|In a music review of the soundtrack of David, yours truly had
mentioned that if nothing else, Davidwill turn out to be a
visual roller coaster. By that yardstick alone, David is worth
the price of your movie ticket. As the film deals with three diverse
stories set in different eras only linked by a name, this reviewer
deems it fit to review each one individually.
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD !
LONDON : The first story of this film, is also the best. Set in the
1970s sepia-toned London, boasting of spectacular action set pieces
and great background music, this one hits all the right notes ending
with a clever twist in the climax. The supporting cast are all
impressive, be it the don (his introduction scene with a certain Mr
Smith is memorable), his hippie son or David ís lover Monica Dogra.
The two actors playing the RAW agents look less like bounty hunters
and more like the Thompson duo from Tintin adding unintentional
humour to the course of the tale. And was it Nikhil Chinappa in a
blink-and-you-miss role in the cage fight scene? One major hitch here
is that Neil Nitin Mukesh in the lead role seems out of depth in a
powerful role demanding someone with more gravitas.
MUMBAI : There was a series on MTV by Nambiar called Rush.
This one could easily pass off as one of those episodes. In the lead
role, Vinay Virmani is quite the charmer though the role itself is one
dimensional. The story is full of quirky cameos, like the good
samaritan padre (played by veteran Nassar), the scheming politician (a
good outing by Rohini Hattangadi), Davidís spunky sister (who
stealthily smokes cigarettes with him) and even the akhada wala
hired goon. Yet the sum of the parts just don't add up. Also, the Lara
Dutta track seemed unwanted and did not work for me at all. And can
the director please explain who the bearded journo type (he comes out
of thin air) who provokes Virmaniís character is ? The shocking turn
of events at interval point raises oneís hopes for an explosive
finale. But instead, the story just implodes after that with the
biggest culprit here being the weak screenplay.This one just passes
GOA : Of all the three stories, this one is the whackiest (some may
find it too weird). And if you dig a hero who goes bride-bashing
dressed as Santa, punches middle aged women in the face when provoked
and drinks more than he talks, you might like this David. Even
more zany are the characters here, the massage parlour owner Tabu
(what a consummate actor she is), Davidís marriage obsessed Mom and
Davidís best frien, Peter (the actor is first rate) and above all his
dead father (a brilliant Saurabh Shukla) who loves to enter other
peopleís bodies to enjoy a drink with his son. Vikram is splendid but
is let down by a badly written role which too, is one dimensional.
Moreover, his scenes with Isha Sharvani seem incoherent. Special
mention must be made of the idyllic setting in Goa which creates the
right mood for this story. The climax is predictable and throws up no
Technically, the film is flawless with the editing (Sreekar
Prasad), cinematography (kudos to Randy & Co) and the background score
(a sublime Mike Mccleary) all counting as plusses. The production
values are also of the highest order. But the songs (the soundtrack
has 15 songs, no less) are not picturised that well. And with a more
taut script and better direction, this one could have been a cult
movie. As it stands right now, it is just a one-time watch. Which is a
bit sad, because there was so much potential here.