Dasvidaniya - a Tearful Drama
Sometimes you need a cut-off date to get your life in full swing. This might be the message given by Dasvidaniya; a heart-warming story of Kaul (Vinay Pathak) who realizes that his life will be tragically cut short following a cancer diagnosis. What he sets about to do in this short space of life, is what the movie all about.
We get a glimpse of Vinay’s life before the diagnosis that mooches around a dull office, unfriendly colleagues, and an irritable mother apart from his listing of the “ten most important tasks” of the day. These tasks range from repairing a geyser to buying a new battery for his mother’s hearing aid! In short, Kaul’s life resonates with little joy and little hope of ever being penetrated by anything other than a mundane reality. However the truth about his life’s mortality shakes Kaul out of the ho-hum reverie. Around the same time he bumps into a sleazebag (Ranvir Shourey) who tells him about his own life that is so very far from being hum drum, albeit dovetailed with deceit and trickery. Soon, Kaul finds his alter ego talking to him, making him realize how he wasted his life clinging on to his meaningless lists like a limpet.
This forces Kaul to draw up a list of things he always wanted to do, like buying a new car, going on a foreign trip, confessing his love to a childhood crush, learning to play guitar and reuniting with his estranged brother. While pursuing these dreams, he lives through a bitter-sweet experience and discovers surprises on the way.
Though the movie deals with the motif of death, it has a daub of comedy that warms up to your heart. Vinay Pathak looks apt for his role and so do the others including Sarita Joshi, Saurabh Shukla, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor, and Gaurav Gera. This movie bears an uncanny similarity to “The Bucket List”, an American movie released last year. However, the treatment of the film and the underplayed performances makes it a real treat a watch; though it gets a tad slow in the second half.
The movie has a mélange of some real memorable scenes, like the one where Kaul empties a fruit juice bottle on the bald plate of his boss (Saurabh Shukla) or the one where Kaul confesses his love to his childhood chum (Neha Dhupia) sans a single uttered word. Another part of the movie where Kaul finds love in a Russian hooker (to whom he has the DVDs of Hindi movies delivered after his death) will linger in your memory for long. The dialogues are witty and charming, that are mostly spouted by the film’s protagonist. For instance, when the guitar teacher poses a question as to what is Kaul’s problem, he replies that life is his Achilles heel, and which is why he wants to learn guitar at the earliest.
All in all, Dasvidaniya is a movie worth watching for its sheer performances and emotional content.