Bollywood takes a ride on Delhi Metro
After exhausting all means of educating people on how to use the Metro, the DMRC has finally taken refuge in Bollywood, reports Sidhartha Roy.delhi Updated: Aug 29, 2007 00:54 IST
Two brothers go to a mela. Get separated. One becomes a gangster. The other an honest police officer. Many melas later, they meet… again at a mela.
An original-recipe Bollywood script. Well, almost. But if you replace the "mela" with "Metro" you get an awareness campaign film being shown at the Rajiv Chowk station of Delhi Metro. The effort is to teach Metro-users how to board and disembark trains in a civilised manner. Moral of the story: That way you don’t get separated from your sibling and deal with a full-blown mafia don later on in life.
The short film has been divided into two parts, each of one minute. It tells the story of two brothers — Lallan and Khilawan (Amitabh Bachchan and Shashi Kapoor lookalikes) — who go for their maiden Metro trip and get separated in the melee of commuters trying to board the train.
Lallan becomes a gangster who works for 'Loin' (remember Ajit?) Khilawan becomes a cop.
In true Bollywood style, the brothers reunite in the second part, again at a Metro station. This time they are seen teaching fellow commuters to first let passengers get off the train and then board.
The actors in the film are all students of the National School of Drama. After exhausting all means of educating people on how to use the Metro, the DMRC has finally taken refuge in Bollywood.