Bejoy Nambiar’s David (2013) Movie Review


Starring Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vinay Virmani, Tabu, Lara Dutta, Nasser, Rohini Hattangadi, Monica Dogra Directed by Bejoy Nambiar Watched at Ramakrishna, Hyderabad.

The story is divided into three eras 1975, 1999 and 2010. Neil Nitin Mukesh is David, South star Vikram is David and Canadian actor Vinay Virmani who was earlier seen in ‘Speedy Singh’ is once again David. The three are the protagonists in their own life.  Neil David is raised by Ghani, a dreadful and a very powerful gangster who showers him with all his love, something which his biological son is deprived of. For him, the world starts and ends with his father-figure Ghani. But when he faces the bitter truth regarding this man, is left stunned and is in hunt for the truth.

Vinay David in 1999 in Mumbai is a street musician wants to know why only his Christian father was victimized by political group. Lastly Vikram David in 2010 in Goa is a drunkard and he wants to marry Roma played by Esha Shervani. But a trouble here is that she is already engaged to his friend and is about to marry in ten days. The three characters with the same name David, what is behind their identity? How the stories of all three link up together or will it be? The story deals with these few questions.

Neil Nitin Mukesh steals the show among the three actors. Neil Nitin Mukesh gives his best performance here as a Muslim don’s chief lieutenant in the London. His love track with Monica Dogra is okay. Vikram in limited role of full time drunker and part time lover is good. Vinay a musician whose life goes through a period of turmoil due to religious intolerance does a fine job. Isha Shravani is lovely. The supporting actors Tabu, Lara Dutta , Nasser, Shaurabh Sukla and others have all performed well.

Bejoy Nambiar’s second feature film after Shaitaan interconnects the lives of three characters named David, played with outstanding conviction by actors belonging to three different generations. Director could have focused a little bit on story and screenplay part than the style. Screenplay wise first half is neat, but the ramp up is not followed up in second half due to the lack of a firm storyline. The major asset of the film could be its visuals (by PS Vinod & Rathnavelu) and music. Mast Kalandar, Rab Di and Maria Pitache are the best visually shot tracks in this film. Slow motion fights scenes are good. Still, things could have been even better with lesser length during the first half and also for the stunt scenes, which never seems to end. The dialogues are not effective enough. Editing by Sreekar Prasad is alright.

There are a few nice moments in the film but that is barely enough to hold the viewer’s interest beyond some time. David tries to make some statements in between, but its weak premise in the second half does not really help in registering the same in the viewer’s minds. It has been made with noble intentions and has its heart in the right place as well, but is perhaps too melodramatic for these times.

David is a lot slower in pace than I was expecting from the trailers.  David is all about style and little substance. If the story had dragged less, and/or simply made more sense, this could’ve been a great movie. As it is, it’s just average and leaves a lot to be desired out of it.

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