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Delhi Belly  : Woven around the 3Cs – crime, caper and comedy – it is a fun-filled, profanity-infused ride, highly
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Friday, July 1, 2011
Comedy
Abhinay Deo
Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunal Roy Kapoor, Shenaz Treasurywala, Poorna Jagannathan
The plot: With notorious Delhi as its backdrop, the film pulls you into the lives of three bachelor roommates who land themselves in sticky, dangerous situations. Tashi Dorjee (Imran Khan) and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapoor) are a journalist-photographer duo whilst Arup (Vir Das) plays a cartoonist. Tashi’s girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala), an airhostess and Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan), the edgy journo, add tadka to the madcap fare.

The good: From an interesting start to an unusual end, the film packs it all. Although the three-guy concept isn’t exactly novel, the treatment is so refreshing that it’s sure to give you a hearty belly laugh. A foot-tapping sound track, humour galore, a strong script and dialogues perfect for the situation, carry it to the finishing line breathlessly. The trio of  Imran, Vir and Kunal is endearing to watch, even Kunal ‘backed’ by his belly problems. The item song starring Aamir Khan is the dessert served at the end. At 96 minutes, the film is precise in its length, giving the audience no cause to shift  around in their seats.

The bad:  From Dil Chahta Hai to 3 Idiots and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the three boys concept seems a fixation with filmmakers. Delhi Belly is a cliché in that sense. A lot of its humour relies on expletives. Although tagged as an adult comedy, Delhi Belly firmly belongs to a niche audience – the multiplex youth. It isn’t just an ‘adult’ movie, it is a tailored-for-the-youth movie.

Overall: Finally, we have a comedy which is actually funny. It is unapologetic, brash and keeps you in splits. Why just youth? Everybody needs a good laugh. So just go, watch and hold your belly!

– Nikita Periwal

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