Kya Dilli Kya Lahore
Casts: Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi
Banner: High Ground Enterprise, Picture Thoughts Production
Director: Vijay Raaz
Producer: Karan Arora
Writers: Aseem Arora
Music: Sandesh Shandilya
Release Date: 2nd May 2014
Story line: In 1948, a cross-fire erupts at an isolated stretch of Indo-Pak border, leaving only two soldiers alive. One is an Indian soldier of Pakistani origin while the other happens to be a Pakistani soldier of Indian origin. An ironic story of pride and survival begins when – in an attempt to evade danger, they bump into each other. And amidst continuous exchange of bullets, altercations and murkier situations, it evolves into a journey of human connection with an unforeseeable end..
First Look of the movie was unveiled at Wagah Border (Punjab) with a symbolic colourful flag lowering ceremony. The star cast held a candle light vigil on 14 August 2012. And, giant posters of the movie were set up where hundreds flocked to watch the ceremony. The first look has been very impressive and Gulzar’s shayari from the movie has already touched people’s hearts.
About the movie, Raaz says that “It is a very emotional film” for him and that “It is a very innocent story” “The film comes with the message that humanity is bigger than any religion or any country and that’s what we have tried to convey through the film.”
About involvement in the movie, Gulzar sahib says that “This subject (partition) is very close” to his heart and he has been “writing about it a lot.” He further adds, “After seeing the film, I was surprised to know that many youngsters have been associated with the film and yet they have brought the essence of the whole film so well. Karan had brought the script to me and after they completed the film, he brought it to show it to me. The film was bang on. The film talks about peace yet is not preachy and there is no blood shed, it is a human drama and very relevant.”
Producer Karan Arora added that this “is not like a typical Bollywood extravaganza, it is a simple film.” He is ” not worried about the commercial viability” of the film and is content to know that he made “an honest film”
Know more about the captain of the Ship, the director: Vijay was born in allahabad,UP. As a student of Kirori Mal College, he was a part of the dramatic society The Players. He also appeared in plays at the National School of Drama. He decided to focus on a film career and moved to Mumbai where he received a role in Ram Gopal Varma’s Jungle. Naseeruddin Shah had seen him perform at the NSD and recommended him to Mahesh Mathai for Bhopal Express and to Mira Nair for Monsoon Wedding. After the success of Monsoon Wedding, Raaz received many roles. His first mainstream film cast as the leading actor was Raghu Romeo, a box office success where Raaz depicts the life of a confused lower-class Indian fellow.
He came into light for his memorable performance in the movie Run. In which his Kauwa Biryani act became highly acclaimed. His performance in the movie got the cult status and was praised by the masses. He also played a major role in the film Delhi Belly, where he played a ruthless gangster. As a villain in the movie he has received much critical applause for his performance.
My Gut Feel and comments:
Plot of the movie is unique and interesting where two soldiers from both the sides initiate dialogue on bitter note and then eventually understand and acknowledge that how people from both the nations are strongly integrated belongs to same routes. Indo-Pak partition is a sensitive topic for both the nations and this movie seems to be an honest effort to understand the gravity of fact that common people from both the sides wish good for each other however due to lack of political will we are not making peace with each other and on top of that few other notorious countries are misusing this conflict. Its Vijay Raaz’s directorial debut and I am impressed with his sensibility of cinema. Movie length is 100 minutes which leads to less chances of a dragged movie.
I am giving this movie 3.5 stars out of 5 stars, one night before the release.