Komal Nahata Delhi Belly Review – Business Rating 3.5 stars

Delhi Belly Plot: Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunal Roy Kapur are three young roommates who get caught up in a hunt for diamonds smuggled for a don (Vijay Raaz) in Delhi, which they have mistakenly taken. Shenaz (Imran’s girlfriend) is then kidnapped by the don. As the trio attempts to get back the diamonds first and Shenaz thereafter, Imran falls for Poorna, a married press reporter. What happens next? Find out rest in the full review of Delhi Belly.

Business rating: 3.5/5 stars

Star cast: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunal Roy Kapur, Vijay Raaz, Shenaz Treasury, Poorna Jagannathan, Rahul Singh, Aamir Khan (in a special appearance).

What’s Good: The comic situations; the colourful language in the dialogues; the good performances; Aamir Khan’s special appearance; hit music.

What’s Bad: The routine script.

Verdict: Delhi Belly may not be universally appealing to all age groups but it will prove to be a hit with the youngsters.

Loo break: None at all.

Watch or not?: Watch it for the bold scenes, the foul language and the situational comedy. And if you don’t like any of that, keep away!

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Spoiler alert! You may want to skip directly to the Script Analysis below.

Aamir Khan Productions’ Delhi Belly (A) is a comedy chase drama. Tashi (Imran Khan), Arup (Vir Das) and Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapur) are friends sharing a rented house in Delhi. Tashi is a journalist and his colleague is Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan) who is in the process of getting divorced from her husband (Rahul Singh). Nitin is a press photographer and Arup works in an advertising agency. Tashi’s girlfriend is Sonia (Shehnaz Treasury) and she works as an airhostess.

One day, Sonia gives Tashi a packet to be delivered at an address she gives him alongwith the packet. She is unaware that the packet contains very expensive diamonds and that she has been used as a carrier to smuggle them into the country for delivering to a don (Vijay Raaz). The person who wants the diamonds to be delivered to the don at the destination in Delhi is a foreig- ner who has travelled in the same aeroplane as Sonia. Not aware of the contents of the packet, Tashi casually asks Nitin to deliver it. But Nitin is suffering from Delhi belly (an upset stomach because of Delhi food and water) and he, therefore, asks Arup, equally casually, to deliver the packet and also to take his (Nitin’s) stool sample for testing at the pathological laboratory. As luck would have it, Arup delivers the diamonds (hidden in a wooden toy) at the laboratory, and the stool sample at the address of the don.

The don (Vijay Raaz) is flabbergasted when he gets the wrong packet. He reaches the hotel room of the foreigner who had smuggled the diamonds into the country, assuming that he was playing dirty with him. After a lot of drama in the hotel room, the identity of the real culprits – the three friends – is revealed. The don reaches them under the mistaken belief that they’ve pocketed his diamonds. Of course, leave alone pocketing the diamonds, the three friends aren’t even aware of their existence. Anyway, the don doesn’t believe them and he starts torturing Tashi and Arup, who are then at home, so that they can return the diamonds. As luck would have it, Nitin gets the diamonds just then, as the laboratory returns the toy to him when he goes there for medical assistance. On seeing the diamonds when Nitin returns home with them, the don is happy but he now wants to kill the three friends for fear that they would complain to the police about the smuggled diamonds.

The three friends escape from there and also take away the diamonds with them. They sell the expensive diamonds to a jeweller (Rajendra Sethi) for a fat sum of money but are soon informed that Sonia has been held captive by the don. The trio now has no choice but to go back to the jeweller to return the cash and get back the diamonds. However, the jeweller now asks for a much higher price for the same diamonds.

What happens thereafter? Do Tashi, Arup and Nitin succeed in getting back the diamonds? Are they able to save Sonia from the don? What happens to the don? Does Menaka return to her estranged husband? And where do the diamonds finally reach?

Delhi Belly Review (Delhi Belly Movie Stills)
Delhi Belly Review – Script Analysis

Akshat Verma’s story is routine but it is his screenplay which makes it interesting and funny. The comedy quotient is so high that even the routine story gets a boost. Added to this is the colourful language used by the characters, which adds to the comedy. In fact, in no mainstream film in the past have so many four-letter words been passed by the censors. These swear words, uttered by the various characters with a lot of flourish, will be a major attraction for the youngsters because it is for the first time that so much foul language will be heard in a Hindi film. The older generation and the more orthodox audience may not approve of the language used and may, therefore, be put off (in some cases, completely!) by the film but on the other hand, the youth, the young-at-heart and the ones who use foul language in their day-to-day conversations would simply love the dialogues (Akshat Verma). Some dialogues, especially, are so bold and spoken in such colourful language that they will shock the Indian viewers. There are some embarrassingly bold scenes too which, again, will be loved by the youth and probably detested by a section of the audience.

On the minus side is the short length of the film which, for an audience used to longer films, can be a dampener. Having said that, it must be added that the pace of the drama is so fast that it doesn’t give the audience time to think. Also, a point to be noted is that the target audience for this film – the youth – is not too particular that the film should be lengthy. The absence of a novel story will also prove to be a negative factor and will limit the film’s appeal, to an extent.

Among the scenes which will bring the house down with laughter are the orange juice sequence; the scene in which the ceiling of the home of the three friends comes crashing down, bringing the dancing girls from the top floor down in the bargain through the hole in the ceiling; the scene showing the shocked honeymooning couple when it enters the hotel room and finds it occupied by Tashi and Menaka; the burqa sequence, especially the portion when the burqa-clad Arup, wait- ing outside the jeweller’s cabin, realises that the closed circuit television is showing the action taking place between the jeweller and his burqa-clad friends inside the cabin; and the kissing scene between the burqa-clad Tashi and Menaka.
Delhi Belly Review – Star Performances

Imran Khan acts ably and gives a good account of himself. Vir Das is splendid. His sense of timing is so brilliant that it’s a delight to watch him on the screen. Kunal Roy Kapur also gives a marvellous performance. His comic sense of timing is also remarkable. Vijay Raaz, as usual, gets into the skin of the character and leaves an indelible mark in the mind of the viewer. Shenaz Treasury does a fine job and enacts the role of the stylish airhostess with aplomb. Poorna Jagannathan makes a lovely debut and impresses in her maiden job. She doesn’t seem to be the traditional heroine material but is good in this role. Rahul Singh is very effective. Paresh Ganatra is as natural as natural can be. In the role of his police officer-brother, Sanjay Taneja stands his own. Pradeep Kabra is very cute as the don’s sidekick (the ‘londri’ man). Lushin Dubey does well in the role of Sonia’s stylish mother. Able support is lent by Rajendra Sethi, Raju Kher, Divya Bhatia (Tashi’s father), Shilpa Mehta (Tashi’s mother), Kim Bodnia (as the foreigner who smuggles the diamonds), Anusha Dandekar, Bugs Bhargava (as Arup’s boss) and master Vishesh Kaul. Aamir Khan adds great star value in a special appearance in a retro song-dance.
Delhi Belly Review – Direction & Music

Abhinay Deo’s direction is focussed and crisp. His handling of the comic scenes does justice to the script. Music (Ram Sampath) is a major plus point. The ‘Bhag D.K. Bose’ song is already a major hit and its double-meaning and controversial lyrics (Amitabh Bhattacharya) have only added to its appeal. The ‘Sweety Sweety’ (Munna Dhiman’s lyrics) and ‘I hate you like I love you’ (lyrics: Akshat Verma) songs are also very well-tuned. The ‘Jaa chudail’ song (lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya) is well-conceived. ‘Bedardi raja’ (Amitabh Bhattacharya) has melody and lilt.‘Nakadwale disco’ (xxx), a fun song, and ‘Tere siva’ (Munna Dhiman) are quite nice. The title track (penned by Ram Sampath and Chetan Shashital) is okay. Song picturisations are good. Aamir Khan’s retro dance will be loved by the audience. Ram Sampath’s background music score is pretty effective. Allan Amin’s action scenes are in keeping with the comic mood of the film. Jason West’s cinematography is superb. Shashank Tere’s art direction is lovely. Huzefa Lokhandwala’s editing is super-sharp.

Delhi Belly Review – Komal Nahta’s Verdict

On the whole, Delhi Belly is a laugh riot and will be lapped up by the youngsters in a very big way. One section of the audience would give the film the thumbs down but it will still make handsome profits, never mind its high cost (almost Rs. 32-33 crore). …..The film has been dubbed in Hindi too. The Hindi dubbing is fantastic. The business of the dubbed version will also be very good. There will be many who will watch both the versions just to experience the colourful language in Hindi and in English.

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20 Comments

  1. sandy said:

    Btw – with Dhobi Ghat -many multiplex owners fell in line with aamir and agreed for ‘No interval’
    But obviously this means losses as no popcorns/samosas get sold, so even though DB is supposed to hv no interval – E-Square forced a 5 minute break. Fair i would say – unko bhi business karna hai.

  2. Adrakh Chacha said:

    watched Delhi Belly at Wave cinema, Noida..show was housefull n Girls(they were around 50%) were also enjoying it..4/5 star(from my side)
    Its Shocking, Surprising, Daring, Entertaining, Unique, Crazy & Bold, On the whole in Anirudha Guha words Delhi Belly is a Gulty pleasure..dont miss this shit friends..bhag bhag bose DK…:P

  3. Adrakh Chacha said:

    When shit replaces diamond, a lot could go woefully wrong. In life and journalism, yes, but quite absurdly and hilariously so in Delhi Belly, one of this week’s releases at the theatre. It’s the job of a smart writer who uses a classic comedic tool for a farce set in modern Delhi. Akshat Verma, the writer of the film—and associate director to director Abhinay Deo—twists this comedy, in the vein of farces by Hollywood’s Farrelly Brothers (There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me, Myself and Irene), with black humour. So it’s not all sex and scatology, but also an irreverent riff on Indian city life.

    The visual treatment (the cinematography by Jason West is unpretentious and does not enforce stereotypical India hues and frames), pace (it’s a no-intermission film) and the way music is used in the edit, to build momentum in the story, add to the experience.

    Three daft boys, Tashi (Imran Khan), a journalist who writes about floozy filmstars, Arup (Vir Das), trapped in a joyless copy-writer’s job in an ad agency and Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapoor), an itinerant photographer with an interminable case of street food-induced diarrhoea, live in a run-down, one-room apartment in Delhi. There are two women in Tashi’s life. Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan), a feisty journalist and Sonia (Shehnaz Treasurywala), an air hostess who Tashi is engaged to. When a stool sample meant for a pathology lab gets exchanged with a packet containing smuggled diamonds, hell breaks loose. A gangster (Vijay Raaz) and his henchmen are after the three of them to get the diamonds back.
    There are no surprises at any point in the story—it’s a predictable plot, so you know what’s going to happen next. The writer is more concerned with how scenes and dialogues build the comic moments. Some scenes have crackling wit, and some have loud, crass gags—for most of its running time, Delhi Belly holds your attention because there are no major excesses in the story. Nitin’s roaring tummy, the ‘Delhi belly’ is boring and forced towards the end (since when has Dependal ceased to be an over-the-counter drug? Can’t an amateur photographer afford a doctor in Delhi anymore?), but the film largely keeps the masala fresh and simmering till the end. Nothing quite prepared me though for an entire song picturized on producer Aamir Khan in the end, after the story reaches its cute climax. Khan is in a film in the film called Return of the Disco King and the song, embellished with glittery trappings of the Disco era, is not one of those credit roll songs which has become routine in Hindi films. So you are not really leaving the theatre with the story’s last moment, but with an Aamir Khan number. (Another retro tribute is the beginning title sequence, set to a remixed KL Saigal classic.)

    Except for this annoying aside, Delhi Belly is a fun, ‘paisa vasool’ film—unpretentiously so. Most ‘Hinglish’ films made in India attempt to replicate classic Bollywood style of dialogues in English. In this film, the writing is naturally English; you know these characters think in English by watching them. The shit and the swear words seem to fit well in this mad scheme.

    Performances are uniformly pitched. This is Khan’s best performance so far, and Das and Kapoor have perfect comic timing. The other star of the film is Ram Sampath, whose music seems integral to experience the film—he uses disco, rock and Indian rhythms for a full, complex but accessible score.

    Deo’s Delhi Belly gave me enough laughs in 96 minutes of its running time. Finally, an Indian no-brainer without regressive humour—a laugh riot for a zany, urban India.

    Delhi Belly released in theatres on Friday

    http://www.livemint.com/2011/07/01151250/Film-Review–Delhi-Belly.html?h=A3

  4. come_fall_in_chat said:

    Dhobhi ghat is such an vulger movie n nonsense movie the item song by amir khan is bakwas n where is the critics who has raised the question for the vulgarity use in kambakht ishq i think this is 100 times more vulger than ki. So now the critics didnt find vulgarity oh i forgot its an amir khan production so how can they find it vulgur. Such an chip n partial critics.

  5. Tashan said:

    sneha who asked U certificate for KI? U or A u cant deny DB is a vulgar film but no one will point it cos its not an akshay starrer

    indian media sucks to the core its not just after the release KI got bashed

    many channels started bashin it after the promo came just cos of that bitch/dog thing LMAO

    u tell me u are more comfortable with words like dog/bitch or Blowjob/Shit/Bhosdike lol

    Double standards at its peak

  6. goodwilrv said:

    @come fall in chat: Bhai its Delhi belly not dhobi ghat..
    But that fact remains that KI was a disaster and Delhi belly will be a Gem in Aamir’s Cap..
    Where as KI was one of the biggest mistke in Akshaya’s career..
    Its not only abuses that can make a film work..its the execution,story and a tightly paced screenplay..
    Delhi belly has a good screenplay and it has been made very well..Why dont you see any of these things..
    Why do You see only abuse in Dhobi ghat ??Just because its not an akshaya’s movie..??

  7. mm mustafa said:

    @come_fall_in_chat ::
    Bhai DB is a good movie. all the critics are giving it good ratings & also the audience is loving it.

    Ok if you are talking about vulgarity . Aamir Khan has already said its for those people who have no prob with abusive language.And ofcourse it has been given A certificate.

  8. Sneha said:

    @Tashan – I being a Aamir khan fan not gonna watch DB cos its not my cup of tea.. You are well imformed bout the language n the kind of movie it is… So there is no point in watchin the movie even though well informed n then crying foul !!

  9. aman said:

    B.O. update: ‘Delhi Belly’ opens very well, ‘Bbuddah H.T.B.’ starts slow
    - By Taran Adarsh, July 1, 2011 – 17:00 IST
    The writing was clear on the wall, much before the release of DELHI BELLY and BBUDDAH HOGA TERRA BAAP. It was a foregone conclusion that DELHI BELLY would take a big lead on Friday due to two major factors: Aamir Khan’s brand value and smashing music. And that’s precisely how the morning and noon show trends were on Friday across India.

    DELHI BELLY opened very well across the country [opened at 1200 screens], with the plexes of major centres reporting 70% to 90% occupancy. The opening response at single screens was in 50% to 60% range [at places, lower], which is also a good figure, considering the number of screens this film has opened at. The business seems to be growing rapidly with every show, with the youth patronizing the film in a big way. DELHI BELLY is expected to post excellent numbers on Day 1, while the Saturday and Sunday numbers are expected to be humungous as well, since the reports are fantastic.

    As for the economics, DELHI BELLY has cost its makers less than Rs 30 cr [incl P & A] and though the amount is on the higher side, recovering it shouldn’t be an issue given the terrific start of the film and also the revenue it is expected to generate from non-theatrical avenues.

    As predicted by this writer in the review of the film on Thursday itself, BBUDDAH HOGA TERRA BAAP got badly affected by the omnipotent and unstoppable DELHI BELLY wave all over. The opening numbers of BBUDDAH HOGA TERRA BAAP [which opened at approx 1000 screens] ranged between 15% – 20% – 25%, although a few centres reported better occupancy, especially the single screens in the Hindi heartland. The business will have to multiply furiously from Friday evening onwards if it has to stay afloat at the box-office. The reports are good, but the appreciation needs to translate into numbers.

    The advantage with BBUDDAH HOGA TERRA BAAP is its reasonable cost [Rs 21 cr to Rs 22 cr; inclusive of Bachchan Sr and Puri Jagannadh's remuneration and also P & A expenses]. The Satellite Rights and Music Rights have fetched Rs 14.75 cr and the remainder amount has to be recovered from India and Overseas theatrical, Home Video and Digital rights, which shouldn’t be an issue. But a good theatrical run is of paramount importance!

    http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/trade/boxoffice_update/index.html

  10. sanket porwal said:

    what the kind of question is this? An argument betwn Kambakkht Ishq n Db?? hahahaha…u gotta be kidding…DB has A certificate lying under its bed. KI was offensive with promos. Were there any promos of DB which were offensive?? now Dk bose is not offensive, literally! Man, i can’t believe such kinda question is raised on High-profiled forum like NG. And “blowjob” was leaked i guess. In theatrical promos, it was beeped.

    and i was learning the spelling as “Cheap” and not “Chip”

  11. come_fall_in_chat said:

    All of u by mistake i write dhobi ghat i m talking about delhi belly. N the ki is also get A certificate n i m just want to show all of u that the media is biased n i m giving the example of that by comparing ki with db let me explain u all that from the first promo all the media channel start bashing ki because they use bitch n dog word so why they dnt have problem with blow job, bhosdike,etc.

  12. come_fall_in_chat said:

    N plz all of u who r saying KI is disaster may go n check the boi status for KI its no way disaster or flop its an semi hit from boi status n all othe foram nobody can say KI disaster or flop so dnt be over excited all my frends first check n than post comments.

  13. come_fall_in_chat said:

    N my frends @ mustafa i also like amirs movie but dhobi ghat is totally bakwas movie if any body of u have understood the movie than plz explain whats the story of dhobi ghat.

  14. come_fall_in_chat said:

    One more thing frends i raise the point of delhi belly n KI to show the doubble standard used by media. I dnt have any problem with delhi belly but i have the problem with the doubble standard of media persons.

  15. sanket porwal said:

    Come Fall in Chat- Ki did not get A certificate boss. It got UA. And those Blowjob words are not shown on tv for ur info. It was displayed just on net as far as i know. because i saw the promo of DB with Dhamaal, Bf2, AKK. Everywhere Blowjob is beeped.

  16. Shalu said:

    I kind of agree with come_fall_in_chat about the double standards of the media. DB is 10 times as offensive as KI in terms of language used. And the scene where Kunaal gropes a prostitute is more offensive to me than all of KI’s sexist scenes.

    ‘A’ certification doesn’t mean that anything goes. I wonder if the media would have been as kind to DB if it had been a Akshay or Salman movie.

  17. Doga said:

    Aamir got DB passed with U/A(though he applied for A again) and Ghajini too U/A, though Wanted/Qayamat got A.

    He can even anything U/A.

    Dont think media/censor is kind to him specifically, he earned it and thats how life is.

    Same way few years back SRK was hailed King by media etc(he deserved most of it).

  18. jacksparrow said:

    Didn like it! sme good laughs here n there…..thats it!
    Put sme abuses n add one “tatti” scene with sme farts n thats delhi belly for u!
    Ppl saying it classic? its nt even a decent mvi……!

    Whas the diff btwn KI n DB? KI had “bitch/dog”, which sme of these hypocrits found abusive…..n DB has “g***nd, ch**t, dk bose” wht nt, which most of them found groundbreaking cinema……

    Well KI had farts, this mvi gt even more infact one in every scene….!

    KI had that timewatch in stomach , DB has tatti allover with pakodas….

    the only diff is these hypocrits calling that mvi vulgur n this as all time classic, never seen ever, grounding breaking stuff! FTW

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