It is not often that one sees two popular stars sharing screen space in Tamil cinema though the trend is slowly catching up in this part of the world
Bejoy Nambiar’s David is one such attempt, which also is a differently packaged movie. The director deals with the lives of two people of the same name (David) who live in different places and tries to bring them on plane in a non-linear narration.
He has got together two actors who are different ends of the spectrum as far as their careers are concerned – Vikram and Jiiva – and has extracted a lot of quality work from them. While one of the Davids (Vikram) is a happy-go-lucky man living in Goa and perpetually drinking away his time, the other (Jiiva) is an aspiring guitarist who is trying out his luck in Mumbai.
The path the movie takes as the director attempts to find common ground between the two Davids is what makes the movie that much more interesting.
There are also notable actors and actresses like Nassar, Tabu, Lara Dutta and Isha Sharvani in the cast and they too have their parts to play. Incidentally, it is Jiiva who takes a lot of the acting honours though it must be said Vikram breezes through his part. Jiiva as the struggling musician, aiming to overcome various hurdles in his quest for excellence, shines, underlining his growing stature as an actor, from his days of a callow young hero. Probably this is a movie that will make Jiiva’s acting prowess get noticed.
Isha is another scene-stealer as the deaf-and-dumb lass and does seem to have gotten under the skin of her character. While cinematographer Rathnavelu captures Goa in all its splendour as Vikram prances around, the music doesn’t rise above the average.
The film does tend to fall flat probably due to the feel that it is a ‘dubbed’ work. In the end, Bejoy Nambiar is due for a lot of credit for his attempt, which is not the usual for film-lovers here.
Reviewed by India Syndicate
**** Very good