Folks, for the first time in so many years there were 17 people (12 initially + 5 more trooped in just as the movie started) for the 12:30PM show of a Bollywood movie in the U.S. on a Friday!
That’s a record because usually there are no more than three or four jobless guys (to use a phrase that we’ve been slammed with recently by Bala’s fanboys for daring to see a movie on a weekday) for the opening show.
The relatively large audience for Delhi 6 notwithstanding, the best one can say about Abhishek Bachchan’s latest misadventure is that it does not plumb the septic depths like his last disaster Drona.
Alien to Acting
Make no mistake.
Abhishek Bachchan is still the same lobotomized duffer, completely foreign to the notion of acting.
As is his wont, the lazy dolt sleepwalks through the movie never making even the feeblest attempt to give the paying audience its due for shelling out $8.50 or sacrificing 2 hours and 20 minutes of their short time on Earth.
For the most part, this Abhishek fella looks and acts as if he’s been dropped one too many times on his head as a child (and in his later years as well).
Irrespective of what the scene demands, it’s all the same to this somnambulist clown in advanced rigor mortis. Do you think Abhishek Bachchan was Harman Baweja’s teacher in non-acting.
And what’s with the phony American accent when it comes to English but the regular Dilli accent when it comes to Hindi, Abhishek?
That Bollywood fans have to put up with this bandar is one of India’s manifold injustices. Well, such are the vagaries of life.
Prasoon Joshi, Kamlesh Pandey and Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra prove that even three heads can turn in a real sloppy job when it comes toÂ the story and screenplay in a Bollywood movie. More like three blockheads.
Delhi 6 starts off with the arrival in Delhi of a New York-based NRI Roshan Mehra (Abhishek Bachchan) with his sick Dadi (Waheeda Rehman), who’s adamant about spending her final days in the old family home and amidst her people.
After that, the aforementioned blockhead troika lose their way completely and the movie turns into a meandering ordeal for the audience.
Like an errant river after a flood, the story wanders where it pleases – stopping for a few minutes at the Kala Bandar show, takes flight to tell us about Bittu’s (Sonam Kapoor) Indian Idol aspirations, stops by at the area’s moneylender Lalaji (Prem Chopra), chugs along to the fight between the two brothers Madangopal (Om Puri) and Jaigopal (Pawan Malhotra), takes a break to play pool with Ali Baig uncle (Rishi Kapoor) and makes pitstops at the local yokel Gobar (Atul Kulkarni), the moneylender’s adulterous wife, a cocky policeman, the usual Hindu-Muslim clashes, an untouchable sweeper Jalebi, a cow giving birth on a busy street holding up traffic and…..do you really want to know more?
Are You still Awake?
We’d have tolerated even a dizzying array of characters if at least one or two of them had left an indelible impression behind.
Alas, such is not the case here.
With so many characters and animals (yeah, there’s a goat too besides the cow) vieing for screentime, it’s no surprise then that neither the countless characters nor the movie make a solid impression. Or any impression, for that matter.
The disarray of characters make their appearances and they make their exits. They reappear and they exit again, ad nauseum.
Delhi 6 is an Indian kaleidoscope alright but one that has no meaning because most of the characters are so poorly fleshed out.
Nor is there a compelling overarching story to unite the disparate loose threads.
Although there are moments of humor that had us and the others laughing, ultimately the Delhi 6 story is not in the least bit gripping.
Tis’ a pity that Delhi 6’s music fails to rise above the ordinary either. For that would have been some saving grace.
With the exception of Masakali, we were not taken in by any of the other songs or their picturization.
Sonam – No Complaints
Sonam Kapoor is a decent actress. We found her OK in Saawariya and yes, we liked her in Delhi 6.
But she doesn’t have much of a role in this movie what with the thousand other characters and events in Delhi 6 crowding her out.
Like most desis, we like our girls chubby and alas, the young lady has lost some weight since her Saawariya days. Fortunately, not in all the places 😉 .
Stay at Home, Folks
Bottomline, Delhi 6 is just another Bollywood movie with nothing much to recommend it.
If you ask us whether Delhi 6 is worth the time or money, we’d tell you to stay at home – switch on the telly, surf the net or sleep an extra hour or two.
All less expensive and less painful ways to waste your time than say watching Delhi 6.