One of the eagerly awaited movies of 2009 is Aamir Khan Productions’ Delhi Belly.
The movie will star Aamir Khan’s nephew Imran Khan, Shenaz Treasurywala, and stand-up comedian Vir Das. Imran Khan who cut quite a dash in his debut film, the 2008 Jaane Tu Ya Jaane Na, replaced original choice Ranbir Kapoor.
He was not the only topline change in the movie. Previously, Delhi Belly was to be directed by Swedish director Robert Nylund, who opted out, apparently, due to creative differences with Aamir Khan. Delhi Belly will be directed by Abhinav Deo, son of yesteryear actor couple Ramesh and Seema Deo (think friends of Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna in Anand).
The music of Delhi Belly has been composed by Shankar Mahadevan, Ehsaan Noorani, and Loy Mendonsa. UTV motion pictures has co-produced the movie with Aamir Khan Productions.
Earlier Aamir Khan was supposed to do a cameo in the movie, but reportedly he opted out because he was supposed to play the role of a fat guy, and there was no way he could put on weight so easily, since he was to shoot for 3 Idiots as well.
Delhi Belly is one in a recent spate of movies based in Delhi. Oye Lucky, Lucky Oye!, Jugaad, and the recent Delhi 6 have the capital as a background.
Aamir Khan Productions has a few movies on its plate this year. Apart from Delhi 6, Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao’s Dhobi Ghaat is on the floors. Aamir is also planning to make a movie on the farmers’ situation in Bhopal. The movie is said to star Raghubir Yadav in a lead role.
Imraan Khan, whose second movie Kidnap was released in 2008, will be seen next in Luck, which is currently in production.
Shenaz Treasurywala made her Bollywood debut in 2003 with Ishq Vishk. She was nominated for the Filmfare best supporting actress award for her role. Earlier, she was a VJ with MTV and has hosted many programs on TV, such as The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 4 and Culture Shock on the Travel Channel.