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SUBHASH K JHA (Mid-Day; August 1, 2009)

Director Rakeysh Mehra changed the beginning and end of the film before sending it to Venice film festival

Does director Rakeysh Mehra feel the quick-fix revive-the-hero ending became the undoing of Delhi- 6? Yes, he does.

Without anyone’s knowledge, he re-edited the film, restored  the original  ending, and submitted it to the Venice Film Festival. And, it got selected.

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Venice Calling: A still from Abhishek-Sonam starrer Delhi-6

Says Rakeysh,  “On Thursday night, I got an e-mail informing me that Delhi-6 has been selected for the Venice Film Festival.

They loved the film and it will be screened on either September 2 or 3. I sent them a new version of Delhi-6 based on my original script.

I had to do this, otherwise, I wouldn’t have died in peace.”

Apparently, Rakeysh had been forced to incorporate a happy ending to accommodate distributors.

He admits he wasn’t happy with the ending.

“Now, I’ve a new beginning and end. I  intended the film to end with  the death of Abhishek’s character.

People were genuinely confused by some aspects of the film like the mirror as a metaphor for looking within, the kala bandar metaphor.

The joy of being selected for Venice has washed away all wrongs in the script,” he says.

“Sometimes in life you do lose track of the destintation during the journey.

But three months after the film’s release, I have re-shot and re-edited the ending,” he adds.  Now he wants Indian audiences to see the changed Delhi-6.

“It’s the director’s cut, like Francis Coppola’s Apocalypse Now, which didn’t make sense the first time.

It made history after the changes. We shouldn’t have been in a hurry to release a film, which tries a new grammar and idiom.”

Sighs Rakeysh, “I’ve grown wiser now. I’m happy I’ve gone for the sad ending in Delhi-6.

This  is a creative correction  that has made me sleep easier.”