This is the second movie in 2011 featuring DELHI in its title; the first one released about two months back was CHALO DILLI which was a refreshing comedy set against the background of the mindsets of the common Delhiites. Although not very well publicized, the movie relied on word of mouth publicity and has turned out to be a good hit. On the contrary, DELHI BELLY has the stamp of publicity typical of all Aamir Khan Productions and as usual, is very different and daring. It has the most liberal splash of four letter words that one has seen in Bollywood till date and therefore, although certified by the censors as suitable only for adult viewing, signals that our Censor Board has finally grown up!
DELHI BELLY is a riotous comedy from the start to finish and thanks to there being no interval in the hundred odd minute movie, is like a roller coaster ride, where the pace does not slacken for even a fraction of a second. And as an added attraction, it is free of buffoonery of any kind. It does not boast of a great storyline; it is just a string of well connected incidents happening as a result of a mix-up in lab samples and weaves a plot with this central theme involving the underworld and the three central characters (played brilliantly by Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapoor and) staying together in a dilapidated apartment (reflective of the affordability of the tenants). Also thrown in but fitting well into the script are two females playing the love interests of Imran and a few others who appear in the frame for the right amount of time at the right moments.
Just because I called it a comedy does not mean that it does not have its share of punches and bullets flying all around; in fact it does have a liberal sprinkling of these too. And that is amply borne out by the fact that Imran sports a black eye for nearly half of the movie. But all this is so tautly woven together by the script writer Akshat Verma and so wonderfully directed by Abhinay Deo and skillfully edited by the perfectionist Aamir himself, that these three are the real heroes of DELHI BELLY. Aamir has excelled in the past in themes involving male bonding (Dil Chahta Hai, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots) and were it not for the fact that he had a nephew called Imran whom he wanted to project on the screen, I am certain that he would have done Imran’s role. But how can Aamir really stay away and not show himself on the screen, when it has him written all over? So, we have Aamir performing an item boy number as the credits appear on the screen in the end!! Ram Sampat’s music is groovy; my regret is that the snazzy number BHAG D K BOSE BHAG does not feature as a full song!
Dude, if you are a prude, please stay away; else you will be a victim of Delhi Belly!
RATING: 4 out of 5
July 4, 2011

About The eternally happy Vijay

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  1. Balachandra Karanth says:

    gr8 review..Think I should see this movie! Hope I get to see it in movie hall.. else as usual, need to wait for DVD release! Hope to see it soon, and share my opinion.

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