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Delhi Belly

It could get very discomfiting and disconcerting for some, but for this reviewer it was a merry lark of a film, the most entertaining in 2011 thus far

Delhi Belly
Delhi Belly
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Starring: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapoor, Vijay Raaz, Poorna Jagannath, Shenaz Treasurywala
Directed by Abhinay Deo
Rating: ***

Delhi Belly could get very discomfiting and disconcerting for some viewers. It’s full of cusswords—the ‘F’ one in English and the ‘C’ and ‘G’ ones in Hindi—the camera lingers on a hairy butt crack and later on, faecal matter and a hard-on, a character scratches his unmentionables with the same dirty hand he serves chicken with, there are varied farts, talk of testicles being cut and fashioned into earrings and a car born of the union between a donkey and a rickshaw. It’s all utterly incorrect and inappropriate but oh so delightfully so.

Delhi Belly is a merry lark of a film, the most entertaining in 2011 so far. It’s short, smart, sharp, but also fairly straightforward and predictable. A Matryoshka doll full of smuggled diamonds gets interchanged with a Chyawanprash bottle of stool. Eventually, the doll gets to its rightful place on the showcase of a middle-class Delhi drawing room. In between, the bullets fly, chases occur on Delhi flyovers and shootouts in five-star hotels and three friends get caught in hell—Tashi, a journo, Nitin, a photographer and Arup, a graphic artist. Then, there’s Tashi’s propah air-hostess fiance, who eats bananas with a knife and fork, and Menaka, a footloose journalist he is attracted to.

What works is Akshat Verma’s unaffected writing. The mix of lingo is effortless, candid and matter-of-fact. The dirty talk doesn’t seem...

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