Monday, February 23, 2009

Delhi sucks…

...the movie that is.
- You had actors like Om Puri, Supriya Pathak, Atul Kulkarni, Pavan Malhotra, KK Raina, Divya Dutta, et al, apart from a collection of other competent actors – they were all wasted
- You had AR Rahman doing the music, with Sukhwinder Singh singing the main song – the song became popular; and a couple of other songs were also fairly good; but these would have gone better in a better film
- You had the entire Chandni Chowk, Delhi 6 area as your location (even if these were sets) – they were good only for the NRI lot; wasted otherwise

Delhi-6 is a bad, bad movie. Terrible. All you remember at the end is something called the Kala Bandar. So there’s a Kala Bandar, and then there is a family feud, and then there is the whole Hindu-Muslim crisis (inflammable, ready to seep through at the hint of an opportunity), there’s the do-gooder from America, there’s an Indian Idol aspirant, her submissive sister, two very irritating kids…. In another film, it could have worked. In Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6, it flops miserably.
Honestly, the only things you come back with are (a) a couple of nice tracks, (b) the locations, (c) a really beautiful dove called Masakali – none of which you would want to remember for very long.
And if there’s one thing that stays with you beyond that, it’s the use of the Ramleela motifs to link the story. Credit not to Mehra but to Raghuvir Yadav, who apparently conceptualised the whole thing and worked on the words, and the art director, who put it all together.