Amal Kaul (Vinay Pathak) is an average, middle class, introvert and middle-aged bachelor who does the boring job of an account manager in a pharmaceutical company. When he goes to see a doctor for stomach ache, he is diagnosed with cancer. His doctor gives him a time-frame of three months to live. Instead of worrying about death, he prepares a list of his unfulfilled dreams and goes on to realize them.
Vinay Pathak who has portrayed innocence and stupidity in Bheja Fry (Jeevi review) comes up with an exceptionally brilliant performance in this film. He can create a lot of impact with minute expressions. If you think Vinay is good at comedy, you will realize that he is great in emotional scenes. Neha Dhupia who acted in lots of glamorous and unforgettable roles in the past comes up with a natural performance in this film. She wore no make-up. Saurabh Shukla is hilarious with nasty portrayal of ever-eating irritating boss. Ranvir Shorey’s cameo is good.
Story - screenplay - direction: The basic idea is borrowed from Hollywood flick The Bucket List (2007) (jeevi review). The treatment and conceiving of scenes is original. Screenplay is good and direction is nice. The director treated the first half with nice entertainment and the second half with heart-touching scenes. The alter-ego concept is nice. The following scenes are pretty good -
1. The scene of bossing his boss
2. Giving ride to the sales girl who sold her the car
3. His minute expressions while talking to Neha in the car.
4. Saying I Love You to Neha using dumb charades.
5. The crying scene in Russia
6. Singing a song to the mother
7. The way he fulfils his last wish
8. The titles rolling scene in which the slide show of the 10 wishes is shown
Other technical departments: Music of the film is soulful. Dialogues are witty (Put a guitar to your pelvis and you think you can be Elvis) and thought-provoking (when his teacher asks him what his problem in life was, he replies ‘Life is my problem’). Cinematography is neat.
Analysis: First half of the film is entertaining. Second half has heart touching moments though the narration slows down a bit. It is a suicidal attempt for anybody to make a film on death, because if it’s not handled well the film will bite dust at the box office. This film tells us that death gives us a chance to live the life to fullest if you knew when you are going to die. On a whole, Dasvidaniya is a very good film and a must watch.
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