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Film Review: Dasvi (2022)

Ganga Ram Chaudhary (Abhishek Bachchan) is an uneducated politician and Chief Minister of his state who is imprisoned for a scam. His arrogancy leads to weakening his rank in his party especially after he appoints his wife Bimla Devi acting CM. During his time in prison, he pretends to earn his right to complete his education as an excuse to avoid labor work. But after reading a few history pages, he develops an interest. With time, he realizes that completing education is the key to succeeding in elections by building optimism through individual development.

Dasvi is like Sardar Ka Grandson, a thoughtful and impressive story but weak execution. But the difference is that the former had better comic timing and applied sensitivity in humor quite well in the middle whereas the latter had no decency to push for an emotional tale by applying extremely forced humor.

Secondly, Dasvi also looks to reimagine the Munnabhai duology but calling it copied from the latter will be incorrect because the director tried to separate the elements of the Munnabhai series in Dasvi. There is a glimpse of matching the plotline but both films run in different parallels.

Yes, Dasvi is an exaggerated comedy but the film can be qualified as a political satire. Abhishek Bachchan, who I believe has begun his second inning from Manmarziyaan and has been selective in picking films and roles, has found the momentum in Dasvi where the audience will accept him and give him another chance. He has always been a good actor but his past choices and being compared to his father ridiculed his career. But this is the first time I feel that like many actors in the past few years, Abhishek is building a repo and may come out of being underrated for more than a decade.

Although, Abhishek’s performance in Dasvi wasn’t really as impressive as he has performed like this in the past. But if someone has watched him in a lot of films, will observe that in the past films he didn’t have the confidence to act nor did most of the directors try to dig his hidden artistry. But now, he is a learned actor making rounds.

But more than Abhishek, Nimrat Kaur is the winner here. Her character development was impressive. Her transition from a clueless and illiterate housewife becoming an interim CM to a refined one was splendid. Also, I must mention Yami Gautam‘s supporting role. Looks like she is getting serious about playing character roles.

Dasvi deserved a better script to do justice to the story.

RATINGS: 4/10

Film Review: A Thursday (2022)

Naina Jaiswal is a teacher who has returned to the school to resume her work after a three-week leave. She is in good books to her staff, students, and all the parents of the kids. The parents leave their kids in her custody and leave the premises but no one realizes for a second what would happen next. Naina calls the police and informs them that she has taken sixteen children as hostages.

Okay first thing, A Thursday is a shocking story. I don’t remember if I have watched a Hindi film with a similar plotline. And with such an impressive start, the film continued holding interest with a captivating screenplay. And with the continuity, all the supporting characters played their part well and got enough screentime to fit in this thriller.

With such an impressive start, it becomes a bigger challenge for the writer to maintain that aura in the middle and the final phase. And I think the final phase is where the story didn’t get its deserving piece of conclusion. It then looked as if Behzad Khambata, the writer and director of the film, was desperate to end this story somehow. The points Naina rose were critical and could have been better if more intensity was built instead of showing the country’s premier arriving to meet her and listen to her story. The realism faded and I felt if the writer had more time to think about the conclusion, he would have done better.

And pretty sure that live shooting scene dropped everyone’s jaws and eyes from the socket. That is some daring sequence we often do not possibly watch in a Bollywood film. So kudos to Khambata for that.

The film is led by strong performances. Yami Gautam as Naina deserves all the praise who took the mantle of a psycho. I liked the muscles she pulled to display her angst and facial expressions of a terrorist. I wish she could have brought more madness, after all, she took sixteen kids with her. Atul Kulkarni and Dimple Kapadia also performed very well.

The director took some of the shots with quality care like the media’s portrayal, reactions of mentally disturbed parents, and even the social media reactions Naina received had characteristics with a real feel. The background score annoyed me and was distracting the scenes that were shot well.

A Thursday is a social commentary of a victim demanding change by seeking attention and taking matters into her hands by making children her hostages. It is a psycho case that expects a change in the system by giving that multitude of threats. Addressing a very critical issue was necessary, but practically I do not see this applicable. Could have approached any other method to make the point and get the attention but not this. I praise the message that is forwarded and how the public is made understood about her angst so I will just take it as a very good try at raising the voice by committing wrong.

Ratings: 6.8/10

Movie Review: Vicky Donor (2012)

John Abraham’s debut production venture is ‘Vicky Donor’ which has a tagline “I am a sperm donor”. A Hindi movie introduces a rare and daring subject in 21st century modern-social South Asian society moviegoers but thought-provoking simultaneously.

To make the movie looks interesting for viewers and worth-profiting from viewer’s middle-age pockets, and also to reduce the establishment of kingdom of boredom towards less-bearing serious subject, the director chose the romantic-comedy flavor to convey the message in stimulating way…

By intending to watch, you think it’s a naughty B-movie about sex and sperm, but watching this movie will in fact propel you to do bad things in good way for others. (I say bad thing in a sense that from religious sense, masturbation is unlawful in my religion, Islam)

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Coming back to movie, Vicky is a Punjabi munda who is jobless but not colorless. His widowed mom Mrs. Arora runs a beauty parlor. Vicky is caught in fertility doctor Dr.Baldev Chaddha’s eye and offers him money to donate sperm. He refuses the offer and after his many efforts, Vicky finally agrees. Meanwhile, he finds his girlfriend, a Bengali banker and marries after convincing their cultured conservative parents. Watch yourself now to whom will he donate the sperm? :P

Brilliant direction from Shoojit Sircar after 7-year comeback from 2005-movie ‘Yahaan’. Very impactful dialogues penning by journalist Juhi Chaturvedi. Movie see 2 superb debuts; popular TV presenter Ayushmaan Khurana & model-come-TV actress beautiful Yami Gautam. Simply awesome acting and good acting prospects. One more cast is important to mention who was the main cast, culprit and life savior at the same time, Anu Kapoor showed his versatility in acting like always. ‘Pani Da Rung’ was obviously the best number, in fact the movie is one of best I have seen in 2012.

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Sometimes the story is everything. A mere 5-crore-rupees movie earned 50 crore rupees due to a rare subject on which film makers dare to make film due to less attraction of viewers and low profits.

Movie Status: Gives social message “masturbate for others” ;P

Originally written: 2nd of Nov, 2012

Rating: 6/10