Chalo Dilli Movie Review

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Pankaj Sabnani By Pankaj Sabnani | 18 Mar 2017 15:38:49.7830000 IST


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''Saddi Dilli' (Our Delhi) is fast becoming the 'hot-spot' for Bollywood's dream merchants. Whether it was entertaining BAND BAAJA BAARAT or critically acclaimed NO ONE KILLED JESSICA, Delhi has garnered major spotlight in present set of multiplex entertainers. CHALO DILLI follows this geographical route too and promises to entertain as frothy comical riot with the likes of Lara Dutta and prankster Vinay Pathak in the main leads.

CHALO DILLI also marks the debut of Lara Dutta as producer and also makes its entry as another honest attempt in 'road movie' genre. Zero expectations, zilch promotions and no buzz for this comical caper, have made things almost impossible for its musical success. Despite its low profile and mediocre face -value, the album has array of music composers to entertain in the form of Gourov Dasgupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sachin Gupta, Rohit Kulkarni and Roshan Balu. Can we expect CHALO DILLI to be finding its way to road of success? Big task but still optimistic for a joyful ride...let's plug 'play' to find the musical facts....!

Raja Hassan, a reality musical show winner who had solitary hit 'Maari Teetri' (DE TAALI) to his credits, makes vocal prominence in his throaty rendition to deliver out bouncy title track 'Chalo Dilli'. Gourav Dasgupta's composition is electronically profound that emphasizes more on echoing impacts, racy fillers rather than delivering out a spunky signature tuneful appeal. Raja Hassan's folksy vocal punch is optimally pitched in this playful set of arrangements with extra buzz of UK bhagra-beat that infuses pop element in this track. There are no such great shakes to mention but this funky number promises to be a potential background score for 'creating word-of-publicity' for the flick.

Frenzy musical mood is the flavor of the album and so it strikes boisterously in Sukhwinder Singh's extra zesty singing in audibly flamboyant 'Matargashtiya' (meaning 'roaming freely' in Hindi slang). Anand Raj Anand's dexterity in churning out racy Punjabi flavored numbers again proves to be triumph factor as it pumps loads of life in the soundtrack. This one is a really an entertainer, bouncy bhangra beat fillers, enthused vocals and witty lyrics (Anand Raj Anand), all paves to a really enthralling situational score that talks of dreaming big and living cheerful life to its best. It has that typical Sukhwinder's branded singing that has always been winning factor with philosophical nonsensical wordings ('Kabhi safar mein suffering, Kabhi suffering mein safar hai, Haye yeh jeevan hai suffering, Yeh jeevan kabhi safar hai...), depicting out humorous experiences of a lively journey. This situational score has the desired fun-element and deserves an aggressive promotion to lure audiences to the theatres.

Remix mania hits the deck again! After crassly voluble and now a chartbuster 'Mit Jaaye Gum' (DUM MAARO DUM), the rehashing of hit 80's number into 'crowd-pulling' item number makes its another garish presence in 'Laila O Laila'. It takes its skin and soul from Kalyanji-Anandji's composition 'Laila O Laila' (QURBANI) and has 'tadka' of Manthan's spicy wordings to deliver out another racy feast for the viewers. Gourav Dasgupta's massy composition is not path-breaking by any standards but works on the ethics of a typical remixing (missing original composition with beat-juggles, thrilling fillers, DJ spins etc) in giving out sufficient pep-fizz for a befitting dancing show. June Banerjee's sensuously breezy voice appeals but the spunk-factor is somewhat mediocre and all it deserves a colorful visual depiction on big screen to magnetize viewers. Following the present trends of successful eye-catching item numbers, producers will surely find this number to be promising and will be making this as frontrunner in the promos of the flick.



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In a road film, the cinematography should be enticing, but Nikos Andritsakis fails on that front. The music , given by five people - Gourov Dasgupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sachin Gupta, Rohit Kulkarni and Roshan Balu, fails to strike a chord.

Lara Dutta suits her role perfectly and performs well. Vinay Pathak acts well, but his character gets irritating after a while. Yana Gupta fails to impress in her Laila O Laila item number. Akshay Kumar's cameo is short and sweet.

With lack of engaging moments, CHALO DILLI eventually turns out to be a tiresome 'journey'.

Rating - 2/5



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Of course, there are other films releasing too, but it seems to be a battle between Mumbai and Delhi at the box office (not IPL) this week, as SHOR IN THE CITY takes on CHALO DILLI.

Talking about CHALO DILLI, Lara Dutta has chosen a road movie for her first film as a producer. DIL HAI KI MAANTA NAHIN and JAB WE MET are some of the road movies that we've seen before. Directed by Shahsant Shah, (DASVIDANIYA) CHALO DILLI also features the unusual pairing of Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak.

The film is about Manu Gupta (Vinay Pathak) and Mihika Mukherjee (Lara Dutta), for whom Dilli is literally very door (far). It traces their arduous journey from Mumbai to Delhi. Mihika is a high profile investment banker, who wants everything to be just perfect. Manu Gupta is a paan chewing, loquacious saree trader from Chandni Chowk. Both are as different as day and night. But what starts as an impossible trip, turns out to be a highly exhilarating one for the two.

Director Shashant Shah had an interesting premise, but fails in its execution. The graph remains unidimensional, with hardly any engaging moments in the narrative. It fails miserably in the humour aspect. You are constantly treated to sad jokes by Manu, which make you cringe. The first half in particular, is very tiresome.

On the other hand, the director does a smart thing by not having a cliched romantic angle between Manu and Mihika, which is a good thing. There is also a nice twist in the climax, but that's about it.



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In a road film, the cinematography should be enticing, but Nikos Andritsakis fails on that front. The music , given by five people - Gourov Dasgupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sachin Gupta, Rohit Kulkarni and Roshan Balu, fails to strike a chord.

Lara Dutta suits her role perfectly and performs well. Vinay Pathak acts well, but his character gets irritating after a while. Yana Gupta fails to impress in her Laila O Laila item number. Akshay Kumar's cameo is short and sweet.

With lack of engaging moments, CHALO DILLI eventually turns out to be a tiresome 'journey'.

Rating - 2/5


Rating 2/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Vinay Pathak and Lara Dutta
  • Lyrics: Manthan, Anand Raj Anand, Krishika Lulla, Shabbir Ahmed and Nisha Mascarenhas
  • Director: Shashant Shah
  • Music Director: Gourov Dasgupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sachin Gupta, Rohit Kulkarni and Roshan Balu
  • Release Date : 29 Apr 2011