It took me a few days to “get” the double meaning of the song D K Bose, and that too, when my maid looked at Kid#2 humming it to himself and said, “Bhaiyya gaali kyun de rahe ho?”
Damn! Khair I went and changed the hitherto fused bulb in the brain and started pestering famiglia to take me to see the movie.
Saw it on Sunday. What an experience.
As a country we have evolved, at least in the urban set up. We don’t turn a hair on instances of pre marital sex, we don’t get shocked at sexual dialogue. I sincerely hope that moral posturing is on its way out. I hate the holier than thou type of movies.
Well, if you want to see the filthiest bachelor pad ever – Delhi Belly shows you one. It even has a balcony which gives you an amazing view of a pole with more electric wire than you’d ever want to see. And the bathroom – ewww! The chronic water shortage in Delhi also gives opportunity for good laughs. Take a severe case of diarrhea, no water, 4 cartons of orange juice in the fridge and fill in the blanks.
This bachelor pad is shared by Taashi, a journalist (Imran), a photo journalist cum blackmailer Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapoor) and Aroop (Vir Das) a cartoonist who is in love with a girl who dumps him for a NRI groom and hates working for a creative director who is totally unimaginative.
Taashi has a bimbette as his girl friend (Shenaz Treasury) who lands the three in a situation where they are fleeing criminals for three days. It gives ample opportunity for the film makers to show us the city in all its character.
If expletives, potty humor and sexual innuendos don’t freak you out, Delhi Belly is right up your alley. Needless to say, I had a ball. The dialogues are a winner, the acting is good and so is the situational humor.
Honestly, I found Imran’s acting okay but not too hot. Kunal Roy Kapoor as the photojournalist, Nitin, who suffers the most violent case of indigestion ever (all three days of it) as they flee was awesome. Vijay Raaz as the crime boss with a Haryanavi accent was impressive.
But the winner as per me is scriptwriter Akshat Verma, the man who wrote the story of Delhi Belly – and the one liners that stay with you for a long time after the movie.
My sons were impressed, they thought it was a Indian Guy Ritchie movie. Come to think of it, I am impressed too. Never knew that Indian movies could evolve so much, from the staple fare of family dramas to an edgy and whacky movie like this one