Monday, November 17, 2008
Dasvidaniya : Movie Review
Director Shashant Shah’s movie Dasvidaniya is a slow but heart-wrenching tale of a 37-year-old man who has few months left to live and sets out to live it to the fullest before he says his final goodbye.
The movie, though not based on a novel premise, works because of actor Vinay Pathak ’s emphatic performance as a dying man with an ironic name Amar, and because of the finely etched-out characters in the story. It also works because the protagonist Amar Kaul is a simple, submissive man who learns to live fully only when death stares at him in face. It’s a character that you empathize and sympathize with. It’s a character you laugh and weep with. That precisely is what keeps you hooked to the screen even when the movie hits a few bumps and begins to drag in the second half.
Amar (Vinay Pathak) is a meek and unambitious man working for a bullying boss ( Saurabh Shukla ) and living with a mother (Sarita Joshi) who’s hard of hearing. Amar lives a dull, mundane existence. His life changes after he finds out that he has only three months left to live. Thereafter, the simpleton draws a list of things to do before he dies.