Movie: Delhi-6

Roshan(Abhishek Bachchan) accompanies his ailing grandmother(Waheeda Rahman) to Chandni Chowk as per her wish to spent her last days in their ancestral home. Delhi-6 is the zip code of Chandni Chowk. After reaching India, the grandmother gets better because of nearness to old friends and the colorful ways of Delhi.Roshan gets the taste of India in the narrow constricted lanes of Chandni Chowk.

Here, he meets an army of characters; all interesting in their own way. He befriends Ali uncle(Rishi Kapoor) who was in love with Roshan’s mother and lost her to Roshan’s dad. He gradually falls in love with Bittu(Sonam Kapoor) who rebels when it comes to a marriage arranged by her dad and aspires to be an Indian Idol demonstrating the independent streak. He falls in love with Mamdu’s(Deepak Dobriyal) jalebis. He watches two warring brothers – Madan Gopal(Om Puri) and Jai Gopal(Pawan Malhotra) – in amusement. He has a showdown with the Inspector Ranvijay(Vijay Raaz). He watches Hindus and Muslims leaving in harmony.The peace is disturbed by a menace named Kaala Bandhar. In a short span of time, Hindus turn against Muslims. Tensions rise leading to a dramatic climax.

This is Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s directorial venture after the successful Rang De Basanti. This is aimed at the intelligentsia. He has brilliantly captured the claustrophobic lanes of Chandni Chowk and also presents the viewer with excellent montages of Delhi interspersed in the songs. Some of the songs are relegated to background in order to avoid inconvenience to the viewer. Yet the movie falters because of the screenplay.

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Prasoon Joshi and Kamlesh Pandey have collaborated on the screenplay. The Act III of the screenplay is fast where events happen in quick succession. The Act I and Act II are slow and boring because of the multitude of characters involved. Because of a weak screenplay, most of the veteran actors do not stay in our minds long after the movie.

Abhishek Bachchan is okay as the NRI who falls in love with India. He underplays the character like his portrayals of the Shankar in Sarkar and Sarkar Raj. Waheeda Rahman lends credibility to the cast. Among the other actors, Deepak Dobriyal outshines all others. Amitabh Bachchan appears as Roshan’s grandfather in a blink-and-miss role.

Go watch it to encourage the attempt towards quality cinema.

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