Delhi Belly completed 9 years this month and apart from 2013’s Go Goa Gone, no other adult comedy has come close to Delhi Belly’s success.
Adult comedies in India usually come in extremes. Either we get a regressive, distasteful sex comedy, written by a bunch of horny men, or nothing at all.
That was until 2011 when we got Delhi Belly, backed by Aamir Khan, himself.
Directed by Abhinay Deo, Delhi Belly starred Imran Khan, Vir Das, Kunaal Roy Kapur, Poorna Jagannathan, Vijay Raz and Shenaz Treasurywala.
Despite the backlash from various political and conservative groups, Delhi Belly was a commercial success.
Delhi Belly’s blowjob scene
(Sorry to disappoint you guys, there are no actual blowjobs in Delhi Belly. For the second week in a row, we’re tackling a scene with no, as Borat would say, sexy times.)
Before Finding Fanny, it was Delhi Belly that experimented with shooting a Bollywood film in English and releasing it with Hindi dub, as well.
While I can’t comment much on Finding Fanny, Delhi Belly’s English version is far superior.
When Arup (Vir Das) learns that his girlfriend is getting married to someone else, he deals with the pain by imagining a dance sequence.
The scene starts with the pandit instructing the bride and the groom proceed with the varmala ceremony.
To take a piss out of all the clichéd Bollywood wedding scenes, Arup screams, “Thehro, ye shaadi nahi ho sakti.” (Wait! This wedding has to stop.)
Everyone stops to look at the source of this announcement.
The camera pans and we see Arup dressed as a 70s disco-hopping hipster who’s also carrying two guns. “Disco fighter” plays in the background.
Continuing with his announcement, Arup shouts, “This girl has given me blowjob.” Loud gasps!
This line has become particularly popular because it subverts the roles and tropes here.
Traditionally, in old Bollywood movies, it’s the girl who stops the wedding by saying, “Main iske bacche ki maa banne wali hoon.” (I’m going to be the mother of his child.)
As the old movies were constantly walking on eggshells when it came to sex, Delhi Belly got right to the point.
Vir Das’ line is so iconic that people have named it as the Delhi Belly’s blowjob line.
However, this line gets such a rousing laugh, people tend to miss out on the next line, which, in my opinion, is better than the previous one.
As everybody is gasping as this new revelation, Arup completes by adding, “And because I am a 21st-century man, I have given her oral pleasure also.” Brilliant.
Remember, Section 377 was decriminalised way after Delhi Belly was released. So, essentially, Arup just confessed to a crime in front of a huge crowd. Think about it.
As our considerate Arup is drying his dirty laundry in the most bizarre way possible, Ram Sampath’s Jaa Chudail starts blasting.
Lost in translation
As mentioned earlier, Delhi Belly was also dubbed in Hindi, my curiosity got to me. I switched to Hindi audio to see how they’ve tackled these two hilarious lines.
Here’s what Hindi-Arup says, “Ye ladki ne mera choosa hai.” Fine. Could’ve done better, but okay.
The second line, however – “Aur kyuki main 21 sadi ka aadmi, maine iss ladki ki li hai.” What? Isn’t there a better way to explain “cunnilingus” in Hindi?
How come there’s no way to explain going down on a woman in Hindi? No wonder 70% of women are not experiencing orgasms in India.
Maybe the translator wasn’t well-paid, maybe they were too conservative to even write it.
Or maybe I’m being harsh.
Nevertheless, Delhi Belly was a huge success and still holds up to this day.
Like Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar, Taare Zameen Par, Dil Chahta Hai and 3 Idiots, it resonated with the urban youth of India.
Attach Aamir Khan to any youth-oriented project. I accepted a 40-year-old Rancho, I can accept a 60-year-old Aamir in a school uniform at this point.
At least we’ll get a good movie out of it.