The opening scenes beckon you to a thrilling race of blind-folded men, running across train tracks, trying to avoid speeding trains. The victor wins the prize and keeps his life, while the losers are already dead. Alas, the rest of the film does nothing to keep you or your interest alive. Luck is fast-paced and action-packed but fails to impress despite being star-studded.
Sanjay Dutt (Mousa) runs an international gambling ring, who rides his luck on others’ by offering them loads of money (and unnecessary gyaan) to participate in death-defying games. Each year his henchman Tamaang, played by the screen-friendly Denzongpa, searches out for ‘lucky’ contestants from around the world. Large sums are bet upon these players through Mousa’s syndicate in South Africa. And though the games are difficult and brutal, almost everyone needs the money- Ram (Imran Khan) needs money to clear his scamster father’s debts, a retired Major (Chakravarthy) has to raise money for his wife’s treatment, Shortcut (Rawat), a young camel-rider is in for a better future, and others (Haasan, Kissen) have their own agenda.
The games begin a la Akshay Kumar’s Khatron Ke Khiladi, where the loser is eliminated, in this case by death. The survivors are put through strenous undertakings, until finally their luck wears out. In between the survivors manage to socialise, become friends, root for each other, and keep the fight alive. Director Soham Shah also manages to put in a romantic angle, which somehow doesn’t take off.
It’s easy to disassociate from the film as everything from stunts to dialogue delivery seems unreal. The interest wanes further as the movie progresses; Salim Sulaiman’s music being the only grace to help you last the duration. Performancewise, Imran Khan has certainly improved since Kidnap. Chitrashi Rawat (from Chak De) is not bad either. Newcomers Shruti Haasan and Snita Mahey look good but fail to impress.
The best way to watch the movie is to leave your instincts/commonsense behind. This way you won’t be compelled to say,” Just my luck.”