Nambiar picks unconventional options. In SHAITAN, his directorial
debut, he chose relative newcomers [with the sole exception of Rajeev
Khandelwal] to relate the story of well-heeled kids, belonging to the
upper crust, who get implicated in a botched crime and how it pushes
them to commit several lawbreaking acts.
In DAVID, Bejoy's second outing, he introduces us to three Davids.
Dwelling in three different places. In three different eras. But the
characters aren't linked to each other, though these characters do
connect towards the film's resolution. Given the genre of the film, one
would expect DAVID to hurl a lot of shockers at you. Sadly, it doesn't.
Sure, the tone of the sequences alters constantly, from passion to
angst to apprehension to conflict to retribution to vindication, but the
film fails to involve you completely. What comes across on screen is
What you eventually carry home is the technique Bejoy adopts to narrate
the three stories. But the gorgeous visuals and a couple of enthralling
moments aren't enough. A film ought to score as a complete package.
That's where DAVID falters!
The story revolves around the lives of three Davids in three different parts of the world in three different eras'
* 1975 London: David [Neil Nitin Mukesh] works for Iqbal Ghani, a
dreaded Mafia don. He is a protg who is poised to take over the empire
until a revelation changes the course of his future.
* 1999 Mumbai: David [Vinay Virmani] is a musician born into a family of
devout Christians. He is a happy-go-lucky teenager who loses all
semblance of his peaceful existence when his family gets dragged into a
* 2010 Goa: David [Vikram] is a fisherman who falls in love with Roma
[Isha Sharwani]. The only hitch is that she is engaged to be married to
his best friend Peter.
All three Davids are about to take a step which is going to change their lives forever.
I am certain, DAVID would've come across as a remarkable script on
paper. But, like most films, it doesn't transcend from an entrancing
script into a dazzling motion picture. Bejoy has great vision, no doubt,
but the concept loses sheen because there's no connect between the
stories. The three tracks go back and forth all through the narrative,
which cuts short the drama at several junctures. Besides, the lethargic
pacing mars the impact too.
DAVID appeals in bits and spurts, although the film begins on a
promising note. The track involving Neil Nitin Mukesh is the best of the
lot, followed by the one featuring Vinay Virmani. Again, not all
episodes in these two stories are attention grabbing. The third one,
featuring Vikram, just doesn't work. It has the potential, but the
writer/s don't tap the potential to the optimum. As a matter of fact,
boredom and dullness seep into the movie at regular junctures, which is
not a positive sign when you're watching a thriller. Even the finale is
not as compelling.
DAVID scores high in its technical department. Be it the luminous
cinematography or exhilarating sound design or refreshingly different
background score, the outcome is top-quality. The DoP comes up with
spectacular frames and also captures the intensity that the characters
radiate with dexterity. As for the soundtrack, barring 'Damadam Mast
Kalander', there's not much to marvel in this enterprise.
The cast is incredibly proficient, with most actors submitting
himself/herself to Bejoy's vision. Neil Nitin Mukesh is going to stun a
lot of people in this film. He is top notch here, essaying his part with
flawlessness. His body language is super. Vikram is a great talent and
though his story isn't captivating, his performance is. Vinay is natural
to the core and takes rapid strides with this film.
Tabu is admirable, as always. Monica Dogra is striking and the rebellion
in her character stays with you. Isha Sharvani is photogenic, but
doesn't get much scope to act. Lara Dutta appears in an insignificant
cameo. Akarsh Khurana is first-rate. Rohini Hattangadi, Nasser, Milind
Soman, Neil Bhoopalam, Nishan Nanaiah, Ajinkya Deo, Satish Kaushik,
Prahlad Kakkar and Sheetal Menon -- each of them are skilful in their
On the whole, DAVID is more style, less substance. A few moments do
stand out, but they are few and far between. Coming from the director of
SHAITAN, this one's a mega disappointment!
David: Hindi Movie Review
Posted by: Nabanita
Updated: Friday, February 1, 2013, 11:45 [IST]
After treating us with the critically acclaimed Shaitan, Bollywood's one
of the most innovative filmmakers Bejoy Nambiar is back with his latest
offering David. David, a bilingual thriller is set in three time
periods with protagonists who share a common name 'DAVID.' The movie
boasts of an impressive star cast Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vikram, Isha
Sharvani, Tabu that releases in both Tamil and Hindi film industries
The story revolves around the lives of three DAVIDS in three different
parts of the world in three different eras.
1975 London - 30 year old David works for Iqbal Ghani, a dreaded Mafia
don, who controls the entire Asian community. He is a protege who is
poised to take over the empire until a revelation which changes the
course of his future.
1999 Mumbai - A 19 year old David is a musician, born into a family of
devout Christians. He is a happy go lucky teenager who loses all
semblance of his peaceful existence when his family gets dragged into a
2010 Goa - 40 year old David is a fisherman living in the small fishing
village of Betul in Goa. He falls in love with the deaf and mute Roma -
the only hitch is that she is engaged to be married to his best friend
Peter in 10 days!
Bejoy Nambiar successfully creates some gripping and thrilling moments
during the 70s and 80s eras. But, some how fails to inter connect the
three eras in the film.
Spoilers: The plot of the film is too lazy to impress the audience. It
might simply leave you yawn and dose off at times. Especially, the
biggest spoiler is Vikram's part in the movie, where he falls hopelessly
in love with his best friend's fiancee Roma (Isha Sharvani). The era in
Goa seems absolutely irrelevant and disconnected from the entire plot.
Apart from his great looks, Neil Nitin Mukesh also delivers an
impressive performance. We get to spot Mukesh's improved acting skills
in David. Vinay Virmani fits well into the character of a middle class
musician and does a good job too. Vikram is just outstanding in the
Isha Sharvani is quite a stunner in the film, while Monica Dogra looks
On the whole, David is a complete 'no no' for those who aren't too keen
in spending time and money for dark cinemas.
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'David' movie review: Grab your ticket at the earliest
Experimenting with and implementing
out-of-the-box ideas aren't as easy as they seem to be. Bejoy Nambiar,
who made his inroads to Hindi cinema with 'Shaitaan', which garnered
rave reviews, has now come up with a visually thrilling piece of art-
Nambiar has an unusual way of story-telling. With
'David', he unfolds stories of the three protagonists of the film who
share a common name. The times they belong to are different and so are
the places they hail from. With action, romance and comedy in somewhat
proportional lengths, Nambiar strikes a healthy balance that doesn't
leave you jaded.
Neil Nitin Mukesh (David) is based in
London in 1975. Ghani, a dreadful and a very powerful gangster raises
Neil and showers him with all his love, something which his biological
son is deprived of. And Neil knows how to return the favours. For him,
the world starts and ends with his father-figure Ghani.
intelligently introduces the other characters. Vinay Virmani (David),
who hails from a lower middle class Christian family in Mumbai in 1999,
is an aspiring singer. And a notorious yet responsible son that he is to
a very compassionate father, dreams of making it big in the field of
And then after comes Vikram (David), a fisherman from Goa
in 2011. The happy-go-lucky guy, David sinks into alcohol for having
been betrayed by his would-be wife. A man, who since then keeps a safe
distance from women, confides his feelings to his dear friend Frenny, a
small time body massage parlour owner.
builds the stories of the three protagonists in his film who are diverse
in all spheres- their situations, their dilemma, their miseries and
their destinies. Yet in the end, their lives do bear a striking
resemblance, for the way they conduct them, leave a strong poignant
connect that knows no other language- but the language of love.
Nitin Mukesh looks incredibly handsome in the film. He has pulled of a
stunning performance and this character of his will certainly make
producers queue up to him for their next. Raw talent Vinay Virmani is
impressive and looks promising as an actor. And Tamil superstar Vikram
is fabulous. The ladies in the film, though each of them has meaty roles
to play, do hold great significance. Monica Dogra (Noor) not only looks
gorgeous but also delivers an incredible performance. Isha Sharvani
(Roma) has done a decent job but the lady who steals the show is the
very talented Tabu (Frenny).
The other characters that had
pivotal roles to play have done complete justice to their respective
roles. Their realistic portrayals are worth applause.
juxtaposition of the three stories is smooth and the transitions aren't
surprisingly jarring (considering the diametrically different times they
belong to). R Rathnavelu, PS Vinod and Sanu Verghese have been quite
good behind their cameras and their efforts have paid off rich
dividends, for the film looks visually appealing.
The songs are
intricately woven with the storyline and are soothing. Remo Fernandes'
Goan number will tempt you to shake a leg. And of course the all time
hit number originally composed by Sufi Legend Bulleh Shah 'Damadam Mast
Kalandar' sees a brand new way of representation.
successfully keeps you wondering about what will unfold next, for A
Sreekar Prasad, the man with those sharp magical scissors has done a
commendable job. The film looks neat, crisp and intriguing. And the
climax holds a surprise.
The mise-en-scene is apt and does look
every bit realistic. And so do the characters, who look quite familiar
and very much unlike the ones specifically designed for films.
Nambair, is perhaps one of those young filmmakers in the country, who believes in delivering something hatke
And with his second Hindi movie 'David', the talented filmmaker only
promises to bring forth more such creative works on celluloid.
Don't give this film a miss. So do grab your ticket at the earliest and treat yourself with something that's never seen before.
Movie review: David
Cast:Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vinay Virmani, Vikram, Tabu, Isha Sharvani, Monica Dogra
is apparent from the outset that the unusual narrative triptych that
constitutes David has inherent potential. It is another matter that it
is, at best, only partially realised.
Yet, in the end, writer-director Bejoy Nambiar delivers a film that he can be proud of, even more so than of Shaitan.
Soaring, stylized, scruffy, scrappy and sharp by turns, David is never low on energy.
plays around with a wide range of emotions, from the extremely intense
to the oddly comical, from the flightily romantic to the strictly
It is about retribution, love and forgiveness - that
is what each of its father-son stories respectively deals with. As the
film repeatedly moves from the sublime to the absurd, it courts the risk
of careening out of control. Mercifully, it doesn't.
With a run time of 155 minutes, David tends to be a tad flabby at times. In other words, its pace is anything but consistent.
apart, the quality of the writing (both in terms of how specific
situations are set up as well as in relation to the lines spoken by the
less convincing characters) is somewhat uneven.
But there is
always room for redemption. Negotiate the sudden leaps back and forth
between time zones and stories. Overlook the occasional overstretched
passages. And discount the gaps in factual accuracy and logic -
mid-1970s London was hardly the kind of battleground for Indian secret
agents and enemies of the nation that David would have us believe it
Take that in your stride, and the film, taken as a whole, might just make sense.
David displays courage on many fronts. One, none of its three storylines plays out along conventional lines.
tale of vengeance, shot entirely in black and white and set in a sombre
Muslim milieu in Bradford, is anything but your average revenge saga.
love triangle - it is about a hard-drinking Goan, a younger friend and a
dainty hearing and speech impaired girl - flies off at a delightfully
whimsical tangent, never to let go of its zany surrealism.
the thematically strongest, if not necessarily the most riveting,
segment of the film - woven around a struggling Mumbai musician's
thwarted ambitions and his rediscovery of a misunderstood father in
extremely trying circumstances - takes on stark political overtones
rooted in the theme of religious fundamentalism.
set in three different eras (1975, 1999 and 2010), are tenuously
connected and the film jumps from one to the other as the three male
protagonists, all named David, fight their inner demons over a period of
exactly a month.
David is unique also because it is a rare Hindi
film that locates itself exclusively in spaces where India's two
principal minority cultures - Muslim and Christian - dominate, without
the filmmaker resorting to the cliched ritualistic trappings that go
with any such depiction of the communities on the big screen.
the only Hindus who are portrayed in David are just fringe players in
the tale of a Christian priest and his music-loving son who are
assaulted by a marauding mob led by a religious chauvinist (Rohini
Hattangadi in a cameo) waging a counterfeit war against 'forced
conversions'. For a Mumbai movie, quite a remarkable plot reversal that!
Visually, too, David isn't run of the mill, with each of the three stories projecting a distinct feel, texture and colour.
black & white slice, in which Neil Nitin Mukesh is a cold-blooded
hitman in the service of a patriarchal real estate tycoon who is on
India's black list, is a dark, brooding and bloody gangster drama cast
in the mould of a noir thriller where sly whispers and quiet gestures
are enough to strike fear in the heart.
The Goan segment of the
film has a hearty Latino flavour, enhanced markedly by Remo Fernandes'
robust rendition of the Konkani festive song, Maria Pitache.
belts out the number as a sloshed David (Vikram) unleashes pandemonium
in a ramshackle shack that can barely withstand the all-out depredation.
youngest David - the one in the Mumbai musician's story - is played by a
dreadlocked Vinay Virmani (who debuted in 2011 with the Indo-Canadian
His Rastafarian look lends parts of the film a
Caribbean feel, which is played off against the humdrum trappings of the
lower middle class chawl that he lives in.
Neil Nitin Mukesh, in Johnny Gaddar
mode, delivers a performance that is restrained and yet forceful.
Vikram lays into his character with obvious delight and vigour.
Virmani does not break into a sweat in articulating the anguish and
anger of a young man who seeks elusive answers from an insensitive
The supporting cast is also a notch above the ordinary.
Nasser (as the priest) and Tabu (as a spirited Goa massage parlour owner
and David's wordly-wise confidante) make the most of the limited
opportunities they are given.
Monica Dogra (as Noor, the girl in
love with the London assassin) and Isha Sharvani (the hearing and
speech impaired beauty) aren't wasted either.
striking is Dogra's warts-and-all interpretation of a convention-defying
woman who loves her man too passionately to care a damn about social
and religious niceties.
David has enough sinew to offset its share of flaws. Strongly recommended.
http://movies.ndtv.com/movie-reviews/movie-review-i-david-i-777Vikram is praised every single where.. just what I wanted..