Dasvidaniya is a Bollywood - movie
directed by Shashant Shah.
Starring Neha Dhupia,Suchitra Pillai,Suresh Menon,Joy Fernandes,Vinay Pathak,Ranvir Shorey,Rajat Kapoor,Saurabh Shukla,Gaurav Gera,Kunal Kumar,Brijendra Kala.
Vinay Pathak is winner all the way in `Dasvidaniya` (IANS Film Review)
There`s something to be said about this sensitive
slice-of-life cinema. And it`s this. You really can`t keep a good man down.
Returning to the ambit of the dull working-class protagonist that he almost
patented in Bheja Fry, Vinay Pathak delivers yet another bravura
performance as a man who learns to live only when he learns he has to die.
The premise done to death (pun intended) in films as disparate as Akira
Kurosawa`s Ikuru and Hrishikesh Mukherjee`s Anand, gets
its power and glory from the simple yet never simplistic narrative that grows on
you piece by piece, just as the lessons of life creep up belatedly on our hero
Amar Kaul (Vinay).
With every dying day he lives a little more of that life he leaves behind.
Though the film`s leisurely pace doesn`t quite capture the urgency of the
moment, Dasvidaniya scores high points for its sincerity of
The narrative has been patterned prettily as a pastiche of 10 episodes, each
dealing with a facet of Amar Kaul`s life that he would like to retrieve from the
archives of angst and claim as his own before he`s gone.
The pace often drops to a willowy whisper. The tone gets predominantly stifled.
The narration is constantly hushed, never rushed even as the shuffling,
procrastinating hero speeds through things in his pending file that he needs
done before he`s through with life.
The beauty and harmony of life`s essential core is obtained in passages of
relaxed rumination and casual conversations that show us where we often go wrong
in our daily dealings. This is done without wagging a disapproving finger at the
Vinay gets the flavour of the tragic hero`s comic escapades just right. He`s
partly Charlie Chaplin, and partly Robert Benigni. But finally this is an actor
who does his own thing. Make no mistake about that.
Helping him in his endeavour are like-minded friends like Rajit Kapur, Neha
Dhupia, Ranvir Shorey, Sarita Joshi and Gaurav Gera -- all pitching in with
transparently- sincere performances.
There is not one faked moment in Dasvidaniya. You may feel portions
of the film - like the Kailash Kher number Mumma - are manipulative
in their intentions. But that`s life. You win some. You lose most of it.
Kudos to Vinay for making another winner out of another incorrigible loser`s
Shy quiet Amar Kaul lived a mundane run of the mill life - like millions of
His existence was non-existent to people around him. And then one day a
doctor told him that he will die within 3 months. In a hurry Amar Kaul rushed to
make a list of things to do before he dies....and in the course of doing them
realized that he has been dead all along until now except for these 3 months
before he is going to die.
Amar is symbolic of all those people who have always wanted to do things but
kept them on hold.