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Delhi 6 movie review

February 21, 2009

Delhi 6 makes old Delhi come alive. The narrow bylanes, the havelis (old style houses) and the way people talk and act feels very authentic, although apparently the director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra shot most of the movie in Sambar, (near Jaipur, Rajasthan) which is similar to Old Delhi.

What I liked about the movie is that its visually pleasing which speaks very well for the cinematography (Binod Pradhan). It isn’t breathtaking, but it is interesting and original. The dialogues and acting also seem very natural. The first half of the movie is basically nothing but people meeting and talking, no action at all, and to make this interesting and visually attractive is difficult, but Mehra does it. Anyone who likes action and/or a coherent story will be disappointed though. I didn’t mind it too much as I was in that kind of mood when I saw the movie. I enjoyed seeing the colourful people, the song and dance, and was able to take the overdose of culture and religion too.

The problem with the movie is that one doesn’t know where it’s heading. Song and dance and culture is fine, but by the time the interval arrives one is not sure what the director intends, and what the theme is. Sure, there is this “villain,” the so-called “kala bandar” (black monkey) but one wonders how exactly he will fit into the scheme of things. Mehra does a fine job with the setting, but he forgets about the story, if there is one.

At times one feels one is watching some kind of fairy tale, with the frequent sequences of Ram Leela thrown in. Sure, it is all supposed to be related to the theme of the movie, but…err, what exactly is that?

As the movie nears the end one discovers that there is a plot. I have a strong feeling that Mehra wanted to end this movie as a tragedy (remember his previous film Rang de Basanti?) but he just about avoided it this time. As for the black monkey, Mehra uses this device to talk of the moral of the story…of the evil lurking within us which makes us hit out at others. As a concept it seems fine, but not only is it overdone, it comes out very preachy. One ridiculous thing in the story is the way Roshan (Abhishek Bachchan) acts at the end…it’s stupid and bizarre! Not only are his actions completely out of character, even a ten year old child would have known better than to act the way he does. This suggests that the director wanted a certain thing to happen and manipulated his character to drive home a moral “lesson.” I can only call it artificial.

There is a romantic overtone to the relationship between Roshan and Bittu (Sonam Kapoor) but I wasn’t quite sure why he is romancing his cousin. At first I thought maybe I’m mistaken, that Bittu isn’t his cousin, but then in later sequences Bittu’s father clearly tells Roshan, “Tumhari behen ki shaadi ho rahi hai” (Your sister is getting married). And then we see Roshan romancing Bittu and I couldn’t help but say Eeeww!

The actors and characters
Abhishek Bachchan is fine as Roshan, the slightly easy-going foreign returned son of a Hindu father and Muslim mother, and Sonam is good too. In fact all the actors do a good job and that is probably the reason why the dialogues seem so natural. Om Puri’s performance as Madan Gopal (Bittu’s father) and Vijay Raaz’s as Inspector Ranvijay stand out.

Is the movie worth seeing?
Dilli 6 didn’t leave me with a good feeling. Except for the music (AR Rehman) which was devastatingly brilliant. As for the movie, for me at least, it was the preachy tone that was off-putting as also the lack of a cohesive story. After seeing and enjoying Billu last week-end (couldn’t do the review as I didn’t have my internet connection on then) this movie is very disappointing. Billu had a theme, it had a story, the acting performances were good. Most important, the movie brought out a tear or two, made you feel for the character of Billu. Also the story of Billu seemed fresh and original, unlike that of Dilli 6 which talks of the same old Hindu Muslim tensions and the bigotry and religious superstitions in our society. One thing though… Delhi 6 brings out the social milieu very well.

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  1. February 21, 2009 11:10 am

    Thank you so much for the review Nita!
    yes,Binod Pradhan’s cinematogrpahy is usually good..(I think:D)
    Two cousins?let me also go ewww…!you have described the music so darn well!”devastatingly brilliant. ”:))
    yeah it certainly is!but what else doe one expect from AR if not sheer brilliance!
    thanks for the review..I know what to avoid…for sure..:)

    • February 22, 2009 5:25 pm

      Indyeah
      Yes music is good but it certainly not the best of Rehman”jai Ho”

  2. February 21, 2009 11:11 am

    6 is my favourite number and Delhi is where I am!

    I’ll see the film (later than sooner because I am not watching films for some months presently).

    Oxy recently registered his disappointment with the film and Reema remarked that ‘her fate was sealed’! No wonder you also have mixed feelings about it.

    This line was so funny: As the movie nears the end one discovers that there is a plot! :lol:

  3. February 21, 2009 11:38 am

    I liked the songs,especially masakali…for me no movies till march 21 :P

  4. February 21, 2009 12:09 pm

    songs are good ..
    and looks like a good movie to watch too..

    by the way ..ur header is just amazing ..
    one of the best u have kept ..
    whihc place ??

  5. February 21, 2009 12:28 pm

    Good to have you back! :) I was about to start asking people what they thought of the movie. I’m glad yours was the first review I read :)

    -g

  6. February 21, 2009 1:25 pm

    Nita:

    I saw the promos of the film while I was in India. I am curious but not sufficiently as to endure a train ride to watch it.

    The songs curiously sound more UP-like than Delhi-like. Esp the Genda Phool song.

    As for the ‘eeeuw’, well as you say, Abhishek’s character has parents from two different religions and at least in one of them – and in many subsets of the other – it is perfectly acceptable to romance or marry their cousins. In fact several Muslim friends of mine are married to their first cousins. So the ‘eeeuw’ is natural to Hindus, perhaps but not to Muslims. Chandni Chowk (the 6 in Delhi-6) has a sizable Muslim population so may be the director was being true to real life? :-)

  7. February 21, 2009 1:29 pm

    Forgot to say, nice to see you back. I know you have moved house often (as have I) but it does remain a stressful experience, until all boxes are opened and settled and a new mnemonic for remembering what’s where has been put into place. :-/

    Happy settling in!

    • February 21, 2009 1:40 pm

      Shefaly, as you mentioned moving house I need to reply to it first. You are absolutely right, I am darned stressed right now and that is a mild word! I guess that is why I managed to enjoy this movie where everyone was doing nothing! :) The boxes are piled up in one room and just thinking of them is giving me a headache! Only the kitchen is really set. This week-end I thought I would do some unpacking but I am so exhausted I doubt whether I will. Getting those paintings fixed on the well, getting the plumber and carpenter etc has drained me completely! I am not sure whether I will be able to post on Monday but I am going to try…right now sitting down and typing away at my keyboard seems to be the most peaceful thing I have done in the past two weeks!

      • February 21, 2009 3:37 pm

        I fully understand, Nita. The kitchen is always what I set up first as well. In my current house, builders were in for nearly 4 weeks after the move. Every evening, I would vacuum, dust, clean before making tea and dinner. Next morning, as the shampoo label says, lather, rinse, repeat. :-)

        Enjoy the snatched moments of peace!

        PS: Isn’t WP 2.7.1 great with nested comments? I also think they need to enable fully the Intense Debate tracking feature into it in some future version.

  8. February 21, 2009 1:43 pm

    Wow! you enabled nested comments and comment threading! Looks cool just like the latest header! I will try to find a few interesting comments by evening and leave nested replies of course! :D

    • February 21, 2009 9:41 pm

      Vikas, yeah I did and here I am tempted to try it out again and again! :) Thanks for letting me know!

      • February 21, 2009 9:52 pm

        I am the one who is tempted the most by such structural/cosmetic changes! It looks different on different themes. Great utility!

        Enthused, I wrote such a looooooooong comment to the WP blog post that they are still holding it for moderation! I then sent them a long email that they should not smell a rat and that I am not leaving long comments on posts because I want to drive traffic to my blog but because it is my wont! They said they don’t have time to read long comments and they are not deliberately withholding it!

        Poonam and others are yet to adopt it; even a techie like Chirag!

      • March 5, 2009 1:41 pm

        I had erred in understanding nesting of comments (and probably you too). Degrees (3 or 10) refer to no. of nested comments and not degrees of nesting! So, we should keep it at the max 10!

        WP says: “You control the conversation by setting the number of levels allowed in your comment threads, from 1 to 10. (Ten levels deep means nine replies under each comment — that’s a lot!)”

        • March 5, 2009 1:59 pm

          I knew what they meant as I was continuously experimenting. They recommend 3, as at times the conversation can go off-topic but I don’t really mind that! I think 10 is fine! But I wonder if you found out if the replies go to only the person who has replied or to everyone who has subscribed.

          • March 5, 2009 2:06 pm

            I had erred there too! The replies go to all (and that is ideal and desirable). Not yet experimented on that though but deduced it from the replies notifications coming to my mailbox from blogs where I left my replies. All replies to posts are coming in my mailbox whether or not it was a threaded reply to my comment.

          • March 5, 2009 2:54 pm

            However Nita, it is still somewhat important to mention the person’s name even while giving threaded reply. When we give nested replies we tend to assume the person’s name will be self-explanatory because we are replying just under that comment. That looks fine here but not in the mailbox. So if someone is following the replies in the mailbox, he/she may not get the true picture.

            • March 5, 2009 3:18 pm

              Vikas, thanks for reminding me of this. Will be careful about it from now on.

              • March 5, 2009 3:35 pm

                Yes Nita, but let’s just write the person’s name just like you wrote above: ‘vikas, thanks for….’ and not use @ vikas (as in yesteryear!) which looks a bit awkward.

                And yes, let’s pray timethief gets well sooner than later. If she were enjoying normal health like us, she would really have given bloggers/writers a run for their money.

  9. February 21, 2009 1:46 pm

    Indyeah, Vikas, and gauri, welcome and thanks!

    Vishesh, March 21st eh. Well, that doesn’t seem to be so far away!

    Arvind, thanks. Its a lake in Kamshet, called Vadivalli. It was really wonderful walking right up to the water’s edge!

    Shefaly, you have a point there about the cousins. Even then I just felt it was so backward!

  10. February 21, 2009 1:47 pm

    Hey Nita! Hope your move was good and you all settled. Welcome back.

    You echoed the same which many of my friends said about Delhi 6. Two bad things.. ‘Preachy’ and ‘no plot’. No romantic angle either.

    I haven’t watched it yet but I think may be a sad ending would have made a better impact.

  11. February 21, 2009 2:24 pm

    Interesting review.
    I need to see the movie though, to leave any meaningful comments…

  12. February 21, 2009 4:40 pm

    What about Dev D Ma’m ? Did you watch it ? I was blown away by it . :)

  13. Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
    February 21, 2009 6:25 pm

    @ Nita, Shefaly:

    Just picking up on the tangent you have introduced. Marriage between cousins is not unique to the Muslims. Many Hindu communities traditionally followed a similar custom, taking care than gotra taboos were not violated. Thus it was not uncommon among such communities for a boy to marry his mother’s brother’s daughter, but not the other way round, (i.e. his father’s sister’s daughter).

    Some communities in the south, I understand, went a step further. A man had the first option to marry his sister’s daughter. So there is nothing “eeuw” about it, even tbhough you and I may find it strange. It is sanctioned as long as consanguinity (defined through the patrnal line) is avoided.

    • February 21, 2009 11:13 pm

      Thanks, Vivek.
      I was about to mention the same, though I wasn’t aware of the customs in the communities of the south, so good to know that.

    • February 22, 2009 1:44 pm

      Vivek:

      Actually I did not say only Muslims have this practice. I wrote: “Abhishek’s character has parents from two different religions and at least in one of them – and in many subsets of the other – it is perfectly acceptable to romance or marry their cousins.” So my comment did cover the subgroups amongst Hindus who have similar practices. I know about the Mama having first rights in certain Tam communities as well (although my suspicion that this is the reason why many Tam women self-identify as ‘Maami’ may be misplaced; it would be the equivalent of calling a woman ‘sasuri’ – technically ‘sasur ki beti’ ergo wife – in N India. Now _this_ is a tangent and half, so I shall stop.)

      • Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
        February 22, 2009 9:44 pm

        Shefaly:

        Yes, you do say that, but apparently cancel it out, further down, with ” So the ‘eeeuw’ is natural to Hindus, perhaps but not to Muslims.” As it often happens in speed-reading, what one reads last is what registers best. Sorry about that.

        Re. Tamil women self-identifying as ‘Maami’, I don’t know if that is true. I have only heard it used jocularly in the third person. Must check out with a “propah” Tamil who really knows his/her own cultural history, not merely as an exercise in jingoism (and before anyone goes for my jugular, let me hasten to add that I am not accusing Tamil exclusively of this trait; it’s true, in varying degrees, of all of us Indians. We are like that only. :-)

        • rags permalink
          February 22, 2009 11:51 pm

          I think I qualify for a ‘propah’ Tamil so I can comment on this.:) Maami is not a word many women (esp. the young) would want to identify with. It means someone much older like an aunt.(And mama usually means uncle, but in some houses it could also mean husband). However this rule doesn’t apply to all communites. Tambram women are commonly called maamis inspite of their young age, but I’m sure they don’t enjoy it. :)

          • February 23, 2009 11:20 am

            Dear ‘Propah’ Tam friend:

            Thanks for clarifying. It is funny that all the Tam women I know self-describe as Maami so either they are pre-empting others or they really enjoy it :-)

            • Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
              February 23, 2009 12:41 pm

              Shefaly:

              “Pre-empting” is probably right. It’s like a sardarji telling a sardarji joke.

  14. February 21, 2009 6:34 pm

    This movie has been going full house for the past two days!

    Hoping tommor will be able to catch it.

  15. February 21, 2009 6:58 pm

    If analysed for different departments of production,Dilli6 is outstanding.Camera work,music,acting,direction and all
    other production values are very good.
    Yes,it is a bit let down as far as story is conerned.May be even the story will be a hit with Dilliwalas.
    I would give Dilli6 4 out of 5

  16. February 21, 2009 8:33 pm

    I saw it today.
    1. I didn’t get the relations till the end of the movie!! Brother Sister seriously??? Shefaly may be right but I dont think ROPM will take such a huge risk.

    2. Music was really nice and the movie was endurable till intermission. After that I just waited for it to end.

    3. I am fed up with AB making an appearance in his kid’s movies. I seriously think its buy one get one free offer in Bachchan family.

    4. The ending was ridiculous. It reminded me of Harry Potter talking to Dumbledore in the 7th part while he is dead apparently. [If U have read it u will know what I am talking about :)]
    The miraculous resuscitation was actually ridiculous.

  17. February 21, 2009 10:15 pm

    I loved the song Genda Phool :)

  18. February 21, 2009 10:18 pm

    yes! yes! you are finally back :P

    i think it would be a special movie….specially for a delhiite like me…….its always pleasurable to see the tits and bits of every corner of this city
    and masakali is the best part :P

  19. February 22, 2009 7:42 am

    This was one of the movies I was waiting for…I think I like Abishek B and I think he is best suited to roles like this, which are not typically masala movies..Its interesting that you found romancing a cousin eeew..I would wait till I see the movie..because sometimes I like the movie when it is just about conversations..and characters..and this seems to be one such

  20. February 22, 2009 8:52 am

    Solilo, maybe a sad ending would have made a better impact but it would have seemed even more contrived! Once you see the film you will know what I mean.

    Chiranjib, thanks.

    Kislay, I liked Dev D. Somehow during this period when I was busy with personal matters many interesting movies were released and I missed reviewing them! But did not miss seeing them! :)

    Vivek, yeah as you say in many communities it happens. But for me the eww feeling remains as I guess I was brought up differently, to think of such marriages as harmful for the coming progeny.

    Aathira, full house eh. Yeah, I guess the stars make them come! Like it made me!

    BK, production values are good but a film needs to have good content. But ofcourse whether the film has content or not is entirely a subjective view.

    Reema, yeah the second half was quite bizarre! About the cousins, Om Puri clearly says “behen.” I don’t know whether he just meant it metaphorically…you know the way at times the word “behen” is used. However I am quite sure that Roshan was related to Bittu. His grandmom is recieved by Bittu’s father and his brother, taken to hospital by them etc. However the director cleverly underplayed the relationship, I think for the same reasons you cited.

    Vikas, I think its a great idea, the nesting of comments, and I am even thinking of increasing the depth from 3 to more. At times people just like to chat with each other and therefore this is useful. What do you think about increasing it to a depth of more than 3? Overall I am finding many comments slipping into moderation and I wonder if it is related to the new thing.

    Arpit, masakali is a pigeon. And as you said its good to see a film about one’s own city…here ofcourse you will find another type of Delhite, which also is very interesting.

    Rambler, yes at times the conversations and the people can be very engaging if it is well done and in this movie it was well done.

    Shefaly, same here…I mean after opening every box or arranging something or the other I am dusting, cleaning and mopping! And you can imagine the dust and dirt around here!

    • February 22, 2009 9:16 am

      Good idea Nita! Run a pilot-test and see for yourself!

      The depths vary theme wise! On my theme (Albeo) 3 degrees or 9 degrees has the same effect! But yours should probably be different.

      Anyway this theme probably needs a nesting of more than 3 degrees because it’s not looking nested enough (I think you have a similar feeling on this).Check it out and increase the depth if you like it.

      Do the pilot-tests on a old post so that your test comments do not land in your readers’ mailbox (or you may be having a blog only for testing just like many WP users)! Good luck. People are taking time to adapt to this feature but the future is bright, just the same.

      P.S.: Nita, methinks, you don’t have to reply to every comment unless urgent. It takes so much time and you should give this time to writing and researching and your personal life too. I know you love your readers and you have your heart in the right place. It is unfortunate that some visitors do take offence if their comments are not acknowledged, however sweet-nothings it may be, as Roopscoop once confessed to me. I even wanted to suggest blogosphere manager Poonam to devise a set of protocol on this. You are a good woman and you will probably disagree with me on this but I think readers and visitors should understand this (it is axiomatic/ self-evident to any wise person of course).

      You have more than 1.5 million hits to this date and you are contributing to the society in more ways than one and we readers must thank you for that and do our bit to give you more time for your research, writings and even personal life. I pray more and more readers think like me instead of expecting replies to their every comment. Don’t mind the suggestion here; I speak my mind and I just imagined myself in your shoes! I have seen your apology/apologies to your commenters on this blog when you could not reply to them individually.

      BTW, my exam season is coming up and you will see less of me here but I’ll surely keep an eye here (and your articles are going to be of great help for my essays and General studies papers). Thanks. :D

      • February 22, 2009 9:36 am

        Thanks Vikas, I wish more readers were as understanding as you. In fact I find it extremely difficult to answer all comments as it takes time away from writing articles. However much I enjoy interacting with commentators, it takes too much time. Thanks for your advice and I am slowly going to follow your advice and start to answer comments which need replies. It is not possible for me to manage otherwise. And its not just my personal life but my professional life too is affected.

      • February 22, 2009 10:34 am

        You may want to add a PS to your next post and/or add on this in your blog policies/display this in the sidebar for some time humbly explaining it to your readers. You know “common sense is not so common” and some guys may take offence. But only you know your readers; add a PS only you really deem it proper.

      • February 22, 2009 10:41 am

        …and I am also wondering why the comments here are slipping into moderation unless they have hyperlink(s)! May be you accidentally tampered with the ‘discussion settings’ or may be there is a bug!

        • February 22, 2009 11:23 am

          There seems to be a bug because I checked my discussion setting. Sigh! Now I will have to write to the wp support guys again! This has happened to me earlier too.

          • February 22, 2009 11:29 am

            The bug is theme-specific! On my theme (Albeo) no problems of this kind!

            • February 22, 2009 11:31 am

              The ‘bug’ is buggging randomly. My comment above was published without being held for moderation.

              • February 22, 2009 11:54 am

                By the way I made my nesting comments function 10 level deep, just for fun! It’s having an interesting effect and at present at least it seems to be useful. This mean that anyone who is not interested in the conversation on comments can skip this conversation entirely! Also I am thinking of writing an explanatory note about answering comments on the sidebar, but am not sure what to write as I will continue to answer some comments!

                • February 22, 2009 12:03 pm

                  OMG Nita! It really looks wonderful here!

                  What is more, if I am not incorrect, if you give a nested reply the email only goes to that person which means it is more focussed (not sure on this really)!

          • vasudev permalink
            February 22, 2009 3:22 pm

            and i thought it was only me getting into moderation!

  21. February 22, 2009 9:51 am

    Songs were good, but some how i found wrongly placed.
    Neither the songs were shown in full.
    Movie first off was like slow paced, and build up some good expectations for second half, while second half was just OK.
    I doubt if there was any story behind it as well.

  22. February 22, 2009 10:01 am

    Watched the movie last night. Even I felt that by the time of interval – I had no clue where the movie was going. The theme was cliched and acting was sloppy. You have given a nice account of the movie – interesting read.

  23. February 22, 2009 11:47 am

    thnx for the review ….. now I know when not to go for a movie …… when there is a person named Abhishek Bachchan casted in it…. :x

  24. February 22, 2009 5:05 pm

    I found the Movie Swades type, where an Indian, brought up in west and comes back to India. He finds few odd things done and practiced on a regular basis.
    The Songs are Awsome.
    One More thing, Bittu is not Roshan’s causin, There are only Neighbors.
    And n the Movie, where Bittu’s father says “tumhari bahen ki shadi ho rahi hai” is just a verbal attack- He actually meant that He as done what he wanted, and Roshan couldn’t stop him.

  25. February 22, 2009 5:30 pm

    just convinced Indyeah to watch the movie…

    I think its a very contemporary and a very relevant film… it makes you uncomfortable as it shows the mirror to us….

    but I still think its a lovely film…

  26. February 22, 2009 5:42 pm

    C’mmon Nita, don’t be tough on the guy! It was a fantastic movie as far as I’m concerned. And there exactly is a relation between the Ram-Leela sequences, the kala bandar and the plot. Its called Metaphor. I’ve explained it in my review if you wish to take a look. That’s this director’s thing. He uses these metaphors so brilliantly.

    And btw, they weren’t cousins. They were just neighbours and thats the thing in India, every neighbour refers to each other’s kids as brother and sister. It happened in my neighborhood for sure. Didn’t you see the sarcasm in Om Puri when he said that? He he…

  27. February 22, 2009 7:05 pm

    Asif, Rakesh, you are probably right about the cousins, but well I was not sure about it..but no I didn’t catch the sarcasm.
    And Rakesh, about the metaphor, yeah I got that, but felt it was overdone. Also I am simply giving my opinion about the movie which I didn’t like much, I don’t do reviews to be “tough” or “easy” on directors. I have no stake in being so. I am just a movie-goer, like you are.

    • February 22, 2009 11:32 pm

      Yup sure, I mean that comment wasn’t meant to be offensive!

  28. February 22, 2009 8:19 pm

    while u were gone u were awarded best post :)

    http://opinionsandexpressions.wordpress.com/2009/02/08/birthdayresult-and-best-post/

  29. February 23, 2009 12:01 am

    I think I spoke a little too soon..I agree with you..this one makes you think..what the maker was thinking when he made this movie

  30. February 23, 2009 10:36 am

    I liked the term you used for Rehman’s music – “Devastatingly Brilliant”…. WOW!!
    and now since Mr. Rehman has the Oscar(s) in his bag…the adjective used seems even more appropriate.

  31. February 23, 2009 10:55 am

    I will give it a shot at home just to see “Abhi” ;)

  32. Chirag Chamoli permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:05 am

    Hey Nita, good to have to back.

    Delhi 6, searched it online have not found it yet. I am sure in a week or so, will be able to download. As per the review and comments can’t watch ot in the theater. As for music, that i’ll get today.

  33. February 23, 2009 3:54 pm

    Hey Nita,
    Nice to see you back…..
    And I guess I will wait for DvD of this movie…..
    Howz new home? Happy? Frightened? Blushing? Sad? Indifferent? Cool? Funky? or confused? :D

  34. February 23, 2009 10:00 pm

    off topic : finally slumdog bagged 3 oscars
    i think that would be enough to shut the mouth of AB senior :P

  35. vasudev permalink
    February 23, 2009 10:29 pm

    an oscar for every dog, is it?

    • February 23, 2009 10:35 pm

      It is Oscars for the film and for the film makers and for anyone who loves films! .. and not for dogs! :(

      • Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
        February 24, 2009 7:00 am

        One thing is for sure: it is NOT an Oscar for Bollywood, where will now undoubtedly witness a sickeningly prolonged round of the Oye pappey!!! brand of mutual back-slapping. The fact is both Rehman and Pookutty are “Madrasi” aliens, and the only Bollywood “original”, Gulzar, is a 50% shareholder in whatever it was that he got that trinket for. Other than that, let’s face it, it is basically a British film which happens to be about an aspect of India.

        All this euphoria and hype are like what we witnessed when Sunita Williams, a US national, was sent into space by NASA or Har Gobind Khorana, a US national (anyone remember him? I know he’s not quite in the same class as the film / cricket / beauty contest crowd), won the Nobel Prize.

        And all this hoo-ha about an award that does not really represent any great achievements beyond box-office success.

        • February 24, 2009 8:14 am

          This is unimportant info for me Mr. Vivek. I am very delighted over the film’s success. You may read my elaborate replies to Ashish’s comments on my SM post. I am quoting here from it:

          All said and done, SM is a great film and has done lots to make India and the Indian issues known to the global public and media. I am delighted over the 8 Oscars (the icing on the cake is of course Gulzar saab’s and Rahaman’s and Resul’s oscars)! That it is made by a British and not an Indian or for that matter by Boyle and not Ghai does not have any significance for me. I am delighted irrespective of its genetic make up. I am concerned about the cause and not who gets the credit.

          SM will be, I believe, an eye-opener for many Indian film makers and we may find Oscar-worthy films from Indians in future (this however, does not mean that our films -present or past- are not great without the Oscar tag).

          SM may not have India written all over it but it but it has India writ large on its forehead! That is reason enough to rejoice at the success of the film and I do not have any guilty feeling while I partake in the festivities.

          Colonial Mentality dies hard indeed! I do not harbour that mentality rest assured. I have always disliked the Indian tendency (I call it the TOI attitude) to grab everyone remotely Indian from Jhumpa to Manoj or Kalpana or Bobby!

          • Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
            February 24, 2009 8:36 am

            Vikas:

            //I have always disliked the Indian tendency (I call it the TOI attitude) to grab everyone remotely Indian from Jhumpa to Manoj or Kalpana or Bobby!//

            Sorry, other than Jhumpa (I assume you mean Lahiri) none of those names rings a bell. Not that I suppose the information would be of any importance for me, but this “first-names only” business does have its limitations. I think you will agree.

            • February 24, 2009 8:55 am

              Hmm! I agree, more or less.

              Manoj (N. Shayamlan)
              Kalpana (Chawla)
              Bobby (Jindal)

              P.S.: You are a regular commenter and debater on Nita’s blog and I have always wondered why ‘you’ don’t have a blog! It is good thing though; sometimes I have wished I was only a reader and commenter. Do ping me whenever you start a blog.

              • Vivek S. Khadpekar permalink
                February 24, 2009 9:41 am

                Sure, I will. IF I do. Seeing how much energy and effort — not to mention time — Nita expends on it, I think that IF will remain that way forever.

            • rags permalink
              February 24, 2009 9:44 am

              I hope this will mean regional langauage movies will get more recognition internationally (so long its been dwarfed by Bollywood movies). There are so many talented Mallu and Tamil film makers (I’m sure there are many from other langauges too, only that I haven’t seen them), about time they were recognised.

  36. vasudev permalink
    February 23, 2009 10:29 pm

    how do i use smileys?

    • February 23, 2009 10:38 pm

      Remove the space in the first case and who get what the animated smiley:

      : ) is :) : ( is :(
      : D is :D : o is :o

      There are more but presently these shall suffice!

      • vasudev permalink
        February 24, 2009 2:06 pm

        uh! oh! (what’s the smiley for head scratching?) :o)

        thanks professor!

  37. rags permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:00 pm

    Indians have been dreaming of Oscars for so long about time….. and if anyone deserves one for music, it is ARR. Made me happy to see him speak a few words in Tamil and Hindi. Too bad all this had to come through a Brit….

    • February 23, 2009 11:07 pm

      I don’t find that bad at all. It’s a good thing. The British have given us a lot of bad, good and great things!

  38. February 24, 2009 12:23 am

    And this is coming from the person who made Rang de Basanti! I can’t believe it! I will probably watch it on DVD. I really like the Masakkali song though! It is very catchy!

  39. February 24, 2009 12:35 am

    in my view …First half is good…second half could be better…abhishek gave his best ……

  40. Dev permalink
    February 24, 2009 2:53 am

    Hope your moving went smooth Nita! Thanks for the review..didnt read it fully though as I want to go into the film without any bias. It seems this film has mixed reactions..

  41. February 24, 2009 11:40 am

    I m sure that this blog inspired WP guys to make comment threading. :P :D

    • February 24, 2009 12:43 pm

      @Reema, I agree with you. This is one of the most commented blog on WP. Or I would say, this blog gets more “valid” comments than any other blog on WP. I mean more than just “yeah, cool”, “#$#$ rocks” etc etc :D

    • February 24, 2009 12:44 pm

      oi, why my comments went to moderation queue? Strict filtering, isn’t it?

      • February 24, 2009 12:47 pm

        No Suda, something wrong with the filtering. A lot of comments are going into moderation and I have no idea why. I have complained though

        • February 24, 2009 2:13 pm

          yes the only place where people debate on a movie review post :D

          • February 24, 2009 2:35 pm

            Nita, May be Akismet is just bored and doing it for fun :D

            Reema,
            I am thinking of starting a campaign of breaking one of the most important rule of Nita…. may be you will like it. Lets not discuss it here :D , lets meet at our secret troublemaker’s headquarters at 12, Grimmauld Place. :D

  42. gary permalink
    February 25, 2009 9:54 pm

    Hahaha
    even i noticed that 2 cousins thing
    but i liked as i am frm India but now i live in Spain and i miss India so much….
    one time watch movie:)

  43. February 27, 2009 2:50 am

    I have heard that people have either liked this movie a lot or have totally disliked it.
    Even I am shifting from my house here in Manchester this Saturday. Even though I haven’t started packing, it is anyways giving me a headache! :)

  44. February 27, 2009 12:28 pm

    Hi Delhi lovers… agree with u guys..

    damn good movie..I just loved Delhi6 specially the song MASAKALI supercool picturization and msuic…Awesome!!!

  45. February 27, 2009 12:29 pm

    heii u all… agree with u guys..

    damn good movie..I just loved Delhi6 specially the song MASAKALI supercool picturization and msuic…Awesome!!!

  46. Natasha86 permalink
    February 27, 2009 3:46 pm

    Delhi-6 is a great, thought-provoking film with a brilliant ensemble of cast and the best technicians the industry has to offer.A great script, real characters who you can relate to…though it’s called Delhi 6, it portrays a generic problem faced by any city…though, North Indians specially Dilliwallahs will surely relate to and love this film.Delhi-6 also has some great music, another masterstroke from AR Rahman, the guy just keeps getting better with every album.Last but not the least, another brilliant film from the ace director, Rakeysh of RDB fame…great cinematic experience.

  47. Joss permalink
    March 24, 2009 4:58 pm

    Good to see you’re back, Nita. I shall look forward to seeing both Delhi 6 and Billu. I like the musical director of the former and the star of the latter. Why, oh why, can’t they get together more often? That would be just perfect.

    • March 24, 2009 5:48 pm

      Dev D is also a nice movie. Worth a see. Better than Delhi 6.

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