Delhi 6 Opens to Bad Reviews

Delhi 6 Review – A Meaningless Kaleidoscope 

Folks, Delhi 6 has opened to bad reviews.

Is anyone out there surprised that an Abhishek Bachchan movie has opened to poor reviews? We’re sure you all remember the Drona disaster.

Delhi 6 has yet to release in the U.S. but here’s a sample of reviews from Indian newspapers: 

Live Mint

After 2006’s Rang de Basanti, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was feted as the chronicler of Indian dreams and disappointments. A title like that is a big cross to bear, especially when it’s time to make your next film. With Delhi-6, Mehra tries to make another what’s-wrong/right-with-India movie and–god I feel so bad saying this–completely loses the plot.

This time too, like in RDB, he attempts to weave together multiple narratives that you hope will meet in that Crash Bang Climax. Instead, he leaves us wondering What Just Happened.


The movie makes an interesting start as it introduces multiple characters and gets into multi-track storytelling. But soon the characters and the tracks start jumbling up, giving way for continuity lapses in the multi-dimensional narrative. It’s surprising that the same multi-layered storytelling that Rakeysh Mehra exploited brilliantly in Rang De Basanti, intermittently handicaps the narration in Delhi-6.

Midways the movie, it’s still difficult to comprehend what’s the central lead of the story amongst Rohan’s love for Bittu, Bittu’s quest for Indian Idol independence, grandma’s loyalty towards motherland or a family feud (Om Puri – Pawan Malhotra sibling rivalry). Unfortunately even the monkey-man track doesn’t help connecting the individual installments and rather works only on peripheral level.


But, alas, the problem is that barring a few individualistic sequences, you don’t carry the film home. The film is engaging in bits and spurts. Worse, it tends to get monotonous, preachy and boring and the end is so bizarre, you actually want to ask the writers, ‘Hey guys, you okay?’

Let’s cut a long story short: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra misses the bus this time.

….On the whole, DELHI 6 has a terribly boring beginning [first hour], an absorbing middle [second half] and a weak end [climax].

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4 Responses to "Delhi 6 Opens to Bad Reviews"

  1. guruji   February 19, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    I am sure you are salivating at the prospect of indulging in another round of India-bashing. Have fun 😉 Responds:

    Oh, No. Mera Bharat Mahaan.

  2. SRINIVAS   February 20, 2009 at 5:18 am

    oh No , Mera Bharat Kahaan – Would be more appropriate

  3. mallukuttan   February 20, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Raja sen review…

    My friends who watched the movie says that this one rocks.. And is one of the best…

    Hmm.. Better wait for SI review… Responds (via iPhone):

    Waiting for Delhi 6 to start. 12 people in theatre.

  4. Asha Tampa   February 20, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    So – whats the verdict? Are you back yet? I’ve jus come back a few min ago after watching Delhi 6. Maybe we cud swap opinions 🙂 Responds:

    You write above: So – whats the verdict?

    Please see Delhi 6 Review – A Meaningless Kaleidoscope

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