Director: Shashant Shah
Producer: Krishika Lulla, Kavita Bhupathi Chadda, Lara Dutta
Banner: Big Daddy Productions, Eros International Media Ltd., Bheegi Basanti Entertainment
Music Director: Gourov Dasgupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sachin Gupta, Rohit Kulkarni, Roshan Balu
Lyricist: Manthan, Anand Raj Anand, Krishika Lulla, Shabbir Ahmed, Nisha Mascarenhas
Star Cast: Vinay Pathak, Lara Dutta
Special Appearance: Akshay Kumar, Yana Gupta
April 29, 2011
Seems like Lara Dutta and Mahesh Bhupathi can now proudly fly off for their much-awaited honeymoon, considering that the couple had been busy with their respective work commitments for the past two months! On a hilarious note, Lara’s step into the world of production can now take a huge sigh of relief as her marriage would deem to be complete! Wondering what kept the couple apart from seeing little of each other? Well, for those of you who aren’t a ‘Lara Dutta’ fan, here’s a piece of knowledge for you movie buffs. Our former Miss Universe, aka Mrs. Tennis Bhupathi, debuts as a producer with this week’s ‘Chalo Dilli’, along with dear hubby. And as they expected, the couple has an enjoyable, amusing, and pleasant grosser to celebrate, though in tits and bits.
After his satirical and bitter-sweet comedy ‘Dusvidaniya’ faired decently at the box-office, director Shashant Shah tries his hand on a complete out-an-out fun-filled comedy with ‘Chalo Dilli’ - a journey that sparks off in Mumbai traveling via Jaipur and concluding all the way in the heart of the country, Delhi. Take it as a co-incidence or a deliberate attempt, the capital has had a fair share of limelight in the recent releases; take the match-maker ‘Band Baaja Baaraat’ and the real-life-based ‘No One Killed Jessica’. Coming back to Shashant’s latest, ‘Chalo Dilli’ truly reflects his maturity as a director. Shashant has not only come a long way in terms of direction but also prediction, considering that he picked up an easy concept and illustrated it with sheer simplicity and phenomenal magnitude, not to forget the anti-cultural bonding.
Touted as a road movie, ‘Chalo Dilli’ portrays a chalk-and-cheese pair of the strong-willed, ambitious and living life on the edges-of-luxury corporate head Mihika Mukherjee (Lara Dutta) and obnoxious, rude, and middle class Delhi saree trader Manu Gupta (Vinay Pathak) who cross each other and land in a bizarre situation. With one of the most oddest and mismatched traveling people coupled with each other, the journey from Mumbai, via Jaipur to Delhi is bound to be bizarre with touches of odds and evens, sprinkled with unusual adventures, ruthless conversations, and much-wanted hilarity. Just as the characters experience unpleasant and uneven rides, so are you bound to feel the same. While the first hour will keep you glued to the seats, it drags up till the intermission, with the second half giving you mixed impressions of charm and boredom.
But nevertheless, the sharp, crunchy, and witty lines and their delivery save the movie from falling into the list of top-lined catastrophes, thanks to the delightful Vinay Pathak who never fails to electrify his audiences. Lara, too, is genuine with her character, though with disappointments at some places. But it is Brijendra Kala who walks away with the cherry on the cake with his indisputably splendid role as the ticket checker, so is the hard-hitting conversation of the Bengali couple in the train. Akshay Kumar is passable in a cameo. Truly, Zeenat Aman, in her classic retro style ‘Laila O Laila’, outshines the remix version pictured by Yana Gupta. Kudos to the script writer Arshad Sayed (from the ‘dusvidaniya’ gang) who has given ‘Chalo Dilli’ the very Indianized touch, declaring the movie different from its original Hollywood sources, ‘Due Date’ (2010) and ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ (1987). With crisp dialogues, typical incidents, traditional dhabas, and classic conversations, you can expect a desi film in totality.
Final Verdict: If you hadn’t had a glimpse of the amchi Mumbai, historical Jaipur, and saddi Dilli previously, pick up ‘Chalo Dilli’ for this weekend!
Chalo Dilli Pre-release Review
Just a couple months after the ravishing former Miss Universe tied the nuptial knot with the top Indian tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi, Lara Dutta is back to sizzle the silver screen with her latest ‘Chalo Dilli’ opposite the very hilarious Vinay Pathak. The movie marks the debut of the couple as producers. It has been produced under the banners Big Daddy Productions, Eros International Media Ltd., and Bheegi Basanti Entertainment. Shashant Shah enters the world of cinema as a debutant director who tries to capture the real India with beautiful demography and diversity of the country on the colorful canvas of the screen. Unlike one or two deliveries in terms of good music that comes with small budget money spinners, this movie has plenty to offer with newcomers trying to shake a leg with their audience. The versatile and attractive music is composed by Gourov Dasgupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sachin Gupta, Rohit Kulkarni, Roshan Balu, while the lyrics have been penned by Manthan, Anand Raj Anand, Krishika Lulla, Shabbir Ahmed, Nisha Mascarenhas. ‘Chalo Dilli’ is slated for an April 29, 2011 release.
Based on the ‘road movie’ genre, ‘Chalo Dilli’ revolves around a suave and sophisticated lady and a true Delhi saree seller, who cross ways and journey to create an out-an-out laugh riot. Mihika Mukherjee (Lara Dutta) is a dynamic and ambitious Senior Vice-President of a top multinational financial institution in Mumbai. A no-nonsense corporate head, she is finicky about things and believes that the world is divided into winners and losers. Used to having the best things in life, she believes that nothing comes for free and willingly agrees to pay a price for everything. But little does she know that the best joys of life come without a charge. On the other hand, there is Manu Gupta (Vinay Pathak), a complete mismatch for Mihika. A colorful, portly ladies dress material merchant in Karol Bagh with a big tummy and bigger mouth, Manu is all that Mihika isn’t.
Coming to the plot of the movie, Mihika is off to Delhi for a vacation with her banker husband. she misses her flight and meets the loud and crass Manu. Left with no other alternative, Mihika is forced to cover the journey with Manu, which turns out to be unexpectedly bizarre for the lady, filled with adventures, madness, and above all, craziness. Settle yourself and fasten your seat belts as ‘Chalo Dilli’ travels you through an unusual yet enjoyable journey through air, road, and rail, right from Mumbai to Delhi, via Jaipur. With the long-legged dusky beauty Lara paired with the fat middle-aged Vinay, you can only expect a fun-filled road movie, which steers away from the mundane love sagas. Do not miss out the 70s ‘Laila O Laila’ item song portrayed by the vivacious Yana Gupta, as a tribute to Zeenta Aman. Come and indulge yourself in the craziest roller coaster journey as ‘Chalo Dilli’ releases on April 29, 2011 at theatres near you.