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Chalo Dilli (transl. Let's go to Delhi) is a 2011 Indian film directed by Shashant Shah. It features Lara Dutta and Vinay Pathak. It also features Akshay Kumar and Mahika Sharma in a guest appearance. The film, produced under Dutta's husband Mahesh Bhupathi's production company, Big Daddy Productions and Eros International Media Ltd, was shot at locations in Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur.[1] It was released on 29 April 2011. It was inspired by the film Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin.[2] A sequel to the film, named Chalo China, was set to be made in 2014 but was postponed due to lack of financers.[3]

Chalo Dilli
Theatrical release poster
Directed byShashant Shah
Produced byKrishika Lulla
Kavita Bhupathi Chadda
Lara Dutta
Screenplay byArshad Sayed
Story byArshad Sayed
StarringLara Dutta
Vinay Pathak
Akshay Kumar
Mahika Sharma
Music byGourov Dasgupta
Anand Raj Anand
Sachin Gupta (Hi5)
Rohit Kulkarni
Roshan Balu
CinematographyNikos Andritsakis
Edited byAseem Sinha
Distributed byBig Daddy Productions
Eros International Media Ltd.
Bheegi Basanti Entertainment
Release date
  • 29 April 2011 (2011-04-29)
Running time
155 minutes
Budget9.5 crore (US$1.4 million)
Box office14.5 crore (US$2.1 million)


Mihika Banerjee (Lara Dutta), a successful investment banker living in Mumbai, misses her flight to Delhi and needs to get there any way possible to meet her husband, Lt. Col. Vikram Rana (Akshay Kumar). She meets Manu Gupta (Vinay Pathak) and they discover the colours of India in their journey to Delhi. They go by road and train and the audience gets a chance to see both the large urban conglomerations and the small rural areas like Nua, a small town in Rajasthan, that make up India. During the journey, Mihika experiences various difficulties which she has never encountered in her high class life. When Mihika's money is stolen while she is buying a train ticket, she is forced to travel with Manu in the ordinary class in Jhunjhunu District. Thus the film revolves around Mihika's and Manu's journey amidst difficulties.


Critical receptionEdit

The film received mixed to negative reviews, and was given 3.5/5 stars by The Times of India,[4] 2.5/5 stars by IndiaWeekly[5] and 1.5/5 by[6]


Chalo Dilli
Soundtrack album by
Released29 April 2011
GenreFilm soundtrack

The music was composed by Gourov Dasgupta, Anand Raj Anand, Sachin Gupta, Rohit Kulkarni, and Roshan Balu. Lyrics were penned by Manthan, Anand Raj Anand, Krishika Lulla, Shabbir Ahmed, and Nisha Mascarenhas.

Track listingEdit

1."Chalo Dilli"Gourov DasguptaRaja Hasan4:34
2."Hi 5"Sachin GuptaNeeraj Shridhar5:49
3."Kaun Se Badi Baat"Rohit KulkarniKamal Heer5:12
4."Laila O Laila"Gourov DasguptaJune Banerjee3:11
5."Matargashtiya"Anand Raj AnandSukhwinder Singh4:47
6."Moments in Life"Rohit KulkarniNatalie Di Luccio3:24
7."Hi 5" (Club Mix)Sachin GuptaNeeraj Shridhar2:33
8."Laila" (Club Mix)Roshan BaluJune Banerjee4:35


  1. ^ "Mahesh Bhupathi turns producer for Lara Dutta". Times of India. 1 March 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  2. ^ "Lara, Vinay: An odd couple". Times of India. 10 March 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011.
  3. ^ "Chalo Dilli sequel postponed/". IANS. 30 May 2014.
  4. ^ Kazmi, Nikhat (28 April 2011). "Chalo Dilli". The Times of India.
  5. ^ Headline. "Indian DVD: Shopping, News & More". Archived from the original on 30 August 2011. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
  6. ^ "Review: Chalo Dilli is an arduous journey – Movies". 29 April 2011. Retrieved 6 July 2012.

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