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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.


  1. Hey, I watched this movie on Saturday too :D Although, it didn't live upto the hype my mind had created about it after viewing the initial trailers, I still somehow liked the movie.Ofcourse Masakali song was the best of the lot and ARR rocks as always :D Carrying the vivid colors of Delhi for a longtime to come-totallt agree with you :-)


  2. Very intesresting your blog! ;)

  3. Nice review! :-) I liked the movie - it's theme, message, music, BGM, performances and screenplay. But I think this movie could have very well been made a master-piece what with its wonderful theme. It falls short somewhere...not able to articulate it well enough. There's something in your idea of leaving the Kaala Bandar thingy out of this whole movie...I am inclined to agree. Ironically, even though it was based on a real incident, it somehow did not blend with the movie. I suspect that the Delhi 6 team picked up the idea of Kalla Bandar just for the climax - to communicate that each of us has a Kaala Bandar in us that we need to kill. I am almost convinced that the movie would have been astounding if the same idea had been delivered in a different way...maybe some other metaphor...! Don't know...but the movie has some uneasy gaps. All said and done, a brave movie.

  4. Hi,

    PI : wonder what Masakali means, any idea??

    Janet : thanks

    Nimmy: HI :) long time... I felt a strange void too...

  5. I thought the movie was lacking some kinda spice.. wasnt all that..


  6. Nice retelling of a story! I remember my childhood when someone who saw a movie would tell all friends the story.

  7. the idea was good, metaphors brilliant...but somehow it din't come out all that well for me. I don't know...but may be it cld have been edited better.

  8. Hey watched the movie and the kala bandar stuff looked so real. I didn't like the movie so much but sonam(shewolf tracking supporter on twitter)was cool. I hope you would want to hear a real mystery story related to India -

    Thats the palce to be!

  9. This movie brought out the common but social issues which not paid so much ttention in todays era.

  10. The movie is too good and "masakkali" song is amazing.
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