Delhi-6 (2009)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 21 mins

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This contemporary romantic drama follows the coming-of-age saga of U.S.-based Roshan Mehra, whose mother, Fatima, is Muslim, while his dad is Hindu. When his ailing grandmother, Annapurna, wants to re-locate to Delhi to spend her last days, he accompanies her. Upon arrival, they are greeted by Ali Beg, who wanted to marry Fatima, but was not able to disclose his feelings to her. He also gets to meet the Sharma family, who hope that he will wed Rama, the daughter of Madan, who is busy looking for a groom for his other rather rebellious daughter, Bittu, who wants to be the next Indian Idol. He also gets to meet assorted Muslim and Hindus, who welcome him with open arms, and he gets to witness that lower caste Indians are still being shunned despite of modern technology and the launching of satellites. When reports of a Kala Bandhar terrorizing the community increases, Hindus start to suspect that it may be a Muslim terrorist, while the Muslims fear that it may be a Hindu political ploy to demolish a mosque. Who is the Kala Bandhar? Will Roshan ever come to understand and appreciate the diverse city that surrounds them?
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Cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Sonam Kapoor

Crew: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra (Director), Binod Pradhan (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance

Release Dates: 20 Feb 2009 (India)

Tagline: The journey within.

Hindi Name: देल्ही-६

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as Roshan Mehra
as Bittu Sharma
as Rajjo Sharma
as Baba Bandarmaar
as Annapurna's husband
as Gobar
as Suresh
as Mamdu
Supporting Actress
as MLA Maitreyi Devi
as Shashi
Supporting Actress
as Bhisham
as Rajan Mehra
as Haji Suleiman
Supporting Actress
as Lala Lahorilal
as Madan Gopal Sharma
as Jai Gopal Sharma
as Lala Bhairam
as Ramleela Narrator
as Pagal Fakir
Supporting Actor
as Ali Beg
as Rama Sharma
as Vimla Sharma
as Fatima Mehra
as Inspector Ranvijay
as Bobby
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actress

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Assistant Cameraman
Camera Operator
Focus Puller


Sound Designer
Location Sound Recordist
Sound Re-recording Mixer




Art Director
Production Designer


Casting Associate

Costume and Wardrobe

Assistant Costume Designer


Associate Editor
First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor

Special Effects

Special Effects Coordinator


Stunt Director
Stunt Double


Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Visual Effects Producer
Digital Compositor
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Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85:1 (Flat)
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Music Label: T-Series
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Mohit Chauhan
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Javed Ali, Kailash Kher
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Tanvi Shah, Benny Dayal, AR Rahman
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Playback Singer: Chinmayi Sripada, Ash King
Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Prasoon Joshi
Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Amitabh Bachchan
The journey within.
The Monkey-Man incident occurred in Delhi in 2001, while the Delhi metro rail began in 2002.

The movie is set in 2001 but there are scenes showing rehearsals for Indian Idol which did not begin until 2004.

When Abhishek Bachan goes to invite Om Puri for Jagran, the particles of blended cotton sticks to his clothes, but when he is about to leave all the particles disappear.

In the scene where Dadi first discloses that she wants to return to America, Rama is shown putting her head on Rajjo Bhabhi's shoulder. In the next scene, her head is up again, and you can notice her easing her head back onto Rajjo's shoulder.
Lyricist Prasoon Joshi explained in a radio interview that the song 'Genda Phool' (Marigold flower) is based on a Chattisgarh folk tune, where marigold flowers are considered sacred and very beautiful. The girl singing the song calls her in laws' home as having a very good atmosphere for her to live in.

The name of the movie is actually the name of Old Delhi, whose pin code is 110006. The residents of Old Delhi call it "Delhi 6".

The terrace shots of Delhi 6 were shot on set in Jaipur but were given the feel of Delhi in post production. Original backgrounds were replaced by images shot in Delhi. The key challenge in this shot was extending the generic terraces, building the geographic landmarks of the area like Jama Masjid, Golden Temple, Red Fort, with their respective geographical positions.

The rap that comes in the title track is actually french. It says the surprise one feels coming in a new atmosphere of small streets and compares it with the meeting of a loved one after a long wait.

The TVs in the Ali Beg's club show videos of India's only Formula1 team Force India. Force India is also especially thanked in the end credits for it.

Though it is very obvious that Statue of Liberty and Jama Masjid have been brought together 'digitally' in Old Delhi's skyline during Dil Gira Dafatan, during the entire movie, terrace shots showing the skyline were digitally created backgrounds.

The plane during 'Dil Gira Dafatan' bears the director's and title's initials - ROMPD6 (Rakeysh Om Prakash Mehra Delhi 6) as its livery.

In the promotional music video 'Masakali', Masakali is not the name of any person, but the pigeon with which Sonam Kapoor is dancing.

This movie features popular lyricist Prasoon Joshi's first attempt at story writing.

Though the story is primarily centered about Delhi, most of the film was shot in Sambar a town near Jaipur. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said that the streets of Sambar are very similar to those oh Delhi.

The role of Roshan Mehra played by Abhishek Bachchan was offered to 'Hritik Roshan', Siddharth (Rang De Basanti fame), 'Imran Khan' , 'Ranbir Kapoor' and 'Akshay Kumar'.

Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra said that didn't want an audition from Sonam Kapoor - he just talked to her for 6-7 hours and agreed her for the movie.

The film is a semi-autobiography of Rakesh himself as he has spent most of his childhood in Delhi only.

Many scenes of the movie were shot against the green screen (chroma background) using CGI. Various vfx techniques, right from compositing, matte painting, background plates (BG), wire removal and many more, went in creating shots which portrayed the look and the feel of real Delhi, though most of the sequences were not actually shot in Delhi for security reasons.

The Brooklyn bridge sequences were shot in green matte at the sets and were later composited with the BG plates, shot separately. (Number of shots: 18)

The Taj Mahal interior sequence was actually shot in green matte because of problem with permissions. Later using the reference of old building and images, a separate new background and location was created in computer graphics (CG) and composited with chroma background. The light coming from the window and falling over Sonam Kapoor, was created in 3D. (No. of shots: 11)

For the car scene in the beginning where Abhishek's character wakes up in the crowded place in Delhi when he first arrives in India, Abhishek Bachchan and other stars were shot against the green screen background and seats which were later replaced by the footage taken in a congested area of Delhi with empty car seats.
Movie Connection(s):
References: Teesri Kasam (Hindi)
Referenced in: Silent Heart (Danish)