Release Date: February 20, 2009
Copyright © 2009 UTV Motion Pictures
Advertisement
Delhi-born writer-director Rakesh Omprakash Mehra offers a cinematic love letter to his fascinating, complex home town with DELHI-6. Like Mehra¬¬ís 2006 RANG DE BASANTI, this film finds a group of Indians--and one Westerner--trying to establish a balance between respect for tradition and a desire for modernity. Here, the outsider is a New Yorker, Roshan (a relaxed and charming Abhishek Bachchan), whose parents, a Hindu and a Muslim, left India before his birth. Roshan agrees to take his sick grandmother (Waheeda Rehman, one of India¬¬ís greatest actresses) back to her gracious haveli amid the chaotic lanes of Old Delhi. In the old city, Roshan is alternately skeptical, bemused, smitten, and aghast as he watches the goings-on around him. Accepted as one of the family by his grandmother¬¬ís friends, he enjoys the slow rhythm of their mostly traditional lives. He attends performances of the Ram Leela play, a centuries-old drama of good and evil, with characters swooping past on suspension wires and the stage rustling with red crepe-paper flames.