I just visited the most happening place in the heart of India and its name is Chandni Chowk which is sweetly known as Delhi 6 amongst Delhites. No not really but yes I was almost there, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra takes you on a guided tour to the busy and crowded streets of Chandni Chowk and how was it, read on to find out.
The story revolves around Roshan Mehra, an U.S. resident Indian who comes to India to drop his ailing grandmother (Waheeda Rahman) who wants to live her last moments in her soil. But the visit doesn’t end being a mere visit but rather transforms the entire lifestyle of the youngster. He is now responsible and wants to bring a change in the society. And what’s that – communal harmony.
There is a strong social message residing in the heart and soul of the film and that only triggers off in the second half of the film. The first half is totally based in showing the love and warmth amongst people living in the crowded Chandni Chowk. The real show begins only in the second half where even a slight touch would burn into a riot. This truly depicts the current situation of the country and shows how immature people act during communal riots.
Mamdu, A Muslim Jalebi seller worshipping Hanumanji and everyone respecting each other’s religions shows how secular everyone is but still there’s always some room left for weaknesses. This weakness has been highlighted perfectly by the director and should be appreciated for bringing in the much needed awareness.
And there comes the Kaala Bandar who is busy creating havoc in the city. He has springs and a mother board too . But the Kaala Bandar isn’t just to create havoc, it has a deeper meaning in the film.
Music was excellent though I felt the songs weren’t completely immersed in the film. Several Background scores were amazing and helped in improving the overall experience of the film. Dil Gira Dafatan is magnificiently picturized where Chandni Chowk and New York are juxtaposed together.
Here is how my interest level was at various parts of the movie.
There are very few films where each and every artist does a job which can never be repeated again. And Delhi 6 is blessed with such acting marvels. There is not even a single actor in the film where we felt the need for improvisation. Though exceptions still exists like Cyrus Sahukar as I didn’t really get the point of his role in the film.
The film is totally centered in and round Delhi and will definitely appeal to Delhites. Though the subject which has been the soul of the film isn’t about Delhi but harmony amongst people, I don’t understand why several critics thrashed this film.
To sum up my review, there are many people in the film industry who will entertain us with their madcap comedies and thrillers but we need someone who can actually make us aware about the weaknesses amongst us which are causing excessive damage to our society and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra is just the right person.
This is not for those who want to relax and enjoy some good romantic or a comedy film but it is for those serious film viewers who are looking for something different as well as realistic social drama. Don’t go expecting some romantic scenes between the lead protagonists, the track is just like a half baked cake heading nowhere.
I will skip rating this film as I feel rating this film will be a disgrace to film making.