A sensible movie from a sensible director that’s what I got to say about this movie. Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is a new age director who knows how to convert a good movie into a commercially successful one too. The only time he went wrong was when he made AKS, he was probably carried away by this creative juices, though the movie was a good attempt but never got the recognition that it needed. Then he came up with Rang De Basanti, a superb movie. Now with Delhi 6, he again tries to reach the mass with his socially responsible message with brilliant inter-weaving Ramayana as a backdrop to the movie.
Abhishek Bachchan as Roshan enacts an ABCD with good conviction. Waheeda Rehmann and Rishi Kapoor bring the old world charm with them. Sonam Kapoor is refreshingly different in the movie and pitches in with a good performance.
The first 15 minute of the movie feels like it is all over the place, but then the movie settles down with the song Arziyaan, the whole namaaz reading sequence have been wonderfully shot. The song is choreographed beautifully.
The movie makes you think that is the country that we take pride in as the largest democratic and secular nation truly so? I think the movie starts with the dialogues which ended Rang De Basanti “Koi bhi desh perfect nahin hota, use perfect banana padta hai”. So you have a wide range of societal problems and taboos being handled in this movie. You have two brothers having a dispute over parental properties, you have hindu-muslim riot, you have caste-ism and you have the search for individual identity all woven into this brilliantly made movie. Giving a Kala Bandar angle to bring out the demon in all of us is brilliantly done by Rakeysh, he masters the act of using intelligent metaphors in the movie, which appeals to intelligent audiences. May it be the dead soul of Manoj Bajpai to depict Evil in AKS or the Bhagat Singh angle in RDB to show the need for a revolutionary in today’s India.
There are ofcourse a few glitches in the script. Amitabh Bachchan could have been spared his last minute entry which does not do any good to the movie.
But talking about the cast, the casting director needs to be given a special acknowledgement for the movie. Brilliant ensemble of casts. I thought Om Puri was unduly treated in RDB by giving him a very miniscule role, but in Delhi 6 ROM gives the veteran actor his due credit. The other cast member consists of Pawan Malhotra, Prem Chopra, Vijay Raaz, Supriya Pathak, Cyrus Sahukar, ROM regular Atul Kulkarni,et al. A special mention for the actress who portrays the character of Rama Chachi, she is just brilliant.
The movie handles some of the most contemporary topics of Indian society with acumen of a seasoned director. The music of the movie has already been climbing the charts.
And as the movie ends with everything being alright, it gives hope that everything will be fine, no matter what all we need to do is kill the evil within us.