There’s a hot, new movie that has hit Indian multiplexes. It’s called Delhi Belly and it’s a movie that seems to have caught the imagination of young Indians. A comic caper about what happens to three friends who are at the wrong place at the wrong time. So basically… ‘shit happens’. You can hear howls of laughter in the darkened movie hall as the characters find themselves in over-the-top situations, spew foul language with shockingly inventive turns of phrases. The dialogues and the situations are disgusting and somewhat amusing at first. Go figure!
The filthy language is so inventive that it’s almost like a private joke between friends. Take for instance one of the songs in the film which goes “Bhaag, bhaag DK Bose” (Run, run DK Bose). Now, DK Bose is a fairly common name and DK Bose is used as a metaphor for a loser. So, is there a character called DK Bose in the film? No. I watched the movie and I still didn’t get it. And only after I googled it, did it hit me…DK Bose is actually a Hindi swear word in reverse!! Oh boy!! Fart jokes, f-word, and an entire sequence involving poop (double eeks!) to justify the tagline for the movie! Funny? Well, not after a point.
The bad news (or good news from a purely business point of view) is that the movie is a certified ‘hit’, having recovered its cost in the first weekend of its release. I can feel a Delhi Belly 2 coming up soon. And it’s quite likely that for a successful sequel, the jokes will be about lurid sex and semen. Surely, there is more to screenwriting than creative use of four-letter words and relying on shock value? Truly… shit happens!