Dilli 6 :
In a nutshell, if you sit through the first half, you can see some good cinema before you have to bear with the last 20 mins leaving you with a could-have-been feeling for the movie.
That is not a good sign for a movie.
Overall, I liked the intent of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra. Among the things that work are the symbolisms (before they get repetitive), the message (before it gets too preachy but I can live with this considering an average cinemagoer), the second line of actors (are each *brilliant*), picturization of Dil Gira Dafatan (dafatan means suddenly or so says my room-mate).
What doesn’t work are the first half (too fragmented, I am sure even a disk defragmentation on the video file would have yielded a better movie), the songs (each song’s timing is accompanied with a WTH feeling), acting of the first line of actors (except Sonam Kapoor, which leaves just Abhishek Bachchan. My thoughts on his acting are summarized in a previous post here and this movie just made me go “Hah !”), Amitabh Bachchan (the biggest WTF moment of the movie. What you get one Bachchan free with another ?), the sets (sorry but it seemed like some badly designed set but if this was shot on location, then negative marks for the cinematographer) and a few more here and there.
I’d still recommend this movie just for its theme and the slick second half. Honestly speaking, in spite of it’s negatives, the movie left me with a good feeling at the end. It is just that kind of movie which deserves to be seen by everyone.
By the way, does anyone know why Amitabh Bachchan claims that people who defended Slumdog Millionaire should also defend Dilli 6 ?
The Stoneman Murders :
You *have* to see this movie. It is carried entirely by Kay Kay Menon and a tight script. It is only once in the movie that the script lags behind our thinking but I can pardon that. This is how thrillers need to be made.
Requiem for a dream :
Arguably Darren Aronofsky’s masterpiece, this is the story of 4 addicts coming to terms with their respective addictions. Enough literature has been written about Darren’s vision in executing this and I won’t add to it. Just see it.
Arguably Danny Boyle’s masterpiece, the screenplay probably was better than the direction but that is just because the screenplay is brilliant. Again a movie about drug addiction. By the time I finished watching this and Requiem back to back, I was almost feeling sick myself.
Kisse Pyaar Karoon :
Proof that I am masochistic ?