Wake Up Sid

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Wake Up Sid
Wake up Sid.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAyan Mukerji
Produced by
Written by
Music bySongs:
Amit Trivedi
Background Score:
Amit Trivedi
CinematographyAnil Mehta
Edited byShan Mohammed
Distributed by
Release date
  • 2 October 2009 (2009-10-02)
Running time
138 minutes
Budget24 crore
Box office83.4 crore

Wake Up Sid is a 2009 Indian Hindi-language coming-of-age comedy drama film written and directed by Ayan Mukerji and produced by Karan Johar's Dharma Productions, the film was distributed by UTV Motion Pictures, with visual effects contributed by the Prime Focus Group.[1] The film takes place in contemporary Mumbai and tells the story of a careless, rich brat Sid Mehra (Ranbir Kapoor), a college student who is taught the value of owning up to responsibility by Aisha (Konkona Sen Sharma), an aspiring writer from Kolkata. It was a critical and commercial success. Both Kapoor and Sharma won rave reviews for their performances, and Kapoor received awards and nominations for his acting.


Siddharth "Sid" Mehra is an extremely lazy and carefree university student in his early twenties living in Mumbai who does not know what he wants to pursue. He hates school and he can't even bother to study and try to understand the concept of his courses (all of which he gets poor grades in). His imagination, creativity and talent for art (especially photography) are often disregarded and ignored. Depicted as a spoiled, lazy slacker, Sid shows little concern for his plans after graduating, just barely studying for tests the night before and having no interest in working. His father, Ram Mehra is a very opulent tycoon who wants his son to excel while his mother Sarita is a housewife often frustrated by Sid's incompetence yet puts up with laziness, ending up pampering him.

While writing his final exam in the exam hall, Sid struggles throughout the entire duration of the exam, nervously unsure of each question whereas all of his classmates including his best friends confidently progress through their test papers, having intensely studied long and hard in advance. Sid imagines some classmates insulting and demoralizing him, while his friends give him words of encouragement. Hoping to answer enough questions correctly to at least pass, Sid feels confident to finish his test. Right after the exams are over, Sid and his friends go out on a shopping spree across the city for a day of fun. At the farewell party after the final exams, Sid meets Aisha Banerjee, an aspiring writer recently moved away from her hometown of Kolkata, who happens to be one of his college mate's roommate. They decide to go for a small walk and strike a chord instantly. With the help of Sid, Aisha finds a small apartment overlooking the city skyline. She also lands a job at Mumbai Beat (based on Time Out! Mumbai), a hip magazine run by editor-in-chief Kabir Chaudhary, to whom Aisha is instantly attracted.

When the final exam results come out a few weeks later, much to his misery, Sid learns that he failed while the rest of his classmates (including his friends) aced the exams with great-to-decent grades, this delaying his graduation for at least another year. Sid displaces his anger and frustration onto Rishi and goes home to sulk. He then gets angry at parents, ending with him hastily moving out after an extremely upset, livid blowout. Sid sets off to the apartment that he helped Aisha renovate. Aisha allows Sid to temporarily stay at her apartment but finds him disorganized and careless with her home. One night, Aisha loses her temper and berates Sid for his inability to look after himself. The next morning, Sid confides in Aisha that he now realizes his constant dependence on his father's wealth, a realization that persuades him to seek work. Aisha helps him land a job as a photography intern – photography has been an interest of his since childhood – at Mumbai Beat.

The internship slowly motivates Sid to be more responsible, hardworking, and productive. He helps out with chores, an internal change visible to all around him. He reconciles with Rishi when they meet again for the first time since their falling out. Sid eventually gets hired full-time at Mumbai Beat and receives his first paycheck. He immediately goes to visit his father for the first time in months to show him the paycheque and he nostalgically asks Sid to return home. In the meantime, Aisha and Kabir start dating, but she quickly realizes that, despite her initial attraction to him, they have very little in common. Aisha also dislikes Sid's closeness with the designing intern Tanya. This leads Aisha to develop feelings for Sid, and on the day he packs his belongings to move back in with his family, she is furious and heartbroken to hear that he is leaving. Confused and hurt, unaware that Aisha has fallen in love with him, Sid makes his departure.

Back at home, Sid keeps thinking about Aisha. He discovers that he has brought Aisha's shirt with his belongings. Sid wears her shirt and reminisces about her while Aisha at her home speaks to her parents as she feels lonely after Sid's departure. The next morning, Sid receives the latest issue of Mumbai Beat. He reads Aisha's column, an article describing her adjustment to life in Mumbai and her love for an unnamed person. Realizing that the article is about her feelings for him, Sid rushes through rainy weather to meet her at the seafront where they walked the day they met. Sid expresses his love for her and the two embrace.



Box office[edit]

Wake Up Sid opened well in India and overseas markets.[2][3] Its opening weekend gross was 215 million (US$3.0 million) of which the domestic gross was 170 million (US$2.4 million).[4] It was number one in the box office during its first and second weeks,[5][6] number four during its third week,[7] and number three during its fourth week.[8]

In the United Kingdom, the film collected US$165,934, while in the US, the collections were US$717,977.[9] By its fourth week, it grossed $348,351 in New Zealand and the United Kingdom. Do Knot Disturb also released during the same time, but Wake Up Sid got a larger portion of the audience.[10]

Critical reception[edit]

Wake Up Sid was well received by a number of critics. Subhash K. Jha gave Wake Up Sid a rave review stating that it is, "a triumph on many levels [...] Ayan Mukherjee takes the age-old dramatic conflicts of our commercial cinema into understated corridors."[11] Rajeev Masand of CNN-IBN gave the film three out of five stars, stating that Wake Up Sid "has its heart in the right place and marks the breakout of a bright, shining star who has come into his own so early in his acting career. Watch it, and be awestruck by Ranbir."[12] Taran Adarsh of Bollywood Hungama gave the film four out of five stars as well as a "thumbs up" stating that it is "strongly recommended."[13]

Mayank Shekhar of the Hindustan Times gave it 3.5 out of four stars and states, "Wake Up Sid belongs to a sweet genre that, without doubt, flows on from Farhan Akhtar's Dil Chahta Hai: part Hollywood; part Bollywood; mostly coming-of-age; subtly romantic; largely original; authentic in feel; light in weight; English in expression; Hindi in language."[14] Avijit Ghosh of The Times of India gave it three and half out of four stars and suggests that, "Wake Up Sid becomes a sort of template of how GenNow navigate their lives: deal with their own little rebellions, find meaning to their own definitions of independence and handle their own set of mistakes. It feels good when the two friends finally meet in driving rain under the grey skies by the sea. Refreshing and heart-warming, Wake Up Sid really puts you in the mood for love."[15] Noyon Jyoti Parasara of AOL India gave it three and half out of five stars and praised the director saying, "Ayan Mukerji arrives in style and manages to leave his own mark on the film despite having a producer like Karan Johar whose other productions always tend to have his stamp. Wake Up Sid really puts you in the mood for love."[16]

Joginder Tuteja of the Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) calls the film "flawless" and gave it three and a half stars. He states: "There are five things that make Wake Up Sid a delightful affair. It has a constant flow throughout; no over the top or understated drama; no ultra emotional strangulation of audiences; absolutely no yuppie cool dude act; and last but not the least, this is an original and refreshing story."[17] Rachel Saltz of The New York Times argues that: "With no big production numbers (songs play over montage sequences), a quiet style and credible characters, Wake Up Sid is Bollywood in an indie mood, a film for people like Aisha and Sid: young and educated. It may not be as hip as Bombay Beat, the magazine where the two work, but it shows that Mr. Mukherji is a director to watch."[18]

In one point of criticism, Sudhish Kamath of Chennai's The Hindu labeled the closing moments as a "stock ending" and noted that, despite the film's overall effectiveness, the ending "leaves you a little disappointed."[19] Variety's Joe Leydon found the film "instantly forgettable", but praised the performances of Kapoor and Sharma, as well noting how "effortlessly appealing" the movie is, stating: "...this atypically low-key Bollywood romantic comedy somehow manages to remain pleasantly diverting throughout its 138-minute running time."[20]


On 2 October, Maharashtra Navnirman Sena supporters protested to halt the screening of Wake Up Sid in Mumbai and Pune. The MNS objected the use of the word "Bombay" instead of "Mumbai" in the movie.[21]


The movie was entirely shot in Mumbai, covering the South and Bandra Side. The college sequence was shot at H.R. College of Commerce and Economics near Churchgate.


  • Ranbir Kapoor was the original choice for the lead role. Director Ayan Mukerji wrote the film keeping him in his mind.
  • Like Ranbir, Konkona Sen Sharma was the original choice for the role of Aisha Banerjee. In an Interview to a TV channel, Ranbir said that Ayan had already thought about casting her in the film but he didn't tell that to him. However, after the narration of the script it was Ranbir himself who coincidentally recommended Konkona's name to Ayan mainly because she suited the character and no other actress from his generation could have played Aisha better than Konkona.
  • Ayan Mukherji took around one and a half year to write the story, script and screenplay of the movie. He then narrated the script to Karan Johar who approved the script in one narration and decided to produce it.
  • The song "Iktara" was not originally used in the soundtrack. Ranbir loved the song in the background and he wanted to use the song officially in some other movie, if it is not used properly in the film. However, later the song was used in two different versions - Female and Male that were picturized on Konkona and Ranbir respectively.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Result Ref.
55th Filmfare Awards Best Actor (Critics) Ranbir Kapoor (also for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani and Rocket Singh: Salesman of the Year) Won [22]
Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor Nominated
Best Debut Director Ayan Mukherjee Won
Best Director Nominated
Best Playback Singer (Female) Kavita Seth for "Iktara" Won
Best Film Wake Up Sid Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Supriya Pathak
Best Music Director Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar for "Iktara"
Screen Awards Best Playback Singer (Female) Kavita Seth for "Iktara" Won [23]
Most Promising Debut Director Ayan Mukherjee Nominated [24]
Stardust Awards Superstar Of Tomorrow - Male Ranbir Kapoor (also for Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab Kahani) Won [25]
Hottest New Director Ayan Mukherjee Won
Best Film Of The Year - Drama Wake Up Sid Nominated [26]
Best Actress In A Supporting Role Supriya Pathak
New Musical Sensation - Female Kavita Seth for "Iktara"
Producers Guild Film Awards Best Debut Director Ayan Mukherjee Won [27]
Best Director Nominated
Best Story
Best Actor in a Leading Role Ranbir Kapoor
Best Actress in a Leading Role Konkona Sen Sharma
Best Actor in a Supporting Role Anupam Kher
Best Actress in a Supporting Role Supriya Pathak
Best Costume Design Manish Malhotra
Best Art Direction Amrita Mahal
International Indian Film Academy Awards Best Playback Singer (Female) Kavita Seth for "Iktara" Won [28]
Best Director Ayan Mukherjee Nominated [29]
Best Story
Best Actor Ranbir Kapoor
Best Supporting Actress Supriya Pathak
2nd Mirchi Music Awards Listeners' Choice Song of the Year "Iktara" Won [30]


The soundtrack has music composed by Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy with lyrics by Javed Akhtar. The music was released on 21 August 2009. One song in the film has been composed by Amit Trivedi who scored the background music for the film.

Wake Up Sid
Soundtrack album by
Released21 August 2009 (2009-08-21)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelSony Music Entertainment
ProducerKaran Johar
Ronnie Screwvala
Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy and Amit Trivedi chronology
Short Kut
Wake Up Sid
London Dreams
Track list
1."Kya Karoon?"Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyClinton Cerejo4:13
2."Wake Up Sid!"Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyShankar Mahadevan3:51
3."Life Is Crazy"Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyUday Benegal4:14
4."Iktara"Amit TrivediKavita Seth, Amitabh Bhattacharya4:13
5."Aaj Kal Zindagi"Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyShankar Mahadevan4:13
6."Iktara"Amit TrivediTochi Raina, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Raman Mahadevan3:44
7."Wake Up Sid! (Club Mix)"Shankar-Ehsaan-LoyShankar Mahadevan3:44


Professional ratings
Review scores
Bollywood Hungama3/5 stars[31]
Rediff.com3.5/5 stars[32]

The reactions towards the music were favorable. Chandrima Pal of Rediff gave the album 3.5 stars, stating, "the music sticks to the brief. It is hip, urban and bubbly, and unhurried. And thanks to Shankar Ehsaan Loy's musicianship, it is a slick, well-balanced production".[32] Joginder Tuteja (Bollywood Hungama) gave it 3 stars out of possible 5, suggesting that, "this may not really turn out to be the best seller of the year but should certainly be a perfect fit for the narrative."[31]


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