MOVIE REVIEW: Dasvidaniya

Posted on July 9, 2010 in Media and Culture

By Nitasha Kapila:

Entertainment has played an important role in the life of human beings right from the beginning. It has a soothing effect on the body and soul. Earlier there were stage shows in the olden ages to entertain people but gradually due to the advancement of technology, they have been replaced by movies. This review is of the film” Dasvidaniya”. It was a film directed by Shashant Shah starring Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey, Purbi Joshi and Sarita Joshi.

Dasvidanya tells the story of simpleton, Amar Kaul (Vinay Pathak) who works as an accounts manager in a pharmaceuticals company. Amar’s only excitement in life is making a to-do list every morning and then ticking off everything that he accomplishes at the end of the day. But unfortunately, destiny has some other plans stored for him. He comes to know through his doctor that he is suffering from stomach cancer and now only has just three months left to live.

This news makes Amar wake up to the reality that how till now he has wasted his life. Never mustered the courage to express his love, never brought a car and never ever traveled abroad, Amar has so many unfulfilled dreams left! He then sets about making a new to do list of 10 things. His last list of all the things he has to do before he dies. From making a foreign trip to telling his childhood love about his affections for her to meeting his best friend from school with whom he has lost contact. The film then follows Amar’s journey towards fulfilling his wishes which also take him nearer to his death.

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 the 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. First-time director Shahant Shah does a neat job for the most part of the film but botches up in the second hour.

It gives us a message …

“Death is the destiny we all share.”

The only thing prominent in the world is death. It is the only certain thing in the world.

One should not waste one’s life by postponing his wants and things that he wants to do. One should not look for happiness in the past or future but live to the fullest extent in the present time. Live in the present and be free of the complexities. Life becomes difficult without love. I personally believe that life cannot be felt without love, so love yourself, your dreams fulfill them so that you can die with the satisfaction that you have not wasted your life living someone else’s life. In the last moments of your life you should have the satisfaction that you have completely lived your life to the fullest extent.

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