Monday, February 23, 2009

Delhi – 6

Rakesh Omprakash Mehra is notable for the film ‘Rang De Basanthi’ by Amir Khan, Sidharth, Madhavan, Atul Kulkarni, Soha Ali Khan etc. The different treatment of the film with an excellent script discussing the two periods helped us to rate the talent of the director. He has also got the support of Ronnie Screwvala (Producer), Binod Pradhan (Camera) and AR Rahman (Music) there. Now the same team has joined again for the new film ‘Delhi – 6’, starring Abhishek Bachan, Sonam Kapoor, Atul Kulkarni, Waheeda Rahman, Ompuri , Prem Chopra etc.

Hero (Abhishek Bachan) is returning to India from US with his grand mother (Waheeda Rahman), who wants to live the rest of her life in this country. With such an intention they reach the capital city. They reside with their close relatives in the middle of a densely populated area. Near to their locality, a carnival is going on. The story of Ramayana is being played there from beginning to end during the 10 days in the form of a dance drama. The story and happenings in the film has got a good connection and relevance with the stage show.

In the middle, the controversial issue of “Kaala Bandhar”, a cruel monkey which has targeting humans, is also shown. The strange thing is that nobody has seen the animal, but it is still in the hot news. The real reflection of the Indian society is shown through some of the scenes featuring strange behavior by political leaders, unstable preaching by bad saints and religious leaders, odd belief and customs followed by humans, irregularity in family relationships, unlawful behavior of policemen etc. are shown straightly through different incidents in a lighter manner.

The heroine (Sonam Kapoor) wants to be a participant of the “Indian Idol” show. But her parents want her to get married soon. The hero gives advice and helps her when she tried to end her life. In the mean time due to some happenings, the two religions in the area gets divided and in the end how such a problem is solved along with the climax of the drama at the carnival is what the ace director has showed here. He has also incorporated an unexpected anti climax which is different and can also make the audience stunned.

Abhishek is simple and has done well. Sonam Kapoor, daughter of Anil Kapoor, who got her debut through ‘Sawariya’ has performed well, silently. Yesteryear actress Waheed Rahman comes in a full length role after a long time. All the artists have given a good performance. The scenes featuring stage show of Ramayana is also shown efficiently. The project also becomes special since the Oscar Award winner musician AR Rahman is the music director and has worked in his usual style.

‘Delhi – 6’ has got the taste of real Indian culture and civilization. Don’t hesitate to experience it.

Rating : 4 / 5

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