Movie: Delhi Belly

Director: Abhinay Deo

Cast: Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Vir Das, Shehnaz Treasury, Poorna Jagannathan

Jagran Rating:   (Good)

Story Line: Two hands to hold your belly (while you roll on the floor laughing) and a few slangs to vent out your amusement and amazement-these are the two pre-requisites if you want to watch ‘Delhi Belly’. This may be sound unabashed, but it's an attempt to give you a taste of what's in store when you step in to watch the film.

The film is unabashed, in-your-face, and there's nothing classy about it. If anything, ‘Delhi Belly’ revels in its crassness, sometimes a bit too much. In a country where we love our slapstick, the film gives you plenty.

Tashi, Arun and Nitin – flat mates, buddies and partners in crime. Tashi (Imran), who is a journalist, is to get married in a month but still doesn’t know if his fiancée (Shehnaz Treasury) is the one. Arun (Vir Das) can’t make up his mind who he wants to kill first, his girlfriend (who has just dumped him) or his stupid, annoying boss (whose creativity edges on the verge of stupidity).

And Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor) is about to discover that eating delicious tandoori chicken off a street vendor is going to give him the worst case of Delhi Belly he’s ever known!

Toilet humour is in abundance here. Heck, it begins with the film's title itself. 'Delhi Belly' is a kind of traveller's diarrhoea, the sort someone visiting and not used to the cuisine here would get.

Delhi resident Nitin gets a bad bout of loosies. A photographer, he's on a secret assignment, capturing his landlord have sex with a prostitute so he can blackmail him into paying rent that Nitin and his roommates, Tashi  and Arup can't afford.

On the way out, Nitin pays the prostitute for her service and gently presses her breast in recognition of the work she's done for him. Nitin's stool sample gets mixed up with a bag of diamonds local goons (Vijay Raaz and his cronies) are after. Mayhem ensues. That, pretty much, is the plot of the film.

Everything else, including Tashi's attraction to fellow journalist Menaka (Poorna), Arup's seemingly dull life (horrid boss, selfish girlfriend) and Nitin's guilt pangs at having blackmailed the landlord who comes to his rescue when he needs it, is incidental to the main track. But it all comes together in a neat 96-minutes-long story.

Three regular blokes, living the regular life except for one small detail, they are on the hit list of one of the world’s deadliest crime syndicates. Will they be able to get away before the shit hits the roof and it comes crashing down? Delhi Belly is the meanest comedy you’re ever likely to see.

Thumbs Up: It’s a simple storyline with required twists and turns, handled capably by the director. While the first half sprinkles fresh, new humour and comes with many bone tickling moments, the realistic approach and simple locations make the story more appealing and believable. A film with no break, justifies the amount of energy and entertainment pumped into the concept.

Imran Khan looks confident and effective and seems to have decided to whitewash his guy-next-door image. Vir Das is excellent and his comic timing raises the bar higher. Kunal Roy Kapoor proves his ability as an actor and his body language definitely adds extra humour in this film.

Almost 95 percent of the film is in English and the dialogues are well written, which convey the conversations happening between young friends. 'D K Bose,' which has already raised the temperature high, only helps the director to take the plot further. Composer Ram Sampath's other songs, manage to maintain a regular bouquet of Bollywood songs, which include an item number and typical melodramatic dialogue by Aamir Khan and a decently done background score.

Though one needs to wait for Aamir’s ‘Disco Fighter’ till the end, but that’s definitely worth a wait!

Here comes Aamir Khan’s another predictable production ‘Delhi Belly’. Coming from the brand name ‘Aamir’ the expectations were already very high and we must tell you it certainly hasn’t disappointed.

Thumbs Down: Delhi Belly is neither for family nor for audiences who do not enjoy the hard core adult content in films. Akshat Varma's script seems to be trying too hard initially, F-words thrown in generously for effect but looking forced. Many of the jokes work because they are in English.

If you still wondering where has D K Bose disappeared? Who is D K Bose in the film? To your disappointment, well it is just a song penned down only to bring out the slang element and give the film a more crazy touch.

So, do not forget the pre-requisites before sitting to watch Delhi Belly with your best friends (and a couple of pegs down may be).

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JPN