Fat Man Takes The Cake… Yet Again!
By MovieTalkies.com, 12 July 2011
Picture this… "It's funny because he's fat," chortles Asian gangster Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) when Alan Garner (Zach Galifianakis) doubles up in pain after being punched in his ample abdomen by a henchman in the whacky comedy Hangover. However, the line could have very well been written keeping in mind our own fat funny man Nitin (Kunaal Roy Kapur) in Delhi Belly, which recently rocked Bollywood with its outrageously funny storyline and risqué content.
Kapur might most definitely prove to be Bollywood's answer to Zach Galifianakis not only because of his beard and shaggy hair look in the movie, but also because like Galifianakis, he does not do anything deliberately funny- Rather, whatever he does becomes funny because of the way he is.
Even when Kapur grimaced because of his upset stomach and broke wind while a disgusted Arup (Vir Das) looked on; audiences roared with laughter and slapped their thighs in eye-watering merriment. However, Kapur is quick to point out that the character of Nitin is not based on that of Alan.
"Delhi Belly was being shot and the character was being thought of before Hangover came and there was no reference point as such. Moreover, there is a lot of difference between the two. Nitin is more intelligent and conniving; always looking for an easy way out," says a relatively slimmer and clean shaven Kapur who with his pinstripe shirt and wire rimmed glasses looks more like a yuppie MBA than the fat slob he plays in the movie.
Taking advantage of this, Kapur has been going to movie halls to catch the movie and enjoying the audience's reactions to the movie. "Even if I tell them that I am the actor who played Nitin, no one would believe me," he chuckles.
Despite being paired with stand-up comic Vir Das and actor Imran Khan who has a few films under his belt, Kunaal Roy Kapur who had kick started his career around 10 years ago with the popular Sony TV serial Just Mohabbat, but had not acted in any mainstream Bollywood film till Delhi Belly,effectively managed to not only hold his own but also win the approval of the audience with his portrayal of Nitin Berry, a middle class photographer with an upset stomach resulting from gorging on 'tandoori chicken' from a roadside eatery in old Delhi.
"After Just Mohabbat, I was not happy with the quality of serials appearing on television and so I turned to theatre, direction (Kapur has directed a mockumentary titled The President Is Coming) and photography till Delhi Belly came along. I had gone to the auditions thinking that I was only called for line reading, but apparently, someone saw the footage and decided that I would fit the role."