Cast: Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vikram, Tabu, Monika Dogra, Lara Dutta, Isha Sharvani, Vinay Virmani
Director: Bejoy Nambiar
Length: 2.30 hours approximately.
Bollywood isn’t really known for smart films, and not that I am complaining, but it really ails one seeing something as absurd as DAVID despite of having a very good plot. Lasting endlessly, DAVID fails to draw attention unless it comes into its finale which has to be one of the smartest of recent times. However, DAVID is perfect example of opportunity lost. SHAITAAN directed by same director was more fun, quirky and equally enthralling. DAVID lacks in almost every area.
The film starts very well to be quite honest. The slickness, the elegance, the dialogues and just about everything moves on within pace. But as soon as we have been served with at-least two episodes of each of three characters, DAVID gets monotonous. The track involving Vikram, Isha Sharvani and Tabu in particular gets too boring after a point. Vikram discusses same thing with Tabu for almost all their scenes. The story never quite moves ahead in first half with no indication of collision of all three stories cooked.
Even post-intermission never speeds up and the director only adds many episodes. The best of all three plots has to be the one involving Monika Dogra and Neil Nitin Mukesh. Set in black and white frames, the plot easily seeks attention because of the kind of elegance is garnished throughout the track. Also, the story however is too trite and hackneyed, it still works. The track involving Vinay Virmani and Lara Dutta has some high points. It takes up brilliantly on the religious philosophy and eyes on orthodox understanding of few of the local politicians about Christians. But however, it’s only in in bits and spurts where DAVID engages you, where as for rest of the portion its only pointless. The climax however is satisfying and is more helpful for the film. Yet, it’s too late for one to change his/her views on the film.
DAVID’s music score is good and “Damadam Mast Kalandar” is sheer awesomeness and is beautifully captured. The photography is brilliant. Bejoy Nambiar however fails to extract even note-worthy performances from his leads, when he made even new-comers do so well in SHAITAAN.
Neil Nitin Mukesh steals the film from under the nose of everyone. He surprises with his silence and trumps everyone around when he speaks. Vikram although is an virtuoso of South movie industry, he still doesn’t quite impresses. Vinay Virmani gets the best of the plots but he isn’t quite adequate to his character. Rest no one acts so well that they are worth mention. The one who plays air hostess and plays sister of Vinay Virmani does too good and in even in an not so big role, she sparks.
DAVID wins marks for novelty for sure, but nothing more than that.
Rating- 2/5 (Average)