Movie Review: Delhi 6 (Dilli Chhe) - Aage Nahin, PEECHHE

February 24, 2009

There was much riding on Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra especially after Rang De Basanti, which took audiences by storm with its novelty of its theme. Of course that theme has worn thin in his latest offering Deihi 6 (chhe).

Old Delhi is the most magnificent part of India with its historical buildings and even more historic past. It holds the most precious memories that can never be erased.

Rakeysh may have lived there but his heart is certainly not in the movie. He has just put together sequences, which do not connect. Forget connecting with the audience, it made me think of what a wastage of my time and money it was. I could have gone shopping and had more fun.

But first thing first. The Story: It is similar to Swades but not a patch on it. The grandson Roshan (Abhishek), an NRI, obliges his granny (Waheeda Rehman) and brings her to Old Delhi (walled City). Of course it has to be Chandni Chowk. But what is this? Rakesh filmed Chandni Chowk in Sambar, Rajasthan. The artificiality of the sets comes through.

The story breathes its last here. It then progresses in episodes – monkey man, Hindu Muslim tensions (unity), the narrow lanes (!?), the traffic, Ramlila, etc. etc. But the spirit of Purani Dilli is missing. Its spirit lies in the hearts of its people. Sadly, filmi actors cannot even come close to it. They are just actors getting over their role rather than living it.

Strangely, the chemistry between hero Roshan and heroine Bittu is sadly missing. They need to learn acting. Star kids have only bloated egos and this film is the apparent result.

About the actors: Waheeda is passable. She does make efforts but that’s it. Om Puri, Pawan Malhotra, Vijay Raaz and Rishi Kapoor are worth mentioning. They bring alive their parts. Divya Dutta is simply superb although she has a small part. She shines through. Other characters too do a commendable job.

It should rightly be called “Dilli Chhe” because that is what Purani Dilli (Walled City) is fondly called and not ‘Delhi’ 6.

AR Rahman is its hero (body) for sure and his music its heroine (soul).

Now coming to the main characters:

Neither can Abhishek portray a New Yorker convincingly nor a Dilliwala. He is falseness personified. In fact, his accent was jarring on the nerves. And his dance – he has two left feet. He has a lot to learn if he wishes to carry a film solo over his shoulders. Till now he is a big failure in this regard. He has a long way to go to become a hero forget being called an ‘actor’.

His body language is awkward. With his facial hair, he can give any UP goonda a tough competition. Sad but his dad is supposed to be the greatest actor of Hindi cinema. An actor’s son will only be an actor is not true. What is true is, if you place books over a donkey, it doesn’t make him literate.

The films which are credited as his ‘success’ till now are Guru (only Amitabh, Amar Singh and Anil Ambani must have viewed it privately and bought its tickets wholesale and distributed them freely) and Dostana (a multi-starrer with John Abraham and Priyanka Chopra walking away with all the body and glamour credits.)

Sonam Kapoor must ‘LEARN’ acting if she can. Throwing tantrums in the film is not acting. She should forget she is a star kid if she wishes to get any new films. Saawariya can be forgotten and now this dud. Audiences won’t be tolerating a third bomber. She should look out for alternative career. Sadly, she is no patch on Kareena Kapoor or her first hero Ranbir Kapoor.

Last but not the least. Amitabh Bachchan. He lands up last in this film. Had he not been there, it would have made more sense. His entry is actually an intrusion. Not needed and mostly not required at all.

A sane word of advice to Amitabh: Your golden phase of 70s and 80s is over. There is a younger crop of heroes on the scene. Instead of competing with them, act your age and be dignified like Dilip Kumar or Dharmendra. Always remaining in the news for no apparent reason makes no sense.

Mr Bachchan, you make more news being a socialite, arm in arm with Amar Singh or Anil Ambani or receiving self sponsored awards. Your films flop big time. I don’t remember any of your recent films being a hit, except Bhootnath, which had Shah Rukh Khan and the kid. They walked away with the glory.

Pairing opposite girls of age of your grand daughters do you no good. There is nothing more to conquer so how low will you stoop now. There is no glamour left in you except an aging Aishwarya.

You can teach your son acting. That should be your full time career, at the rate you both are going. Instead of ‘promoting’ your son; ask him what he would like to do. Acting is certainly not his cup of tea. South is the permanent place to head.

Forget acting, the Bachchans currently at most can be called socialites. Or the best non-actors. They are resting on their past laurels. Even Shahid Kapur has given more hits and entertained us more. We are the paying public. We cannot be bought like bought previews or bought critics. Audience won't lap any trash doled out to them.

CAVEAT to the Audience (if at all there is going to be one for this movie): Watch at your own risk. Is there a wedding or shopping or an outing you have to attend? Head there and ENJOY!

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Movie Review: Delhi 6 (Dilli Chhe) - Aage Nahin, PEECHHE


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asha dhody
February 24, 2009
02:17 PM

Delhi 6 is supposed to have a message ,a message to the maker of the film---stop producing trash. Old Delhi was beautiful, the bylanes of Chandni chowk,had a lot to offer all that Mr mehra could show was a jalebiwala, the Taj mahal scene had no link with the storyline,.since the film on its own has no recordbreaking masala,Abishekh has made a fool of himself by breaking records of attending as many openings as possible

abhishek bhatia
February 24, 2009
03:20 PM

bakwaas, thakela - I am just explaining your review in your language, disgusting and disgraceful. If he did not have facial hair, guess he would have been the best actor and super hero for you.

Aditi N
February 24, 2009
04:07 PM

This above piece should not have been classified as a film review. It would probably have been best categorized as Opinion. Half of it is a critical summary of Abhishek Bachchan's career and the rest of it a letter to Amitabh Bachchan.

A review of a film should at the very least be a critical appreciation of key film aspects such as the plot, the cinematography, pace of the film, the soundtrack, editing, characterisation etc.

I don't know who I am or should be addressing this to but I honestly think we need better writing standards.

That being said, I agree with the author on one count: I hate the level of nepotism Bollywood is upholding. It sickens me because there probably is better talent out there that just doesn't have the right last name.

February 24, 2009
04:55 PM


Even of Delhi 6 is all that, you have done a great disservice to the integrity of your review. If AB and Sonam were sub-par in this flick, that is ok to say so. But leave the rest of your opinions for other articles where they would be more relevant.

February 24, 2009
09:32 PM

The movie is good, carries a message.
It excels in all departments.
This review is totally wrong. Seems reader wanted to write something against the bachchans not a review of the movie.

Vivek Sharma
February 24, 2009
11:52 PM


If I were to critique the review you have written in the style you have adopted here,
I will need to know a lot more about you and criticize things about your dressing style, your friends, your eating habits etc.

As far as the movie goes, by Bollywood standards, the movie works on many levels... Given my level of expectation (as low as humanly possible), I was entertained in many scenes. Shots of Old Delhi, esp Jama Masjid, and Chandni Chowk were quite well done. But well, I am deviating from the point, for if I was to comment in your style, I would remark that you were wrong to hang out with people of your parents age, when you were in primary school.I am also surprised that you have not watched movies with Dharam paaji and Dilip Kumar playing lover boys to heroines 1/3rd their age...

February 25, 2009
02:03 AM

This piece should not go under movie review. It sounds more like a critic on Bachchan family than Delhi 6. Please do critisize but do it with integrity.

February 25, 2009
03:14 PM


February 25, 2009
04:04 PM

Everyone these days think they are critics and understand cinema!

February 25, 2009
04:14 PM

Ermm... what film were you watching???? Cos this review does not sound like Delhi 6, maybe you don't have a lot of knowledge on films...

"He has just put together sequences, which do not connect. " All I can say to this is you must like Chandni Chowk To China na? Maybe the film was too intelligent for you? A scene connected to another scene - one about one character the other about another - what is so hard to understand????

"He has a long way to go to become a hero forget being called an 'actor'. " Erm... so thats why he is being recognised for his work in Dostana, Sarkar Raj and Guru... have you seen Yuva? Even his debut Refugee was not what a star son would normally do - he is a fine actor - end of. If you're such an expert put your money where your mouth is - do some acting and i'll be the judge.

And what you have written about Sonam is rubbish, the girl has given a credible perfromance miles apart from Saawariya.

As for your comments on Amitabh Bachchan - he is in the news because the media keeps him there - that is all.

You seem to have a vendetta against star kids and the Bachchans. You should go to therapy or something and do something about those issues


February 25, 2009
04:51 PM

All early reports indicate that the movie has not clicked with the masses. Box office returns and word-to-mouth are not very encouraging for this film. So there is some kernel of truth in the negative reviews this movie is getting. Though I agree, Bubbly is merely dumping on a flop. Whenever a movie is a flop, critics do take it out on the movie, directors and actors. Akshaya Kumar, who gave series of hits last year was turned from hero to a big zero when his last flick flopped.

February 25, 2009
05:02 PM

you obviously dont have any knowledge on films..[Edited] this movie was amazing!! and i agree with think you understand cinema?? you obviously dont!!! abhishekh has given his best and so has sonam. and about the facial hair...[Edited] imm a girl and i would never date a clean shaved guy!!! that review was really stoopid. [Edited]

February 25, 2009
09:50 PM

I don't remember any of your recent films being a hit, except Bhootnath, which had Shah Rukh Khan and the kid. They walked away with the glory.

this line itself shows....[Edited]... wanna pull dwn bachchan movie.....[Edited]

Aditi N
February 25, 2009
10:06 PM

Refrain from personal attacks. You can hate the article and even say so but please save us the trouble of editing your hogwash. Personal attacks against the author are against the comment policy. Grow up people!

Deepti Lamba
February 26, 2009
12:53 AM

I think Abhishek is hot and a good actor. He has that naughty look about him. The actors acted well in the movie but the script was bad. In the end it seemed we all got a moral science lesson and as it is it was a meandering movie.

February 26, 2009
05:01 AM

now u cud write anythng against anyone, n if i hav just replied accordingly, u hav edited my post.

its a long slender u hav managed to write against bachchan's, if this is the freedom of speech then it sud be banned in india just becoz of u crap wnwanted people.
u r making india proud by expressing u freedom this way.

To-- Raj its a good reply

February 26, 2009
05:03 AM

now u cud write anythng against anyone, n if i hav just replied accordingly, u hav edited my post.

its a long slender u hav managed to write against bachchan's, if this is the freedom of speech then it sud be banned in india for sake of journalism.
u r making india proud by expressing u freedom this way.


February 27, 2009
04:58 AM

I must add here - Delhi 6 is really nothing but GREAT!! There were moments in the film that just are gonna stay with me for years to come.. The scene where the cow gives birth to the calf, or be it the character of Rishi Kapoor who doesn forget his first love... I think Rakeysh really deserves nothing but an Oscar for this film.. He is one of the director who has kept the charm of his movies so basic and simple yet sooooo heart felt..
We really need directors like this who bring us closer to our country, our home!!

I think this movie is SPLENDID!! Rakeysh thanks a lot for Delhi 6!

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