Cast: Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Raj Zutshi, Vishwajeet Pradhan
Director: Vijay Raaz
What's it about:
Inspired by the 2001 Oscar winning film No Man's Land, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is a story set in 1948 at the Indo-Pak border. Manu Rishi an Indian cook and Vijay Raaz a Pakistani armyman are left to guard an outpost. Left to their own the two begin the traditional tu-tu main-main of proving whose country is responsible for the other's destruction. They swear by Nehru and Jinnah and those interested in that period might find this altercation quite amusing. The story is character driven and the writing is smart and engaging.
Manu Rishi does a fantastic job of playing his part with the right amount of enthusiasm. The dialogues are the real hero of the film as they bring out the real mood and flavor of the film. Most of the time is spent on the banter between Rishi and Raaz and the two are able to keep you entertained with their antics.
There is very little scope for the story to progress as the one track plot gets monotonous. Raaz doesn't spend much time exploring any other angles or tracks in the film. There is a lot of talking that gets exhausting after a certain point. Also Indo-Pak films in the past have got caught in the trap of jingoism and Kya Dilli Kya Lahore isn't any different.
What to do:
With a better script and a better storyline the film would have been able to make a better impression.