There have been many Bollywood films whose makers have high expectations from them, but those films flop badly as soon as they are released at the box office. There has also been a similar Bollywood actor Abhishek Bachchan and Sonam Kapoor's film Delhi-6. This film came in the year 2009. The film was directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra, director of the superhit 'Rang De Basanti'. The director had high expectations from this film, but Delhi-6 proved to be a flop in theatres.
After the flop of this film, now Rakeysh Omprakash has expressed his pain. Recently, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra's autobiography 'The Stranger In The Mirror' has been released. This book has been written by Rita Ramamurthy Gupta. In this book, from the career of the veteran director to the ups and downs of life in every way.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has mentioned in his book that he was very broken inside when the film Delhi-6 flopped. Not only this, after the flop of this film, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra was so immersed in alcohol that he wanted to kill himself. According to the news of the English website Times of India, Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has written in his book that after the flop of Delhi-6, he was immersed in drinking for 6 months.
Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra in 'The Stranger in the Mirror' said, "The film opened on Friday, 20 February 2009 to a great response. Till Sunday, we had crossed ₹40 crore business, but then Monday came, and the audience disappeared from the theatres. I was devastated. The loss at the box office and my struggle with it left me deeply shaken. I started to realize whether I was capable of consistently making great cinema? Was Rang De Basanti a hypocrite?'
Omprakash Mehra in the book 'The Stranger in the Mirror' has also mentioned the reaction of critics to Delhi-6. He has told through the book that he had started receiving death threats. Omprakash Mehra said in the book, 'I was going into darkness. I was unable to accept my failure, I drowned myself in alcohol and I wanted to drink till my death.'
The veteran director further wrote in the book, 'I never wanted to sleep to wake up. I was hurting my wife and our daughter. Things were getting worse between us. I was careless and insensitive towards the people I loved the most. The film's Omprakash Mehra has told that his wife helped him find out the reason for the film's failure and six months later, he woke up and called the film's cinematographer Binod Pradhan.
He told Omprakash about the original script of the film's story, in which Abhishek Bachchan's character is lynched to death, in the theatrical release version. The two reunited at the end of the film and the film was sent to the Venice Film Festival, where the film was well-received. Despite the failure, Delhi-6 won two National Awards that year. Nargis Dutt Award for Best Production Design and Best Feature Film.