery wider than the Bermuda Triangle.

Mithun Chakraborty is alright while Ravi Kishan seems more like a retard than a hardened killer.

Stay Away
Like the rest of this crappy movie, the music hardly leaves any impact.

Overall, Luck brings nothing but oodles of Bad Luck to viewers this weekend.

Stay away from this stinker.

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26 Responses to "Luck Review – Folks, Don’t Waste Your Money or Time; Bad Copy of 13 Tzameti"

  1. mallukuttan   July 25, 2009 at 4:59 am

    Heard the same opinion from my friends. And hey, r u gonna watch ‘Love Aaj Kal’ the coming friday? Responds:

    May skip it. Getting tired of the endless trash.

    We have a large collection of old movies (Tamil, Hindi, Kannada and a few English too). Will start watching them.

  2. boopalanj   July 25, 2009 at 5:20 am

    No. I don’t buy that. Certainly not. I object. How could you say that?

    It is not 34. It’s lesser. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Responds:

    There’s a very good chance that you are right. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. boopalanj   July 25, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Here it is, with a better view, in the last image .. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Responds:

    Small is beautiful.

    Offtopic: Have you tried Bailey’s?

    Nothing like cold Bailey’s with Indian ‘mixture’ to beat the summer heat. Even those who don’t like liquor because of the taste will find Bailey’s palatable. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. rpsfyn   July 25, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    off topic..pls watch hazaaron khwaishein aisi..its very hard to get ..its a brilliant movie on india’s emergency in 1970’s…ait was national award winner in 2005..
    btw u trashed kareena kapoor in recent KI movie review..agreed it was a trashy movie..but how did u find her performance in omkara ?

    on topic:
    the movie is very bad..i have heard the only good scene is opening scene of sanjay dutt..hope it collapses in box office .so the directors learn not to make these kind of mediocre movies.. the only movie i am looking forward to is kaminey vishal bharadwaaj (whos has a very good track record with maqbool (masterpiece) and omkara (very good) makdee (sort of very good children movie) and blue umbrella (i found the movie to be awesome another rare based on a story by ruskin bond)..

    ps. new to the blog …awesome blog.. keep up the good work .. Responds:

    1. You write above: pls watch hazaaron khwaishein aisi

    Will watch Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Other SI readers have also suggested this movie (we got the DVD from Netflix and returned it because of other pressing commitments).

    2. You write: btw u trashed kareena kapoor in recent KI movie review..agreed it was a trashy movie..but how did u find her performance in omkara ?

    This is what we wrote three years back in our review of Omkara:

    In a casting debacle, Kareena Kapoor is featured as Desdemona or Dolly. The limited range of Kareena Kapoor’s histrionic capabilities makes her character in Omkara seem less than it actually is and cheats the audience of better possibilities. A gifted – but less beautiful – actress like Rani Mukerji would have added allure to Dolly’s character and lifted Omkara to greater heights.

    The talented Konkona Sen Sharma is here as Dolly’s confidante Indu. If you know your Othello well, you’ll quickly recognize Iago’s good wife Emilia in her.

    3. You write: the only movie i am looking forward to is kaminey

    Shahid Kapur’s last movie Kismat Konnection was pathetic.

    4. We have not seen either Makdee or Blue Umbrella.

  5. rpsfyn   July 25, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    good review

  6. mallukuttan   July 26, 2009 at 8:04 am


    Agree, I’m looking forward to Kaminey too. I haven’t seen any of vishal’s films yet, but i have good expectations on Kaminey.


    Hope you guys won’t skip Kaminey. Responds:

    Kaminey is at least 20 days away.

    Parkalam (let’s see)

  7. gnair91   July 26, 2009 at 9:36 am

    Surely you’ve heard of Shiney Ahuja’s arrest for rape by now. No Comments? Responds:

    In Shiney Ahuja’s case, we’re not sure if it was consensual or if the maid is resorting to one of the weapons of the weak.

    Even if it was consensual, the difference in economic status between the two tilts the balance of power against the maid making her vulnerable prey.

  8. 13ghosts   July 26, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Got what it deserved. I believe this is also a ripoff of The Condemned, a mediocre fare from Hollywood (but watchable). The plot is similar – a bunch of hardened criminals are let loose in a Jungle. Cameras are set up all over the place to capture them killing each other. The lone survivor is then let free with a bunch of cash. This ‘game’ is streamed live on the net.

    Have you watched Mystic river? Responds:

    No, we have not watched Mystic River although we’ve heard a lot about it.

    We like all the people associated with it – Tim Robbins, Clint Eastwood, Sean Penn et al.

    We’ll try to see it in about three weeks.

  9. deepa   July 26, 2009 at 9:05 pm

    Just a little off topic on Ahuja’s case. It was a real classic i”m an actor i’m rich i can do whatever i want to the lower caste case. Apparently, the defense argued that she comes from a lower caste and therefore the bruising was caused because as lower caste people, they do it violently. What a bunch of crap and obviously that didn’t hold. I know I sound biased as there’s been no conviction yet however first he claim he didnt rape her, when DNA was found he said he was dunk, when the report came out stating he was sober he said it was consensual. My heart goes out to all the Indian women subjected to humiliation like this because of their status! Responds:

    Lower caste people do it violently, is it?

    Ha ha ha.

    We’ve heard a lot of crap in our life but this nonsense ranks very high.

  10. scout   July 26, 2009 at 10:38 pm

    wowwwww, your writing is so varied & not at all repetitive. keeps me on my toes! Responds:

    You sound like the whiner who wrangled a free ticket to Michael Jackson’s concert and was angry after the show that Michael didn’t bugger him.

  11. ratnakar   July 27, 2009 at 3:07 am

    Dunno why would some one want to remake a Hollywood B movie The Condemned, and turn it into a Z Grade version. And Soham Shah is no Quentin Tarantino. BTW the director’s last movie Kaal too sucked royally, i wanted the tigers to eat alive all the humans and save the planet from likes of Vivek Oberoi, John Abraham and Esha Deol.
    Imran Khan is a totally overrated actor, Guy does not have 1/10th of the talent his Uncle has. While Aamir’s Ghajini was a stinker, he still has Lagaan, TZP, Sarfarosh, JJWS to his credit.
    Sad to see actors like Danny, Mithun wasting their talent in such rubbish. Responds:

    Ghajini was not merely a stinker, it was stolen stinker.

    Agree, Kaal was rubbish. watched it a few years back.

  12. ratnakar   July 27, 2009 at 3:08 am

    BTW Kidnap was a copy of Butterfly on a Wheel, the English original, was not a great movie either, but at least it had Pierce Brosnan, any day better than this Imran dude. Responds:

    Yes, Kidnap is stolen shit. Look at these similarities between Kidnap and Shattered a.k.a Butterfly on a Wheel.

    Imran Khan is just another Viveik Oberoi, which is the ultimate insult in Bollywood because that Oberoi fella is a Zero.

  13. ratnakar   July 27, 2009 at 6:59 am

    How i wish my Dad/Uncle was in the movie industry, that way i don’t have to worry about earning for a living. I can still be an actor even

    1) If i look like a juvenile monkey- Tusharr Kapoor

    2) If i look like the cross breed between an Ape and Human, and have 0 Sized Brains- Zayed Khan

    3) If i still manage to sleep walk through 10 duds, with the same old dead pan expression-Abhishek Bachan

    4) If i look like some one whom evolution has bypassed- Uday Chopra Responds:

    You forgot the weirdest Bollywood whacko of all – Bombay blast linked criminal Sanjay Dutt, former dopehead and worthless piece of shit in the entire acting universe.

    But for his father, Sanjay Dutt would be in some gutter. His sisters seem to be sensible persons.

  14. ratnakar   July 27, 2009 at 7:01 am

    For once i am willing to support the KRV or MNS, if they lead an agitation against Bollywood movies being screened. My brain is getting addled with so much junk every weekend. Responds:

    Even the corporatization of Bollywood seems to be having little impact on quality.

  15. ratnakar   July 27, 2009 at 8:51 am

    “You forgot the weirdest Bollywood whacko of all – Bombay blast linked criminal Sanjay Dutt”

    Am willing to give Sanjay Dutt, benefit of doubt, he did act well in some movies like Vaastav, Munnabhai series. Of late though he has begun to resemble a zombie, sleep walking through every movie. Responds:

    Sanjay Dutt is a criminal whacko who should have been put to pasture decades ago.

    Bollywood must really be short of talent if these clowns can land roles.

  16. ratnakar   July 27, 2009 at 8:55 am

    “Even the corporatization of Bollywood seems to be having little impact on quality.”

    More like McDonaldization of Bollywoods. Pay more for a slickly packaged product, which in effect turns out to be junk. Responds:

    At least the McDonald’s oatmeal cookies are decent (2 for $1?)

  17. Albert Camus   July 27, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I thought scout was compli(used e instead of i here and then your lesson came to mind)menting you.. does his/her history tell otherwise? Responds:

    Scout is a sarcastic little twit…nah, make that sarcastic old twit.

    Part of the headline in Luck Review was the same as in KI.

  18. arshadsod   July 28, 2009 at 2:38 am

    Great review, this is the first time i visited ur site and i am glad to see a correct review of all Tamil films.

    Hope u see Kanthaswamy on aug 15 and review it . i am a fan of vikram and i hope u don’t thrash the film too much as u did for other recently released tamil films Responds:

    Vikram’s last movie Bheema was awful. Hope he has redeemed himself with Kanthasaamy.

    If Kanthasaamy releases on Aug 14 (Friday), then it’d clash with Kaminey (Shahid Kapur, Priyanka Chopra).

    Some SI readers want us to see Kaminey because it’s directed by the Vishal Bharadwaj.

  19. arshadsod   July 28, 2009 at 6:21 am

    I would like u to review some of recent good tamil movies like Nadodigal, Pasanga and Subramaniyapuram .All these movies are critically acclaimed films . If these films are available in NetFlix watch it and review it.
    BTW , are u a tamilian ? Born in Tamilnadu ? Responds:

    1. We’ll review the movies you suggest but not anytime soon because of our backlog plus they were still unavailable on Netflix last we checked.

    2. You write: BTW , are u a tamilian ? Born in Tamilnadu ?

    Do you remember the old Tamil song that went something like this:

    Indhiya nadu en veedu, Indhiayan enbathu en paeru
    ella makkalum en uravu, ellor mozhiyum en paechu

    (boopalanj, now don’t complain that our transliteration is not alright.)

    You can see some ABCTs (American Born Confused Tamils) dancing to the Indhiya naadu song here.

  20. insolent_b   July 29, 2009 at 5:04 am

    offtopic… anyways the so called hit song of Kaminey [Dhan te tan] is a utter nonsense copy of Black Eyed Peas song – Pump It.. So I think the movie also will be one of the crappy typical bollywood stuff.. Responds:

    1. You write: anyways the so called hit song of Kaminey [Dhan te tan] is a utter nonsense copy of Black Eyed Peas song – Pump It.

    Not really.

    Here’s Pump It.

    And listen to Dhan Te Nan here.

    2. You write: I think the movie also will be one of the crappy typical bollywood stuff..

    We’ll know in 16 days!

  21. supergirl   July 29, 2009 at 7:59 am

    agree with u completely on this one..was never planning to watch Luck anyway. Looked like one of those wannabe hollywood muvies. Anywayz..for some respite, may i recommend watching Mani rathnam’s Alaipayuthey *ing Madhavan and Shalini. Nothing pathbreaking but its a charmer nevertheless. If nothing, A.R rahaman’s inspiring music might impress u. Waiting to read ur review on this one.

    For a little preview, herz a song from the movie: Responds:

    Added Alaipayuthe to our Netflix queue.

    Will watch in about 3 or 4 weeks after running through our backlog.

  22. Albert Camus   July 29, 2009 at 9:19 am

    oh, I love Shalini.. hate that bastard Ajith for taking her away. Responds:

    We think you’ve used ‘bastard’ here in an affectionate, envious sense like when one Black meets another old Black buddy and greets him affectionately with the words: hey, motherfucker where you been.

    In Australia, calling someone a silly bastard is said to be affectionate usage but don’t call an Aussie a stupid bastard because that would be a serious insult. Source: Wiktionary

    According to The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English By Eric Partridge, Tom Dalzell, Terry Victor, the meaning of once-only-a-curse but now all-purpose words like motherfucker (and by extension bastard) now depend entirely on tone and context P.1325

  23. Albert Camus   July 29, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    yes, I didn’t use it in a virulent way..

    but, “motherfucker” usually comes out only when i am pissed.. i don’t use it as a term of endearment. Responds:

    What about in Tamil?

    Have you never used ‘thayoli’ in an affectionate way to refer to any of your buddies?

  24. Albert Camus   July 30, 2009 at 7:07 am

    i have never used thayoli..(I think it was kind of obsolete in my days – around 10 years after your days, I guess).. mostly used to use “Omaalla..(won’t complete it)”/Lavada/Lavadekebaal/Poolu affectionately

    used the more sophisticated sounding “thevdiya pulla” a lot when irked..

    this is turning into a very stimulating intellectual conversation. Responds:

    You write: this is turning into a very stimulating intellectual conversation!

    Yes, very much linked to the main topic i.e. the pathetic Luck and peerless 13 Tzameti.

  25. sumeshy   August 2, 2009 at 11:43 am

    If any guy has his heart in his right side, then you can watch this unbearable movie. Responds:

    The movie has fared badly, at least in the U.S.

  26. sumeshy   August 4, 2009 at 5:21 pm


    Wanted to let you know that they are not only re-hashing hollywood / bollywood classics, but also remixing old tv serials into books and then into movies (definitely calling them original).

    Whats your rashee? is a forthcoming indian movie and is said to be based on a book called “Kimball Ravenswood” by Madhu Rye. But it is also loosely based on the television serial “Mr.Yogi” where this guy from US comes to India to search for a bride and chooses them based on their rashee. Mohan Gokhale, yesteryear Marathi actor did a brilliant job in this serial which was a must watch in DD (in those days) along with Nukkad and Buniyaad. Responds:


    We had not heard of Whats your rashee? or Mr.Yogi for that matter.

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