Delhi Belly Hindi Movie Review
Move over glossy, mega-starrer, slapstick films, it's time for some in your face humour. A humour that may either be denounced by the moral patrols or be revered by people who don't mind calling spade a spade... and the film to bring in some brazen humour is Aamir Khan Productions' Delhi Belly. Whether it really gets loved by the mass or ends up being terms as crass remains to be seen.
Delhi Belly revolves around three flatmates cum friends Tashi (Imran Khan), Arup (Vir Das) and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor). While Tashi is getting married to his girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala), Arup gets dumped by his girlfriend and works for in a compromising job with a fugly boss. Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor) is a photo journalist, a fatso hogger who faces detrimental aftermaths of his askew bowel movements. In one of the odd situations Nitin's stool sample gets replaced by a bottle full of diamonds that belong to a local gangster played by Vijay Raaz. How this error leads to wholesome comedy follows through a series of hilarious cuss or fart filled incidents.
Delhi Belly is a powerful combination of clever writing of Akshat Verma and slick director of Abhinay Deo. Yes, the film is non-conforming, brazen, wicked but it isn't apologetic about it. Instead it basks in the glory of being crude, gritty and most importantly realistic. There's hardly a scene that you find offensive. Delhi Belly is very comfortable in its space. Never in the entire film do you see anything appearing forced or needless. Even the English dialogues mouthed by the lead actors look very natural; a rarity in Hindi cinema. Very rare in Hindi cinema do filmmakers successfully tap the toilet humour correctly, and Delhi Belly is filled with many a fart sounds, stomach gurgles, flush noises and so on but all with purpose. It is a funnily crazy offering that will make you strip your sophistication and enjoy the grungy humour created by the three mad-cap blokes.
Delhi Belly has its target audience set. By all probabilities it will attract the multiplex opting, English speaking cults between the age group of 20s to 30s. And call it the astute business sense of the Perfectionist Aamir Khan, he keeps his investments in check by choosing a fairly promising new cast, a fresh scriptwriter and a very intelligent and low-budget script.
Being a reviewer one cannot ignore the flaws and the only majorly glaring error is the setting. Hardly do you get the flavour of Delhi that's given excessive prominence so much so that it forms a part of the title. The entire drama could've been located elsewhere too without the slightest of difference in the script. In a bid to create humour, there are quite a few cinematic liberties taken too. But all the shortcomings get overshadowed by the brilliance of the actors and the humour quotient.
It's only the work of an intelligent director to know the limits of actor's capabilities and Abhinay Deo works around it brilliantly. He very smartly allots scenes to the otherwise straight-faced Imran Khan making him do full justice to his role. Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapoor show brilliant comic timing. Vijay Raaz is perfect as the gangster. Shenaz Treasurywala is average while Poora Jagannath who plays Menaka is very confident and has great screen-presence for a first timer.
One cannot miss the mention of the maverick music by Ram Sampath that has nation grooving to it! The songs that have topped the charts all blend perfectly in the backdrop according to the situation. But it's the Aamir Khan number Disco Fighter that takes the cake purely for the performance of the acting genius. The way he spoofs Mithun Chakraborty is hilarious.
To sum it up, Delhi Belly is a powerful combination of clever writing, brilliant story and crazy, grungy humour.