If lowbrow humor is your cup of tea then you will find Delhi Belly hits the spot. Brilliantly crass, imaginatively over-the-top and unpretentiously crude Delhi Belly is a fun experiment in frat boy humor. Aamir Khan, India's premier actor should be patted on the back for supporting such an experiment. With a tagline SHIT HAPPENS, you just can’t expect anything less than what you get – which is a whole lot of crap.
This film is inspired by Guy Ritchie’s Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Though it wallows in its own lack of sophistication somehow the movie captures the auteur’s stylistics. In a nutshell, Delhi Belly takes off when Sonia (Shenaz) decides to help out a friend and agrees to deliver a parcel. She passes the parcel to boyfriend Tashi (Imran Khan) who in turn passes it on to another pal, Nitin (Kunal) whose bowel is the bane of his existence. In a shitty situation he gives the parcel to Arup (Vir das) who is dealing with the loss of his girlfriend (Poorna Jagannathan) to a firang. Inadvertently a switch has happened with the original parcel which contains diamonds being replaced with a stool sample. The trio is then hunted by an underworld don (Vijay Raaz). And if you are already wrinkling your nose, then you are in for a hell of a ride, replete with toilet humor at its finest.
The movie is slick and Abhinay Deo after the forgettable Game which released in the beginning of the year makes up for his mistake with a spectacular movie which will surely be luring college students to the theatre. Despite the shitty content, when viewed in the context of the delightful characters and entertaining extras coupled with the undiluted humor that is extracted skillfully from each and every situation, the film is shorn of slapstick and is entirely entertaining. Delhi Belly may be likened to Hangover in that it makes you flinch on occasion but also laugh out loud.
Vir Das, Imran Khan and Kunal do their parts with finesse. And so does, Shenaz who shows a marked improvement from her earlier films. Poorna Jagannathan impresses with her mature performance. Vijay Raaz after a long time gets a great character and he makes the most of it. The rest of the crew does a good job as well. But Delhi Belly is an English movie which has been dubbed in Hindi so the impact is not complete.
Technically the movie is brilliant with spectacular art direction with the flimsy flat complex done with such style that it looks extremely real. The DoP showcases the interior of Delhi with so much of ease that we are transported to the city. Editing needs special mention but again, some more rapid cuts would have helped the movie. Ram Sampat hits a sixer with the music of Delhi Belly, the crowd’s cheers brought the whole theatre down when 'Baag D.K.Bose' was on. Aamir Khan's Item song is a bonus.
In conclusion, it may be said that Delhi Belly caters to a section of the populace that is cool when shit happens.
Verdict: Delhi Belly – Only for those with a cast iron stomach.