DELHI 6 - SUBTLY BEAUTIFUL
I haven't been much of a ROM fan. I had found Aks good but botched up towards the end and RDB had been too extremist for my liking. However, felt that Delhi 6 is the movie where ROM comes of age in the true sense of the word. His messages were intelligent and subtle and each of the artists were chosen with such care that the finished product came together as a natural cohesive whole.
Binod Pradhan's cinematography is lovely. Some of the shots which stay behind with you are : the shot of Jama Masjid at Friday prayer - the sheer scale of the monument and its campus captured so beautifully. Sonam's capers in front of Suresh's camera for the Indian Idol portfolio and her jig through the metro stations, the picturisation of Dil Gira Dafatan, and of course Waheeda Rahman's graceful expressions and movements in Genda Phool. Abhishek's run through 'Puraani dilli' for his morning jog with iPod also stays back.
Abhishek was a natural in a role that seemed tailor-made for him. Sonam with her vivaciousness and sex appeal which oozes out naturally, was good and seems to be in for a long haul in the Indian film industry.
What can be said about the supporting cast a paragraph each would be inadequate to express how seasoned and comfortable they were and how well they contributed to making this film what it is. Waheeda was graceful and natural. K. K. Raina was perfect. Rishi was just amazing. He has once again proven that he can take any role and make it his own completely. Atul Kulkarni essays a difficult role with ease and Divya Dutta spits fire with elan.
What was endearing about this movie, was that although it is about a city which tends to go OTT and is fake and showy more often than not, the movie was natural and subtle, saying what it had to say through symbols and practices and at the same time successful in showcasing its subject beautifully.
Kudos to ROM for this one.