Saturday, February 21, 2009

What went wrong with Delhi 6?

Delhi 6, entered , with hopes, promises of delight and of course, Masakalli and her white freshness perched on top of Bittoo’s head. Something got lost , however, while R.K.Mehra tried materializing metaphors. From being a “Burger-chaap” centric plot ,
It has took a wrong detour to becoming a Monkey Chaap danth manjan that’s a little too ruddy to chew.
The black monkey, we understand , has been conceived as the dark, wild, animal within each of us who acts on no rhyme or reason. Yes , we understand that personifications, metaphors, messages must drive the movie , but , in Delhi 6 , theres been either an oversimplification of things or a ridiculity of taking some aspects over seriously that leads to a shoddy climax.
When the victimized Monkey man is shot in the end, and in deep agony Bittoo lets out a scream , whats more heartbreaking, is to hear the audience laugh out in amusement at the melodrama unfolding in jerks before them, in , what was supposed to be a new age contemporary urban edged film.
The rustic theme, the fresh sounds , the feel good start, are mired by jerky transitions, an over dosage of ‘ yeh hai India’ sequences.
It all seems to take confused montages into an even more 90’s style climaxes where all the cast is crammed into the frame , and all the loops(if any) are tied up one by one, in sequence, like the abrupt closing of various files. And the audience is left in the seat after ‘the end’ trying to digest, ‘What? That’s it? And was that heaven by any chance? Give me a break!’
The song though never fails to give you a good morning smile!
Ay Masakalli masakalli, tu matakali matakali…


Anonymous said...

Oh Somebody Never Understood the beautiful narration of the story

Vidooshak said...

LOL @Anon. At the very fact of BEING anon. I'd guess aged 7 years?

Agree with the review. Completely stunned by the end. I believe ROM had a better end but UTV forced him to opt for a hurried, feel-good end for box-office. Wish UTV had let him be and we'd have had a worthy successor to RDB.

Great songs, though, except the NY one!

Anonymous said...

Its not age that matters.
Understanding IQ matters.
But there's something right in what you have said Mr.Vidoo


Sanat Prabhu said...

Untouchability, communal clashes, monkey-man-episode, family feuds, NRI-boy-meets-gaav-ki-chori love story... Rakyesh omprakash mehra probably had so many plots in his mind tat he didn't know which one to cash on... So Instead of makin seperate movies on each of them, he decided to take upon an easier route and culminated all those stories into ONE SINGLE movie ... and alas.. the audience was left wandering what the director actually wanted to convey ... The editing team was on holiday it seems with poor integration of sub-plots ... And the climax was like 'are u kidding..'.... Music is the saving grace but even tat doesn't help the cause with some of them especially 'Arziyaan' slackening the pace of the movie .. AFter making cult flicvks like AKS and RDB, Mr.Mehra has missed the bus this time