Movie Review: Chalo Dilli (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★½☆☆☆
Box Office: Avg.

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 [2010], but one can’t help but draw parallels with PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES [1987] 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.


Good Reviews  |  Average Reviews  |  Bad Reviews
Positive Reviews
3.5 “The story may be simple, straight and sprinkled with all the predictable twists and turns you can envisage in a drama that pitches a snooty, spoilt woman against a desi Indian male.”
3.5 “Still for the fleshed-out characters and the winning Lara-Vinay pairing – this one’s worth a watch. Enjoy!”
3.5 “A refreshing film with a lot of heart”
3.0 “CHALO DILLI is exciting and amusing in parts.”
Average Reviews
2.5 “Chalo Dilli doesn’t quite reach its destiny. The films works only in parts.”
2.5 “Jump on board and head to ‘Dilli’!”
2.5 “Make time for Chalo Dilli if you want some light hearted fun that celebrates small town India.”
2.5 “Chalo Dilli isn’t actually a ha-ha ride, something that you definitely expected with the name Vinay Pathak being attached to the film”
Negative Reviews
2.0 “Chalo Dilli is an emotional stream of senselessness”
DNA India
2.0 “With lack of engaging moments, CHALO DILLI eventually turns out to be a tiresome ‘journey’.”
2.0 “Chalo Dilli strains hard to be uplifting and poignant but it doesn’t quite make it.”
NDTV Movies
2.0 “Chalo Dilli sets out on the right footing but doesn’t quite make the impression one would expect.”
2.0 “Chalo Dilli is predictable”
IBN Live
1.5 “Chalo Dilli is an arduous journey”
1.5 “It’s just banal, belaboured, contrived concoction that’s just not funny; certainly not fun”
1.0 “Chalo Dilli could be easily missed”
DNA India 2

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