Delhi Belly Movie Review: Thank God for Aamir Khan!

Thu, June 30, 2011 2:50pm UTC by 28 Comments
Delhi Belly Movie Review: Thank God for Aamir Khan!

Delhi Belly Review

Delhi Belly is a fast, pacy ride. This isn’t a film for the squeamish or the easily offended as it contains (covered) erections, (under the covers) cunnilingus and a galaxy of foul language that is used most inventively

A massive hat tip to Aamir Khan (the producer, not the actor) for having the gumption to produce such diverse fare and make it succeed at the box office, for, back in 2001, a four-hour film about cricket (Lagaan) was a huge financial risk. Similarly, films about dyslexia (Taare Zameen Par), farmer suicides (Peepli Live) and an artsy Mumbai diary (Dhobi Ghat) were all risks, but had punters queuing up at the turnstiles. Marvellously written by Akshat Verma, Delhi Belly is a racy caper laced with colourful and rude language and something that a more conventional producer wouldn’t have dared to touch.

The plot though derivative and reminiscent of Guy Ritchie films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, with a nod to Quentin Tarantino penned and Tony Scott helmed True Romance as well, is fresh to Indian audiences and fresh and original in its treatment. The film follows journalist Tashi (Imran Khan), his photographer Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor) and cartoonist Arup (Vir Das) who live in squalor in a crumbling flat in Delhi. A reluctant Tashi is due to wed his flight attendant girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz Treasury, who has inexplicably dropped the ‘wala’ from her surname) shortly. Sonia becomes an unwitting mule for a parcel of smuggled diamonds. When this gets exchanged with a packet containing Nitin’s stool sample, all hell breaks loose and Delhi’s gangland is on the flatmates’ trail. Adding to the mix is Tashi’s work colleague, the sultry and soon-to-be-divorced Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan) who has the hots for him.

Delhi Belly is a fast, pacy ride that doesn’t pause for breath and thankfully for songs, except for a hilarious dream interlude of Arup’s. This isn’t a film for the squeamish or the easily offended as it contains (covered) erections, (under the covers) cunnilingus and a galaxy of foul language that is used most inventively. The characters look and talk like real Delhi youngsters, speaking in a mixture of English with some Hindi mixed in. Unlike Band Baaja Baaraat and Do Dooni Chaar that concentrated mainly on capturing lower middle-class Delhi, director Abhinay Deo and cinematographer Jason West (Rock On!!), contrast the hip urban cool spots of the city with the crumbling edifices and teeming markets of the old city. The sharp editing and Ram Sampath’s pounding soundtrack keep the film moving along briskly and Verma’s script always produces a twist where least expected. The acting is uniformly excellent with Jagannathan’s debut proving to be a smashing one. Even the normally annoying Treasury is perfect casting, as her character in the film is meant to be annoying.

So, on to the man himself, Aamir Khan. The eagle eyed in the audience can spot his face on a poster above Arup’s bed and on a standee outside a cinema playing Return of Disco Fighter, a character Arup is obsessive about. Since the videos have been released, it is no secret that Aamir does a rambunctious homage to Elvis, Carl Douglas and Biddu’s Kung Fu Fighting, Mithun Chakraborty’s Gunmaster G9 and his and Bappi Lahiri’s Disco Dancer all rolled into one over the end credits. This is the perfect cherry on the cake to a great cinematic experience that provides genuine belly laughs. The makers of the asinine Thank Yous and Double Dhamaals of this world would do well to watch Delhi Belly and learn how to make smart comic capers.

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  • Rahul

    Hummm..you mean “Delhi Belly” is a must watch this weekend??

    • Pawan Kr. Jain

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  • Azhar

    Thats flop i think

    • RAJAN SINGH

      I DO NOT THINK SO.

  • sumit bisht

    gggo

  • vaishnavi

    hiiii deihi belhi rocks sh!ts happen……

    • Ravi Varshney

      Haiiiiiiiiiiiiii

  • nitin

    bhai its a bundel movi .. go on your risk….

    • PREETI

      A MUST WATCHING MOVIE.GO AND WATCH…

  • vedant

    vedantdalal neksha

  • akhil

    fantastic songs imran rockz but boring film

    • ANGEL

      you are wrong.THIS IS A VERY NICE AND ENTERTAINING FILM.

  • arun

    movie has depicted the real language used by ppls…thats why ppl think it is vulgar…there were some dialouge which were not required but used which depictes cheap..but definetely not watchable with family as even amir also said during promo…..but i appreciate the movie i like it…..i like character of nitin & arup

  • Naman

    woooooow its realyyy a adult comedy which become a hilerious comedy…………….yipee must see but not with ur family

  • Shashank

    Delhi Belly is a complete laugh riot….i was ROFL through out the movie….it’s a MUST WATCH…..S#!T HAPPENS :D

  • SOURABH

    HIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII

  • naveen

    mast hai

    • mohd

      hi

  • sandy

    its an awsum movie……….

  • mohd

    hiiiiiiii

  • Absosinisiz

    Very curiously :)

  • shahnawaz

    rockin

  • RAJAN SINGH

    VERY GOOD COMEDY!!!!!!!!! BUT ROUGH LANGUAGE ALSO

  • prince singh

    really gr8…..
    i like tooooooooooooooo much
    thora gali jyada hai par fir phi delhi belly rocked

  • Sanjay

    Aamir,Imraan,Kunal,Vir,Poorna,Shenaz;u guyzzz really rocked up the whole film.Aamir I’m expectin DELHI BELLY 2 also!!!

  • shobhit kumar

    god morning everyone,
    as we r seeing in our film industries,there r so many films produced in every month.some of them have no moral n some of repitation of other’s flims.more films r only for made sex,revenge or story of racialism.
    in my opinion our film industries have to make a moralful films like 3idiots.

    i had seen it many times but i feel it is new now.

    thanx for the producer n film maker who have got idea to make ds film. n i hope such moralful things i will see in their next flims.

    thanx every one.

    shobhit kumar
    09808011883

  • Hum log

    Picture is not so good only the abusing is good
    Saale gaandu, Bhenchoodo, lauro, and many more
    kawwa briyaani was best in whole picture!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Patsy

    I guess finding useful, relalibe information on the internet isn’t hopeless after all.


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