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Monday, October 12th, 2009 | Author:

Lie often told eventually becomes a truth- Said by V Lenin.

Last time when I saw “Delhi-6” and then to some extent “Mumbai Meri Jaan” where rumors took shape of facts, I felt that the filmmaker actually picked facts and tried to say-what he felt. Nowadays, we do not look informative and public interest programmes or capsules too often, forget about being creative enough. I came across a video -perhaps produced by the FTII guys- which I liked a lot and have faint memories of watching them on our B/W Binatone TV at home. It came on Doordarshan. With Diwali just around the corner rumors mongers can just be on prowl. Beaware of them and do not let rumors get in your head.

I can also relate rumors with unpolished and non-credible news coming through wires. It reaches TV stations and news hungry editors without confirming the veracity or source of the news is ready with a 3 minute breaking news kind of an arrangement to feed we-the-people.

I know I deviated a little from my topic but this is also which I wanted to express, somehow.

Please do watch this Video

Thursday, September 03rd, 2009 | Author:

Old is gold. The 66th Venice Film Festival starts today and touted as “the world’s best film festival”. There is both good and bad news for us. The bad news first, Bollywood has limited movement in this festival this year (when did it do?). The good news, although not a part of the “Competition category” Rakyesh Om Prakash Mehra’s ‘Delhi 6′ and Anurag Kashyap’s ‘Dev D’ and Gulaal are among the four Indian movies that will be screened at 30126 Lido di Venezia. Amit Dutta an FTII passout will tell Aadmi ki aurat aur anya kahaniya – ‘The Man’s Woman and Other Stories’ through the 70 mm. What’s more, Anuraag Kashyap, an acclaimed Indian film maker also happens to be part of the prestigious six member jury of the festival.

DevD – inspired by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee’s Devdas, and Delhi-6 has tried to capture superstition, communal passions, dreams of the middle class, and urban malaise from the people living in the old part of Delhi, India’s capital. Gulaal is a classic cut on contemporary student politics.

More than eighty films will be screened cutting across 32 countries. Italy and America have record number of entries, 17 and 22 respectively. With Steven Speilberg tying up with ADAG, can we expect more Indian faces next year?

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Sunday, February 22nd, 2009 | Author:

It is intermission and I am still waiting for the story to kick off. Considering the movie was supposed to be about the most lively part of my city, it can’t get worse.

Filmed on the setup of andarun shahar, ‘Delhi-6’ is seen from the eyes of Roshan Mehra [Chchota B (when will he grow up?)]. While Mr. Siddhu Khiladi did a Chandni Chowk to China last month, Roshan moves from New York to Old Delhi with his grandmother (Waheeda Wasted Rehman) and an accent (that pisses you off throughout the movie). Don’t worry. I am not going to reveal the story. The film does not have one. So, AB(CD) and grandma receive a grand welcome from their neighbors, known and unknown. Director Rakeysh Mehra tries to repeat Rang De‘s mixing concept by playing with the backdrop of Ramlila, but fails to execute the magic.

However, what hurts the most is a false image of one of the most historic places in the world. From the very first scene, the area is depicted as a storehouse of chaos. Till the end, the film doesn’t go beyond narrow kuchas and cycle-rickshaws. In contrast to the title song that talked of the city as one with two hearts, the place appears heartless. In the last fifteen minutes, the script mentions (thrice) that the essence of the place are its people. I wish we could see THAT Delhi-6. The steadiness of Purani Dilli, which is much more appealing than its commotion, is not captured by the camera. Instead, the film repeatedly mocks the life of the city. The manner in which the screenplay turns into a spoof about issues like superstitions, mob mentality, family traditions and communalism is unbearable.

The lead actors add to the misery of the viewer. Pawan Malhotra (the younger Sharma), Vijay Raaz (thullaa) and Divya Dutta (Jalebi) put up good performances. Rahman’s superb music (that inspired me to go for the movie) is a misfit to the standards of the film. Don’t make a Kaala Bandar of yourself by going for the movie. Instead, I recommend spend 3 hours wandering on the streets of Delhi-6. Taste the real life of Old Delhi. With the delectable offerings, those 100 bucks will be more than paisa-vasool.

Rating:*1/2