Movie Review – David

Posted: May 26, 2013 in Movie Reviews
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The taglines, trailers would have given you the basic difference between the Hindi and Tamil version. It doesn’t make any sense in analyzing Hindi and Tamil versions seperatey. After all action speaks louder than words. Hindi basically has 3 stories, one set in UK in 1975, another one in Mumbai in 1989 and last one in Goa in 2010. And in Tamil the first story is cut off. I don’t see any apparent reason for doing so. Bejoy had other ideas. Neil Nithin Mukesh gets a hefty role of a gangster in the Hindi version of UK story, Jeeva does a tad better than his Hindi contemporary for the Mumbai version and Vikram is as amazing as he can be in both versions.


 It’s been a long time since we saw Vikram this charming. He’s a charmer off screen but tends to be too manly as soon as he occupies the frame. This time – according to a legend – he chose the role of Goa David of the three Davids. And what a brilliant choice it was. He was stupendous doing the role of a lifetime loser. I couldn’t even imagine Vikram with his bulky frame hitting a lady in the very first scene. It felt so good to see his body loose and dialogue delivery as casual as he can be. If you had noticed he was very casual and attentive even in the scenes where he was just listening to Tabu. He and his dad in the film formed a terrific combo. Every time the story shifted and I saw a drunken Vikram with his father I was in splits. But the problem is only I was. Especially for the Tamil version. He has totally lost his audience in Tamil. People are biased. The same joke worked wonderfully in a semi crowded theatre in Hindi Version. I don’t think dubbing being the only reason. The very sight of Vikram with the slow waltz music in the background made people restless. The very reason why I liked the comedy track. It wasn’t like some familiar types where the only intention is to make people laugh their ass out. It was clever and subtle in its own way.

Then there is the Mumbai Jeeva/VinayVirmani story. Both play an aspiring musician, seems to be inspired from a real story. They are fun loving guys who turn into angry young men because of situations. Jeeva is more fun loving than VinayVirmani and appears angrier than his counterpart. Surely he has improved in his acting by leaps and bounds. But the point to be noted here is the cleverness by which the director had used these guys. For example in the intro scene you could see Jeeva entering his place more heroic in his bike whereas Vinay just walks to his place and Vinay teases her sister more frevelently than Jeeva. Jeeva likes to take a dig at his father instead. Another major difference of which I was impressed was the fight scene. One thing is the background music for the fight Manamae  omanamae/rab di o rab di was as brilliant as it could get. Jeeva hits the goons and strikes a heroic pose at the end of the song whereas Vinay gets beaten up and stands once they leave. This was one scene before which my friend had been constantly asking, “Vinay is okay till now in this comedy track but how’ll he fit in those fight scenes?” Bejoy gave the right answer.

The lead to the fight was equally brilliant. The best shot of the movie where the camera follows the plane and without any cut zooms in to Jeeva who stands down ready to fight the goons. There was one brilliant interpretation suggested by my friend Jeeva. He hinted that the flight was shown purposefully as the music troop had gone to US in that fight but here he is fighting against the odds. Whether it’s true or not I’ve to give it to the idea. This interpretation gave more meaning to the shot which I already loved.

Neil NithinMukesh gets one better role to his kitty. His best is Johnny Gaddar. He’s a lucky fellow. Not a great actor but certainly does stiff roles with élan. Romance was brilliant in that part. The black and white frame and period settings added flavor to it. The song by Anirudh praised by many was irritating. They’d have liked it because they wouldn’t have heard 3’s songs. The song was very similar to Kanazaga. But mast kalandar was very well shot, even though not great to hear, using that song along with techno with fight scene in the foreground was a brilliant move.

Bejoy has explained the film to be of the theme, David slaying Goliath. Each man fighting their spirits. Trying to take what decision is best for them. It was not deeply inflicted in the movie. Only after reading Bejoy’s interview I thought “oh is it?” But that can’t be made a reason to write the movie off. May be the crux didn’t apply as well as the director thought but the intention was commendable. Special mention to music. Each has their own flavor. If using three cameramen was a good move to showcase three different periods. Using a variety of music directors too was a great idea as it enhanced the mood of particular genre.

In general a multi linear narrative will have a story which will have correlation between the others. We could guess what is to happen or we could see characters from one story being there in another or at least slowly one by one the stories get conjugated. Here nothing of that sort happens. There are three different stories and three of absolute different kind. When Nasser scratches his chin by trying to shave of his dirt in his face we see Vikram here as usual drunk and lost. It takes a lot of guts to make a movie like this. People found it tough to adjust their emotions but it’s definitely a new genre in making.

Bejoy did a lot of new things which made me love the movie. I was surprised when it was unanimously rejected. Yes critics are hailing but why didn’t the public like the movie? Many call the movie is slow, I didn’t feel so. And criticize it of not having story, come on how many times I’ve to tell you that cinema is not about story it’s about story telling. But whatever it is when a movie like this is rejected it is definitely not a good sign for Indian cinema.


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