Movie Review: Delhii Heights ...

By Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM

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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

convincing.

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

complex.

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

for sure.

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

an impact.

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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