Chalo Dilli…are we there yet?
Think â€śJab We Metâ€ť or last yearâ€™s â€śRoad, Movieâ€ť. Shashant Shahâ€™s “Chalo Dilliâ€ť, 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 doesnâ€™t 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 â€śJab We Metâ€ť 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 filmâ€™s length is just under 2 hours, but it seems longer, because several of the situations are stretched and donâ€™t seem plausible. Itâ€™s just Jaipur-Delhi, you think to yourself, it shouldnâ€™t 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-Iâ€™m-totally-changed-after-this-journey one, and fails. Vinay Pathak tries to be too outgoing and loud and doesnâ€™t 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.
â€śChalo Dilliâ€ť isnâ€™t entirely bad though. If you are looking for some laughs and donâ€™t mind having to endure Lara Duttaâ€™s half-baked English accent, perhaps you might give it a go.