For all those who recently watched Imran Khan starrer ‘Delhi Belly,’ it must have been a revelation. Personally, for someone who awfully loathes Bollywood tearjerkers, ‘Delhi Belly’ comes across as a non-Bollywood film, just the opposite of what every staunch B-Town movie buff expects – the film is in English and Hindi, there are no gaudily dressed families celebrating festivals, there is hardly any romantic song, and yes, there are loads of cuss-words and the choicest use of profanity, something the average Indian and especially a Delhiite knows volumes about and has a flamboyant style of delivery.
Produced by Aamir Khan and directed by Abhinav Singh Deo, ‘Delhi Belly’ heralds the new, post-Bollywood cinema that is crisp, contemporary and whacky – what more, it’s irreverent and breaks all stereotypes.
Revolving around three friends – Tashi (Imran Khan), Arup (Vir Das) and Nitin (Kunal Roy Kapoor), ‘Delhi Belly’ is about 21st century quintessential Indian males – all screwed up guys. If Tashi is confused about life, Arup is sick of his overbearing boss, only to be dumped by his girlfriend and Nitin is a lecherous glutton.
One must acknowledge after long time a youth-centric film has come which has loads of attitude, carries an incredible shock value which changes the perception of contemporary Indian cinema. What’s more, ‘Delhi Belly’ uses vulgar language, which has never been so extensively used in the history of Indian cinema – words like f**k, bhen***d, c*** are used almost unapologetically and repeatedly in the film. Check out some of the dialogues from ‘Delhi Belly’:
Nitin: This is one ugly car. This is what you get when a donkey humps an auto rickshaw.
Nitin: It's a naked man lying on top of a naked woman. It’s called f***.
Tashi: Have you met my friend Nitin? The serial rapist.
Talking about the use of language in the film, never before have we come across a Bollywood movie which uses swear words with such intensity. Going back in time, post-independent India saw Hindustani as the language of Hindi cinema. With Indian cinema in a state of flux, commercialization and globalization not only impacted our lifestyle but also affected our language. ‘Delhi Belly’ is the brand new face of Indian cinema which deals with ordinary lives instead of larger than life heroes. It revolves around mundane issues and pretty ordinary existences. Overall, it reflects the urbane, educated youth of India and their problems – love, break-ups, financial (in) security (feel free to place them in order that suits you).
Coming to cuss-words, all those who are trying to be high moral authority, criticizing the film for using expletives, don’t they use taboo words too? Psychologically speaking, profanity is a way of giving went to one’s emotions, pent-up feelings; instead of stifling passion. And if you think DK Bose is outrageous, it’s nothing but putting together words with wittiness.
Don’t expect moral lesson out of films like ‘Delhi Belly.’ It’s blunt, in-your-face, razor sharp and it’s here to stay!