Delhi Belly – Movie Review
Posted by FATEMA H.KAGALWALA on July 2, 2011 | No Comments
PRODUCER – Ronnie Screwvala, Aamir Khan, Kiran Rao, Jim Furgele
DIRECTOR – Abhinav Deo
WRITER – Akshat Verma
CAST – Imran Khan, Poorna Jagannathan, Shenaz Treasuryvala, Vir Das, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Vijay Raaz
MUSIC – Ram Sampath
Three friends get into a mess and run around in a frenzy to get themselves out of it. Tashi (Imran Khan), Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapoor) and Arup (Vir Das) are friends and flatmates with nothing much that works in their lives, from dysfunctional water supply to similar love-lives. They live in a run-down bachelor hole somewhere in the belly of Delhi trying to piece their lives together doing meagre jobs. Tashi is a journalist, Nitin his photographer and Arup a designer. Tashi has a rich girifriend he isn’t sure he wants to marry. Arup has a girlfriend who is sure she doesn’t want to marry him and Nitin has severe stomach and money issues to keep him occupied. Among this all, Sonia, Tashi’s girlfriend asks him to courier a packet to an address. Needless to say there is a goof up and in comes the baddie Somayajulu (Vijay Raaz). The packet had diamonds worth millions and until the boys find them they are not going to be spared, of course. But is the film going to be as easy as that?
You are divided when you watch it really. The diamonds make a mess of the boys lives more than they managed to make themselves. However, crimes, violence, love and changes-of-hearts later things sort themselves out. But not before it has gone on a roller coaster of crass, slapstick and black humour with a salubrious overdose of abusive language and double entendres. What this does to the film is give it a yuppy effect it may or may not have been intending to achieve.
The drama is twisted, kept flat for inducing the element of reality and giving an edge to the humour. But does the humour work? For most part yes. The lines are everyday banter with no forced deliveries. The plot twists itself silly to add more colour to the goofiness going around. The settings provide more interest than the main actors whose performances lack chemistry, screen presence and enough power to take back home. Yet, a sure hand at delivering a kitschy, over-the-top comedy that is rooted in the everyday lives of the youth makes it a decent watch where the (lack of) strength of performances do not really interfere with the audience experience.
A lot of madness spills on the screen in this interval-less ride that largely rolls out in Hinglish, the language the modern-day urban educated Indian speaks and abuses in. While all the madness may not be worth splitting your sides with, there is enough craziness in the capers of the three to keep you hooked. All in all, a fun ride, for sure.