(Various lyricists and composers have put together the eight odd songs in the film’s soundtrack. This lack of uniformity is evident when you listen to it.)
Meetings, deadlines, presentations. Transfers, salary cuts, right-sizing or HR firing. Welcome to Corporate India. Here market forces determine where you work, what you earn and for how long. In this age of cut-throat competition and governmental support largely absent in the private sector, you are left with only one thing in plenty — stress.
Cut to an investment bank in a swanky Mumbai office space, complete with its stiff upper lip antiseptic ambience. Chalo Dilli is a film that can be aptly used as a case study for all those stressed out corporate executives in urban India, who are running the rat race. So what if you win it, you still emerge a rat… goes the proverb, but how many are listening? Fewer still opt out of it. The climb to the top of the corporate ladder has more than its fair share of stresses and Chalo Dilli can be used as an ideal tool for team-building exercise within corporates.
As an actor Vinay Pathak will once again not disappoint you in his latest release. Manu Gupta (Pathak), a loud, crass, garments shop owner from Karol Bagh makes a journey from Mumbai to Delhi with a snooty uptight investment banker Mihika Banerjee (Lara Dutta). What follows is a series of bond-building exercises between the two strangers who are otherwise poles apart.
This life-altering trip is amusing in parts though the second-half tends to drag. Rajasthan comes alive with its sand dunes and other scenic beauty. The music is not worth listening to. They’ve even inserted an item number to up the ticket sales. Yet, the movie has a soul which makes it extremely likeable. Don’t look for too much detailing. Just sit back and enjoy. Watch out for the climax!