Komal Nahta reviews DELHI 6 (along with opening day report and predictions)
UTV Motion Pictures and RakÂeysh Omprakash Mehra Pictures Pvt. Ltd.â€™s Delhi-6 (UA) is about oneâ€™s roots. Roshan (Abhishek BachÂchan), born to a Hindu father, Rajan (Indrajeet SarÂkar), and a Muslim mother, Fatima (Tanvi Azmi), comes to India â€“ Chandni Chowk area of Delhi â€“ from the USA to drop his paternal grandmother (Waheeda Rehman) back as her only wish is to breathe her last amidst neighbours and friends, in their anÂcestral home. Having been born and brought up in the US, Roshan is both, aghast and amused, by what he sees of India.
The love and close bonds people share, the festivals and celebrations of India, the family feuds and the bickerings, the customs and traditions, the modernity going hand-in-hand with the antiquated beliefs, the communal harmony which turns into hatred, all of these consume Roshan who also soon finds himself falling in love with Bittu (Sonam Kapoor), their neighbour and family friendâ€™s daughter. Bittu wants to make a name for herself and, without the knowledge of her family, gets selected in a television reality show for which she has to go to Bombay. Of course, her father, Madan Gopal (Om Puri), will not hear anything of it and so, she decides to run away with a lecherous photoÂgrapher, Suresh (Cyrus SahuÂkar).
Bittu has a paternal uncle, JaiÂgopal (Pawan Malhotra). Bittuâ€™s father and uncle canâ€™t see eye to eye over a family dispute but the ladies of the house are close to one another. The two families live under one roof, divided by a wall. The neighbours comprise Ali Beg (Rishi Kapoor), dim-witted Gobar (Atul Kulkarni), Lalaji (Prem Chopra) who has a wife one-third his age, Mamadu (Deepak Dobriyal), the Muslim sweetmeat shop owner, and another Muslim man, Haji Suleman (K.K. Raina) etc. The area has an arrogant police officer, RanÂvijay Chaudhry (Vijay Raaz). Thereâ€™s also a sweeper, Jalebi (Divya Dutta), who is treated like dirt by almost everybody.
During Roshanâ€™s stay in Delhi, the story of a mysterious monkey man striking in the dark of night is doing the rounds. In the otherwise peaceful Chandni Chowk area, discussions on the monkey man spark off a communal disturbance which threatens to turn into a riot. How Roshan saves the day forms the climax.
The story and screenplay, written by Rakeysh Mehra, Prasoon Joshi and KamÂlesh Pandey, are well-intentioned insofar as they seek to tell the viewer that thereâ€™s a monkey man (evil) hidden in all of us. But the execution of the plot to pass on this message is so weak and boring that it tests the audienceâ€™s patience. Continue reading