Bollywood hasn't been going through it's best patch in 2009. Biggest release of the year so far, CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA, failed to create any magic at the box office. BILLU, which boasted of the star presence of Shah Rukh Khan, too is doing ordinary business while a genuinely well made film LUCK BY CHANCE proved to be unlucky at theaters. With three most keenly anticipated films not doing well at the box office, the only success that Bollywood has witnessed this year is in the form of RAAZ - THE MYSTERY CONTINUES and to an extent DEV D.
Of course, box office needs something better, something magical to happen in weeks to come. Will DELHI 6 turn out to be that one film which would do the magic and turn out to be industry's savior? Well, indications are that it would!
DELHI 6 should take a good start at the box office (more than 70%) which would result in quite some bountiful at the end of the first weekend. There is a definite buzz about the film and music has caught on in a big way as well. The promos have looked neat while both 'masala' moving audience and the connoisseurs of good cinema should have something brewing for them in the film.
Another positive point about DELHI 6 is that it appears to be appealing for audience across all age groups. Because the cast of the film is spread across generations (Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman and Amitabh Bachchan), there isn't a singular target audience for DELHI 6. Also, the movie brings with it a mix of class and mass flavor which should further help it stay on well at the theaters.
Last not the least, DELHI 6 comes from Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra who has a penchant for making path breaking films. RANG DE BASANTI succeeded, AKS didn't, but one can't deny the fact that it too was way ahead of it's times. One just hopes that DELHI 6 lives up to the expectations and gets Bollywood that much wanted breathing space.