Monday, March 9, 2009

Delhi - 6 (Review)

Delhi 6

This is my second movie review, the first one being on Rab Na blah blah… and please don’t consider the letter to AMPAS as a movie review though it is tagged so. Delhi 6, lets see what’s in store in that film.

CAST

  • Abhishek Bachchan as Roshan,
  • Sonam Kapoor as Bittu
  • Om Puri as Madangopal
  • Atul Kulkarni as Gobar
  • Rishi Kapoor as Ali
  • Waheeda Rahman as Dadi
  • Divya Dutta as Jalebi
  • Tanvi Azmi as Fatima
  • Deepak Dobriyal as Mamdu
  • K.K. Raina as Haji Sulamaan
  • Aditi Rao Hydari as Rama Bua
  • Supriya Pathak as Vimla
  • Pavan Malhotra as Jai Gopal
  • Amitabh Bachchan as Dadaji
  • Vinayak Doval as Bobby
  • Vijay Raaz as Inspector Ranvijay.
  • Cyrus Sahukar as Suresh
CREW

  • Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  • Producer: Ronnie Screwvala and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
  • Music: A.R. Rahman
  • Director of Photography: Binod Pradhan
  • Lyrics and Dialogue: Prasoon Joshi
  • Story: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, Kamlesh Pandey and Prasoon Joshi
  • Editor: P S Bharathi
  • Action: Allan Amin
  • Choreographers: Vaibhavi Merchant, Saroj Khan

REVIEW

Story

The story is refreshingly new. Though the Hindu and Muslim riots are already shown in the film Bombay, here it is a hypothetical situation. The movie’s story is based on a concept. Like V for Vendetta and Matrix, only few can understand the concept of this story. Like how Rand De Basanti was made on the back drop of a documentary shoot, this movie has the Ram Leela on its back drop and the flavour of the street theatre is preserved. The casting was amazing. Atul Kulkarni stands tall. Nice touches here and there. For instance in one scene Abishek touches the untouchable Jalebi and gets his hands washed by ash and water by his grand mom, in the next scene the Ram Leela depicts the scene where demi god RAM eats from the hands of Chabri (an untouchable) and Abishek looks at his grand mom meaningfully. The movie’s concept black monkey is used as an allegory to represent the evil that resides inside every man alongside God (virtue). After the film Bombay this is another movie which emphasise on the brotherhood between the religions in India. Everything in this movie is a concept, let it be Gobar taking two one rupee coins instead of a ten rupee note offered to him everytime, or a mad man showing the mirror to everyone and tells them “ I see a mad man in the mirror” or be it kala bandar. The entire movie is made of concepts and needs you to keep your religions and caste aside to understand what it means.

Direction

In Rang De Basanti itself he made an impact and he has lived up to his standards. He appears to me as a deep film maker like Kamalji, as his concept is not understood by many. I look forward to see more such films from him. He gives the medicine to the Indian population in the right way. Hats off director, especially your choice of actors are brilliant. The way he showed Abishek chasing a kite in one of the scenes was linked to the climax scene was marvellous.


Acting

The best casting I saw off late. Each one has played their role perfectly. Atul Kulkarni stands tall of the lot with his solid performance so is Deepak. I fell in for Sonam Kapoor (so Mr Anilji I am forgiving you for your stint in Slumdog as you are a prospective father in law of mine) what curves, what class, *drooling*. Abishek I never seen him as an acor before, but this film proved it otherwise, now I understand why Maniratnam calls him for all his movies (3 in a row). Very realistic acting from the lead pair, you should also acknowledge the fact the cast is powerful and experienced.


Technical

Technical aspects of the film are perfect. Let it be camera or lighting or editing they are exceptionally taken care of. I would give 10 out of 10 for the technical side of the film. Espcially the “Dil Gira Dafatan” song where the worlds of Delhi 6 and New York meet at Times Square, which is amazingly done, in particular the scene where an artist paints Sonam Kapoor, very beautiful.


Music

I suppose ARR was given an Oscar in advance for this movie. “Machakalli” alone is enough to speak for me. Instead of marking the songs one by one I give them all 5 stars. Just to know who sung;

Masakali - Mohit Chauhan

Arziyan - Javed Ali, Kailash Kher

Dilli 6 - Blaaze, Benny Dayal, Vivianne Chaix, Tanvi Shah, Claire

Rehna Tu - A. R. Rahman, Benny Dayal, Tanvi Shah

Hey Kaala Bandar - Karthik, Naresh Iyer, Srinivas, Bony Chakravarthy,

Embar (rap)

Dil Gira Dafatan - Ash King, Chinmayee

Genda Phool - Rekha Bhardwaj, Shraddha Pandit, Sujata Mazumdar,

V.N. Mahathi

Bhor Bhaye - Shreya Ghoshal, Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan

Aarti (Tumre Bhavan Mein) - Rekha Bhardwaj, Kishori Ashok Gowariker,

Shraddha Pandit, Sujata Mazumdar

Noor - Amitabh Bachchan


Disky : 1


Why this movie didn’t do well in the box office is a big mystery to me until I realised, why movies like Slumdog, Nayak, Anniyan, Indian, Rang De Basanti are a hit whereas movies like Anbe Sivam, Delhi 6 are a flop. The other movies has the bad man as a politician, or a slum don, or a government official, so people see it as someone else and they are happy when the bad man is revealed and destroyed. In movies like Anbe Sivam, Delhi – 6 the bad man is you and me – a normal human who has a dark side within him, which is true in all our cases. When such a thing is portrayed we are not ready to face the reality, we cannot see our reflections on screen. The reality slaps at our face and we cannot accept it and give the movie a bad review and make it hit the rock bottom. The character of the mad man who keeps showing a mirror to the people on the streets that says a lot in just the tiny screen space it occupies. It encapsulates the message of the film that God, like evil, lies within and not without. So if there’s any monkey that needs to be killed, it’s the one inside. It’s a message with a heart and mind. The portrayal of Amitabh’s character is a lift from Harry Potter – 7th Part, where Dumbledore meets Harry in heaven to explain the complex plot of the story. Similarly Amitabh clears the concept of Kala Bandar by saying the monkey within you which comes out and creates the entire nuisance.


Disky : 2

I can relate the story very well to my life as the protagonist in the movie hails from a Hindu dad and a Muslim mom, just like me. He would have felt the same way I felt when the Hindus and Muslims fight amidst each other for silly reasons. Recently I received a forward from one of the fellow law students asking me to forward it to all claiming that Taj Mahal is indeed a Shiv Temple, I replied to all asking them not to forward in order to avoid a recreation of Babri Masjid, as a building should not be a reason for fight among the Religions in India again. You know what, I was no more in the mailing list and that friend of mine stopped talking to me. Is that what you call the NAV BHARATH??? We share Diwali sweets, Ramzan Briyani, Christmas cakes with our friends and neighbours, why can’t we share love also??? Why can’t you or I marry a girl from other caste or religion??? It’s all attributed to the black monkey inside you and me, this movie is an amazing one which makes you to identify the black monkey inside us. Let’s kill it dude and dudettes.

FINISHING NOTE:

Watch the movie at least once, it’s worth watching.

JAI HINDH

62 comments:

நாமக்கல் சிபி said...

Very Nice Review and made the intend to watch!

நாமக்கல் சிபி said...

It seems the film is good in all the aspects! thanks for sharing!

நாமக்கல் சிபி said...

mindle vechikkiren!

நட்புடன் ஜமால் said...

பார்க்க வைத்திடவ போலிருக்கே

G3 said...

Great post :))

Of all ur reviews I liked ur disci.. Was straight at the point :)

gils said...

adapavi..motha kathiayum solitia :)) anyways..nice review

ஆளவந்தான் said...

//
why can’t we share love also??? Why can’t you or I marry a girl from other caste or religion???
//

Naan ready avanga readya'nu kettu Jollu pa :))

pakkathu kadaikku poiyum jolla nirutha mudiyaliye :)))

Nice Review buddy. Its like seeing the whole movie. :)

Charmed One! said...

Hmm after reading this i dont think i need to see the movie now :P ..
i'll watch it only for the visual affect :) ...

moi said...

the review is soooo loooooong, I think i will go with final conclusion, ie its worth watching, don't mind dear!!

Lancelot said...

@ Sibhi anna

Nandri nandri nandri...

akanksha said...

i alwaz luv to read watevr u write :)

Lancelot said...

@ Jamal anna

neengal kandipaai parka vendiya padam :)

Lancelot said...

@ g3 akka

nandri hein

Lancelot said...

@ Gils anna

thank u...antha story part thookiten...

Lancelot said...

@ Aalavandhan anna

nandri hein movie review kingae neengathan neenga paraatunathu VASHEESTAR VAAYAL BRAHMA RISHI PATTAM mathiri irukku :)

Lancelot said...

@ charmed one

sorry for killing the suspense then but must watch movie...

Lancelot said...

@Moi

reduced the length...u can read atleast the DISKY...thank u :)

Thoorika said...

Rand De Basanti?!

Indha mistake kuda point out panula na, then wats the use of 3 years of journalism course?! :P

Nice review man.. will watch the movie for your sake !!

Lancelot said...

@ thoorika

sabash...unnaku jillunu oru ice more...

Ramyah said...

Hi Lancelot!
Nice Review! I haven't watched the movie yet but from your review seems like a good one. I used to wonder too on Anbe Sivam's failure and it just struck me as i read your post that actually we are not ready to accept the reality yet. Good point to think about. tc

Ramani... said...

VEry nice review... will watch it soon... think that director needs to give you a treat for writing such a review for his film :)

Elithraniel Arawion said...

first of all... BIGGGGG review... 2nd.. nice observations.. disky i mean... agree with you on it... third of all.. unaku nakkal romba jaasti

Karthik said...

lance recommendation eppavume negative ah thaan irukkum...


So inda padam MOKKAI!!!!!!!!!!!!! :P

DONT WATCH IT!!!

Karthik said...

//Why can’t you or I marry a girl from other caste or religion???//


patha vachitiye paratta.... matter purinji poche!!!

kanagu said...

I am yet to watch the film!!! but I am gonna watch this film for sure..
Your friend has done like that... Whoever says that communalisnm and casteism has not in this pcountry can slap himself..
In everybody's deep heart still the veins of casteism and communalism was running..

Lancelot said...

@ Ramyah


Thank you...long time no see??

Lancelot said...

@ Ramani anna

Director treat kodukrathu irukkatum neenga eppo treat tharingaa??

Lancelot said...

@ wolf

First of all thank you Second of all what is the spelling of NAKKAL??

Lancelot said...

@ Kartik


yeppada sollitaanda :P

Lancelot said...

@ Kanagu

Nandri hein... (pada tha paaru raasa- ask Kartik for the DVD with subtitles :P)

Charmed One! said...

Dont worry since it wasn any suspense movie i can still watch it :P
Hey btw i have uploaded the snaps at
http://snapsa.blogspot.com

Check it out
N no funny comments .. warn you :P

kanagu said...

/*Nandri hein... (pada tha paaru raasa- ask Kartik for the DVD with subtitles :P)*/

Already got the film from net :) :)

Vinnie said...

Hey Lance!!
very nice...crisp n profound..i like it :)
now, have to watch the movie:)

Lancelot said...

@ Charmed one

will I give funny comments for such beautiful snaps?? u two make it hot...congrats...

Lancelot said...

@ kanagu

superu blog ulaga vijayakanthu :P

Lancelot said...

@ Vin

welcome back accept my award...

LV said...

@ Lancelot: review is good... but no chance of a career as a movie critic

Lancelot said...

@ LV

:P I am not eying at that career :P

rmdeus61 said...

1 enjoy your postings immensely.keep more coming-you are witty and smart.

Lancelot said...

@rmdeus61

Thank u mr/ms :)

viji said...

p/s: rombe long post laa... nanum padikenum nu oru rendu naala plan panunen. but, nasama pone internet voda.. seriyana talai vali ya irukku. aana, dont worry.. kandipa padipen.. padicithu, comment poduven

Lancelot said...

# Viji

comment poduvenu sollrathuku oru commentaa? :P

lynda ann said...

you are welcome!
it is MS.

Lancelot said...

@ Lynda

thank you Ms Lynda :)

Senorita said...

@ Lancelot...thanks for this refreshingly new percpective on the film...all my friends have canned it...but I am dying to watch it now... thanks buddy...

Lancelot said...

@ Sen

Thank u for the trust :)

kirthi said...
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Akansha Agrawal said...

Whoa! were you watching the movie or were you sitting and dissecting it! :P

Anyway, I intend to watch the movie... irrespective of who has to say what... I loved the songs :D

And I am stalking you... ;)

LV said...

good u aint eyeing that career, we can dissect your lawyer career, what say

Chriz said...

mixed reactions and mixed views too..
subbu's view and urs differ and nice discussion we had today...

will check if i could catch this kmovie..

but isnt this a story format!? reviewnu sollitu screenplay and storya full solliteengalaey sir...

yes i am still contemplating at anbe sivams failure... :(

Lancelot said...

@ Kirthi

Thanks Kirthis - you will like it being Junior B's film :P

Lancelot said...

@ akansha

thanks for your first visit and comment :) and yeah I always dissect the movies i watch- as I am a film maker myself :)

and wowwwwwwwww I never knew I am worth to be stalked :)

Lancelot said...

@ LV

Yeah I wish I can become a hollywood actor- will you produce me?

Lancelot said...

@ Chriz...

boss google reader has the full story i guess- ippo i have removed the story and has left the review alone...

appuram next meet annumpothu DVD tharen...

viji said...

hindhi movie review aah?

ok padicithu varen

viji said...

[[ Why can’t you or I marry a girl from other caste or religion?? ]]


ippo yarunga mudiyathunu sonna. nambe lance, oru africa gal eh kalyanam panni puratchi erpadutala..

nambe karthik kuda yaaro oru vellaikara pullaiku line vudaraname.. :P

so..no prablem... :D

viji said...

hey movie review, nalla irukku.. parvalaiye..unga guru aalavanthan eh minjiduvinga polhe.. apadiye online le pakarathuku oru link kudutha download panni vachu, december le patiduven. :D

Lancelot said...

//Blogger viji said...

hindhi movie review aah?

ok padicithu varen//

Appuram malay movie reviewaa??? nalla ketkuraaya Detailu...

//Blogger viji said...

[[ Why can’t you or I marry a girl from other caste or religion?? ]]


ippo yarunga mudiyathunu sonna. nambe lance, oru africa gal eh kalyanam panni puratchi erpadutala..

nambe karthik kuda yaaro oru vellaikara pullaiku line vudaraname.. :P

so..no prablem... :D//

neethan antha vellaikara pullaiyaa?????

//Blogger viji said...

hey movie review, nalla irukku.. parvalaiye..unga guru aalavanthan eh minjiduvinga polhe.. apadiye online le pakarathuku oru link kudutha download panni vachu, december le patiduven. :D//

guru pakkathulla naan vara mudiyathu...
7 ringet koduthu DVD vangiko :P

abhishek said...

wonderful review

read mine at

http://kalugu.com/2009/03/11/delhi-6-hindi-movie-review/

Lancelot said...

@ abishek

thanks bro...

Poorna said...

A profound review......well written :)

Lancelot said...

@ Poorna

nandri...

Genius Kamal ! ! !

Trisha : கண்ணோடு கண்ணைக் கலந்தாளென்றால் களங்கம் உள்ளவன் எச்சரிக்கை உடனே கையுடன் கைகோர்த்தானா ? ஒழுக்கங் கெட்டவள் எச்சரிக்கை ஆடை க...