No Luck: A scene from the film Luck

Oh no! Sanjay Dutt is the sultan of shady deals again. He flies around in choppers and gets more guns than dialogues. Dutt is dapper as the kingpin of a betting network which invests on people’s luck, but he induces repetitive strain injury in viewers.

‘Luck’ is high on action, but the content is downright television, to be precise, reality show.

The movie brings together all those with mega kismat to take part in contests that literally eliminate them one by one.  And gamblers across the globe place lakhs (in dollars, of
course) on the head they think is the luckiest.

Debt brings main ‘contestant’ Imran Khan to the death ring. He is joined by armyman Mithun Chakraborty (ailing wife, no cash), Chitrasi Chak De Rawat (big mouth, bigger dreams), Shruti Haasan (plain greed and some adrenaline urge), and villain Ravi Kissen, a serial rapist who is let off by the law (!) after a faulty pulley saves him from the noose.

There are a dozen other foreign participants too who are predictably killed during the initial stunts — a gun sequence which is a direct lift from ‘13 Tzameti’, a parachute jump, and an underwater test where toy sharks make a dinner of the players.

And then ‘Luck’ conveniently progresses in the Hindi tongue.

Stunts are the highlight of the film, but they too fall a few technical notches in between.

Imran Khan does a convincing act while Kamal Haasan’s stunner daughter fails to impress. Her bikini shot stands out, but histrionics don’t. Danny Denzongpa is a dear as Dutt’s sidekick who blurts out mochaccino as maa-kaa-chee-no.

Glitzy games, epic effort, but tough luck.

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