A movie playing heavily of stereotypes is taking quite a risk because you never know whom you might piss off. But if the trailer of Chalo Dilli sparked your curiosity, the movie will hit that sweet spot you forgot the existence of.
Sure you don’t realise until the end, when the characters introduce themselves formally, that you didn’t know what their names were, and quite frankly you don’t even care. For all practical purposes and to avoid any confusion – they should change their names to Bhaisaab and Behenji on paper.
Chalo Dilli is a story about a very mismatched duo painstakingly trying to get to the Capital, but keep getting into trouble along the way. They’re both from very different words – one’s a banker shuttling between Mumbai and Delhi, and the other’s a Sari shop owner from Chandini Chowk. But in their quest to get to their destination, they’re forced to work together, forming an unlikely friendship that’s both hilarious and touching.
Lara Dutta completely fits the profile of a posh woman from Mumbai, cringing at the sight of alien hairs in her towel and food. But the beauty of the script is that her character isn’t one-dimensional, which allows her to demonstrate her acting skills and makes her quite likeable.
But truth be told, Vinay Pathak steals the show. He’s got the most hilarious dialogues and his comic timing, as always, is bang on. He totally seeps into his character as a loud-mouthed Old Delhi man, not taking anything too seriously, sometimes adding to their woes unwittingly.
Filled with surprises, witty dialogue and a few tinges of melodrama, Challo Dilli is one of the most refreshing scripts to have come out of Bollywood in a long time. Missing it would be buffoonery akin to Pathak’s character asking Rajasthan’s local gangsters for a lift.