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Delhi-6 (2009)

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A story about love, hope and self-discovery set in the walled city of Delhi (zip code 6) and its chaotic but touching life that forces us to ask questions about ourselves.

Director:

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (as Rakesh Omprakash Mehra)

Writers:

Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (story & screenplay) (as Rakesh Omprakash Mehra), Prasoon Joshi (story & screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Waheeda Rehman ... Annapurna Mehra
Abhishek Bachchan ... Roshan Mehra
Sonam Kapoor ... Bittu Sharma
Rishi Kapoor ... Ali Beg
Om Puri ... Madan Gopal Sharma
Prem Chopra ... Lala Bhairam
Atul Kulkarni ... Gobar
Pavan Malhotra ... Jai Gopal Sharma (as Pawan Malhotra)
Divya Dutta ... Jalebi
Supriya Pathak ... Vimla Sharma
Tanvi Azmi ... Fatima Mehra
Vijay Raaz ... Inspector Ranvijay
Deepak Dobriyal ... Mamdu
Raghuvir Yadav ... Ramleela Narrator
K.K. Raina ... Haji Suleiman
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Storyline

U.S.-based Roshan Mehra's mother, Fatima, is Muslim, while his dad is Hindu. When his ailing grandmother, Annapurna, wants to re-locate to Delhi to spend her last days, he accompanies her. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Ali Beg, who wanted to marry Fatima, but was not able to disclose his feelings to her. He also gets to meet the Sharma family, who hope that he will wed Rama, the daughter of Madan, who is busy looking for a groom for his other rather rebellious daughter, Bittu, who wants to be the next Indian Idol. He also gets to meet assorted Muslim and Hindus, who welcome him with open arms, and he gets to witness that lower caste Indians are still being shunned despite of modern technology and the launching of satellites. When reports of a Kala Bandhar terrorizing the community increases, Hindus start to suspect that it may be a Muslim terrorist, while the Muslims fear that it may be a Hindu political ploy to demolish a mosque. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Country:

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Release Date:

20 February 2009 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Delhi - 6 See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$602,850, 22 February 2009, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$879,913, 15 March 2009
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Second film of Sonam Kapoor. See more »

Goofs

The Monkey-Man incident occurred in Delhi in 2001, while the Delhi metro rail began in 2002. See more »

Quotes

Mamdu: Only dogs eat when they're hungry. Humans eat to bond with each other.
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Connections

References Teesri Kasam (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Bhor Bhaye
Written by Prasoon Joshi
Composed by A.R. Rahman
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal, Bare Gulam Ali Khan and Gujri Todi
Courtesy of Super Cassettes Industries Limited (T-Series)
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I'm sorry Mr. Mehra, I underestimated you
25 March 2013 | by JoshLaverSee all my reviews

I remember the time the song "Masakkali" hit our TV screens. I felt a good vibe about this movie, later found out that it was from the same director who did RDB, one of my favourites. Being a regular IMDb user, the ratings below 7 barely encouraged me to watch it though. Obviously, the movie never achieved the popularity status anywhere near to that of RDB.

But for some reason, almost 4 years later, I decided to give it a try and I have to apologise Mr. Mehra for underestimating him. It is nigh impossible to emulate RDB but Delhi 6 shouldn't have done his prospects any harm. If there was anything like an Indian Oscar, Delhi 6 would have been a strong contender, considering the paucity of quality movies that get made in the biggest film industry in the world. As someone who is relatively familiar to the ways of Indian society and mentality, it was a stark depiction of the intricacies that form the gullies and chowks. The colours and noise and the varieties of personalities just illuminates the first half or so. The latter half shows the dark side, naivety, greed, ignorance, pettiness which can quite easily ruin a society.

Nothing compelled me to write something here other than the fact that moviegoers have decided to rate it 6, which is a pity. No wonder, movies like Dabangg seem to reap financial rewards and recognition and the ones like Delhi-6 are left to stray into oblivion. I loathe bollywood in general, not so bollywood music, but Delhi-6 gives me hope.


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