Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is a satire on Indo-Pak relationship and narrates a humorous yet emotional story of a bond formed between an Indian and a Pakistani soldier stationed at the Indo Pak border.Wikipedia
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore Reviews
It is static and goes around in a loop. There’s something about the film that reminds you of the Bosnian Oscar winner ‘No Man’s Land’, which was a poignant reminder of the futility of war, and the tragic waste of human lives. ‘Kya Dilli Kya Lahore’ had the potential to be as powerful, maybe more, because it is our story. So many people still remember Partition as if it was yesterday, and so many people have still have such strong familial connections on either side of the border.
At close to two hours, 'Kya Dilli Kya Lahore' is slow paced and might not interest those who want lots of action and love roller coaster ride through the story.
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.
Kya Dilli Kya Lahore may be a slow film but its climax will certainly touch you. Its poetic optimism will stay with you for long. Watch the film for Gulzar's poetry, the performance of its lead pair and an amazing climax. Avoid it if you love pace and action. This one offers neither a fast-paced story nor is there any blood and gore.
The entire film is a conversation between the two men, with just two more characters appearing. It is beautifully sparse and keeps us more than just interested. We are involved. We begin the viewing cautiously, watching carefully to see if the Indian is a bad guy, or the Pakistani. The film allows our prejudice to take its course and then shows us our own idiocy, through the two other characters who appear.
The idea behind Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is to once again point out the futility of war as well as highlight why human comes before being. And Vijay Raaz accomplishes that to a reasonable extent in his first filmmaking effort.
One of the finest things about 'KDKL' is Gulzar's poetic prologue. Without the usual trappings of filmi fanfare, this story has its heart in the right place - pure and undivided. Like pre-partition brotherhood.
With a better script and a better storyline the film would have been able to make a better impression.
The film basically brings out the struggle and pain of people from Pakistan and Indian who long to be united at one undivided land.
KYA DILLI KYA LAHORE is a one-time watch mainly for its offbeat storyline.
Vijay Raaz makes his directorial debut with this movie and while his intent of getting behind the steering wheel of an off-beat film needs to be applauded, his content and execution needs questioning. Even if it had to be a story about the partition and its aftermath, things could have been spiced up with more characters, instead of seeing just four performers in all for the duration of over 90 minutes.
The setting is right, so is the intention. But alas, the film doesn’t really go anywhere, and that’s a pity.
As an actor Vijay Raaz seldom lets down a film. Here he takes on the added responsibility of direction. He keeps the proceedings even-paced and free of techno-generated upheavals. The two actors are mostly left to their own devices. The end-result is a film of tremendous warmth and wisdom.
The film Kya Dilli Kya Lahore directed by Vijay Raaz himself witnesses fine performance by both Vijay and Manu while, the story though slightly stretching is capable of hitting the heart straight.
...deserves to be watched, but the filmed version is still a gem that needed a little more polish. The producer, Karan Arora, would do well to think about backing a stage adaptation of the same story and touring the country with the same cast. All he needs to do is fire Shandilya.
...is too class-appealing to create any impact whatsoever at the box-office. Its dull promotion will only add to its problems. Flop!