- Feb 21, 2009
People, I started this thread to post my thoughts on Delhi 6, then an Idea struck me, Why not make this into my Corner, where I can post my views on everything under the sun, Including my Favorite subject, Mid East Affairs and Journalism and my encounters there, and Not to Forget, some of my Favorite articles by some of my favorite Journalists will be posted here! Hope you all will enjoy it, God Speed.
PS: Thanks Invincible, for making the thread sticky and putting up the name
I Saw Delhi 6. I had read the not so Glowing Reviews, and people telling that its a bad movie. But I still saw it You know why? Because I had to, I just had to.
This, people is not a Review, rather a collection of thoughts on Delhi 6.
I basically feel, the Director set out to make a movie, based on a collection of his thoughts and feelings and Not based on a Particular Storyline. To be frank, It was refreshing to see this approach. I mean the movie didnt follow any particular path. It had bizzare incidents spewed across it, even more bizzare characters running through the screen.
First off, Let me ask myself, Is this movie a Honest take on Delhi, or Rather India??? YES, Its as honest as it can get on screen in a mainstream hindi movie friends. Are the Characters Believable, YES again. Is the Story or rather the Incidents scattered across the movie plausible? YES, they are Real, They can Happen. We all know how a Monkey wrecked havoc not that long ago. I dont remember it exactly, But I remember Headlines Today or some channel like that Running around covering it and bringing forward stupid theories. So We cant blame the Director for Bringing in "Kala Bandar". It truly was a Sensation while it lasted!
Here is an Excertp from a Newspaper in 2001 about the Description of the Monkey Man sightings which wrecked havoc back in 2001.
"Descriptions of the Monkey Man of India, first mentioned in police calls on May 13, 2001, have shown little consistency. So far, some described the entity as having a metal claw or claws, while others likened it to a cat with glowing eyes. Another claimed it had flaming red eyes and that green lights glowed upon its chest. These descriptions were but a few among many."
After reading the Description I feel the Director has stuck to reality. Anyone saying the Kala Bandar episode in Delhi 6 was exaggerated has lost touch with the past, I say dig up a newspaper!
About the Lack of Story, Yes the Movie does not have a story, It was meant to be like that I feel, Its interlaced with a series of Incidents which show the Hero's Journey through Delhi. These Scenes Show the Bizarreness of us Indians, Our Staunch Religious Leanings which sometimes lead us to Lunacy! It couldn't get better in bringing these odd behaviour of ours into the Open.
The Music is surely a Plus Point, Its great Infact, and there are numerous songs, one after the other, but they are short, but I feel atleast 2 songs could have been avoided if they wanted.
The Acting, well Abhishek was okay, and stood out in the Climax when he blows up on his Grandmother when She asks him to leave everything to God. Sonam was great, She excelled in quite a few scenes. Especially with the Dialogue "Indian idol makes a somebody out of Nobody"
That part showed us how, Girls are treated in many of our Families, I mean, sometimes Fathers forget that Girls have dreams, aims and want to achieve things in life and lead sucessful lives, just like a Son. I really loved the way Sonam presented the Dialogues in that scene.
As for the Others, well they were all apt, especially Divya Dutta as the untouchable.
As for the Climax, I need to say Honestly, I felt something amiss there, I mean it lacked something, a movie like this, even though proceeding in a set pace, should have had much more of an impactful climax. I liked the way, Amitabh was brought it, and Abhisheks conversation with him. It was well thought out to be frank. But still It missed something somewhere, especially the Dialogue about a Kala Bandar in each of us, I feel it was not related well, i mean the simile was lost but Still I was SATISFIED.
So what do I say? Shall I ask any of you to Watch this movie or Give it a Miss? Well I wouldnt say either, Because its your money, your time and Your Wish. And liking a movie is based on Perceptions, so what I adore you may abhor. But Still I would say, dont write off Delhi 6. Its not a Badly Made movie by any standard. God Speed.