February sees the clash of the guru and his disciple, Mani Ratnam and Bejoy Nambiyar respectively. Bejoy Nambiyar’s bilingual movie David has hit the theatres recently on the same day the movie Kadal has been released. David’s Hindi version features three stories being told together in three different settings with three different characters but carrying same emotions. The Tamil version of David is limited to just two stories featuring actors Jiiva and Vikram in different times, different settings and different lifestyle but have the same name David.
Here is the plot of David. One David (Jiiva) is an aspiring Guitarist living in Mumbai who has dreams of making it big in music. This story is set in the times of 1999, which shows how David’s life takes a twist and why he has deal with dirty politics. The second David (Vikram) is a fisherman in a Goan village known for fishery. This David is high on alcohol always, as he owns a broken heart. However, he meets another girl (Isha Sharvani) and finds love with her, but she is his friend’s fiancée unfortunately. What happens to the lives of these two David, who carry the same name and for the goodness to happen in their lives?
Director Bejoy Nambiyar should be appreciated first for making a different attempt, which clearly is miles away from the usual commercial headaches that often pop up in Tamil cinema. The plot is different and so is his narration. He has avoided linear narration and has gone for simultaneous narration of stories of both David. This type of narration is backed by excellent performances by the actors.
Vikram as David makes his look easy to play, but his fine expressions and cool body language as a man who is always in an inebriated state tells the actor’s great work. Jiiva has once again proved that he can exhibit what the director wants on screen. The actresses too have done their part in a fair way, but their dubbing could have been better.
Cinematography and art work make David a very aesthetic movie to watch and music has already gone so well with the audiences.
Overall, David is a different attempt backed by good performances and is a must watch although Tamil audiences could feel missing their nativity.