Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s Delhi 6 is a loud and colorful account of things happening in the bylanes of the ever-crowded Chandni Chowk. Unlike his earlier venture Rang De Basanti, the movie doesn’t quite go anywhere, which is alright since we’re given to understand that this is sort of an autobiography.
A young NRI (Abhishek Bachchan) comes to Delhi with his grandmother, who wants to spend her last years in her homeland. Reluctant at first, he quickly embraces life in the capital city, despite his reservations about the superstitions and casteist attitudes. Not only is he amused by the clacking neighbors he finds comfort in the love and affection they shower on him, and is intrigued by the vivacious girl-next-door Bittu (Sonam Kapoor).
Interestingly, Delhi 6 is a vivid recollection of headline grabbers of the recent past. The Monkeyman issue is interwoven along with the story culminating into a dramatic finale. Issues like communal tension and political agendas are well incorporated too, especially the temple-mosque row, which is maturely handled. Pathetic, however is how the emotions of the crowds oscillate from being benevolent to utterly spiteful in such a short time, as if by the touch of a button.
Inspite of a heavy duty ensemble of actors, Sonam Kapoor stands out on her own and is splendid. While the rest are not bad, Vijay Raaz as an incorrigible cop deserves mention. The score is also commendable and while Delhi 6 is just a random movie, it’s a good random movie.