Delhi Belly with Imran Khan is cleverly irreverent

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      Starring Imran Khan, Kunaal Roy Kapur, and Vir Das. Rated 14A. Now showing

      From the meticulous production team of Aamir Khan and Kiran Rao comes Delhi Belly (which only rhymes with mispronunciation). This is a truly brilliant comic film with clever, edgy dialogue and a tight plot that will have you howling. The director, Abhinay Deo, has kept the film fast-paced and concise (by Bollywood standards). But the genius of this film is the script by Akshat Verma, which takes several well-worn plot staples and turns them into something entirely fresh and unexpected.

      Tashi (Imran Khan), Arun (Vir Das), and Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) are middle-class, English-speaking Delhi boys who are stuck in entry-level professional jobs. They live in abject squalor—though this is perhaps due to their abysmal hygiene and not their economic standing.

      Tashi’s girlfriend, Sonia (Shenaz Treasury), inadvertently pulls herself and the boys into the middle of a deal between a Russian smuggler and a local gangster, played with perfect creepiness by Vijay Raaz. The ensemble is rounded out by Tashi’s new colleague, Menaka (Poorna Jagannathan), who complicates his relationship and his safety. Surprisingly critical to the plot is the proverbial Delhi Belly, which leads to some nausea-inducing scatological humour.

      The real comic power of this film is the razor-sharp and entirely irreverent dialogue. Unlike most Bollywood films that aim for a family audience, this is strictly adult fare. The language and the sexual innuendo are fairly risqué, and there is some graphic violence.

      The songs are in sync with the tone of the film, and many have lyrics that play on slang and subtly concealed profanity.

      Although the language might be foul, the characters are so endearing that you can’t help but enjoy the ride.