Sunday, February 22, 2009
Delhi - 6
I was dying to watch this movie from the moment I saw the promos showing Sonam Kapoor dancing to 'Masakali' and Abhishek Bachchan stealthily watching her. I told myself 'this is going to be such a cool movie' when I saw Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor having 'that' special moment at The Taj(the Agra one). And yesterday I did watch the movie. The following piece is something like a 'review', I am not quiet sure what to call it though.
The movie begins with a scene from Ramayan being enacted. Throughout the movie there's an analogy drawn to the Ramayan. The idea though seemed brilliant to me at the beginning, slowly lost its charm as the movie went along. Waheeda Rehman, mother of a rich NRI in Newyork is about to die. And she decides to breath her last in her own motherland rather on foreign soil. Abhishek Bachchan, her grandson decides to accompany her on this trip. On reaching Delhi, Waheeda Rehman is welcomed with a 'Paan' from Rishi Kapoor who is a close family friend. Abhishek Bachchan is thrilled by the city. He instantly falls in love with Delhi. He seems to love the traffic, the people (crazy he calls them), the temple bells, the cricket playing kids, the lovable aunties, the jeelebis and Sonam Kapoor. Coincidentally there's this KALA BANDAR controversy which has seemed to catch the eye of Delhi. The media running special shows about the menace of the KALA BANDAR. The film shows glimpses of life in the famous Chandni Chowk life in Delhi. The jeelebi shop which is the adda for many people is also the turning point of the story. The harmony of the community is disrupted by religious leaders who cause havoc in what seemed a peaceful world within itself. How Abhishek Bachchan becomes intermingled within the web of the events taking place at Delhi -6 is the story ahead. There are a few lessons of National integration taught which is very much the need of the hour. But could it have been told in a more refined way, without any monkey business? The mockery made about 'Crime journalism' is praise worthy. The director points out that there are still traces of caste differences existing in the society.
The music of Delhi 6 is amazingly refreshing. Irresistibly catchy. A master piece by A.R.Reehman. No scope for criticism in this department. This is a must buy album in 2009.
Delhi 6 is a love story. It depicts the love of a citizen for the city which he now calls his own. And also the budding love story between Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor. There are some amazing performances in the movie given by Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Atul Kulkarni, Divya Dutta, OMpuri. The screenplay is excellent. The cinematography is beautiful. IF you are in love with Delhi, this is a movie never to be missed.
As I came out of the theater, I carried with me the images of Chandni Chowk. The ringing bells, jeelebis, empty huge terraces, pigeon and doves, kites, narrow lanes, kids running..... the colors of Delhi 6 will stay in my mind for a longer time than the complex philosophy preached.