Review: Delhi 6

Ram Leela, NRI returning to the country, exuberant India and all that made me think Delhi 6 was going to be Swades revisited. But the soundtrack enthralled me, Sonam looked awesome, Abhishek seemed to look cute and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was directing it. In my books, those were good enough reasons to be excited about a film. A million phone calls, super nagging messages and an annoyed friend were put on the line to acquire the tickets to the first day last show. ‘Don’t go! It’s a bad movie.’
‘Abbe acchi pikchur hain dekh le!’
‘Its random’
‘You will fall asleep!’
And in spite of all this, I maintained my excitement and plonked myself in the cushy seats.
And I wondered if signed up for a sightseeing trip to Chandni Chowk!
There’s the madness of Delhi, the soul of Chandni Chowk and all that, but you hope in the heart of your heart that all this is leading somewhere, that all this is building up to something. After all when Prasoon Joshi, Kamlesh Pandey and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra have written the film, you want to shut that little voice in your head that says ‘Kya ho kya raha hai?’. I couldn’t keep that voice shut for long.

The director clearly indulges himself in nostalgia, trying to recreate his Delhi and he struggles to form a medium to give out a social message. He ends up doing the former much more effectively. You find it hard to take the intense moments of the film seriously and certain metaphors are so downplayed that they are lost in the exuberance of ‘Delhi 6’.

Performances are awesome. Right from Waheeda Rehman who brings a sparkle to the screen to Sonam Kapoor who seems fresh and real, the cast keeps you enthralled.

But there were too many moments where I looked away and tinkered with my phone or laughed on better friend’s jokes (his jokes weren’t awesome, so you know). In my humble opinion, the second half of the film is much better (however absurd). Its fast paced, things happen, characters react and the story attempts to go somewhere. But sadly, it says in the confines of Delhi 6!

‘So random the movie is! I still am confused what the end meant,’ said the sister. Last I heard, the makers were confused about the ending themselves. We can see why!

Verdict: Watch only if you have the time and patience. Definitely a let down… I remember walking out of Rang De Basanti with a dazed feeling. I remember thinking about the characters for at least a week after I saw the film. I doubt Delhi 6 will have 1/10th of that impact on me.

11 comments for “Review: Delhi 6

  1. February 20, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Beginning a blog post with my name, I just had to read on. I have to agree with the most part. My expectations were not sky-high. I didn’t expect Rang De Basanti, I’ll say that up-front. Every film-maker deserves to do something different each time. I don’t like that they are judged on their previous works, though that is the way of the world.

    Onto Delhi-6, There was certainly ‘something’ to take away, something more than what I feel a documentary on the city would give me when it came to the smell, the feel, the atmosphere that formed the sets of Delhi-6, but unfortunately that was all.

    The flaw of the film is that it lacked a coherent central plot. I’d sttruggle to explain what this film was about to a 3rd-party. It felt as though scenes were written to showcase this magnificent set of sets & forcefully joined together.

    The CGI too was notably bad as was the dubbing (Waheeda Rehman at one point was 2-3 seconds behind in a song). The songs which I loved listening to seemed forced into the supposed narrative & cut short at that & so what would have been a strength too became a weakness.

    In the end, I’m glad I saw it, but disappointed that it wasn’t more than it was.

  2. February 21, 2009 at 4:09 am

    Am not reading your review right now coz am going to watch the movie tomorrow :p Will read it after that 😀

    – Mr.R

  3. Vijay Joshi
    February 21, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Shaks I agree of what the film has done to u…its really the second DRONA for Abhishek and a disaster worth Rs.44 Crores….

  4. February 22, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I’d post my review here too, but the entire thing will be full of *s.

  5. February 22, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    After reading your review I was re-thinking that whether i should have stayed a bit longer glued to my dvd, a test of sheer patience it would have been really! I have been waiting for a while for this release, thanks to the awe inspiring previous work of the director but unfortunately it did not carry any worthy essence which previously enthralled us. Also the screenplay seemed drastically incoherent and clumsy relying mostly on the ecstatic soundtrack by ar. rahman, which was the only breath keeping the film alive. Still, we might as well keep our fingers crossed for the next offering!

  6. February 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm

    I liked the songs 🙂 esp masakali 😀 I think I might like the movie,the random things sounds good and also i havent been to delhi yet 😀

  7. February 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm

    Well i saw the movie today 😀 and made have the review too in my blog 😀

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  9. February 23, 2009 at 3:48 am

    I guess I’ll be watching it in either case. I’m gonna do it just for Sonam Kapoor. I wanna see what she’s like. I did ove her li’l pigeon dance in the trailers.

  10. February 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    Hi – You make some valid points about the movie but I have to disagree with your overall verdict. It could be that because I live outside of India, I have a different perspective on the movie but nonetheless, I loved it.

    It represented a beautiful caricature of India and its people.
    Whether it was the middle-class girl who thought her only route to success would be via a reality show – or the pompous small business owner or the obstinate policemen or the rich lender who fancies himself a younger wife.

    The point is, Delhi 6,/ chandani chowk in itself is a metaphor. This ‘Delhi 6’ could be any small town or big town in India.

    I get it that the ‘kala bandar’ metaphor/ part may come across as bizarre. And it was. But how it changed the dynamics of the community, and the relationships was beautifully documented.

    Add to that the technical finesse, the music and everyone’s performances – AND the movie cannot help but touch a chord. I loved it 🙂

  11. March 2, 2009 at 2:54 pm

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