film biopsy: delhi belly

Posted: July 2, 2011 in Film Biopsy
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Three roommates. One package. A bad case of diarrhoea. And a big misunderstanding. This pretty much sums up Delhi Belly.

Directed by Abhinay Deo, Delhi Belly is about three roommates – Tashi (Imraan Khan), Arup (Vir Das), and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor). Tashi’s girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala) hands Tashi a mysterious package that he is supposed to deliver to an address. However, the package gets lost in transit and there begins the trouble. The three roommates must fight off goons, save Tashi’s girlfriend and find the package with the help of Tashi’s colleague Maneka (Poorna Jagannathan).

The film is a brilliant piece of work, but it is not for everyone. There is a heavy use of bad language and lots of sexually explicit scenes. But, never at any point does it seem like it is overdone. The dialogues and the bad words in them flow quite naturally. From the direction, to the screenplay, to the dialogues, to the songs – everything in the film is unique and hasn’t been done before.  

 There is a scene where Imran Khan shoots from a gun, and then tries to put the gun back in the front of his pants. Instead, he ends up burning himself because the barrel of the gun is hot because it had been used. This is quite realistic and yet we never see such a thing in movies. These kind of scenes are what put the movie apart from other comedies. Also, unlike the “keep your brain at home” type comedies, Delhi Belly actually succeeds at making the audience laugh at the right jokes, and at the right points. Some of the comedy is subtle and not loud which is what makes it an interesting watch.

The height of comedy in this film will be evident in a scene where there is no water for Kunal Roy Kapoor to wash off after having gone to the loo, and so he trots off into the kitchen to look for water. When he doesn’t find any, he washes up with orange juice instead. I bet after watching that scene, you’ll never look at orange juice the same way.

Imran Khan pulls off his character with a considerable degree of finesse, but the person to watch out for in the film is Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapoor. Their comic timing throughout the film is excellent is doesn’t look forced at all. Vijay Raaz, who plays the gangster, plays his character with a lot of conviction, and comes across as a character you would truly despise. The ladies of the film – Shenaz and Poorna Jagannathan – actually have parts in the film, and aren’t just there to look pretty and dance around the men. The appeal of the entire film is of course the dialogues, and the item song by Aamir Khan towards the end just cannot be missed.

All in all, a great film that is definitely worth a watch. However, do me a favour, and please do not take your children, or grandparents to watch this film. When Aamir promoted this film as an adult comedy he certainly meant it, and children are definitely not supposed to be watching this film.

“Dil todu, haddi bhi. Kung-fu khelu, kabaddi bhi”  

FILM-O-METER RATING: 4.5 OUT OF 5  

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