Delhi Belly: Twits in Trouble

Actors:  Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan, Shenaz Treasurywala,
Vijay Raaz.
Writer: Akshat Verma
Director: Abhinay Deo

I’d sworn not to watch Delhi Belly. Someone had told me it was the Indian version of The Hangover. I am not a fan of The Hangover. The ludicrous scenarios, the scratching of pot bellys, the cliched Chinese characters; nothing made me laugh. Not even a smile. I did not want to sit through another Hangover and certainly not an Indian version of it.

Aamir Khan’s Delhi Belly is anything but a remake or version of The Hangover. Sure there are three guys and one of them has a potbelly and no qualms about farting, and yes the three guys find themselves in ludicrous situations doing ridiculous things but the similarities end there. Delhi Bell is a smart and sassy film where everything within the context makes sense and every character, even the minor ones such as a room service waiter, is given intelligent treatment (though the soon-to-be-ex-hubby’s antics are a little over the top).

Delhi Belly boasts a curse a second and gratuitous cursing makes me very uncomfortable as do sex scenes just for the sake of them (in which case they are sleaze scenes) but in this case the swearing seemed natural to the characters and fitting to the scenes as did the sexual stuff. In Delhi Belly pottys and potty and potty humor play a starring role; I was surprised by how much I laughed and how charmed I am.

Khan, Kapur and Das have a fine camaraderie and the brilliant acting by everyone, the seamless editing, the edgy, grimy cinematography, the exciting score, the funny lyrics, the fantastic script, the very opening sequence which sets the viewer on squeamish edge to the over the top ‘item number’ at the end– everything comes together to provide an exquisite experience. I truly dread to think of the dreadful copy cat movies that will follow this gem because humor of this sort can so easily go disgustingly wrong.

Indian cinema is becoming a treat to watch these days with smart commercial films like Om Shanti Om, Jab We Met, Baand Baja Baarat, Luck by Chance, Rang de Basanti, 3 Idiots and now Delhi Belly. Delhi Belly is the first Indian film in English and yes Delhi Belly does refer to a mean diarrhea caused by unhygienic street food. The faint of heart will certainly think this is an unhygenic and more than distasteful movie, and please it is NOT for kids of any age, but as my friends and I left the theatre we thought it was smart, solid entertainment.

I’d sworn not to watch ‘Delhi Belly’ but I got roped into it; so I glad I did.