Three struggling room-mates unknowingly become potential prey of a ruthless gangster.
Release Year: 2011
Rating: 7.6/10 (7,113 voted)
Critic's Score: 66/100
Stars: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur
Delhi-based Sonia agrees to deliver a package for Vladimir Dragunsky and asks her rather unkempt and debt-ridden fiancé, Tashi Malhotra, to do it for her. Tashi, in turn, asks one of two of his room-mates, Nitin. But Nitin forgets to do so due to an upset stomach ailment commonly known as 'Delhi Belly' as well as his plan to blackmail their landlord, Manish and asks the third roommate Arup to deliver the package. A gangster, Somayajulu, who was the recipient of this package, starts by brutally questioning Vladimir, and finds out that the package may be in the possession of the trio. While Tashi must deal with his attraction for Journalist Menaka and incur the wrath of her husband, Rajiv, he still has to fully come to terms whether or not he wants to marry Sonia. And the entry of ruthless Somayajulu and his gang seriously jeopardizes any plans Tashi and his friends may have for the future.
Tashi Dorjee Lhaloo
Kunaal Roy Kapur
Manish Chand Jain
Release Date: 1 July 2011
(7 August 2011)
Did You Know?
There are several mentions and posters for action-star Aamir in an Akshat Varma directed film-within-the-film (Return of Disco Fighter). Aamir Khan is the producer of Delhi Belly, and Akshat is the writer and associate-director. Aamir Khan has a cameo in a song from Disco Fighter at the end.
In the scene where Nitin Kunaal Roy Kapur is taking pictures of the dead man, the dead man is breathing.
…mujhe pataa hai ki yeh tera dahej hai, par saali badi badsoorat gaad ihai. Jab gadhaa rickshe ki letaa hai to yeh paida hota hai.
DELHI BELLY (Movie Review)
Humor is relative. What's humorous to me might not be funny to you and
while you laugh on something, I might not laugh on it. Humor is also
circumstantial and gets rusty out of the context. However, there is
some humor which is universal and is acceptable to everyone. If we
apply the same theory on modern Hindi films, Andaz Apna Apna and Munna
Bhai series might be the only films to go in universally accepted humor
category. Some other humor examples that worked on the box office but
were not universally accepted are Singh is King, Ajab Prem Ki Ghazab
Kahani, Phir Hera Pheri, Ready, Dhamaal and Golmaal etc. Then there is
another kind of humor which does not go well with the masses but has
its own cult following like that of Wesa Bhi Hota Hai Part II, Mithya,
Bheja Fry etc. Delhi Belly (DB) is somewhere in between the universally
accepted form of humor and the subtle cult following kind of humor.
Through DB and other such efforts, Hindi cinema is coming out of
romantic comedies and running around the trees.
To start with, the film is hilarious. It leaves you with one laugh riot
after another and does not give you a chance to fully recover from the
previous one before sending you through another piece of joviality.
It's mostly tongue in cheek humor but at times goes very physical as
well. What works in favor of the film is its dialogues and wonderful
acting even though the story does not have ground breaking stuff to
offer. DB could very easily go as the best casting of the year 2011,
especially with the kind of role given to Vijay Raaz. Another thing
that goes in favor of DB is its short duration and fast pace.
Abhinay Deo, in his second directorial outing after a mildly
interesting and mildly painful Game, has made sure that he doesn't go
wrong anywhere even if he does not create a masterpiece. He has focused
on technical side more to make sure that the editing is crisp and
background score goes in line with the action despite no songs. Also,
with an open ended climax, he seems to have left a door open for a
sequel. Nonetheless, it's more of an actors' film rather than a
director's film and the actors have handled their responsibility with
utmost satisfaction of the director. Nobody goes overboard in humor and
specially the sidekicks stick to their jobs and cinematography is as
per the need. The biggest compliment that I can give DB is that it has
made Shehnaz Treasurywala look bearable.
The lead trio, which has a distant similarity to the trio of The
Hangover, has carried the film well on its shoulders. Imran Khan has
done a very good job. This is his best performance since his debut. He
looks in control and has a much improved dialogue delivery and comic
timing after two lowly performances in Break Ke Baad and I Hate Luv
Storys. Kunal Roy Kapoor is a welcome addition to the comic brigade.
Vir Das is fantastic. A highly underrated actor, I must say. If someone
needs more exposure for his talent, that's got to be Vir Das. The
debutant Poorna Jagganathan surprises. She might not be the best
looking new comer, but she surely is a good performer. The film,
however, in my opinion, belongs to Vijay Raaz. He is in terrific form
and outdoes himself. We all know what a brilliant actor he is but here
he takes charge and delivers an outstanding performance as the villain.
His scenes with Vladimir in the hotel and with the trio in their
apartment are to die for. It's criminal to see so less of Vijay in
recent times. Aamir Khan also appears at the end for an item number but
that's after the film has left its mark.
There are two reasons why DB might not work with masses even though it
has a release of 1400 prints which is huge. The first barrier is the
language. 95% of the film is in English. The last film with such high
level of English in it was Kites and it was a box office disaster,
though from a different genre. The other issue is also the language but
here I mean the profanity in it. Yes, it's an adult movie and has an A
certificate but the explicitness that DB has, I have never seen in
Hindi cinema before. In that department, it can actually put Hollywood
to shame. It's that openness though, that makes DB worth watching
To conclude, DB is worth a watch. Actually a lot more than worth a
watch but you have to have an appetite for a certain kind of humor to
watch it repeatedly. Also, be careful who you are accompanying when you
go to watch it and what's your level of frankness with the people you
are watching it with. Definitely, not a movie to watch with your
mother-in-law or your 12 year old niece.