Monday, February 23, 2009

Review of 'Delhi-6' - Hindi Movie.

The much awaited movie from Rakesh Omprakash Mehra was released last weekend, 19th - 20th Feb 2009. His last movie Rang De Basanti was a huge hit in India with Aamir Khan in the lead role. I have not seen his earlier film (1st film) 'Aks', hence not able to comment on it. But RDB is fantastic movie and I loved it. The screenplay, actors, music and story telling had an unique style.

The expectation was more for Delhi-6 since the music by AR Rahman is a chartbuster for about one month now. I certainly expected more from the director solely due to the past performance in RDB. I guess I am disappointed after watching this movie on last Saturday, 21 Feb 2009.

I am watching Waheeda Rehman after a long time and she is a fine actor. In this movie she returns to her homeland with her grandson when she knows her medical condition. Abhishek Bachan lands in Delhi and likes the old Delhi or Delhi-6. She reunites with the family clan and AB finds new relatives, among them is Sonam Kapoor. The story goes on where Sonam has her goal to become Indian Idol one day, AB is amazed at how people live in Delhi-6, all the rest of characters have their own work/identity and life goes on. The story revolves around the rumour based on the 'Monkey Man' thought to be sighted in Delhi. Further story can be read at

The script is too shallow, nothing heroic of sorts, just plain and I find its preaching. You don't go to a movie to be preached, everyone knows why India is in a state where it is. Its the people who need to change and change cannot happen overnight! and certainly not after watching a movie!!!!!!! We must educate our future generations to be responsible and be not like us.

The good things are few specific characters in the movie. They can be seen around us and they are natural. The power of this movie are the original characters created by the director, only AB falls flat in this entire cast or mis-cast in the movie. He doesn't look comfortable in the American character and I feel he doesn't suit the role. He does not take efforts in his looks nor his expressions to bring about the change that the character requires. I guess only Manirathnam can extract best out of him! LOL.

Music is peppy as usual but you will find that the songs are shortened as the director did in RDB. I do not know why he wants an album from AR Rahman and does not film all the songs fully! AR Rahman needs to seriously think of doing music for him again. Cinematography is good and screenplay falls in line.

A better rendition would have made the movie tick.

My rating for this movie is 2 stars out of 5.

Rating Details:
***** - Classic & Outstanding.
**** - Must Watch. Don't Miss!
*** - Good Movie. Watch it.
** - Watch it only if you really want to.
* - Not worth your money.