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02-21-2009, 03:48 PM #1
Review 1: @ Buzz 18
REVIEW: Delhi-6 is disappointing
Abhishek Bachchan's latest fails to strike a chord, yet again
For all those of you who have come out with pitchforks against a certain Mr Danny Boyle, Delhi-6 is a must-watch.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's latest flick is set in what is now popularly perceived as 'real India'.
Unlike Jamal Malik however, Roshan (Abhishek Bachchan) is no Slumdog. He is an NRI who accompanies his grandmother (Waheeda Rehman) whose last wish is to spend the remaining days of her life in Delhi 6, a locality she was married into.
Born and brought up in America, Roshan is fascinated with everything that happens around him. Traffic jams, Ram Leela, sweetmeat shops, bylanes, lack of water in loos all of it to him is 'kewl'.
What mesmerises Roshan the most however are the human relationships in Old Delhi. "You don't know who is family and who isn't," he says to himself in one of the scenes where all the neighbours are present with his grandmother in the hospital.
Along the way, we are introduced to everyone from this neighbourhood a sweetmeat shop owner, two warring brothers, an evil moneylender, his much-younger wife, a lecherous photographer, a local buffoon, a goat, a pregnant cow, an ancestral radio and god knows who and what else!
Delhi 6, we are told, is full of such characters poor perhaps but with hearts of gold. And like in every story there is a pretty girl Bittu (Sonam Kapoor) in this case who catches the attention of our hero.
Roshan posits an interesting case. He is born of a Hindu father and a Muslim mother the two prominent communities in the Old Delhi area. Before you know it, Roshan becomes part of this milieu and gets embroiled in the politics of hate.
Whether he manages to break out of this and show people the light is pretty much what the movie is all about.
Perhaps the biggest problem with Delhi-6 the film is that it is like Delhi-6, the locality. There's so much happening you don't know where to look.
There is no single story in fact there are times you ask yourself if there is a story at all. You have so many minor characters popping in and out of the screen you begin to wonder whose film is it anyway. Actually the first time you properly hear Sonam speak you are about 40 minutes into the movie already.
Abhishek Bachchan too has very few lines to speak of (no pun intended). Whatever he does say however, he botches up with his fake American accent which keeps appearing and disappearing.
Delhi 6 brings together some of the best-known actors in Hindi cinema Raghubir Yadav, Pavan Malhotra, Supriya Pathak Shah, Deepak Dobriyal, Divya Dutta, Vijay Raaz, Tanvi Azmi and Atul Kulkarni among others play prominent roles in it.
Yet none of the characters they play stay with you because all of them just flit across the screen and before you can say 'Delhi 6', they are gone!
Waheeda Rehman who also played the protagonist's mother in Rang De Basanti does her bit. Rishi Kapoor, playing Abhishek's father figure in India, stands out. His little back story is the most interesting of all, and yet is not developed enough to pull at your heartstrings.
The poor characterisation extends even to the lead couple. You never know what Bittu does other than prepare for Indian Idol and dance around in the Delhi metro. Roshan's dithering about going back to America also finds little justification.
There is never a good reason for anything anyone does in the film.
Not surprisingly, all of this affects the performances too.
Each of the brilliant character actors mentioned above is totally wasted. My heart bleeds for Raghubir Yadav who makes a brief appearance in a poorly lit frame, while his singing makes a better impact.
A special mention must be made of Aditi Rao, Sonam's unwed aunt, whose silent suffering makes a better impact than a lot of things that are said or shown on the screen
Abhishek Bachchan seems to have sleepwalked through this ordeal it's probably the only way he might have emerged sane.
Sonam Kapoor manages to look pretty but does little else. And her pigeon Masakali seems to be nothing but a wasted metaphor.
The metaphors from the kala bandar, to Roshan's parentage and the never ending Ram Leela also get lost in the locality called Delhi 6.
Indeed, the film itself is lost out on you. It supposedly aims to give a moral but ends up being preachy.
The dialogues are so clichιd, it's unbelievable. "India works! The people here make it work," Abhishek Bachchan tells Rishi Kapoor in his American twang.
What's worse is the way the film is picturised. Many of the sequences are shot against a croma background and digitally put together. Others are simply shot in a studio.
The entire essence of Old Delhi is simply missing. Delhi-6 even fails to be a touristy programme of the Nat Geo kind. There are some breathtaking shots of Jama Masjid but it pretty much ends there.
Even the parts at the Taj Mahal some of the few scenes shot on-location fail to evoke anything other than the 'move on, Rakeysh' sentiment.
Songs, like characters, simply make an appearance here or there never once justifying their presence in the narrative. Mohit Chauhan's Masakali, which became a talking point, is also randomly introduced. Ditto for the background score that never manages to gel with what's happening on screen. For instance, there is a riot unfolding before Roshan's eyes and all you can hear is some peppy track playing in the backdrop.
Delhi-6 fails in all departments acting, direction, dialogues, characterisation and cinematography and even in its use of the songs.
Verdict: Don't bother wasting your money on this one. Mehra has got it all wrong.
Courtesy:REVIEW: Delhi-6 is disappointing- Buzz18 Entertainment
Review 2: @ Bollywood Hungama
By Taran Adarsh, February 20, 2009 - 09:55 IST
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra thinks out of the box and it's more than evident now. First AKS, then RANG DE BASANTI, now DELHI 6. A two-liner of the story may give you an impression that it's similar to UTV's earlier outing SWADES, directed by Ashutosh Gowariker: An American of Indian origin returns to his roots and decides to stay back in India. But DELHI 6 bites more than it can chew.
Set in old Delhi, the screenplay [Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Prasoon Joshi, Kamlesh Pandey] takes its own sweet time to come to the point. In fact, the entire first half is dedicated to the sundry characters in the bylanes of old Delhi, where several stories run parallel with the main plot... The two warring brothers [Om Puri, Pawan Malhotra] and the wall that divides the two; the daughter of the house [Sonam Kapoor] aspires to be an 'Indian Idol' contestant; a moneylender's [Prem Chopra] wife has an illicit relationship with one of his lecherous debtors [Cyrus Sahukar]; an 'untouchable' [Divya Dutta] makes more sense than the so-called thekedaars of samaj; a friend of the family [Rishi Kapoor] has still not forgotten his first love [Tanvi Azmi]. Oh yes, there's also a 'Kaala Bandar' who spreads havoc in the locality. Really, Rakeysh tries to pack in multiple stories in those 2.18 hours.
Let's cut a long story short: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra misses the bus this time.
DELHI 6 tells the story of a young American boy Roshan [Abhishek Bachchan] of Indian origin, who comes to India for the first time, to drop his ailing grandmother [Waheeda Rehman]. She wants to retire and spend the last leg of her life back home; dissolving into the soil she was born in.
In America, having led a very western lifestyle, Roshan is not familiar with the sites and smells, the food and culture, the religion and beliefs, this huge melting pot that India is. He believes that Dadi had left her family and loved ones back in America, only to realize that how wrong he was.
The warmth and affection of the neighbourhood embraces him with open arms. Amidst all this he meets the beautiful Bittu [Sonam Kapoor], who wants to break free from the typical Indian social structure, to whom Roshan is destined to lose his heart.
That Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is an accomplished storyteller is evident in several individualistic scenes. Note the scene when Vijay Raaz slaps Abhishek and Abhishek slaps him back. Also, portions in the second hour, when a Baba [Akhilendra Mishra] triggers off the Mandir-Masjid talk and divides the two communities, is very well structured. The sequences are disturbing and the writers and director succeed in exposing the fickle-minded people residing in the locality.
But the screenplay isn't foolproof. The romantic track is the weakest link in the enterprise. The love story falls flat. Also, the ending is so abstract that an average moviegoer would find it difficult to comprehend what the actual culmination is. The sequence in the end, when Amitabh and Abhishek have a conversation, looks weird. In fact, ridiculous. What was the need to have this sequence? It makes no sense. Even the Ram Leela sequences, interspersed at regular intervals, are forced in the screenplay.
Rakeysh's handling of the subject is exemplary at places. But the writing [faulty at times] as also the execution of the material isn't the type that would appeal to all sections of moviegoers. A.R. Rahman's music is outstanding; it's easily amongst his finest works. 'Masakali', 'Ye Dilli Hai Mere Yaar', 'Rehna Tu', 'Maula' and 'Genda Phool' are amazing tracks. Ditto for Prasoon Joshi's lyrics; they're gems. Binod Pradhan's cinematography is brilliant. Watch the Jama Masjid sequence [breath-taking] or the camera movements in the bylanes of old Delhi. Just one word to describe the output: Incredible!
Abhishek doesn't work. Also, his American accent looks fake. Sonam is likable. Waheeda Rahman enacts her part well. Rishi Kapoor is wasted. He deserved a better role. Amongst supporting actors, Om Puri [powerful], Pawan Malhotra [flawless], Vijay Raaz [tremendous], Deepak Dobriyal [genuine], Divya Dutta [admirable] and Cyrus Sahukar [likable] leave a mark.
Prem Chopra is alright. Atul Kulkarni looks like a buffoon. And what is Raghvir Yadav doing in this film? Supriya Pathak, Tanvi Azmi, K.K. Raina, Akhilendra Mishra and Dayashanker Pandey are passable. Amitabh Bachchan's presence in the penultimate minutes fails to evoke any reaction.
On the whole, DELHI 6 has a terribly boring beginning [first hour], an absorbing middle [second half] and a weak end [climax]. At the box-office, the business is bound to be divided. The film may record bountiful collections at multiplexes in its opening weekend. The popular music as also the fact that there's no major opposition will benefit the film in the initial days. But the business at single screens as also the mass belt will be a shocking contrast. However, the cracks will start appearing sooner than expected, even at plexes. Thumbs down!
Delhi-6 : Movie Review by Taran Adarsh
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a v.good review for a v.badly directed movie.
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thanks for da info.......sorry dude .... Hash
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