DELHI BELLY, a much awaited comical entertainer is all set to arrive on the marquee. Loaded with expectations, the promo feature of the much-hyped song 'Bhaag D.K. Bose' has already been rage and somewhat been in whirlpool of war-of-words. Ram Sampath, a promising musical prodigy who was recently in news for LUV KA THE END, makes his most versatile presence as a competent musician in this album. To suit every mood, style and genre, it has potentials of trusted lyricists in the form of Amitabh Bhattacharya, Akshat Verma, Munna Dhiman, Chetan Shashital and composer Ram Sampath. So far, the journey for Ram Sampath has been not so consequential (barring a KHAKEE) and DELHI BELLY is presumed to be the best from this gifted talent. Can he make it this time? Let's check this out...
Controversially newsmaker! Catchy hard-rock metal base works mixed with wishy-washy lyrics, gel together to deliver out an explosive of listening treat in bombastically crooned 'Bhaag D.K Bose, Aandhi Aayi'. Ram Sampath's enthused excruciation, modulation and gyration pumps up the mood and peps out to be ideal voice-over for the distressed youthful sentiments. Sampath excels as composer too as the song has immensely racy guitar works with matching percussions to deliver out a youth anthem-ic outlook. Amitabh Bhattacharya's 'tongue-in-cheek' wordings flames up the scenario and give it a razor-sharp hilariously realistic feel. For all its infectiousness and peppy singing, this much-hyped soundtrack is presumed to be becoming as the next youth-anthem in days to come. Chartbuster!!!
In almost every local 'kirana-store' (grocery-store), there is one big sign-board or sticker that is headed over the owner's head that says 'Nakkadwaley Disco, Udhaarwaley Khisko' (meaning 'one who owns the cash to buy goods is welcome here only'). This popular one-liner 'Nakkadwaley Disco, Udhaarwaley Khisko' now gets into satirical 'ghazal' singing tones in Keerti Sagathia's screaming-cum-yelling voice. The song moves in sluggishly low tempo and works more like a loquaciously noisy stand-up comical act. It has more of humorous contents than melodic brilliance in amusing Akshat Verma and Munna Dhiman's comically timed wordings, eye-catching visuals of buffoonery acts will surely be adding shades to the track.
Legendary K.L.Saigal reinvented! Innovation or experimentation, Ram Sampath shows another dimension of his composing that mixes the golden 'black & white' era with dash of popular rock and R & B (rhythm n blues) in situation sounding 'Saigal Blues'. Chetan Shashital's perfect impersonation of legendary K.L. Saigal's voice is laudable and tries to reconnect pathos of popular track 'Jab Dil Hi Toot Gaya' (SHAHJAHAN -1940) with pacing of upbeat westernized arrangements. The recurring paced signature tunes pumped with likable racy electric guitar blues adds trendy factors to make this as another hilariously pitched situational song.
Different by-lanes to change now, as the musical mood swings from bygone era to the raunchy folksy 'nautanki' number in deep-throated voice of Sona Mohapatra in 'Bedardi Raja'. Banking on the tides of chartbusting raunchy item songs, its spicy wordings and naughty feminine tones are contorted to lure front-benchers to the theatres. This Sampath's rustically composed number has modest arrangements that primarily comprises of traditional Indian instrumentals with least improvisation. Sona's lazily crooned sultry tones make verve and so do Amitabh Bhattacharya's wicked lyrics but overall composition sounds too contemporary 'nautanki' song.
It's 'Grind Mix' makes better impact as it has the modern make-over of DJ's antics in giving it a true hip-shaking discotheque feel.
Ram Sampat's excellent music is superbly interspersed with the narrative. All the songs just appear in the background and are apt for the various situations. The Bhag D.K. Bose song comes at a very funny moment. Editing could have been better.
Imran Khan acts decently. Vir Das is good. Watch out when he's dressed in a burkha in a jewellery shop. But the star of the film is undoubtedly Kunaal Roy Kapoor! He delivers an astounding and hilarious performance. Shenaz Treasury is effective. Poorna Jagannathan, who plays Imran's colleague and friend, has an amazing screen presence and acts superbly. Vijay Raaz is impressive. Aamir Khan is fine as the item boy.
DELHI BELLY is a fun ride which gives toilet humour a whole new meaning. Watch it for its craziness!