Finally the truth is out. Rumours around Delhi Belly being ‘heavily inspired/’totally based’ on hit sex comedy series American Pie wasn’t an imagination of scoop hunting media, handiwork of overzealous PR machinery or plain speculation amongst audience. It was actually a rumour being spread by a couple of jilted actresses who couldn’t find themselves in the Aamir Khan production.
Informs a source, “When there were auditions happening for Delhi Belly, quite a few actresses had to go through multiple rounds. They were a little unhappy though one should understand that even Imran Khan, Vir Das and Kunaal Roy Kapur had to go through the drill repeatedly. Nevertheless, the girls kept quiet till the process was on. However, once it was clear to them they won’t feature in Delhi Belly, the rumours around American Pie began.”
This was three years ago when the film had gone on floors and the talk of the town was that crude jokes and nudity were an integral part of the film. It was being said that director Abhinay Deo was heavily inspired by American Pie series and wanted to bring something similar to Bollywood in an unabashed way. This shocked quite a few because Bollywood wasn’t as open to such ideas in 2008 as it is today.
“These actresses were shocked too and after a while they started spreading negativity around Delhi Belly“, the source continues, “Though they said that they had opted out of the film due to its content as they were not comfortable with the narrative, the fact was on the contrary. Nevertheless, they started calling the film ‘obscene’ in the industry circles.”
Though the makers chose to keep quiet around these rumours over the years, now that the film is being readied for release, they are quashing them all. It is being said that the film is more in a Guy Ritchie mode with the narrative style being similar to the likes of a Snatch or a Lock Stock And Two Smoking Barrels.
Imran confirms that he is well aware about the origin of such loose talk and who are the actresses behind such rumours. He refuses to name though and says that now audience is quite clear about Delhi Belly being nowhere close to American Pie.
“Yes, it was during the early stage of the film’s cast being finalised when a couple of actresses were narrated the film”, confirms Imran, “When they couldn’t find themselves a part of the film, it suited them to say that the film was obscene due to whatever reasons. American Pie was the reference being thrown around and unfortunately it stuck. Anyways, now everyone can see that the film is more about a bizarre situation that these three guys are stuck in and has nothing to do with the campus humour which forms a major part of American Pie.”