By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
DAVID, the movie, is an enigma.Let me rephrase my statement; all three Davids in Bejoy Nambiar's directorial venture are in a dilemma. So are the viewers!One David (Neil Nitin Mukesh) is in London, set in 1975. The other, (Vinay Virmani) in Mumbai, set in 1999 and another (Chiyaan Vikram) in Goa, 2010. Two Davids cross path at the end, while the Goa buzzard is left alone.So what was DAVID all about? I am still trying to figure that one outLondon David is the shadow of Iqbal Ghani, a mafia don. "Agar Ghani ko maarna hai, toh David ko maarna zaroori hai," is the only dialogue I take home from this movie. It is delivered brilliantly. Two characters are out to assassinate him and Ghani. These two characters look straight out of an MTV episode. Anyways, the attempt fails and David is trapped. He learns from these two that Ghani killed his Dad. David is confused.Mumbai David sports dreadlocks like Bob Marley, visits Lara Dutta to teach her son singing and has dreams of making it big as a musician. He does get a trip to the US but it is brutally interrupted by a politician who comes over to his residence with a crowd to blacken the face of his dad. His dad is a priest. Now which priest has kids and is still a priest, I do not know. Sometimes he is called Pastor. Anyways, Nambiar is confused. It is enough for Mumbai Walla David, too, to be confused.Goa David is a drunkard. He punches women, puts on a Santa mask and bashes up brides and grooms. It appears, his wife left him at the altar on the day of his marriage and his mother is after him to settle down. He is 40 years old, you see. He keeps meeting the ghost of his father and visits Tabu at her massage parlour. In between, he falls in love with a deaf and mute who is engaged to marry his best friend, Peter. This David too is confused.In all this confusion, Nambiar manages to stitch together a narrative which is taxing on the mind.But to give him credit, I'd say the London and Goa scenes are shot well. Vikram is the only reason why Goa seems appealing. Take him off and that slot falls flat on its face. Not even Tabu is able to rescue it because she is saddled with such an inconsequential role that you cannot really blame her. All one can ask is how did she get conned into this?The London scenes shot in Black and White are a delight. Neil Nitin Mukesh steals the thunder with his act. So does Ghani. The whole treatment is A-plus, giving it a Godfather feel. The question remains: what was the need of three Davids when the London sector was red hot? I mean, if Nambiar had concentrated on just Neil Nitin Mukesh, he would have definitely gotten somewhere with this film. But this DAVID, it seems, has been slain by the Goliath of confusion!Walk in at your own risk!