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    An Ode to Wake Up Sid! 7 Reasons I Love This Film!

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    I came across this tweet by Kainaz Motivala and realized that Wake Up Sid just completed its three-year anniversary! You know how sometimes a film comes around and somehow manages to worm its way into your heart completely? Wake Up Sid is one of those films for me – there’s nothing I don’t love about it. So to celebrate the third year anniversary of this lovely, lovely movie, I’m going to share with you seven things I absolutely adored about it! Make sure you add to the list. :)

    1. Konkona Sen Sharma’s character, Aisha.

    Wake Up Sid

    Wake Up Sid

    If there’s one Bollywood character I think most closely resembles me, it’d have to be Aisha. I love how well-thought out her character is; writer/director Ayan Mukherjee makes sure to toss in little glimpses of her life that really shapes her character: things like her obsessive journaling, her love for books, her style (I want her camel-print kurta), her craving for independence, her flair for writing… I could go on, but most of all I love what a strong character she is; a complete departure from the damsel-in-distress type that Bollywood is known for.

    2. The Mumbai Love!

    When I had first seen Wake Up Sid, I wasn’t living in Mumbai – but all that film made me want to do is pack up everything and come here, stat. Aisha’s journey of falling in love made you want to fall in love with Mumbai, everything from Marine Drive to the monsoon to the book stalls at Fountain.

    3. Rahul Khanna.

    Wake Up Sid

    Wake Up Sid

    We don’t see nearly enough of him in films, so when he does star in one, I have to sit up and take notice. He was practically the perfect choice for the character of Kabir – who else would fit the role of a hot, intellectual, mildly pretentious man to a ‘T’? Rahul Khanna owns this character, and if I were in Aisha’s place, the one thing I’d do differently is pick Kabir over Sid – even if it meant having to tolerate all those jazz nights (small price, really).

    4. Sid’s t-shirts.

    Wake Up Sid tshirts

    Wake Up Sid

    Love how so much of Sid’s character comes across in his choice of tshirts – everything from Mr Lazy to Beavis and Butt-head says something about him.

    5. Those cutesy scenes.

    Wake Up Sid is filled with so many little moments that will put a smile on your face – the climax scene on Marine Drive, Aisha’s birthday scene, the terrace scene, my list could go on. These are the scenes that make Wake Up Sid one of my most rewatchable movies.

    6. The set design.

    Wake Up Sid Aisha apartment

    Wake Up Sid

    I don’t know about you guys, but I want Aisha’s apartment, now. The cheery yellow walls, the birdcage, the pillows, the photos, the bird cut-outs… next time I redecorate, I will most likely end up using her apartment as a guide!

    7. The music.

    It rarely happens that I come across a soundtrack in which I love every single song, but that happened with Wake Up Sid. Not only that, though – one of the best things I love about this film are those songs that are not on the soundtrack, but rather just in the background. I really wish there were full versions of Boondon Ke Moti , Jaha Main Chaloo and So Close.

    So what do you love most about Wake Up Sid? Let me know in the comments – meanwhile, I’m off to watch this film for the umpteenth time!

    Rashmi Daryanani
    Oct 3 , 2012 2:55 pm


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    1. Ok now I totally wanna watch this movie again Rashmi! I loved the music, Ranbir’s tees, Rahul Khanna EVERYTHING, what a great movie :) xoxo

    2. Priya
      October 3, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      Love the music and ofcourse Mr. Khanna! :-) Def a great movie

    3. Shreyasi Ghosh (@shreyasighosh)
      October 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm

      The apartment. Ranbir Kapoor. Rahul Khanna for boss. Photography and the wonderful office. Marine Drive. In that order. Nuts about this film I be! Great read, Rashmi! :)

    4. Sonya Gogna
      October 3, 2012 at 4:57 pm

      Minute intricacies be noticed very well Rash! :)) Can relate to each of the above mentioned..very much an intense movie and gives us all ‘A wake up’ moment :)

    5. Rahul Khanna
      October 3, 2012 at 8:45 pm

      What a sweet post! I’m going to forward it to Ayan.


    6. Zina Tasreen
      October 3, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Rashmi, have you seen the bloopers and deleted scenes from it? Look it up in youtube — you’ll heart the film even more!!

    7. Kainaz Motivala
      October 4, 2012 at 1:24 am

      Thanks so much! This film is special to all of us who worked on it! :) Will show this article to Ayan, will make him so happy! He lived with this script & all the characters for so long…

    8. MissMalini – Me too!

      Priya – Haha of course.

      Shreyasi – I be nuts too! :)

      Sonya – Thank you! :)

      Rahul – Yayyy! Thank you, #3! :)

      Zina – Yes, have seen some – hilarious. :)

      Kainaz – Thank you! Please do. :) <3

    9. Manno
      October 11, 2012 at 12:34 pm

      Thanks, i love the movie too!

    10. Pranalee
      June 17, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Oh my god.. I have a competitor.. bcoz me want aisha’s apt too… now… i love the movie as much as you… you have listed all my fav points

    11. Swati Sahay
      December 3, 2013 at 5:14 pm

      haha..I was actually looking for the location of Aisha’s house , thought it must be there somewhere out here on Google, just out of one of my quirky inquisitiveness ( as I am so obsessed with the movie) and I chanced upon this post of yours. And until now I was thinking that I am the hugest WAKE UP SID! fan, but you also happen to be one of them. I truly agree on all the 7 reasons you mentioned specially the background score and the set bit, that was so true. But, this film actually made me fall in love with Ayan Mukherjee, his sensibility, his style of flimaking, simple yet surreal and to top it all ,he himself is so cute :D !! I am just so elated to read this post…my obsession of this movie came to the brim all over again <3 :)….Thankyou so much for posting this :)..

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