A personal list ranking all the films I've seen that came out in 2011. The Tree of Life fans... please…
Delhi-based Sonia agrees to deliver a package for Vladimir Dragunsky and asks her rather unkempt and debt-ridden fiancé, Tashi Malhotra, to do it for her. Tashi, in turn, asks one of two of his room-mates, Arup. But Arup forgets to do so due to an upset stomach ailment commonly known as 'Delhi Belly' as well as his plan to blackmail their landlord, Manish and asks the third roommate Nitin to deliver the package. A gangster, Somayajulu, who was the recipient of this package, starts by brutally questioning Vladimir, and finds out that the package may be in the possession of the trio. While Tashi must deal with his attraction for Journalist Menaka and incur the wrath of her husband, Rajiv, he still has to fully come to terms whether or not he wants to marry Sonia. And the entry of ruthless Somayajulu and his gang seriously jeopardizes any plans Tashi and his friends may have for the future.
What a breakthrough in modern Bollywood script writing !! Loved it.
30 Countries in 30 Days Film #7 - India
I watched this without subtitles, and while most of the movie was in English, I was left wondering what they were saying in Hindi the entire time. I can't help but wonder if this would have swayed my opinion of this movie. With that said, I still found the movie funny. It's quirky, a little cheesy, but still funny. When isn't a firecracker up someones ass not funny?
If you don't mind a little Bollywood goofiness, then check it out. It's different from the traditional comedy I'm used to which was nice.
What can I say about this hilarious film? It's probably the first time that I've seen a caper movie based on the intertwining plot elements of diamond smuggling and stomach distress. Filmed in India with an English-speaking Indian cast, we follow a trio of roommates as they get in over their heads when a package of smuggled diamonds entrusted to one of the guy's girlfriends gets lost. Blending elements of 1930's farce with contemporary humor and tinted with the foreign locale and culture, this film refuses to fit neatly into any category, having a charm and personality all its own. I started out thinking it was just kind of odd, but then went along for the ride and ended up having a great time. A real delight.
When was the last time you saw a commercial Bollywood movie which openly shows poop, dry humping, an erection, a butt crack, and has words like "ch**t" and "blowjob" in the dialogues? Delhi Belly has all these things (and more!) and none of it feels like it's there for the sake of titillation. Loosely inspired by Guy Ritchie's style of films, Abhinay Deo's second directorial venture succeeds mainly because of Akshat Verma's quirky script and the chemistry of the three leading actors. Out of the three characters, Arup's storyline (played perfectly by Vir Das) was easily the funniest and one which most people could relate with. Props to whoever decided to cast Poorna Jagannathan for the role of Menaka. It's…
Take a bow Mr. Aamir Khan and UTV Productions to back up such a daring attempt which speaks the real voice of urban youth! Abhinay Deo, proves the critics wrong this time, with racy narration similar to international adult comedies, whose first film was 'Game'!! Akshat Verma's script was truly brilliant with unpredictable moments, that will shock you with the ultra-realistic language and at the same, aches your belly with extremely hilarious situations!
In the acting department, everyone delivers honest performances! Imran Khan turns in with his best performance to-date! Kunal and Vir as Imran's friends rocked big time with their immaculate comic timing! Vijay Raaz as the villian delivers a surpassing performance! In the female lead, Poorna Jagannathan impresses…
An attempt by Aamir Khan's production company to produce something outside of the typical Bollywood norm. Whereas something like Dev D. is genuinely self-destructive (although still kinda sugarcoated) and depressing, this goes another direction completely. It goes toward the outrageous, the wacky, the scatological, etc. Basically, a bunch of shit jokes and simulated oral sex. It's a wacky comedy, in the style of Guy Ritchie (I guess), with its young people at the wrong place at the wrong time, who somehow stumble on to drug dealers who call each other sisterfucker. There are other things going on, but it's all just an excuse to be raunchy and silly. The whole thing's very crude and silly, but I'd like to see more in this vein from these filmmakers. I need to see Dhobi Ghat now. I might like Aamir Khan the producer more than the actor extraordinaire.
That was an awesome experience, watching this film @ midnight with Unnikrishnan and Vishnu. Enjoyed the film to the maximum, super super entertainer. Awesome movie........
30 Countries in 30 Days Film #7 - India
I wild thrill ride through the heart of Delhi. The film is a fantastic take on smuggling and how you end up in a spot that you cannot get out off. Brilliant acting and kudos for trying something different in this day and age of Bollywood cinema.
Hilarious comedy !!
(Bhaag Bhaag DK Bose)
Not your average Bollywood film, rather a black comedy (no laff track here) with explosive diarrhea, oral sex, graphic violence, gangsters and all taking place in a part of Delhi where buildings crumble and the water comes on only two hours a day (and you'd better have your buckets in place). The dialog is almost all in English except when some of the extras are talking and has a young, up and coming cast including Imran Khan and Vir Das. While it presents the gritty side of life it still has two musical numbers although they are done tongue in cheek.
- A Separation
- The Kid with a Bike
- Midnight in Paris
- The Artist
- Gangs of Wasseypur
- Delhi Belly
- Pather Panchali
- The Cloud-Capped Star
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