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Dasvidaniya (2008) Review

Dasvidaniya (2008)

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor,Ranvir Shorey, Sarita Joshi, Saurabh Shukla, Gaurav Gera.

Director: Shashant Shah.

Synopsis:                                                                                                                                                                                       The story is all about the 37 years old mid-aged Amar Kaul (Vinay Pathak), an account manager who works at Pharmaceuticals Company. He lives with his widowed mother. Being unmarried and not having any sense of living, he becomes the man of nondescript and mundane nature. He likes to make a to-do list of his daily work. His mean boss Dasgupta (Saurabh Shukla) never misses fire to insult him. One day Amar discovers from his doctor that he is suffering from an atrocious stomach cancer and has only 3 months to live. Obviously, he feels blue. But knowing that he is going to say goodbye to the world soon, he makes a list of 10 things to do before he dies. And embark his quest towards the accomplishment of his dream wishes. While doing this he finds true joy of a life. And by the time of his death, he has achieved everything that was on his list and left those wishes for his loved and dear ones.


When I saw the name of Shashant Shah as a director of the film, I didn’t know who he is. But the film itself gave me an identity of him. He brought different colours of life in a very realistic way in this movie. All the little pieces of human’s nature gently portrayed by protagonist Vinay Pathak. The other actors who played a side role in this movie also helped significantly Vinay to lavish the film. Versatile Actor Rajat Kapoor played a role of Rajiv Jhulka a dear infancy friend of Amar Kaul, acted superbly as a Doctor, who lives abroad. The genuine care that he expresses about Amar’s health seems pretty real. Saurabh Shukla who played Dasgupta a mean boss of Amar also gave his natural efforts to made Amar quit his job. All other characters like Neha Banot (Neha Dhupia) who is puppy love of Amar, Maa (Sarita Joshi) a careful but little wacky mother who is always into the TV serials, Vivek Kaul (Gaurav Gera) a younger brother who got exclude from the house by his mother because he married to the girl from different cast, all the actors supported exquisitely to the team. The directional style is little unorthodox but positively beaming. The story writer Arshad Syed has crafted a story in every genetic way. The story gives us an apparent idea of middle-class family and a family person who lives in Mumbai. The main character Amar Kaul justified the core of the story. The characteristics of Amar like self-centered, reticent etc. actually symbolize a person who is self-involved. The film doesn’t seem slow or off the track anywhere. When Amar finally realizes the huge quandary in his life i.e. Stomach Cancer at 3rd stage, the scene really stuck audience emotionally. The music composed by Kailash Kher is also has a decent touch. The song “O Maa Meri Maa Pyaari Maa - Mammaa” enlightens and freshens up the mood.

Although this movie wasn’t a big hit at box office, many critics have appreciated the movie and the especially work of Vinay Pathak.

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