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Delhi 6 [DVD] [2009]

Abhishek Bachchan , Waheeda Rehman , Rakesh Mehra    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Abhishek Bachchan, Waheeda Rehman
  • Directors: Rakesh Mehra
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Import, PAL
  • Language: Hindi
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: UTV Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 27 April 2009
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001TJKW0E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,781 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

American-born Indian, Roshan (Abhishek Bachchan) brings his ailing grandmother back to India. Little does he know that the quick trip will turn into the longest journey of his life - a journey within. The backdrop of the story is the ancient walled city of Delhi, better known as Chandni Chowk, a character in herself. It represents the chaos, religion, beliefs and ethos of the Indian people. The PIN code of that part of the city is 110006, and it is traditional to use only one or two digits of the pin code after Delhi.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: Hindi ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Arabic ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The film opens with the ailing grandmother Annapurna at the office of a cardiac surgeon in New York. The surgeon indicates that Annapurna suffers from heart blockage and may not have long to live. Annapurna insists on returning to Delhi, her hometown, where she intends to retire in peace. Though her son and daughter-in-law object vehemently, her American-born grandson Roshan (who has a special bond with his grandmother) agrees to bring her back.Annapurna is received with pomp and ceremony when she returns to her home in Old Delhi. Roshan is initially stunned by the mad rush of various neighbors: Ali Baig the renaissance man, feuding brothers Madangopal and Jaigopal, their wives and families, Mamdu the halwai, Gobar the simpleton, Sethji and many others. However, Roshan eventually warms to the place and wholeheartedly embraces the sense of community in it. He accompanies his grandmother to the Ramleelas, hangs out at Mamdu's sweet stall, plays with the children, and gradually becomes steeped in the culture of the place.Roshan is also slowly exposed to some sobering realities. When Annapurna faints (due to fluctuating blood sugar levels) and they scramble to get her to a hospital, he finds the roads choked by traffic because of an impromptu ceremony around a cow in labor; he is further surprised when his grandmother, despite her stupor, stumbles forth to seek the blessings of a sacred cow; and he is astounded when the local police seem to encourage the practice. Roshan begins to understand the feuds and social issues in the community. Madangopal's sister Rama is unwed (at an age when spinsterhood is a significant social no-no) and Jaigopal's electrical business i...Delhi-6

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Film - Serious Message 16 July 2010
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I should say, this is my first venture into Bollywood type films!

I was expecting something quite trivial and light. But it was actually a film with some quite serious messages along with the fun, music and laughter. Subjects such as poverty, muslim/hindu clashes and people making fun of the intellectually challenged were touched upon. But there was a lot of humour which I enjoyed. The Policeman was very funny.

It brought back memories of feelings I had as a child watching films such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Wizard of Oz and finding it all quite surreal. There are some fantasy moments with flying monkeys, rickshaws and the like. But just as you think it is all getting too ridiculous it comes back down to earth with something quite poignant.

The music was good and there were a couple of tracks that I really liked. I think some may be ones that grow on you. In fact in the film itself there was almost too much to take in with one viewing and I think it's one of those films that might improve with a second viewing.

It was cleverly and beautifully filmed. It showed the poverty and slums, but that was offset with the colourful and sumptuous Ram Leela - a kind of Festival Play. Near the end it was ironic and satisfying when the 'village idiot' appeared to be the only one who was clued up about what was going on.

It won't be everybody's cup of tea. I don't know what other Bollywood type films are like yet, so I can't compare. But if you like these type of films I think you would enjoy this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something different 18 May 2010
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I had begun to watch this film on the plane coming back from India...I think mealtime got in the way of seeing the end but i had never forgotten it and was very happy to track the dvd down on Amazon.I found the plot rather confusing but the film really gets under the skin of the chaos and zest for life that typifies India...a very special film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film!! 23 July 2009
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I have a large Hindi film and Bollywood collection and this now has moved into the No 1 spot! Fab soundtrack, great message and wonderful acting all round - thanks R.O.M!! And Abishek is a bit of a hero for me, just like his dad.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Skip 26 Oct 2009
By Jennifer Hopfinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
India is an exotic foreign land to Roshan, a New Yorker of Indian origin (played by Abhishek Bachchan), who brings his sick grandmother back to her Delhi home. Filled with gorgeous urban footage, the film captures the wonder of seeing India for the first time, through an American's eyes, and the initial shock of amazement that any American who's ever been there will never forget. Roshan is thoroughly enchanted by all of it--the crumbling family abode in Chandni Chowk (one of the oldest parts of Delhi), its narrow lanes, its feisty neighbors--particularly the beautiful Bittu (Sonam Kapoor)--and its rich array of traditions. However, he chafes at the injustices he sees that offend his American sense of equality and fairness, putting him at odds with a place he suddenly can't live without. A bizarre subplot about a black monkey that's terrorizing the city--which is supposed to be symbolic of the discord that's always simmering below Delhi's surface--overtakes the main story, culminating in a ludicrous climax that ruins what started out as an intoxicating plunge into the soul of a complicated city. - The Bollywood Ticket: The American guide to Indian movies (Subscribe: The Bollywood Ticket)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great peek into Delhi! 20 Feb 2011
By Cookie Cleveland - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Delhi 6 is a good movie with great images and music. I liked the views of Delhi as well as the storyline. The acting was pretty good and only added to the visual treat. This is a movie that tries to illustrate that there is evil in everybody; we should not try to blame others for our own bad/negative behavior. What most amazed me was the realistic way that a small disagreement can grow and take on a life of its own (especially within a political system that is very "permissive" in some respects, but repressive at the same time). What a great example of the culture shock one experiences when submerged in a foreign culture/society.
Don't be turned off this movie by ho-hum reviews - take a chance and I think that you will not be disappointed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An Incomplete film with great music 28 Dec 2009
By Amit Talpade - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
After the successful Aks and the blockbuster Rang De Basanti Rakesh Om Prakash Mehra directs this one. Delhi 6 follows Abhishek a half hindu and half muslim to come to India to help his grandmother Waheeda Rehman spend her last days in her birthplace. Set in old Delhi hence the zipcode 6. The movie provides a collage of characters and their brief character sketches and thus remains so. It does not come to the point until the end and then leaves us in a lurch wanting some more.
The first half is a gamut of characters from the two brothers Om Puri and Pawan Malhotra, the corrupt politician played by Vijay Raaz, the sultry untouchable Divya Dutta, the wicked money lender Prem Chopra, the idol aspirant Sonam Kapoor and the romantic bachelor Rishi Kapoor, all interesting but underdeveloped characters. The characters interact against the backdrop of a vicious monkey attack which is never solved.
The movie meanders towards the end with a very vague ending. Vijay Raaz is excellent, so is Pawan Malhotra, Abhishek Bachchan is getting better; the rest of the cast is completely wasted. The music and the cinematography are excellent. 3stars 12/28/09
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars wildly uneven paean to India 11 Oct 2009
By Roland E. Zwick - Published on Amazon.com
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**1/2

"Delhi 6" is a messy and overlong - though frequently appealing - tale of a young American man who travels to India to rediscover his roots. When his grandmother is diagnosed with diabetes, Roshan agrees to accompany her back to the land of her birth so she can end her life at the same place where she began it. While there, Roshan learns a thing or two about a culture he's been largely sheltered from in his life in New York. This includes taking the bad along with the good: the sense of community along with the antiquated caste system; the respect for tradition along with the adherence to ancient superstitions; the respect for law-and-order along with the corruption and cronyism of the police and politicians; the technological advances along with a scarcity of resources like electricity and water; the arranged marriages along with the flowering of true love. That latter is particularly crucial to the story as Roshan falls for a beautiful, independent-minded woman whose father wants to marry her off to a man of his choosing even though her heart's desire is to perform as a singer on the popular TV show "Indian Idol."

Like most mainstream movies made in India, "Delhi 6" provides a relatively upbeat, prettified look at life in that country. Any hint of poverty is pushed to the background, while the foreground becomes an almost nonstop dizzying swirl of music and color. And I do mean "nonstop," for if there is one thing "Delhi 6" has in abundance it's musical sequences, some of which drag on for an insufferably long time, adding an unnecessary burden to the movie`s overall running time. The film also culminates in an overwrought scene that feels like a bizarre melding of "West Side Story" with "Carousel."

So what's likable about "Delhi 6"? Well, its cultural observations are sometimes compelling, particularly its portrayal of the tension that exists between Hindus and Muslims in that nation. Also, the actors (Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor, et. al.) are both physically attractive and energetic. And while the humor occasionally veers towards the goofy and the "villainous" figures are largely two-dimensional stereotypes, the movie has a genuine affection for its characters and country (flaws and all) that finally wins us over.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The GoodGora Reviews the new Little B DVD 12 Sep 2009
By Good Gora - Published on Amazon.com
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Little B's acting just gets better and better. This is another story about people with few special effects. He goes on a mission to help his grand mother and finds his own mission of falling in love with a girl who hates him. Somewhat typical story but done very well.

It is unfortunate for us in the health field that the closing scene is so far fetched!

I try to watch all of his movies because of his talent. He does not disappoint.
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