Kya Dilli Kya Lahore Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:41:23.9870000 IST


The critically acclaimed period film, KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE, directed by Vijay Raaz is an emotional story about a unique bond that develops between two soldiers stationed at the Indo-Pak border, just a few months after Independence. The film assumes all the more importance as it brings on board celebrated poet and filmmaker, Gulzar, as the lyricist and the very experienced and talented Sandesh Shandilya as the composer. And naturally one does expect some memorable music from the team of Sandesh-Gulzar, so let's check out their offering.

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Straight away one is treated to an absolute beauty with the highly emotional and soulful 'Kisse Lambe'. Even though it's Sukhi's (Sukhwinder Singh's) show all the way but Rahat Fateh Ali Khan pitches in with his brilliant rendition and the composer too joins in the superb chorus. Gulzar Sahab is just amazing, and his superb control on story and script comes forth through some heart touching words.

The soft rock touch with lovely guitaring and drums and Papon's amazing vocals along with the superb racy chorus are the highlights of 'Lakeerein'. Gulzar's lyrics (where the border line is akin to the game of kabaddi which sees a line drawn between the two sides) once again act as narrative to the plot and gives the noble message of peace, brotherhood and non-violence in a very interesting manner.

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Shafqat Amanat Ali's heart rending and breathtaking performance puts the song 'Jo Dikhte Ho' on encore. The song should have been better titled 'Jhoothe Ho' as Gulzar Sahab has cleverly woven the number around these two words. The song brings a tear to the eye as Gulzar Sahab superbly echoes the sadness, grief and helplessness of the lead protagonists who despite being friends have to fight against each other for their country.


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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.


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.

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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.

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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.


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download KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE wallpapers

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.

Rating 1/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Vijay Raaz and Manu Rishi, Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi and Raj Zutshi
  • Lyrics: Gulzar
  • Director: Vijay Raaz
  • Music Director: Sandesh Shandilya