Sexy, Filthy, and Entertaining–Here Comes Delhi Belly

 

Get ready for sex, filth, and thoroughly entertaining comedy in what marks a decided shift away from contemporary Indian cinema.

Tashi (Imran Khan), Arup (Vir Das) and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor) are flat mates, buddies, and partners in crime. Tashi is getting married in a month, but doesn’t know if his fiancé is the one. Arup is fantasizing about the demise of his frivolous ex-girlfriend along with his insipid, annoying boss. And Nitin is about to experience the worst case of Delhi Belly he’s ever encountered after eating some delicious tandoori chicken purchased from a street vendour of dubious hygienic standards. All in all, they’re three regular guys living regular lives, except for one small detail—they’re all being targeted by one of the deadliest crime syndicates in the world.

The first three minutes of the opening make it abundantly clear this is no family film. Anyone bothered by butt jokes, crude language, and crass gestures should spend their money elsewhere. On the other hand, the theme song Bhaag Bhaag DK Bose has already become an anthem for rebellious  youth thanks to all the innuendo tucked into the lyrics.

The hijinx starts when a Russian crime lord gives Sonia, a comely air hostess, a packet of blood diamonds to courier. Sonia asks her fiancee, Tashi to quietly deliver the goods, but lazy Tashi hands it off to his roommate Arup, who, in turn, passes it along to another roommate, Nitin. What ensues is a comedy of errors and mistaken identities.

The story reflects a strong script created by director Abhinay Deo who clearly had blast making the film. While bouts of diarrhea and gas will leave viewers  laughing and cringing in turn, the film offers serious insight into the challenges of life in New and Old Delhi, including: water restrictions, infuriating traffic gridlocks, dowry and marriage negotiations, overcrowded living conditions, and difficulty locating a useable public bathroom.

Ram Sampath’s music fuels the action while cinematographer Jason West does a great job capturing the chaos that is Delhi Belly.

Overall, Delhi Belly is an urban comedy with more crossover appeal than many Bollywood productions. It’s primarily in English, and runs 103 minutes long, which is short for a Bollywood production. The script is imaginative and funny. Engaging performance by the actors lend to pleasingly escapist fare, which has earned Delhi Belly an approval rating of 82% from audiences.

Author: NitaNaidoo

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