Like it, but won’t love it.
An NRI Indian coming to India and finds his roots, A Lost and Found love of neighbors with Communal Harmony set in Streets of Delhi, A common man being fooled by Religious Sects, Political Leaders etc. We have seen many movies on the above topics. Delhi 6 is also a combination of all these and more with backdrop of Monkey Man mania which had hit Delhi some time back. But is this movie something different or the same as usual stuff we have seen it many times. Let’s find it out.
Delhi6 is story of Roshan [Abhishek Bachchan] a NRI who comes to India with his ailing grandmother [Waheeda Rehman]. Grandmother’s last wish is to stay in Delhi6 where she has her own house. She connects to all her neighbors [Om Puri, Supriya Pathak, Pawan Malhotra, Rishi Kapoor, Deepak Dobrial, Atul Kulkarni, Prem Chopra and Others]. Meanwhile Delhi city and Chandni Chowk particular is hit by Monkey Man mania. All welcome Roshan with warm hearts and are impressed with him. Roshan on other side starts getting a soft corner for Bittu [Sonam Kapoor] his girl next door. Suddenly things starts going bizarre and the monkey man mania starts catching fire and ropes in religious and political sects, leading to worse condition. All people who were close to Roshan suddenly starts showing their real color. This upsets Roshan in big way and thus he decides to do something, something which cost him much much more than he had expected and that’s what the story of Delhi6.
Story is simple and has a very very thin plot. One does wish bit more was worked on the story part. Though screenplay is good and saves the movie from the damages. Still at many places the screenplay starts getting bit loose and thus the grip is lost. The combination of Indian culture, Religious misbelieve, affection and hatred of local people, etc with back drop of Monkey Man is great. But at many times turns monotonous and preachy too. What I loved was the satire and the slap to all those above mentioned topics from the eye of an NRI. This movie besides strong script needed some good editing also especially in the second half. The climax Scene with Abhisheks Grandfather could have been easily edited. Camera work is good, but usage of too many set and interior locations dilutes the feel of the film.
Music by A.R.Rehman is fantastic. After long time a song of Rehman has been instant super duper hit and that is Masakali. Delhi6, Genda Phool, Arziyan, Reha Too,etc are superb. But sadly not at all used properly in the film. You don’t even get to hear majority of the songs for more than a paragraph. Such a great music wasted.
If we remove the name of Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra from this film, I am sure people will praise for the new makers who has made this film. It’s his name and our great expectation which makes us dissatisfied in this film. I still fail to understand why such brilliant songs by A.R.Rehman are wasted , read Wasted in the film. The director could have easily used them in better way than this way. This is a biggest negative point of the film along with weak script. After making films like RDB one does not expect Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra to take cinematic liberties [Climax Scene,etc]. But his way of combining all the different topics is fantastic. He has tried to essay many things in the film but in different style and grace. There are few really great scenes one should not miss like.. Vijay Raaz – Abhishek Scene, Ram Leela Scenes, Rishi – Abhishek Scenes, Cyrus’s Love making scene with remote changing television shows , Atul Kulkarni – Pawan Malhotra scenes, etc. one can see the creativity of the maker in these scenes, which sadly gets lost in the over dragged climax. Also at places the Hard hitting factor is missing.
On Performance Basis Delhi6 does not belong to any one actor particularly. All the actors are in their characters and have done justice to their characters. Om Puri, Supriya Pathak, Pawan Malhotra, Deepak Dobrial, Atul Kulkarni, Prem Chopra, Vijay Raaz, K.K.Raina, Divya Dutta and Others have done their part with full conviction. Sonam Kapoor looks good and refreshing in this film, sadly does not excel in the emotional scenes at all. Waheeda Rehman & Rishi Kapoor still shows their spark in such a small role. Abhishek Bachchan plays a simple role of a confused NRI. He has loads of potential, sadly it’s hardly used in this movie. In few hard hitting scenes he is good, rest is quite average.
So bol meri “Filmi Khopdi” is film mein kitna hain dum ?
Dum to hain kaafi dum hain, but kaafi kutch kaam bhi hain. Thanks to the confusion of the Director and the Story Writer this film which had full potential to be a great film, short falls and settles for above average film. A Viewer who is expecting another RDB or Fans of A.R.Rehman songs from this film or Fans of Abhishek Expecting another Guru type performance will be highly disappointed. Rest will like the combination of different concept, creativity , spirit of Delhi and the overall film. as I said you will like it, but won’t love it.
Ratings : 2.75 / 5 [would had given more if songs would had been there with more paragraphs]