Quiz Question : Which movie comes to mind when i say the following?
- Three friends/roommates in Delhi
- a two-wheeler that goes kaput at inopportune moments
- spoofs of popular culture especially hindi movies
- getting accidentally involved in criminal goings-on
Actually this "could" have been a real quiz question if the great Parnab had been the quiz master
The answer: Chashm-e-Buddoor, Sai Paranjape's cult classic comedy from 1981.
I don't want to shock anyone who thought that the answer is Delhi Belly. Nor do I mean to suggest that the Abhinay Deo-helmed film is a rip-off or that Akshat Verma was taking a hint from Sanjay Gupta and running a DVD of Chashm-e-Buddoor endlessly while doodling out ideas for his script. I just found it interesting that two films I enjoyed had such common elements.
And IMHO Chashm-e-Buddoor is an infinitely more satisfying film in that it is a more "Delhi" film than Delhi Belly and also that the comedy works beautifully without using any shock value.