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    Desimartini | Updated - March 09, 2014 6:43 AM IST
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    Verdict - David has a terrific ending

    DavidWatch trailerRelease date : February 01, 2013

    Bejoy Nambiar's sophomore effort, after Shaitan (2011), is about 3 men named David set in three different places, spanning three different time periods. There have been several films which used this narrative technique and we would look for those little things that connect all the stories together. David isn't in this category, the only common link between the three stories is the name: David. We are shown the pre-climax snippets of all three portions at the start and the rest of the film leads up to it. I would refer to the Davids in this review as London, Mumbai and Goa for the purpose of making it distinguishable.

    London is centered on Neil Nitin Mukesh. This segment is shot in black and white with various music videos. I was partially uninterested during the goings-on of this gangster film. It piqued my interest when it became a strange father-son story. Goa is the most pointless story of the lot, it features the South superstar Vikram and tests your patience the most. I certainly did not approve of the character openly hitting women. Although, after a while, the buffoonery did not irritate as much as it could have. Thanks to Tabu and Isha Sharvani. His relationship with these women softened me up after a point.

    The most worthwhile segment is the Mumbai one. Vinay Virmani is at its center and what a story this is! Virmani owns his character and I genuinely cared for what would happen to him and his father. The father is publicly defamed by a politician for converting people to Christianity and being anti-Hindu. There are some terrific songs in the film - Mast Kalandar, Rab Di and Ghum Huye stand out but my favorite one is called a€oeOut of Controla€.

    For me, this film is all about the climax. If the film had ended any other way, I would have probably disliked the film in its entirety. Thankfully, the film finds a resolution which is so good (especially the Mumbai one) that I'm willing let go of any gripes I had before it. Rarely do we see a film taking the route most films don't. Rarely are films like these called a€oedaringa€. That tag is saved for films like Shaitan, which show characters doing things which most people wouldn't do. Anything that is close to rebellion is termed bold and daring. For me, it is about what the filmmaker chooses to do and with David, Nambiar has redeemed himself completely. Oh yes, I hated Shaitan. I couldn't stand to watch that film about a bunch of young sociopaths which makes crime look acceptable and worse, make it look cool.

    To discuss specifically why I liked this film I would have to go into spoiler territory. If you don't wish to know the ending, please don't read further.

    (Spoiler alert)

    What I loved the most about the film is the story of the politician making a youth so angry that he wants to take desperate measures. We've seen films like Rang De Basanti (2006) which said it is a brave resolve to take the life of politicians. Is that the solution, I wondered? I seriously think not. Should we be celebrating it? If our youth collectively started killing people in power, would this anarchy ever make us a glorious nation? I was sure it wouldn't. This film shows why not. It doesn't resort to petty catharsis which is supposed to make us feel better. I'm sure if it went that way the audience would love it since justice and revenge are considered the same thing today.

    (End of spoilers)

    I mentioned before that I hated Shaitan (2011), it was socially irresponsible and entirely obsessed with cool music over slow motion shots than being obsessed with storytelling. Nambiar suffers from the "Look at my movie, it is so cool" syndrome. David suffers from a similar slow motion addiction but it is not as socially irresponsible as Shaitan. Keeping this principle in mind, if you loved Shaitan you would hate David, right? I wouldn't be surprised if that happens. I hope it doesn't. If the youth will love Shaitan and dislike David, it is quite a disturbing mirror for us. Yet there is hope as long as filmmakers themselves take responsibility and set things right. I personally feel it is easier to glorify evil. Glorifying good? Now that takes balls of steel. How many times do our Davids have to kill Goliaths? To quote a few words of wisdom (also sung in the film): a€oeLet it bea€.

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