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Crime-caper is sexually daring; Bollywood By Manish Gajjar.

Byline: Manish Gajjar

DELHI BELLY (15) Verdict: DIRECTOR: Abhinay Deo STARRING: Imran Khan, Vir Das, Poorna Jagannathan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Shenaz Treasurywala.

THE PLOT: Flatmates Tashi (Imran), Arup (Vir) and Nitin (Kunaal) are buddies and partners in crime.

Tashi is newly engaged to beautiful model Sonia but his heart lies elsewhere.

Ad-cartoonist Arun has been ditched by his girlfriend for a Canadian-based boy.

He is also being driven bonkers by his boss's penchant for sketching smiling bananas.

Photographer and food junkie Nitin soon discovers that eating Tandoori chicken off a street vendor is about to give him the worst case of Delhi belly.

During a series of coincidences, Nitin gets mixed up with a package of smuggled diamonds.

It turns into a cat-and-mouse chase between the three lads and gangsters.

THE VERDICT: Based in English, this energetic crime-caper is full of raunchy, lurid and somewhat daring visuals - the first of their kind in Hindi cinema.

Once again, producer Aamir Khan hits the target after Dhobi Ghat and Peepli live.

This dark, slickly-made comedy consists of many laugh-out-loud moments.

Witty dialogues, tight screenplay and innovative camera movements vividly capture the antics of the three hapless characters amidst Delhi's mayhem.

The film works because of its realistic take on Delhi's life - whether this is running water working for just two hours a day or the overcrowded shabby living conditions.

Imran Khan is superb as Tashi using his initiative to tackle the exasperated gangster Vijay Raaz.

Whilst Vir Das provides lighter moments Kunaal Roy Kapur is the show stealer as the blackmailing and insightful Nitin bringing in all the laughs.

Delhi Belly is a boisterous and incredible film with great chemistry between the actors.

It is sure to pave the way to a whole new genre of Bollywood movie making.

Manish Gajjar is the Bollywood consultant for VUE Cinemas based at Vue Birmingham - the No.1 choice for Hindi movies in the West Midlands. For more information on film times and to purchase tickets in advance visit or call 08712 240 240 (calls cost 10p per minute from BT, other network may cost more).
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:Jul 8, 2011
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