Have you ever sat in a boring History class and dozed off with the dreary explanation of the teacher about things of the past? If you have, then KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE is one such class where the partition of India, cross-border references and Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Chacha
Nehru are referred to by two soldiers on either side of the border.
Ironically, one is an Indian soldier of Pakistani origin while the other happens to be a Pakistani soldier of Indian origin. Both got lost in the partition and its aftermath and both got drawn into the army. How very convenient.
While the Pakistani soldier of Indian origin Rehmat Ali (Vijay Raaz) and Indian soldier of Pakistani origin Ram Lal (Manu Rishi) cross paths a year after Independence in 1948 (during an encounter when both sides have faced heavy casualties), they draw references to the proceedings preceding the partition, the bloodshed and the losses suffered by both countries. CHECK OUT: Kya Dilli Kya Lahore - Songs Lyrics
While Rehmat tries to force his way into the post Ram Lal is manning, in search of some important files, there's gunfire and banter. There are also potatoes thrown and parathas cooked before another Indian soldier Barfi Singh (Raj Zutshi) comes onto the scene.
There's more drama to follow, theatre style, as the three continue their historical banter.
However, there is poetic justice in the end, but by then the interest in the movie has dwindled and it is only for academic interest that you are watching it.
Vijay Raaz makes his directorial debut with this movie and while his intent of getting behind the steering wheel of an off-beat film needs to be applauded, his content and execution needs questioning.
Even if it had to be a story about the partition and its aftermath, things could have been spiced up with more characters, instead of seeing just four performers in all for the duration of over 90 minutes.
This concept of his would have worked well in a play.