Producer Aamir Khan is certainly not a fluke. Completely away from the previous Amir Khan Production films like Tare Zameen Par, Peepli Live etc., Delhi Belly is a film which opens a new era of film experiencing to Hinglish Cinema. By creating a lot of buzz and controversies with its song D.K.Bose, the film got a lot of attention youngsters.
Not story but a marvelous screenplay by Akshat Verma and an outstanding direction by Abhinav Deo certainly makes the film a nice entertainment for those who can afford slang humors and can digest “un-parliamentary” languages. After so much publicity materials inside the film, Imran Khan was not needed to support “Drinking Age Limit – 25 campaign” to promote the film.
Delhi Belly is a situational comedy about three roommates Tashi (Imran Khan), Nitin Beri (Kunaal Roy Kapur) and Arup (Vir Das) who get trapped by a gang of smugglers in an unwanted situation. Tashi’s girlfriend Sonia (Shenaz Treasurywala) agrees to deliver a package for Vladimir Dragunsky (Kim Bodnia). The packet is further passed to Nitin via Tashi. Nitin is undergoing a bad stomach problem so he further passes the packet to Arup. Arup also has to deliver another package containing Nitin’s stool to the pathology lab. Arup makes a blunder and cross deliver the packages. Somayajulu (Vijay Raaz), a gangster and the recipient of the original package, nabs Vladimir and start investigating about the diamonds. The rest of the film revolves with the package between Tashi’s friends’ n family and Somayajulu’s gang. Tashi and his friends once sell off the diamonds in local market without knowing the actual price of it and they again go back to buy it when Souayajulu makes Sonia hostage. The sequence of Tashi’s landlords also creates a lot of humor in the film.
Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics certainly leave an impression. Music by Ram Sampath is good. Sound design and background score is outstanding. Cinematography is okay. If the film would have needed great acting skills than Amir would not have just done an item song at the end of the film. Overall the film is a good time pass for the teenagers and the film has a long term business opportunities via telecasting.
Although the film was declared super hit, the overhyped buzz in the market was not able to match the hyper expectations of box office collection. The film did very good in the metro cities and in overseas market.
Over the period of time, the gap between multiplex and non-multiplex audience was being wider. Being a clear cut non-multiplex film, “Delhi Belly” certainly raises the questions about the career of such films.