Delhi Belly

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Time Out says

3 out of 5 stars
This new Bollywood film, the opening movie at this year’s London Indian Film Festival, is a raucous, potty-mouthed caper, featuring the antics of three hapless amigos. Directed by Abhinay Deo, it boasts the tagline ‘shit happens’ and, as the title suggests, a running joke involving gastric woes. ‘Delhi Belly’ is peppy, sporadically hilarious and its female characters are of little consequence – in short, it’s the less sleazy Indian equivalent of ‘The Hangover’.

Young Bollywood star Imran Khan is Tashi, a journalist living in squalor with his partners-in-crime: rotund photographer Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) and geeky cartoonist Arup (comedian Vir Das). Tashi is engaged, but with little enthusiasm, to the glamorous but overbearing Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala), an unwitting mule for mysterious Vladimir (Danish star Kim Bodnia). When Sonia entrusts the delivery of a mystery package to the trio, their inevitable cock-up triggers ‘Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels’-style gangster shenanigans. Meanwhile Tashi’s attention is drawn by a free-spirited colleague, Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan).

‘Delhi Belly’ makes an undisguised, earnest bid for crossover success and is aimed squarely at the youth market. It’s predominantly in English and, despite its pretty mainstream origins (Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan’s production company is responsible), it’s profane and cartoonishly violent.

It teems with youthful verve but it’s also derivative and inconsistent, with patchy storytelling and an ending too clearly inspired by ‘True Romance’. Tashi’s romantic complications are cursorily presented and there is a distinct lack of frisson between Khan and Jagannathan. Nevertheless, Das and Kapur make for effective sidekicks, it’s pacy, fitfully funny and, in its determination to upend cultural expectations, likeably mischievous.

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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday July 1 2011
Duration:
102 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Abhinay Deo
Cast:
Kim Bodnia
Vir Das
Shenaz Treasurywala
Kunaal Roy Kapur

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4 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.8 / 5

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Possibly the riskiest thing that Aamir Khan could've done is play fast and loose with his reputation and put out a comedy. Not just a comedy either, one that plays with social convention, cannabalises cliches and blurs lines of what is right and what's wrong. It's a comedy that exists in the wider environment and many of it's gags and set ups echo the hollywood blockbuster comedies of recent years, however unlike many of those comedies it has a warm beating heart at it's core and not a moral vacuum underneath perfect teeth. It's easy against the belly laughs and gross out comedy to miss a beautifully shot and incredibly warm film that is not prescriptive in it's morality. It asks us as it asks it protagonists to find their own way in a changing world. I'd suggest that it's easily the funniest comedy of the year and pretty close to being the best film of any description.


I really loved the movie. I have watched the hindi version. Its truly amazing movie, very bold and very new. Its a path breaking hindi film of an entirely new genre. Aamir Khan does it again.


I really loved the movie. I have watched the hindi version. Its truly amazing movie, very bold and very new. Its a path breaking hindi film of an entirely new genre. Aamir Khan does it again.


The author clearly seems to lack an understanding of the sense of humour in the film. Although the majority of film is in English, I wonder how much of hindi dialogues were subtitled in english. But if you liked Hangover its definitely a must see...too good to miss...