Put your hands together for the week’s latest offering, Delhi Belly. It is Bollywood’s most blatant, irreverent and abusive film to date. From the house of the so-called family entertainment production house of Aamir Khan, this film is certainly not for those expecting family entertainment. As the promos suggested, this film targets the multiplex audiences who are young at heart and don’t find abusive language offensive.
Most part of the movie deals with the three leads, Tashi (Imran Khan), Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapoor) and Arup (Vir Das) who have their own problems to deal with but a mix-up between a stool sample and a bag of diamonds gets them involved with the smuggling mafia headed by a dangerous Somayajulu played hilariously by Vijay Raaz and his comic henchman.
To start of with, the film’s director Abhinay Deo, comes all guns blazing and makes up for his previous miss. He has crafted every scene perfectly and the slow-mo climax reminds us of those of Guy Ritchie’s. First timer, Akshat Verma, has given us a script which is tight for the most part, even the smallest gags aren’t forgotten and it is not hard to see that he has graduated from Los Angeles, since the film is for the most part in English.
Of the cast, Imran Khan’s performance as Tashi stands out as he portrays his character with a charm that immediately gets you hooked. Of the two female leads, Shenaz as Sonia has a more important role and has portrayed her character with ease and some life into it.
Ram Sampath’s music is already the talk of the town, though no song appears as a whole in the film. The background score is exactly what you would expect for a movie of this genre.
On the flip side, the cussing and the fart gags become labored after a point, and the film goes all Farrelly Brothers style. Though this movie has Delhi in the title, you won’t see any real Delhi in it. If you want to have a look around Delhi, watch Dibakar Banarjee’s films which have a more sardonic feel to it.
I’m going with three out of five for Abhinay Deo’s Delhi Belly. It is an abusive irreverent crime-comedy which gives you a taste of videsi in a desi feel. Watch it if you don’t mind a lot of cussing, and you might be engaged till the very end.