Delhi without the belly?

A cleaner version of Delhi Belly is being prepared for the small screen, Aamir Khan says it will bring in newer audiences.

bollywood Updated: Jul 25, 2011 18:28 IST
Prashant Singh
Prashant Singh
Hindustan Times

Aamir Khan’s Delhi Belly has taken the box office by storm. And now, the film is set to hit the small screen in a new avatar. Delhi Belly is being redone into a separate version with fresh editing and prints, crafted especially for the TV audiences. “Besides redubbing a lot of parts, we are also rewriting certain sequences and jokes from the original. There’s a considerable amount of work. It feels like I’m making it all over again,” laughs the director, Abhinay Deo.

Delhi Belly’s fresh version will be sans any gaalis (bad language) but will retain the basic humour and punch of the original. And Aamir has entrusted director Abhinay with the responsibility of getting this new version out. The superstar is content with the new version. “Akshat (Verma) and Abhinay have rewritten the dialogues of Delhi Belly’s fresh version and the humour is working extremely well. I’m sure it will bring in new audiences for the film,” says Aamir.

Delhi Belly

Earlier, it was reported that Aamir was not happy with Abhinay, but the actor has now made Delhi Belly’s director, the captain of the ship for the new job. Ask Abhinay about the ‘issue’ and he says. “As Aamir already clarified, it’s all nonsense. What’s the point in talking about stuff that isn’t true?”

Excited by the new version for television, Abhinay adds, “It will have its own charm. Even if we’re changing the jokes, new jokes will have their own appeal and standing. And I’m sure the difference — for those who have seen the original — will be welcomed,” says the director. Since almost all the characters in Delhi Belly used colourful language, most actors — including Imran Khan, Kunal Roy Kapoor and Vir Das — are redubbing their lines. “A lot of work is still left. But I think we should be ready by mid-next month,” says Abhinay.

First Published: Jul 23, 2011 12:32 IST