Movie review by Anupama Chopra: Kya Dilli Kya Lahore gets too monotonous
If good intentions were enough to make a good film, then Kya Dilli Kya Lahore would be a winner. It’s a compelling idea, laid low by ineffectual execution, writes Anupama Chopra.movie reviews Updated: May 03, 2014 11:34 IST
Direction: Vijay Raaz
Actors: Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi
To underscore their common tragedy, Arora gives opposing backstories to his leads. So Rehmat is a Delhi resident who moved to Pakistan during Partition, and Pratap is a Lahore boy whose family now lives in a refugee camp in Delhi.
Some of their exchanges are moving, but both strain too hard to be both poignant and poetic. Since everything happens in the same space — basically a cabin in Fiji posing as the Wagah border — the film quickly becomes visually monotonous. The plot might have made good theatre, but as cinema, it is staggeringly tedious.
In the second half, Raj Zutshi enters as the Army postman. He screams up a storm but doesn’t accomplish much.
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore demands that we stay interested in only two actors for almost two hours. Under any circumstances, that’s a tall order.