The first song of DELHI 6, which has been released for a dekho, a teaser so to say has an interesting prop in the form of a pigeon being balanced by Sonam Kapoor to perfection. Pigeons which had gone out of reckoning as far as Hindi cinema was concerned, therefore make an interesting comeback and add an element of mystique to the song ' Mashakali'... where Rahman has again been able to create his magic, by interspersing nodes of sufiana music into the song.
As a matter of fact pigeons had played an interesting role as a prop in the career of Anil Kapoor as well. The scene in PARINDA where Anupam Kher is shot at Kabutarkhana in Dadar, Mumbai turns out to be the turning point of the film. It reaffirmed Anil Kapoor's faith in his love, and had propelled him to become virtuous.
One of the most successful role that a pigeon has enacted was in MAINE PYAAR KIYA, where it was given the eponymous role of vanquishing the villain and the pigeon was also provided a flashback, ornithologists may be damned, so that he did not waver from his resolution to avenge the death of his beloved.
Or for that matter the pigeon feeding scene in DIL WAALE DULHANIA LE JAYENGE where Shah Rukh tries to develop a rapport with Amrish Puri in his quest to win the hands of his daughter Kajol. Another successful film where pigeons played a very important role was in Aamir Khan starrer SARFAROSH. The choice of pigeons as a symbol has been done in two ways, either to facilitate in development or romance or as a turning point to initiate the process of peace. In the ennui of the surrounding, the flutter of the wings of pigeon in itself provides the background music, which does not need any instrumentation to accentuate the effect. Pigeon feeding, pigeon being used as a messenger have been the props that have had a symbolic association with the films being super duper hits. From this perspective and the peppy nature of Mashakali of DELHI 6 should be the factor that could make it into a hit film.