Monday, July 04, 2011

Film Review: Delhi Belly : Avoidable Crap

At least one thing is true - the movie's name is completely accurate. Delhi Belly is the term non Indians use to explain the mandatory "stomach upset" that most tourists experience in Delhi. And this film is about "stomach upset", and also manages to test your ability to stomach nonsense and absolute f^&(ing crap. Mine is upset now. VERY UPSET.

The thing is, I am old fashioned about movies. I like a movie to ideally have a point, and at the very least, to have a story. A random set of pictures on the innards of bachelor living accomodation is of NO INTEREST to me.

The "story" is about 3 young men staying in filthy bachelor accomodation. The girlfriend of the hero, Tashi, inadvertently becomes a courier for diamond smuggling. She passes on the packet innocently to Tashi to deliver. Tashi gives it to his photographer flatmate, because he gets late covering a murder (he is a journo).

The photographer gets loosies and therefore the task of carrying the stool sample (covered in brown paper) and of delivering the parcel (covered in brown paper too) falls on the third flatmate. Predictably, the third friend gets the 2 paper parcels mixed up and the diamond smuggler gets poo on his table (and yes, you can see it too. On screen. Human Faeces. )

The baddies follow the good guys, some mashup that i couldnt understand, and a while later, Aamir Khan going back and forth with his pelvic bones. For 3-5 minutes that feel like an hour. Some things, Aamir, you should never do. Making Delhi Belly and doing item songs are 2 of them.

So, you should see this movie for the kind of crass language that assaults you from all ends - with no point , need, or even justification (other than "ordinary ppl talk like this." How come i know no such ordinary people?) . You should also see this for absolute lack of a storyline, much less a point. At every level and in every way, this film is just crass, tasteless, loud and vulgar for the sake of being vulgar. i dont even KNOW anyone who uses this sort of language every day, so dear director, stop assuming that all ordinary ppl talk like this. Or want to hear this language. This is one film that, if it becomes a hit, will actually make me feel ashamed of the kind of work we are producing.

Review in one line: Avoidable Shit. (And thats the nicest thing you will hear in the film. if this surprises you, wait till you see whats in store).

9 comments:

BK Chowla, said...

May be I will sound very backward, but, I dont see such movies which use abusive language, use filthy dialouge,throw muck with words.

Himanshu Tandon said...

I think I shall agree with you that the scene with crap on the table was uncalled for and so was the language. However, you would be surprised to know and hate to acknowledge the kind of people who have put in a good word for the movie.

You don't have to be critical of Aamir's "pelvic disco-fighting". It was actually meant to be cynical in the movie as well and yes, I kind of found it hilarious. :) Ah well, to each his own. Maybe I shall follow this comment with a review soon and talk more about my take on it... :)

Onkar said...

Thanks for alerting us before we could do any damage to ourselves.Film-makers seem to think that use of coarse language gives a contemporary feel to their movies.

perfect eight said...

well said..:)

!!! said...

If Amir Khan plays with vulgar words (DKBose etc), its hailed with 4star ratings as Artistic/Perfectionist work...

If Salman Khan even dares to bare his chest - its 'character deela'

Bahut na-insaafi...

Peenuts said...

"diamond smuggler gets poo on his table"-WTF. I take ur word. Will definitely not be spending money watching this one in a theatre. Thank u.

How do we know said...

Chowla sir: i wanted to miss it too.. :-)

Hi Himanshu: the people who have put in a good word for the film.. yes.. its apparently working for a lot of ppl. Aamir's pelvic grinding felt like rebel without a cause..basically, there is nothing satirable about a very hard working actor and a movie that was way better than what he has produced here.

Onkar Sir: "Film-makers seem to think that use of coarse language gives a contemporary feel to their movies." - so true. And its so saddening that a lot of generations worked hard to remove this from our "educated" sector, and they had to come right back to this..

How do we know said...

Hi perfect eight: Thank you!

Hi !!! : i agree.. bahut na insaafi :-) totally agree.

Hi Peenuts: My pleasure entirely. I was so grossed out...

Anonymous said...

this movie is absolute crap. . .
there is nothing in the movie. . . shear non-sense