An experimental film that could have become a hit is David, a film directed by Bijoy Nambiar. As is clear from the promos and trailers, the flick is an amalgam of three storylines, all having a common link that is exposed only after tolerating the movie for three long hours. Yes, David is a long movie and this is probably the reason why it didn’t click with me as much as I expected it to be.
Watching it initially on the small screen motivated me to go for the flick. But, again, you can never judge a thing before you actually experience it. Same happened with me when I saw David. The outer appearance of the flick seemed quite unusual. However, ultimately it failed to create a stir within.
Set in different time periods, the stories are all different. The one common thing shared between all the three lead actors is their name- David. Circa 1975, you have Neil Nitin Mukesh playing David, an adopted son of a famous mafia lord who revolts against a sinister lie that seeks to destroy his future. To see a deeply betrayed son who comes to know that his adoptive father is the man who killed his biological father is saddening. The story sets the mood with its black and white treatment that lends the same feeling as was felt in the cult classic mafia flick ‘Godfather’. There are enough action scenes and bloodbath , sure to give you a high adrenaline rush. The chemistry shared between Neil and Monica Dogra, who plays his love interest, is sizzling. Of all the three plots, I liked the first starring Neil as I could feel the angst and pain on seeing him emote with his silence.
The second story stars Vinay Virmani , a guitarist in the year 1999 who turns rebellious after his father is victimized by a politician. David revolts against the corrupt and communal sections of the society and takes to extreme ways. However, the plot here gets a bit over lagging and it fails to bring a feeling of sympathy in us-the viewers. Also, I failed to see an authentic feeling of frustration in a young man whose life just vanishes away in front of him. The narrative is slow and sluggish- a thing that is rampant in David.
But, of all the three, the last plot seems to be the most dragging and effortful. It shows Vikram playing David, a Goan fisherman in the year 2010 who is rough and rustic. An alcoholic, David is shown as someone who is ridiculed by society. However, things start to look better when he falls in love with Roma, played by Isha Sharvani who turns out to be his best friend’s fiancée. The plot simply drags on from there. Tabu plays the best friend of David and is underutilized, given her talents and skills as an actress. She could have delivered better if a plum role had been offered to her. As for Vikram, his character is too shoddily written, and personally speaking, I found him to be a bit irritating in his drunken avatar.
David has a boring narrative, but is surely different than any other movie that has released in 2013 so far. The texture, the treatment and the feel are different for the three periods and succeed in bringing alive the rain drenched Mumbai and Cold London. The Goan lifestyle, too, is shown realistically. Watch David as it is a brave trial at making a different kind of cinema.