Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Kya Dilli Kya Lahore

Cast: Vijay Raaz (Rehmat Ali), Manu Rishi (Samarth Pratap Shastri), Raj Zutsi (Barfi Singh), Vishwajeet Pradhan (Pakistani Captain)
Genre: War Drama, Social
Direction: Vijay Raaz
Production: Karan Arora
Banner: High Ground Enterprise, Picture Thoughts Production
Story: Aseem Arora
Screenplay: Aseem Arora, Manu Rishi Chadha
Dialogue: Manu Rishi Chadha
Cinematographer: Raj Chakraborty
Editor: Archit D Rastogi
Music: Sandesh Shandilya
Lyricist: Gulzar
Singers: Sukhwinder Singh, Sandesh Shandilya, Rahat, Pepon, Shafaqat Amanat Ali, Ustad Hamid Ali Khan
Release Date: 2nd May, 2014
Language: Hindi
Duration: 98 minutes

The Plot:
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is a great piece of work by Director Vijay Raaz, which asserts the fact that the partition of India was an ill-fated thing which affected the lives of many. Though people fled from their place of birth, changed the nationality, crossed borders, left behind many things but their hearts still cherished their lives on the other side of the border. Partition was followed by mass migration of people, communal riots, civil unrest, ethnic and religious discord. Kya Dilli Kya Lahore showcases how people across the border have similar stories to tell, similar feelings of nostalgia, their own shares of misunderstandings, their helpless victimization to the political and national animosities and hostilities, their traumatic losses etc.

The movie begins with the glimpses of the partition, formation of two different nations addressed by respective Prime Ministers, followed by the mass migration of people across the borders. These visuals are followed with Gulzar’s voice reciting a deep beautiful poem:

लकीरें हैं तो रहने दो (Lakiren hain to rahne do)
किसी ने रूठकर गुस्से मेँ शायद खीच दी थी (Kisi ne ruthkar gusse me shayad kheench di thi)
उन्ही को अब बनाओ पाला (Unhi ko ab banavo pala)
और आओ कब्बड़ी खेलते हैं (Aur aao kabbaddi khelte hain)
लकीरें हैं तो रहने दो (Lakiren hain to rahne do)

This very poem gives the theme of the whole movie that how painful the whole affair of partition was. People became a part of it even though unwillingly.

And then the year 1948 at North West Frontier Province and Kashmir is shown, where a Pakistani Captain (Vishwajeet Pradhan) and another soldier Rehmat Ali (Vijay Raaz) have survived an altercation at the border. Pakistani captain asks Rehmat Ali to steal the file for Dilli-Lahore tunnel from the Indian base on the other side of the border. Rehmat Ali on reaching the Indian base gets into verbal tiff with the cook in the Indian army Samarth Pratap Shastri (Manu Rishi). Their interaction is the highlight of the movie which points out at so many matters related to partition. The dialogue delivery by both the protagonists is so natural and spontaneous. Initial verbal abuses, allegations later took a very empathetic turn. Both of them had their own versions of stories, dissimilar yet very much similar, Samarth was of Pakistani origin and Rehmat Ali was of Indian origin, both had to bear the aftermath of partition. Many of their dialogues actually moved me.

What happens later, it has to be seen and felt. Raj Zutsi (Barfi Singh) and Pakistani captain have brief screen time but definitely a very good performance from them.    

There is a scene where Rahmat Ali says he was asked by his father to leave everything behind and cross border. He did so without questioning. Both Rahmat and Samarth have an argument over who initiated the mass massacre.    

The last scene of the movie brought tears to my eyes. As the official trailer showed, the very first thing that dies in a war is the truth. This movie definitely talks about just being human.

I could feel the pain of the soldiers who are guarding us. They are deprived of even basic necessities viz. water at times; still they are not tired of pursuing their duties. Political power games continue, but who suffers – common men. It is so touching to see that even after serving a Nation, they are yelled at as refugees by their own countrymen. People miss the undivided India. They want to get rid of the warring scenario. People on either side lost their people, belongings. Was partition required at all?  

Official Trailer:

“Kya Dilli Kya Lahore” moves you, touches your heart. Really, Kya Dilli! Kya Lahore! Just remove the fences and let us be one.

Rating: 3.5 / 5 (Good +)