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Delhi in a Day : A review

27 Aug

A small time tale is made into a 86 minute movie…more like for the festivals abroad…wont make sense to the average Indian moviegoer….or to a firang too for that matter…

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A Delhi farmhouse family…with four members and four servants…A foreign lad visits them to see India…with all his savings…only to find all his savings vanish from his room…servants are the obvious suspects…turmoil in house and servants…money returns (how ???)…foreigner flies back home….itni kahani hai…

The good parts

          The old servant is the real portrayal of the Indian poor….and easily the best act in this star studded dud….

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          The firang who acts within his limits and portrays the average foreign traveler…nice, courteous…yet on his guard…not against love…even if its with the maid of the house…

          Victor Banerjee…ah what a waste of a terrific actor…the only reason I ventured out for the movie ….only to find a total of 7 minute role of the thespian…what impeccable diction…

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The Bad parts…

          Lillete Dubey…is too Mumbaite to do a Delhiite role…too classy and polite…even with the servants…very undelhilike….Bad casting…

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          Khulbushan Kharbanda…is too loud and gets irritating after a point…

          The maid….looks all south Indian…dresses like one…yet belongs to Rajasthan (?!)…not sure of her feelings (blame it on the director) sad one moment and then breaking into a sudden happy dance…has her eyes and mouth wide open during every emotion and dialogue…

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          The two thugs….servants…if it was an actual Delhi house…they would have slit the owners neck within a month…see their faces….body language…belies the loyalty the director wants to show…bad casting again…besides v undelhilike for the two not to hit on the hot maid around..even as a firang falls for her at first sight….

The director Prashan Nair…with all due respects has two serious handicaps… to make a Delhi movie…he is still a kid and he is from way down south… can’t really understand the animals that prowl the  Delhi forest …seeing the master or the maid…you know what they will say or do next…how they react in Delhi…but here the responses are nowhere close…just a movie made from Nair’s own imagination….for the unsuspecting and unknowing firangs….

Ever had a masala Dosa in a Punjabi restaurant…if the dosa is right the chutney aint…and if the chutney is right the dosa aint…but the Sambar without fail is just a north Indian dal without tadka….this is exactly what u get when u see Nair’s version of Delhi in a day…the dish just aint remotely near the name on the Menu card….

Actually the movie….has nothing about Delhi…throughout….not even a landmark…leave alone the behavior of the actors… leaves u waiting throughout ….ki Dilli connection kahan hai…Very misleading name…has nothing to do about Delhi….could easily b any other city…Chandigarh, Jaipur, Merrut, Sonepat or even Muzzafarpur….Delhi added to the name just to sell the movie abroad…Cheap Trick !

 

 

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