DAVID movie review: Neil Nitin Mukesh is the only saving grace of the three dragging tales

Fri, February 1, 2013 10:45am UTC by 8 Comments
DAVID movie review: Neil Nitin Mukesh is the only saving grace of the three dragging tales

Bejoy Nambiar’s tale of three people, three cities and three different time periods does not create any impact except Neil Nitin Mukesh’s splendid performance

This week’s second most awaited film (Vishwaroopam being the first), Bejoy Nambiar’s David is here. The story follows three characters – all named David – in three different eras. The first story is about Neil Nitin Mukesh – the right hand man to Iqbal Ghani, a gangster in 1975 London. The second one shows the tale of Vinay Virmani – a struggling guitarist from a lower middle class family who is fighting to make it big in a bad world. Apart from finding a job, his other problem is his father’s (Nasser) ideologies. This story is set in 1999, Mumbai. And last but not the least is the story of South superstar Chiyaan Vikram – an alcoholic. His episode is based in Goa, 2012.

If you thought that the plot sounds interesting, it’s just that; it only sounds interesting! The movie gets nowhere in the end, while you just wait for it to end. Each character is introduced with much promise, but the narration is linear, which starts getting boring and distracts you after a while. Neil’s portion, shot entirely in black and white, is the only one that manages to hold your attention. Neil lives to protect his boss, Ghani, but one fine day he comes across some dark secrets that make him want to kill him. How will Neil find out what is right and what is wrong? Is he being manipulated? Will he change course? Will his loyalty waver? Those are the answers that you wait for – for a good two hours and 45 minutes – but the climax is so clichéd and predictable that you can identify it from miles.

Parallel to this, you are shown Vinay going through the daily grind of trying to find a job. When he does land up with a job that promises to take him to the US, his father is attacked by the politician Malati Tai (an excellent Rohini Hattangadi) for allegedly converting people into Christianity. So Vinay stays back to protect his father and two sisters, and to find out the truth behind why his father’s name is being maligned.

Vikram in the meanwhile (right from scene one to scene 100) is just seen drinking himself to death; guzzling alcohol as if there is no tomorrow. Stereotypes and clichés are aplenty here. Why does every Goan have to be an alcoholic? Why do they have to speak in that typical accent which only our Bollywood movies seem to be hanging on to while the Goans in reality have left it far behind? Can’t there be anyone who works normally, speaks normally and lives normally? What on earth was the Southern superstar thinking when he decided to do a role where he has nothing to do except drink and blabber non-stop, talk to his dead father (Saurabh Shukla) and beat up people for no rhyme or reason? While this may look charming and endearing at first, it gets totally irritating soon after. This track progresses slower than a snail’s pace. Vikram falls in love with Isha Sharvani, who ends up marrying his friend Peter. No surprises or prizes here.

Between Neil finding out the truth, Vinay battling for justice for his father and Vikram trying to win over the love of his life, what we have is a narrative that breaks whatever little is left of the tension, suspense and drama, as it keeps juggling between the various timezones. If you thought the characters will converge or cross paths, you are mistaken. Instead the plot just meanders and meets a slow end that’s quite meaningless or confusing – whichever way you decide to look at it.

Of the lead actors, it’s only Neil who saves the day. He has very few dialogues but his body language speaks volumes. His love interest Monica Dogra (Noor) looks awkward and her dialogue delivery is patchy. Isha (Roma) looks cute and that’s about it. Of the other characters, Hattangadi with just one punchline stands out among the ensemble. Tabu plays her part convincingly and we can always trust her to leave a mark. Sarika looks splendid, and the song Dama dam mast kalandar is the highlight of the movie, beautifully rendered by Rekha Bhardwaj. The other number which not only keeps you hooked, but also lifts the mood of the film and your spirit is Ghum huye.

At almost three hours, Bejoy tries to serve a plate which is full, but just not delicious. We didn’t savour this experience.

P.S:  The extra half star ONLY for Neil Nitin Mukesh.

Rating: 2.5 out of 52.5 Star Rating

Reviewed by Renuka Vembu

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Rating: 2.5 out of 52.5 Star Rating

Reviewed by Renuka Vembu

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  • rajesh

    David” is first and foremost a story of friendship between two boys. The film questions the boundaries of our cultures and religions, and looks at how static and yet fluid these boundaries can be.
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  • yogesh mohan

    as far as numbers are concerned shaitan had more characters but david had only three. its because of over expection that the movie has failed. the same result of ajent vinod after johny gaddar. hopes niel continues to make david a cost recovery project.

    yogesh mohan

  • Rahul

    Please do us a favour and don’t write a review again until you get your waiver and waver correct!!

    • Mr. Sharma

      Please don’t post a comment again until you get your favour and favor right.

  • LucifeL

    This why this country was a big mistake, north and south are soooo different. Neil nitin ‘s story arc was the least interesting an that was probably because of his chemistry chemistry not keeping up with the rehman’s Romantic score. The mumbai arc was so much better and i frankly think Vikram being the best ACTOR in the film was simply brilliant with his arc, frankly hilarious, the best part of the film. THe most absurd review ever !!!

  • Prasanna Veeraraghavan

    I did not know Renuka Vembu turned out to be a Northern name and if so from when. Typical Southerner trying to pose as a Northie and commenting about stereotyping.

  • MBaptist

    “stereotypes and clichés are aplenty here. Why does every Goan have to be an alcoholic?” THANK YOU. You seem to be the only reviewer who’s mentioned it.

  • max

    its a good movie. there is no instance where you will get bored watching this movie. the film is an honest attempt to tell 3 stories with a common theme – follow your heart but listen to your mind too. the reviewer is an idiot. watch this movie because its fresh and unique. and it will make you smile and laugh.


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