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.
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.