Director Tushar Jalota’s ‘Dasvi’ is designed as a satire in a political context, revealing the importance of education.
IN ONE LOOK
- Director: Tushar Jalota
- With: Abhishek Bachchan, Nimrat Kaur, Yami Gautam, Manu Rishi Chadha, Arun Kushwaha, Chitranjan Tripati, Danish Husain, Dhanveer Singh, Abhimanyu Yadav
- Evaluation: ***
Set in the fictional state of Harit Pradesh, arrogant and pompous Chief Minister Ganga Ram Chaudhary (Abhishek Bachchan) is arrested for a fraud. But before being locked up in police custody, he abandons his position in favor of his wife, Bimla Devi (Nimrit Kaur), and controls the state remotely from behind bars.
In prison, he is pampered by his sycophants until the arrival of the super inspector, Jyoti Deswal (Yami Gautam), who insists that one be assigned a job according to his level of education.
Since Ganga Ram Chaudhary is only eighth, he is eligible to work as a gardener, carpenter or any other menial job. But being the CM and a man of influence, his pride is hurt.
He tries to ask his wife for help in getting Inspector Jyoti transferred, but she adamantly refuses, citing a perception problem.
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When he learns that prisoners who study are exempted from working in prisons, he plans to sit for the High School Certificate Examination, which is the tenth standard or “Dasvi” in Hindi.
But when he realizes that education empowers you, he rises to the challenge and how, with the help of other inmates, he works to study for the exam is the crux of the story.
Being a satire, the writers crafted a glassy cocktail of naked ambition and breezy bravado with a distinctly bitter aftertaste. At first glance, you are constantly laughing, but subconsciously you realize the sad situation prevailing. While the writing is good in places, it’s also the film’s weakest element as the narrative lacks sass.
Performance-wise, the film is a pure canvas of Abhishek Bachchan. He plays the big-headed, important politician who mellows over time to perfection. He’s aptly backed up by Nimrit Kaur as his shy wife, who suddenly tastes power, and faster than a color-changing chameleon, she transforms into a clumsy goofy character who has no real beliefs other than a desire for power and position.
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Coming to Yami Gautam as a super strict police inspector, despite a competent performance, she doesn’t have the personality to play such a character, she seems like a misfit in the film, and the film makers are solely to blame. for that.
The rest of the supporting cast are flat characters who have their moments of on-screen glory limited.
The film’s music and songs seem low quality with often heard tunes.
Overall, the film is quite entertaining and gripping.
Troy Ribiero, IANS
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