6 and the city

‘Rang De Basanti’, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s revolutionary gift to Indian cinema, was but a prelude to his next venture, ‘Delhi 6’.

By Davina Raisinghani

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Published: Mon 15 Dec 2008, 8:40 PM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 2:52 PM

And to offer Dubai an exclusive first look, Mehra brought himself, Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor to the Dubai International Film Festival.
The stellar cast of Mehra’s film is comprised of Bachchan, Kapoor, Waheeda Rehman, Rishi Kapoor, Prem Chopra, Atul Kulkarni and the feathered mascot of the film, a pigeon!

Curtain raiser
The conference tee-ed off with two very exclusive trailers of the film, which even Bachchan and Kapoor claimed to have seen for the first time, “She (Kapoor) is very excited,” laughed a patronizing Bachchan. “Well, it’s the first time I’ve seen it,” replied Kapoor. 

‘Delhi 6’ is a tale about Roshan Mehra (Bachchan), born and bred in the US, attemtping to bring his ailing grandmother (Rehman), back to Delhi. And the journey that ensues as the protagonist discovers India and himself. It also narrates the trials and triumphs of Bitu (Kapoor). 
“6 is the pincode of old Delhi,” explains Mehra. “If you were to shrink India, not geographically, but in it’s mindset, old Delhi would be it.

The film is a social drama set in contemporary India.”

Abhishek Bachchan
“I spent the majority of my childhood abroad, whenever I used to come back, I felt like I was discovering India. The script is almost a foreigner’s point of view of what the real India is; it’s not what is shown to you on the news channels, in adverts and newspapers.

And it was beautiful and enchanting,” stated Bachchan explaining the character of Roshan Mehra.
“There is a line that Roshan says in the film which really appeals to me. He’s in a bit of a dilemma; he’s debating whether to stay or go back to NY; and in the middle of a conversation with Rishi Kapoor’s character he says, ‘you know, the reason I like this place is because India works, the people make it work.’”

Sonam Kapoor
Greeted by applauding media, it’s fairly obvious that Sonam Kapoor has successfully endeared herself to most audiences. The starlet spoke about the character she portrays, “I was completely enthralled by the script. Bitu represented the youth of India. I liked her and her stupid quirks and eccentricities.”


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