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Delhi-6 becomes a butt of joke

Written by: Courtesy: Bollywood Hungama
Published: Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 14:50 [IST]

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It has started all over again, i.e. SMS jokes being floated around the country after the release of a film. Of course the intensity, volume and composition is much higher when a film is being disliked and the same is happening in case of Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's latest release Delhi-6 which is fast becoming a butt of joke.

Sample these quick one liners that are currently making the rounds:

- A far better title would have been 'Silly Six'

- Six has gone for a Sixer

It all started with Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag when dozens of Ramu bashing, Aag bashing, Big B bashing and 'everything-associated-with-the-film' bashing jokes started making the rounds. So much so that after a while, Ramu himself was seen smiling at the jokes and even became an active participant once he moved on to newer projects (check his blogs and you would know that the man who is having most fun at the expense of Aag is Ramu himself!)

Wonder whether Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra would be seen smiling when he hears this one:

- We thought that he was the Rang De man and he turned out to be the Aks man!

Going back in time, the trend picked up after Ram Gopal Varma Ki Aag and each subsequent disaster was ripped in and out by people who had seen the film and even those who hadn't seen it (Ramu had once commented that if only the originators of all the negative word of mouth would have actually paid for the ticket and seen the film in theatres, his Aag may have actually become a hit due to sheer volumes)!

Anyway, so the film that seemed to be 'targeted' henceforth were mega debacles like Saawariya, Tashan, Love Story 2050, Drona and very recently Chandni Chowk To China. However, it seems that the worst was reserved for Delhi-6, as can be seen from the array of SMSs that started floating around the moment press and premier shows of the film came to an end on Thursday night.

So perplexed was the audience with the film that one of the first SMSs to arrive read as:

- A documentary on the city of Delhi can be shot in 3 days for 35000 rupees. Wonder why it took Mr. Mehra 3 years and 35 crore rupees?

Well, some may say that the film was meant for a class audience, it had a subtext to it, there was a layered narrative, one has to be seen twice to appreciate it's depth etc. etc. etc. However, audience doesn't seem to be in a mood to really buy the logic. No wonder, there is humour abound in the 'complex' theory, as conveyed by the following SMS:

- BREAKING NEWS. Rakeysh Mehra is now saying that you first have to see Delhi 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and 5 to understand the point of 6, which he is promising to make now since 6 tanked. He can then re-release 6 after those!

Of course, it is too early to say if the film has tanked or whether it is managing to keep its head above the water at least. However, one can't ignore some brilliant observation that comes in the form of following SMS which is simply priceless.

With such all around negativity dominating weekend entertainment for those who love their mobiles, one wonders what the general reaction of audience would be as the week progresses. The weekend collections should be able to tell the tale while the dreaded weekdays would indicate whether the film does carry some pull and indeed manages to find a certain segment of audience which still wishes to give this film a chance.

There are doubts though, as conveyed by this following piece of SMS writing:

- Forget 'monkey man', there is no audience man!

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