Movie Review: Delhi Belly (2011)

Users Rating: [ratings] ★★★☆☆
Box Office: Super Hit

Much before I watched DELHI BELLY, I was told very categorically that the film will reduce to rubble the image of Aamir Khan, the producer, which he has very painstakingly and meticulously built over the years. I disagree with this viewpoint. Sure, Aamir Khan steps into a territory that is least expected of him. Agree, DELHI BELLY is expletive-ridden, has several scandalous moments which give you a 440 volt ka jhatka and is just not for the faint-hearted. But DELHI BELLY is not outrageous just for the sake of it. It doesn’t shock for effect. The truth is, DELHI BELLY has a novel story to tell and the cuss words/outrageous moments are integral to the plotline and have been juxtaposed seamlessly in the narrative.

Let me introduce you to DELHI BELLY. It is Bollywood’s most daring, cheeky, irreverent, blasphemous, raunchy youth film to date and the lurid content, I am certain, has never been witnessed on the Hindi screen before. Even some hugely popular reality shows that have the participants using the most appalling, colorful lingo to garner attention and TRPs, would pale into insignificance. Belonging to the same genre as THE HANGOVER and LOCK, STOCK & TWO SMOKING BARRELS, DELHI BELLY is the ultimate culture shock for Indian audiences. It is a raucous, boisterous, potty-mouthed caper featuring the antics of three hapless young men.

DELHI BELLY is all about Tashi, Arun and Nitin – flat mates, buddies and partners in crime. Tashi is to get married in a month but still doesn’t know if his fiancee is THE ONE! Arun can’t make up his mind who he wants to kill first – his girlfriend (who has just dumped him) or his stupid, annoying boss (whose idea of creativity is sketching a smiling banana). And Nitin is about to discover that eating delicious Tandoori Chicken off a street vendor is going to give him the worst case of Delhi Belly he’s ever known! Three regular blokes, living the regular life except for one small detail – they are on the hit list of one of the world’s deadliest crime syndicates. Will they be able to get away before the shit hits the roof and it comes crashing down? Delhi Belly is the meanest comedy you’re ever likely to see.


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Positive Reviews
4.5 “DELHI BELLY is a ground-breaking and inventive comic caper targeted at the youth brigade.”
4.5 “It’s dirty. It’s raunchy. It’s thrilling. It’s hilarious. It’s fast paced. It’s new age cinema. It’s different. In a word, the latest release from Aamir Khan Productions, Delhi Belly is brilliant.”
4.5 “Delhi Belly is easily the most riotous of the flicks that have hit the screens this year.”
4.0 “Delhi Belly is lethally funny and cynical.”
DNA India
4.0 “The true beauty of the film is in all these elements together creating a madcap image of a new, unabashed, even shameless section of India”
4.0 “Delhi Belly shows us that Bollywood is ready to encompass all genres. Kudos for the makers for this fine film. Enjoy!”
4.0 “Delhi Belly is a fine example of how the brightest and the boldest, when they pool in their talent, can create a film that is guaranteed to give you your money’s worth, even as it re-writes all the moth-balled rules of an ageing industry.”
4.0 “A refreshing honesty in a smart madcap movie that never holds itself back.”
4.0 ” Delhi Belly (Hindi dubbed) is a film that anyone who’s an adult and not a DK Bose, shouldn’t miss.”
3.5 “Delhi Belly is a powerful combination of clever writing, brilliant story and crazy, grungy humour. A must watch.”
3.5 “It’s fun and funny, modest and yet quite nutty.”
3.5 “This is a film that is sure to make you go red in the face, if not from embarrassment, surely from too much laughing.”
3.5 “Delhi Belly guarantees a good laugh”
IBN Live
3.0 “Delhi Belly will appeal hugely to some audiences and not much to others, proving that the age of the pan-India audience is dead.”
3.0 “DELHI BELLY is a fun ride which gives toilet humour a whole new meaning”
3.0 “Delhi Belly has a tight, pacy plot which has lots of satisfying little set-ups and pay-offs..”
3.0 “In a nutshell, ‘Delhi Belly’. The Delhi part is self-evident. The Belly aspect allows the film to give us a clear, close shot of human excrement, and all the accoutrements thereof: one of the Dilliboys has a bellyache, and out of that arises smell, noise, and ta da, the whole plot of a movie.”
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