Thursday, 4 December, 2008

The best good bye ever!

It’s probably too late to write a review for Dasvidaniya. I don’t know if it is still running in the movie halls because thought provoking movies in India rarely hang on for more than 2 weeks. I really liked every bit of this movie and the review was long planned and pending. This is also my debut at writing a movie review.

It’s not that I was waiting for a long time for this one. In fact, I came to know about it minutes before I reached the theatre. On my mom’s nagging, I had reluctantly logged on to book tickets for either dostana or fashion. But on seeing Vinay Pathak on the Dasvidaniya poster, I quickly booked Dasvidaniya and then convinced my mom for the change in plan. I already knew that it would at least be more Paisa Wasool than the other two.

Eshtory batau kya re baba?
Dasvidaniya - they say is Russian word for good bye, although I couldn’t find it on google translator :( . The movie portrays a mixed bag of emotions and overall it can be categorized as a situational comedy. Our hero Amar Kaul (Vinay Pathak) is a 37 year old, unmarried, shy, typical middleclass Indian, working in a pharmaceutical company. His boring life includes a “things to do list” which consists of tasks like repairing geyser, getting vegetables etc. In short, there is no SPICE in his life.

One fine day, Amar gets the shock of his life when his routine checkup reveals that he has stomach cancer. He learns that he has just 3 months to live. A ‘cool-dude’ (Ranvir Shorey) and his own atler-ego motivate him to live life king size. This is when he converts his boring daily “things to do” into a wishlist of a lifetime! He then starts his roller coaster ride and eventually ends up doing things which he would have never done in his usual life. These include buying a car, catching up with a old friend, proposing his girl, learning guitar etc. He fulfills all his dreams and departs as a happy, contented man. The movie shows his death in a very subtle way unlike the painful death seen in other similar movies like ‘Anand’ or ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’. The movie doesn’t preach anything but still touches your heart.

Kya acting kiyelay Baap!
It was Vinay Pathak all over and at his best! Vinay’s expressions and body language were outstanding. There were several scenes where he communicates effectively without a dialogue. There are very few genuine actors who can make you laugh and cry in the same scene. Vinay is one of them! Every character apart from Neha dhupia comes out very naturally. Neha Dhupia was probably a bit glamorous to be Vinay’s first love. There is Rajat Kapoor who does well as a calm, composed and mature childhood friend. Sarita Joshi plays an unforced role as his ever-nagging mother. Then we have Joy Fernandes (Guitar teacher) with his punches, the separated yet beloved brother Gaurav Gera, the Russian love twist Manoylo Svitlana, the obese and gluttonous boss Saurabh Shukla among others.

The music again is dazzling. The songs 'Mumma' and 'Alvida' by kailash kher are a brilliant portrayal of love and emotion and I’ll not be surprised if people cry while listening to Mumma. Some claim that the movie is copied from its hollywood counterpart “the bucket list”. All I would say is its worth watching Dasvidaniya even if you have seen the bucket list.

The good thing is that offbeat movies like Dasvidaniya are making a mark on the Indian cinema more frequently than ever. They need a pat on their back from you guys who understand quality cinematography.

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