Directors: Bejoy Nambiar
Indian Express rating: **
This could well have been the pithy pitch for Bejoy Nambiar’s new film of the same name which zooms in on 1975, 1999, and 2010 on the same day/date, and switches back and forth between time zones and countries/cities : London, Mumbai and Goa. The three strands are unified through a device : the men who are the focal point of the stories all go by the same name.
It’s an interesting conceit, and Nambiar’s film has stylistic flourish, reminding us of the striking parts in his debut ‘Shaitaan’. The first David (Mukesh) lives in black-and-white London ( ’75), following the paths laid down by a powerful gangster, surrounded by shadowy bearded men sporting obviously Muslim names. This David is the right hand man of the mob boss, and when he is not keeping the old man’s enemies at bay, he is romancing fiery lass ( Dogra).
The second David ( Virmani) is in Mumbai (‘99), the son of a priest ( Nasser) targeted by a rabid Hindu righ- wing politician ( Hattangadi). The young man, all long dread locks and strumming guitar at the ready, is left traumatized and hurt. The third lives in Goa ( 2010). This David ( Vikram) is a permanently soused fellow who spends most of his time getting how to love and live tips from BFF (Tabu) who runs a massage parlour.
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