Films | David – Movie Review

David – Movie Review

Posted by Vivek on February 4, 2013 | No Comments

PRODUCER – Ram Mirchandani, Bejoy Nambiar, Priti SinhA,Vikram Vinay SinhA, Sharada Trilok
DIRECTOR – Bejoy Nambiar
WRITER – Bejoy Nambiar, Natasha Sahgal
CAST – ‘Chiyaan’ Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vinay Virmani, Tabu, Isha Sharvani
MUSIC – Maati Baani, Bramfatura, Remo Fernandes, Modern Mafia, Prashant Pillai, Anirudh Ravichander

Bejoy Nambiar burst onto the scene in 2010 with the stylized violent youth thriller ‘Shaitan’. In ‘David’, he takes this style further, but this time not with one coherent story but three intertwined narratives that bear thematic resemblances with each other.

These three narratives are of three namesakes born in different eras. One played by Neil Nitin Mukesh, is the story of the illegitimate son of a gangster in 1970’s based in London, the second is that of a young struggling musician (Vinay Virmani) in the Mumbai of the 90’s and the third of a loutish fisherman in Goa circa 2011.

In a back and forth and mostly confounding narrative, the film lurches through the stories of all three. Their stories are replete with heartbreak, lost love and paternal relationships. Each David is fighting a monster within and without, and this loosely ties up the film’s themes.

An ingenious thriller, the film is told with a visual flair and the attendant slo-mo action dramatizing the narrative just like we saw in Shaitaan. The polarities of good vs evil are visible here too and these strands are connected through the choices each protagonist makes to get on with life.

At best, the film is an orgasmic explosion of passionately detailed cinematography by R. Rathnavelu, Sanu John Varughese and P.S. Vinod. There is immense flamboyance in the stylization, even at the cost of coherence or story. The entire story of Neil is pictured in exotic black and white, and the epic qawaali ’Damadam Mast Kalander’ finds a new rendition in this experimental film of sorts. However, no amount of keen cinematography or swift editing (Sreekar Prasad) provides the cinematic relish ‘David’ is meant to evoke.

A distinct visual flair apart, what Bejoy Nambiar achieves is bringing out some invested performances from its leads. Since his debut in Johnny Gaddar, Neil Nitin Mukesh has never proved his acting chops, regularly lowering his own bar with every film. In David though, he is controlled and subdued, suitably delving into the pathos of his angsty gangster. Tamil superstar Vikram possesses the screen with a vengeance despite his discomfort with the language and Vinay Virmani, in his second outing after Speedy Singhs, continues to be impressive. Isha Sharvani in a small role is fresh and glows with the aura of romance and Tabu, although unfairly stuck in a cameo is as good as she always is. Among the women then, Monica Dogra is the weakest with a consistently emotionally empty performance.

David is an intriguing and even interesting film to watch, despite its perplexing narrative, yet somewhere proves again that no matter how inventive, style never makes up for substance.

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