If you’ve been reading the blog posts on The Soulful Nib for a while now, you might have come across a few of them regarding my favourite movies.
While there are a handful of movies which I absolutely adore, there is one specific movie which I can watch over and over again. In fact, if given a choice to watch only one movie for the rest of my life, it would be this: Wake Up Sid. 😁
This might sound like an exaggeration, but believe me. I’ve watched this movie close to TWENTY times now!
Today marks a special day for Wake Up Sid, as it completes 10 years! And what better time than today to write about what it means to me.
For a movie to make it to my “favourites list”, it has to satisfy three criteria (Do I sound like a movie critic?):
- Relatable characters
- Simple storyline (no drama)
- Soul-stirring music
You guessed it right. Wake Up Sid gets full marks in all three. Of course, there are three more movies which have made it to the list, two of which have already been dedicated a blog post to:
There’s Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani too. You can expect a blog post about that movie somewhere in the future.
Getting back to Wake Up Sid, it’s a lovely movie with so many life lessons to learn. When I first watched it, I couldn’t help but notice how simple and straight-forward the story is! Something that isn’t usually the case with Bollywood movies.
Wake Up Sid is a movie centring around Siddharth Mehra a.k.a. ‘Sid’ (played by Ranbir Kapoor). Sid is a rich, spoilt brat (as they say in Hindi, “Bade Baap Ki Bigdi Hui Aulaad”). For Sid, life is nothing but chilling out with his best friends and partying all night. Photography is one thing that holds his heart. All he needs is a camera and he clicks away to his heart’s content.
One night, at his college farewell party, he meets Aisha Bannerjee (played by Konkona Sen Sharma). Aisha is an aspiring writer from Kolkata who has come all the way to Mumbai to fulfil her dreams. As they get talking, Sid and Aisha become friends. It is endearing to see the ease with which they bond almost instantly.
Everything in Sid’s life looks perfect until the results of his final examinations get announced. He fails miserably in it. A series of unfortunate events involving an ugly spat with his parents and his best friends, lead him to move out of home. He goes to Aisha and they both end up living in the same place, as roommates.
The music though is the best. “Kya Karoon” is such an uplifting song, telling us to take life a little less seriously. And so are “Life Is Crazy” and “Aaj Kal Zindagi”; they make you feel all happy and cheerful.
The USP of this movie (at least for me), is the direct, no-nonsense narration of the story. No twists and turns, no unwanted drama. In short, something that is a lot more realistic. Despite having watched the movie so many times, I learn something new from it every single time.