Much like his first film Shaitan, Bejoy Nambiar’s David is also a movie that relies highly on the making style. A plot that can add as many Davids as you want, Bejoy has taken 3 for Hindi and 2 for Tamil. The review here is of the Tamil version.
Well the concept of following a name itself is quite interesting and the cool thing about David is that it traverses extreme range of emotions through the lives of two Davids. The plot has two Davids; one is an aspiring guitarist who wants to break out of his middle class life. His father is a priest but he is ideologically against his father’s principles of life. The other one is an unlucky fisherman from Goa. Everyone considers him as unlucky as his bride went away with someone on the day of his wedding. That kind of creates a complex in David’s mind. Guitarist’s backdrop is in 1999 and the fisherman is in 2010. The movie narrates a crucial event in the lives of both David’s which kind of changes their attitude towards life.
The construction not like a typical Tamil movie and the realistic rendering will please us for sure. But the difference in the emotions of both stories causes some digestion problems as the film is a parallel narrative. And also the impact wasn’t up to the correct level and thus we can’t get that exact intensity of characters. The sarcastic meeting of Davids was also in a sense predictable.
On screen, the two Davids are entirely different in attitude and Jeeva and Vikram has done it really good. While Jeev’s David gets a chance to portray a range of emotions, Vikram’s David is almost in constant expression. But Vikram scores good marks with the character and it is indeed a pleasure to see him in quirky avatar. Nassar excels as the father. Saurabh Shukla was also apt for his father character. Isha Sharvani did her part neatly and Tabu was also cool. Small yet memorable roles for Nishan, John Vijay, Satish Kaushik, Lara Dutta and Rohini Hattangadi. Rohini Hattangadi was impressive in an unconventional antagonist role.
In the making, Bejoy repeats his style of non typical use of ultra slow motion. Maria Pitache choreography somewhat reminds us of Khoya Khoya Chand of Shaitan. Screenplay does not have much lag, but the uneven pace takes out the intensity at places. Cinematography and cuts are cool. The music is also a variety with almost all kinds of tunes scattered over the movie. Some cool ideas were there which was utilized smartly to enhance the humor. Like the reincarnation of Saurabh Shukla, the message from God, the Santa avatar etc.
On the whole is a non typical movie that has an impressive narration style. I think the writers could have worked more on the concept to make it more delicious. Acknowledging the some technical pluses, I am giving this film a 3/5. It’s an unconventional experience.
Green: Recommended Film
Orange: Okay, Watchable, Experimental Films
Red: Not Recommended