By Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM
current generation of working professionals leads a life very different than
what it was earlier. That’s the essence of DELHII HEIGHTS.
But the question is, does this seemingly realistic yarn work? Sure,
DELHII HEIGHTS tries to portray the life of many working professionals
in the metros of India, with Delhi in particular, but the result isn’t as
What acts as a spoilsport here is the writing. Had the material been as
compelling as the actors enacting the parts, the results would’ve been
complimentary. But that’s not the case here!
Abi [Jimmy Shergill] and Suhana [Neha Dhupia] are a newly-wed
couple who live in a building complex called Delhii Heights. They work for
rival companies. In the same society live Timmy [Om Puri], his wife Ruby
[Kamini Khana] and their daughter Sweety. Abi’s friend Bobby [Rohit
Roy] and his wife Saima [Simone Singh] also live in the same
Due to their tiresome and tedious professional lives, Abi and Suhana
are not able to dedicate ample time to each other and have to compromise
on many occasions. On the other hand, Bobby is a compulsive flirt. When
Suhana and Bobby dance on Holi and when they meet at Suhana’s house
for a business chat, Abi begins to feel uncomfortable with Bobby being
around too much and gets a little possessive. All these factors reduce the
tolerance level of the couple.
Abi and Suhana, employed with rival companies, are working on the
same deal and it seems to be going in favor of Abi. But at the end moment,
the deal goes in favor of Suhana’s company. Abi feels Suhana has taken
advantage by reading his confidential documents and taking the deal away
from him. He has a tiff with her and does not even give her a chance to
explain her viewpoint.
Saima is fed up of her husband’s flirtatious ways and catches him red
-handed one day. In the tension that follows, Bobby meets with an
accident. Since she loves him, she takes care of him until he recovers.
Bobby begs for another chance. That incident changes their lives.
Meanwhile, Abi realizes his fault and apologizes to Suhana, realizing
that she was not responsible for anything and had never broken his trust in
the first place. All’s well that ends well. Other tracks are that of a group of
friends who are just having fun and play pranks.
The story stands on a realistic platform and the identification with the
premise is tremendous. But the material hasn’t been explored to the
optimum. An exciting screenplay would’ve only taken the graph of the film
upwards. Also, a number of scenes are unnecessary and seem forced in
the narrative. The writing lacks vision.
Barring the Jimmy-Neha track and to an extent, Rohit-Simone track,
the other stories only add to the length of the film. Had the director
concentrated on limited characters, the results would’ve been better.
After an ordinary first hour, you expect things to perk up in the second
half. But, again, the mediocre writing doesn’t improve things. Even the
climax is a disappointment. A better culmination was the need of the hour
Given the material, director Anand Kumar’s execution doesn’t really
help elevate matters. Music [Rabbi Shergill] is pleasant. ‘Tere Bin’ is the
best track of the enterprise; its one number you carry home after the show
has concluded. Cinematography is striking. Dialogues don’t leave much of
Jimmy Shergill is a complete natural. The role demanded an able
performer and Jimmy doesn’t let you down one bit. Neha Dhupia enacts
her part with equal conviction. She seems to be evolving into a fine actor.
Rohit Roy goes a little over the top, but is alright otherwise. Simone Singh
is efficient. Om Puri doesn’t get substantial footage, but is a delight to
watch whenever he appears on screen. Kamini Khanna and Vivek Shauq
are just about okay.
On the whole, DELHII HEIGHTS is too mediocre a fare to leave any
impression. The pre-release promotion [attractive promos] might appeal to
a section of the multiplex-going junta, that’s about it!
Bollywood.com Rating: 2
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