Chalo Dilli…are we there yet?
Think âJab We Metâ or last yearâs âRoad, Movieâ. Shashant Shahâs “Chalo Dilliâ, starring Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak uses the oldest clichĂ© in the book â that of two entirely opposite personalities thrown together on a difficult journey.
Lara Dutta plays one of the those characters â Mihika Banerjee, an uptight, snobbish CEO, who wants only the best in life and has no tolerance for anyone who doesnât live up to her exacting standards.
Thanks to a missed flight announcement, she finds herself in a rickety car, in the middle of a deserted highway with Manu Gupta, a gregarious saree shop owner from old Delhi.
As the unlikely pair tries to make it safely from Jaipur to Delhi, they face many disasters, encounter several memorable moments, including a shootout at a rundown police station, a shady hotel a la âJab We Metâ and a gang war.
Director Shah does inject some doses of humour into the film, and there are times when you will find yourself laughing. The filmâs length is just under 2 hours, but it seems longer, because several of the situations are stretched and donât seem plausible. Itâs just Jaipur-Delhi, you think to yourself, it shouldnât be this hard.
Also, the two leads try too hard to fit into their characters. Lara Dutta tries to marry the hoity-toity act with the oh-Iâm-totally-changed-after-this-journey one, and fails. Vinay Pathak tries to be too outgoing and loud and doesnât leave with you with a lasting impression.
The twist in the end seems a tad too manipulative and designed to squeeze a tear or two out of the audience.
âChalo Dilliâ isnât entirely bad though. If you are looking for some laughs and donât mind having to endure Lara Duttaâs half-baked English accent, perhaps you might give it a go.