Rehna tu, hai jaise tu…dheema dheema jhonka, ya phir junoon!
Dilli 6 - Lives up to being a true Rakeysh O.P. Mehra style that I viewed in RDB. The parallels may be few, but significant - Some brilliant music, Ramayana’s plot dove-talied beautifully into the situations, The ‘youthful’ treatment into finding solutions of the very relevant and current issues that we recognize around us, The belief of yourself being the first change agent, Very relatable and honest characters.
I loved it for the treatment of issues like caste system (through Jalebi), religious faiths (through the cow giving birth to a calf on the street), role of media (the monkeyman hype), role of rumours (ramlila grounds), ‘arranged’ marriage (Bittu’s shaadi), girl married off to a very old man, reality tv being a window to cater to the aspiration for fame and recognition (indian idol), inter-caste marriages being shunned by parents, politicizing anything that can serve as an opportunity, ego issues among brothers…this list can actually go on and on.
And all the charatcters have done a fabulous job to bring alive the depth in every situation. Well, wouldn’t comment much on Sonam as I thought she was very average. Though I very strongly felt that Abhishek was probably not the best choice to play the role of Roshan. I saw Roshan’s character as a much more youthful (yet mature) guy. Abhishek in my mind somehow didn’t fit the bill. And Amitabh was clearly not required beyond his picture in the first half.
If the music added sheen to the movie, the humour gave it the zing to be complete package in itself! So be it Bittu’s ‘shaadi’ scenes, or the brothers fighting, the monkeyman paranoa…they all added the Dilli flavour to the movie. And the central idea – ‘Realize that what you seek lies within you’ is in itself beautiful.
And in my view, the moments of ‘unification’ of the castes, the coming together of the two brothers (with their Dad’s transistor finally working), the 2 thought leaders (fearfully peeing) and then holding hands - in moments of fear / pressure were treated brilliantly.
To me, the movie brought back so many emotions that ‘Swades’ had evoked. Watch it, or else you will really be missing something.