Wars are always devastating and for us what was more devastating than the India-Pakistan partition in 1948 which occurred on a big pool of blood.
Yes, Kya Dilli Kya Lahore
released on May 2 starring Vijay Raaz (Rehmat Ali) and Manu Rishi
(Samarth Pratap) in lead roles portrays the pain associated with
the 1948 partition and strongly advocates peace.
The story unfolds like Vijay Raaz playing the role of a
Pakistani soldier crosses the border to India to dig out a
blue-print of a supposed tunnel being built from Delhi to Lahore by
Indian Force to attack Pakistan and he comes across Manu Rishi who
happens to be a cook of the Indian Army.
Eventually the two foes turn friends when they realise that they
share very common sorrows and fate as both recall the suffering and
humiliation they underwent in their new homelands after partition.
Although, the film mostly revolves around Vijay and Manu, Rajendranath Zutshi (Barfi Singh)
and Vishwajeet Pradhan also had brief
but significant roles of a postman for Indian Army and Pakistan
Army Captain respectively.
Though there has been quite a number of films based on the 1948
partition but Kya Dilli Kya Lahore has a very fresh angle
coupled with heartfelt emotions and fine presentation. Initially,
the film goes on with expressing the hatred and wrath stuck deep
inside the heart of Vijay and Manu with a couple of bullet
exchanging scenes as they both blame each other's nation for the
partition and later, the film smoothly goes into a more emotional
phase when the two soldiers recall their childhood in Delhi and
Lahore respectively. This is when the two heart-broken men in
uniform realise the commonness between each other and they turn
Crafted by legendary Gulzar, the film Kya Dilli Kya Lahore is
blessed with some strong and poetic one liners with a heavy
background score which brings in the feel of the old days, though
some words might appear out of the dictionary for the young and non
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.