David tamil movie review

David is an Indian Tamil action-thriller film directed by Bejoy Nambiar, starring Vikram and Jeeva in the titular roles, alongside Tabu, Lara Dutta, Isha Sharvani and Nassar.

An altered version with the same title David featuring a slightly different cast was simultaneously shot in Hindi. The plot revolves around the lives of two different men named David, who are about to take a step which is going to change their lives forever. David released on February 1, 2013.

Movie: David
Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Produced by Bejoy Nambiar, Sharada Trilok
Written by Bejoy Nambiar, Natasha Sahgal
Star Cast: Vikram as David 30 year old, Jeeva as David 19 year old, Lara Dutta as Gayathri, Tabu as Frenny, Isha Sharvani as Roma, Nassar as Father Noel, Sheetal Menon, John Vijay, Nishan as Peter, Prahlad Kakkar, Remo Fernandes, Rubi Chakravarti, Rohini Hattangadi, Saurabh Shukla, Shweta Pandit as Alice, Satish Kaushik, Manish Jha, Bharat Jha, Sarika
Music: Modern Mafia, Bramfatura, Prashant Pillai, Remo Fernandes, Anirudh Ravichander, Maatibaani
Cinematography R. Rathnavelu, P. S. Vinod
Editing by A. Sreekar Prasad
Studio Getaway Films, Reliance Entertainment
Release date: 1 February 2013


Actor Vikram has not had a great outing in the recent years. His last two movies Rajapattai and Thaandavam miserably failed at the Box Office. On the other end, Jeeva tasted decent success with movies like Mugamoodi and was part of blockbuster Nanban, which was a multi-starrer film.

Now, the duo, for the first time, are working together in David directed by Bejoy Nambiar. The film is simultaneously made in Hindi with a slightly different cast. Bollywood actor Vinay Virmani has stepped into the shoes of Jeeva in the Hindi version.


While the Bollywood version has three male leads (Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Vinay Virmani), the Tamil version has two leads. Well, what is the film all about? Read on for the review to find out…

The story of the film is unusual, as the two protagonists share a common name. The film revolves around the lives of two Davids, who live at different place. But they both share distinctive emotional spatial and chronological dimension. David (Jeeva), who is a fun-going person, is a guitarist. He dreams of becoming a big singer but an unexpected twist with his family drags him into a trouble.

On the other end, David played by Vikram is a fisherman, who wants to marry Roma (Isha Sharwani) but the problem is that she is engaged to his close friend. The protagonists’ stories may be diverse in all spheres including their destinies, situations and dilemma but the lines dividing the different eras simply evaporate in the end. In the way, a poignant connect that knows no other language – but the language of love. One decision will change their lives and makes them to come to a conclusion of ‘sometimes wrong is right’. However, they finally realise it is not the truth and only situations make you feel so.


Director Bejoy Nambiar has brilliantly come out with two distinct characters. And also builds the story with these characters. The interesting part of the story is that the screenplay has provided enough space to both actors and even small characters, which make an enduring impact on the movie.

Performance wise, Vikram, as expected, has done complete justice to his role. Jeeva is equally good and Nasser makes the most of the limited opportunity. Tabu is brilliant and rest others like Isha Sharvani, Rohini Hattangadi are also good.

Cinematography is outstanding. While PS Vinod has shot Jeeva‘s portions, R Rathnavelu has captured Vikram‘s story on camera. It is a treat to watch the film through their lens. Background score is refreshing and ‘Theerathu poga poga…’ and ‘Kanave kanave…‘ are best tracks from the album.

Editor A Sreekar Prasad has done a commendable job. Finally, the director should be praised for bringing out the best from his team. People will ignore the drawbacks as it is a good attempt by the filmmaker.

Verdict: David is a worth watching film.

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  1. The trailer and tagline – 2 Lives, One Name was more than enough to keep us all on a wait for its release. David on the release cards with Manirathnam’s Kadal indeed generated huge waves of sensation that the makers are sure as shooting stars with its quality content. Obviously, David boasts on lots of exceptional qualities on both narrative and technical front. The sleek cuts on edit, visual fiesta on cinematography, top-notch background and what else – a gripping narration and extraordinary performance by the actors keeps you engaged throughout the show.

    Before looking down to the review of this film, you’ll have to be clear about certain things. Bejoy Nambiar doesn’t go for a copy of his mentor Manirathnam’s ‘Aayutha Ezhuthu’ or it’s inspired international movies like ‘Amores Perros, ’21 Grams’, et al that had multiple stories in parallel tracks coalescing at a single point. This is completely a newfangled narration and of course a quite commendable as well.

    The film is set in two different backdrops of year and place

    Year: 1999
    Place: Mumbai

    David (Jiiva) is a happy-go-lucky youngster hailing from a pious Christian family. Aspiring to become a world famous guitarist, he keeps trying out on his best to scale greater heights. But his life takes a turn when his family is pulled into a problem created by politicians.

    Year: 2010
    Place: Goa

    David (Vikram) finds himself boozed up round the clock and keeps his moments occupied with his own emotions. A fisherman by profession, he has close acquaintance with a girl (Tabu), who runs a parlour. A turn in his life occurs, when he finds himself closer to a beautiful girl Roma (Isha Sharwani), who is getting engaged to his friend Peter for marriage.

    These David have their own conflicts to face now and a decision they make will change their lives forever.

    What’s the first thing that draws you into this film? Obviously, it’s the outstanding performance of Chiyaan Vikram and Jiiva. Moreover, it is worth mentioning that after a long time, we tend to witness Vikram in a captivating role since ‘Anniyan’. Well, he doesn’t perform anything as challenging as Ambi, Anniyan or Remo, but shows up with the same energy that was prevailing before a decade. Thanks to Bejoy Nambiar for a good portrayal of Vikram. His emotional dilemma between friendship and love and his chill-pill mannerisms are appealing. Jiiva sleepwalks through the role of David, a young energetic boy. He is so much electrified in the emotional scenes, where he takes on the politicians is extraordinary.

    Bejoy Nambiar has done a fabulous job on narration of the film with his excellent writing. It’s not an easy task to come up with a plot of parallel stories without conjoining them. But he excels completely to the core. The other highlighting trait about the film is the sharp characterizations that are so unique laced with humour and realism. Check out for Vikram’s ghost dad getting into anyone’s body only to communicate with his son. There are certain things that may go beyond the perception of few groups of audiences. Say for instance, sister and her younger brother smoking together isn’t accepted anywhere in the society here. Lara Dutta does her part well and Tabu on pars scores brownie points with her performance. Nasser is brilliant in the role of pastor spreading the good news of God and helping the needy and poor. Isha Sharwani is the showstopper here as her acting skills in the role of a deaf-n-dumb is prodigious

    As mentioned earlier, the technical aspects of this film keeps us so much captivated. The different tones of cinematography make it more appealing.

    On the whole, David is exceedingly exceptional when it comes to Indian film industry and deserves special mention for a new dimensional screenplay. However, when it comes to the context of business, it completely banks on the perception level of universal audiences on this film.

    Verdict: Brilliant writing, Extraordinary performance – but too heavy for audience

  2. Kollywod have become a welcoming platform for experimental cinema and of course it is a healthy practise indeed. Many youngsters are coming up with many imaginative ideas, which translate into fresh visuals and experience. David is such touted piece and coming from Mani Ratnam’s school of direction, plenty of hopes were pinned on the director, Bejoy Nambiar. Judging from the trailer, David promised a new treatment of parallel storytelling. So does David deliver what it has promised?


    The story revolves around the lives of two Davids in two different parts of the world in two different eras. At 1999 in Mumbai, there is a 19 year old David (Jiiva) who is a musician born into a family of devout Christians. A happy go lucky teenager, by chance loses all semblance of his peaceful existence when his family gets dragged into a political issue.

    Meanwhile at 2010, in Goa, 30 year old David (Vikram) is a fisherman living in the small fishing village of Betul in Goa. He falls in love with the deaf and mute Roma (Isha Sharvani). However the only hitch is that she is getting married to his best friend Peter in 10 days!

    Both David’s are about to take a step, which is going to change their lives forever.

    Story – Screenplay

    Bejoy have tried to experiment in storytelling by portraying two distinct characters in parallel sides. He has crafted each story with difference not only in content but also the ways he treat the two stories are pleasingly diverse. The film also looks very fresh from start to end.

    However, that is pretty much it. What starts off as a stylistic entertainer, soon drowns in the mundane pace it meanders upon. The main problem that hinders us from emotionally connecting with the characters is the abrupt intercuts between the two stories. Due to that, the director struggles to set the emotional graph intact.

    Especially the story of Vikram looks very ordinary and the pay offs are very predictable which depletes the effect intended in the climax. One might feel that Jiiva’s story could have materialized as the main plot that might even made David a classic political entertainer. Since the film is made in two languages, during the Vikram’s segements, some of dubbing are jarringly out of sync.

    In addition, certain trivial matters such as the scene where Vikram’s friend sings Osthe song, which was released in 2011 when they are actually at 2010, could have been avoided.

    Even though Bejoy Nambiar have tried to give a stylistic film, at the end we might question the plot on what the director wanted us to feel ultimately.

    Casting & Performance

    Even though his side of story is the weakest link of the film, Vikram proves his mettle by coming up with a strong portrayal as a drunkard. It is a great relief to see, Vikram performing such a casual, comedic role after some time.

    On the other end, Jiiva as usual comes up so convincingly as a 19-year-old rock star looking for a break. His expressive eyes and casual persona proves his experience meticulously.

    Tabu after a long time gives a matured performance in Tamil. As Vikram’s best friend, her subtle rendition is remarkable. Isha Sharvani as the deaf and mute girl impresses with a neat performance.

    Other supporting casts, including seasoned artistes such as Nassar and Saurabh Shukla are praiseworthy.


    Technically wise, David is a rich film. As mentioned earlier, Bejoy’s hard work to create two different worlds is evident in each technical department.

    He even went on to shoot the two stories with two different cinematographers Rathnavelu (Vikram’s portions) and P.S.Vinod (Jiiva’s portions). Rathnavelu have filmed his story with a scorching look of the beach whereas P.S Vinod has filmed his story with cooler tones of blue and sillouhtes, supporting the gritty and energetic content.

    Art director Rajeevan Nambiar’s choice of costumes and set design gives a sense of freshness in the visuals. Especially the Anglo Indian culture of Goa have been brought out interestingly.

    Sreekar Prasad’s intercuts looks abrupt but we also understand that the screenplay is such. It somehow cuts the emotional focus and it is quite difficult to refresh again when the story is cut to again. But the sense of maturity and style is of course there.

    In overall, Bejoy Nambiar have attempted to give a visually captivating film and have succeeded in presenting as envisioned.


    Bejoy Nambiar’s attempt to present hyperlink cinema with difference should be commended but the languorous pace and aimless screenplay prevents the full potential of the concept from unveiling.

    Verdict: Style over substance!

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