Kabhi Dasvidaniya Na Kehna
It’s been a fantastic time for the new generation filmmakers to successfully explore non-typecast scenarios, and they are delivering big time with proper backing from production houses. This is one such delightful story…
Amar (Vinay Pathak), a 37 year old bachelor lives a monotonous life along with his aged and partly deaf mother (Sarita Joshi). An extreme introvert, he works as accounts manager in a firm reporting into a thorough professionally practical and ever hungry boss (Saurabh Shukla). His day starts with making a to-do list for the day and he spends the rest of the day trying to finish the tasks. Life goes on this way, until one day after a routine check-up he is diagnosed with stomach cancer. He has three months to live and after initial shake up he decides to make a final to-do list of 10 things purely for himself, to be executed within these 90 days. The rest of the story unfolds how he acts to achieve his final targets…
The mastermind behind this less than two hour compact journey is Arshad Syed – the man who scripted Javed Jaffery’s “Videocon Flashback” on Channel-V more than a decade ago, and later wrote some horror shows and some whacky comedies for Star TGICS / Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun (many of those in the star cast have appeared there as well). The screenplay and dialogue are so wonderfully crafted that every other character seems to be the one we talk to every day (or we ourselves do that). Shashant Shah, in his directorial debut, successfully creates the environment where nobody goes overboard and things are explained with near perfect communication.
Sequences – where Amar regrets buying a car and thinks “bike leni chahiye thi yaar”, Amar doing personal work for his boss, expressing his love feelings for childhood (now married) muse, gun-master G9 and G10, reaction of Amar’s mother, bollywood ki deewani Russian street hooker and Amar getting slapped by her while committing suicide, are a few to mention which have been pasteurized brilliantly.
Performances: Story revolves around Amar, so Vinay Pathak is there in almost every frame of the movie, and he delivers well. Every other character is there in extended cameos, and they are all shining – no loopholes. Neha Dhupia came as a guest in the show “Ranvir Vinay Aur Kaun” last year and she mimicked T P Jain hilariously there. I guess, it’s since then she has been associated with this team and she is indeed getting some roles worth mentioning. She replicates that mimicry in one of the sequences also. Sarita Joshi (mother), Gaurav Gera (estranged brother), Saurabh Shukla (boss), Brijendra Kala (colleague), Rajat Kapoor and Suchitra Pillai (friend couple in Russia), Svetlana Manoylo (Russian hooker), Ranbir Shorey (bar-mate), Joy Fernandez (guitar teacher) and Purbi Joshi (salesgirl) all play their roles efficiently.
Music: Music is melodious and all the songs are situational. “Meri Maa” and “Alvida” are well written, sung and composed by Kailash Kher (along with Paresh/Naresh).