Tuesday, 10 March 2009


Delhi-6 (the postcode for a suburb in Dehli India, officially 110006 but abbreviated to 6) is a Hindi film by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra; starring Abhishek Bachchan (son of the famous Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachan and husband of Aishwarya Rai), Sonam Kapoor (daughter of Anil Kapoor who starred in Slumdog Millionaire as the game host), Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor and Divya Dutta.

Abhishek Bachan plays Rohan, an American born Indian, who travels with his ailing Indian grandmother to Dehli, when she finds out that she has only months to live and therefore wishes to die in her ancestral home.

Roshan finds India fascinating but is also exposed to some sobering realities and inequalities– religion, caste and culture. However, alongside the taboos and inequality, there is imbeded alongside, love, brotherhood and the sense of community.

However, things go wrong when a fearsome terror known only as the Kala Bandar (Black Monkey) is unleashed. This miscreant (never shown clearly in the film) attacks people, steals various articles and has also caused the deaths of a few innocent people. These deaths are mostly accidental, as in the example of a pregnant housewife who was supposedly startled by a silhouette and fell down a flight of stairs or that of an unfortunate man who was briefly zapped by a live electric wire.

Nonetheless, the local news picks up on the Kala Bandar every move and capitalises on his exploits. Unfortunately, from these unfortunate incidents, politics and religion is invoked. Both Hindus and Muslims start claiming that the monkey is from the other’s race (without any proof, again) and riots emerge.

Roshan’s quick trip to India is about to become the longest journey of his life…… and for some of us to discover, there is a Black Monkey in our hearts……

I give the songs 4 stars too.


hazila said...

Hi VG,
I come to collect the awards. Thanks. Are you a big fan of Hindi Movie? I do like to watch Hindi Movie but depends on mood.

VG said...

Hi Hazila, you are most welcome. I like Hindi movies but as long as it is logical and not too much fighting. I like movies with a social theme and also love stories. I am a sucker for tear jearkers ;)