Movie: Delhi Belly
Cast: Imran Khan, Kunal Roy Kapur, Vir Das, Shenaz Treasurywala
Looking at the strange name of the movie, I thought that it must be something similar to “Dhobi Ghat”. But I realised that this was something different once I stepped inside the theatre for an on-screen hilarious journey.
The movie has been shot in one of the dilapidated rooms in Delhi that houses three persons: Tashi Malhotra (Imran Khan) a journalist; Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapur) a photographer and Arup (Vir Das), a cartoonist.
Going about their lives of living in below-average conditions, soaring rents and their personal problems, the trio get caught in a dangerous situation with diamond smugglers when Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala), Tashi’s fiancé, takes a strange packet from a friend’s friend Vladimir (Kim Bodnia) and asks Tashi to drop it off.
The entire story revolves around how the trio manage to get themselves out of the clutches of the smugglers, with the help of Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan), a divorcee who joins Tashi’s office, and how the diamonds change hands hilariously.
There are scenes unusually unrealistic that can make people shed tears as they have a good laugh. Despite its comedy that can make the audience jump off their seats, the movie has also got its share of criticism for the vulgar language and steamy scenes that it employs.
The movie ends with Aamir Khan’s starry appearance in the song “I hate you (like I love you)”. This is right after the trio successfully emerge out of trouble, rich and Tashi entering into a relationship with Menaka. On the whole, the movie is worth-watching as it captures poignant conditions in its intellectually comical way. Kunal Roy Kapur, Imran Khan and Vir Das have done a good job.
Bottomline: Worth the watch for those who can overlook the vulgarity and see the funny side of horrible situations.
NITHYA RAGHAVAN, completed final year BBA at Heriot-Watt University, Dubai.
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