Movie Review: Chalo Dilli (2011)
Delhi is the ‘centre of attraction’ these days with movie-makers setting the premise of their films in this city. Whether it was the thoroughly enjoyable BAND BAAJA BAARAAT or the much celebrated NO ONE KILLED JESSICA in the recent past, both depicted the flavors of the city, while the city also had a significant role to play in those movies. Now CHALO DILLI, directed by Shashant Shah, talks about a journey that originates in Mumbai, travels to Jaipur and concludes in Delhi.
The moment the synopsis of a film is revealed, a Google search helps you get to the original source of the film. It’s true that CHALO DILLI borrows from DUE DATE , but one can’t help but draw parallels with PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES  as well, which remains a benchmark for odd couples embarking on an error-prone adventure.
CHALO DILLI is a road movie. Mihika [Lara Dutta], who works for a multinational financial institution, is heading back home from Mumbai to Delhi [to her husband who lives there] and misses her flight and encounters Manu [Vinay Pathak], a podgy and loud person who has a small shop at Karol Bagh, Delhi.
Manu is everything that Mihika isn’t. Loud. Crass. Obnoxious. Rude. He is that guy who talks on his cell phone loudly and then sputters gutkaa juice much to the horror of those present in the vicinity.
As fate would have it, Mihika lands up in a situation where she and Manu are stuck together for the rest of the journey to Delhi. It’s a bizarre journey with the oddest travelling couple ever. A bizarre journey through air, road and rail from Mumbai, via Jaipur to Delhi.