An illiterate politician learns the worth of training throughout his jail time period. What an thought, sirjee. But why make it such a comedian book-fantasy? Are the filmmakers telling us to not take their film critically, undermining its message?
Very quickly into ‘Dasvi’, which ought to ideally have been spelt ‘Dasveen’ to account for the ‘chandra-bindu’ within the phrase, Ganga Ram Chaudhary (Abhishek Bachchan) an ‘eighth pass’ chief minister of Harit Pradesh (standing in for Haryana, given the plethora of Jat accents and witticisms) finds himself in jail.
Kya jail hai, sirjee. It has the texture of a modest resort, with Chaudhary disporting himself in a room with mod cons and devices, watched over by an obsequious jailor (Manu Rishi Chaddha). All the inmates are orderly and well-behaved, no bristling gangs, no reception committee, zero scary incarceration feels. No one will get crushed up; grunge and dirt are rigorously stored out of sight. The just one who barks orders is the newly-arrived prison-in-charge Jyoti Deswal (Yami Gautam), and everybody falls in line, besides after all our hero who roars, until one fantastic day, he begins purring. So does she. Padhaai-likhaai to the rescue, acquired it?
Alert viewers will catch makes an attempt at subversion through sly digs. Here are some samples. ‘Fit India, hit India, so jao India, jaag jao India’ is such a waste of time, declares a character. Another is dubbed ‘anti-nasional’ (nationwide), and one more ‘liberal ki aulaad’. For a film to topline a newly-minted ‘dasvi pass’ politician whose electoral plank is ‘free education’ is in and of itself a massively subversive thought, given the present state of the nation. Nehru and Gandhi discover a point out; so do well-known revolutionaries and freedom-fighters. A craven babu (Chittranjan Tripathy) who has served Chaudhary and is now busy yes-ministering his spouse, is the butt of bureaucrats-are-no-good-jokes, and a couple of them land.
But in the best way it performs out, blended alerts to the fore, this stuff get lost. Furious Khap leaders are proven swallowing a ‘mixed marriage’, giving Chaudhary a likelihood to militate towards ‘jaatiwaad ka jahar (zeher)’: all of it will get completed in a jiffy, with none pushbacks. This isn’t the one fairy-tale aspect. Within days, our hero gathers round his trustworthy tribe who begin giving him classes on exams and life: a vertically challenged gent (Arun Kushwah), an affable librarian (Danish Hussain) who’s serving a sentence for ‘photocopying expensive books’. What?
As Bimmo aka Bimla Devi who swiftly learns to play political video games whereas shifting from frumpy salwaar-kameez to trendy saris and costly purses, Nimrat Kaur will get her oar proper in. Too unhealthy the plot paints her a petty villain: why doesn’t a girl have the proper to be formidable? Abhishek Bachchan has the uncommon present of not taking himself critically, and is a excellent match for the sort of character he’s enjoying: it’s a pity that the fabric by no means fairly is aware of whether or not it’s an exaggerated parody or a sharp comedy with sensible overtones. For a film which needs to nod to inclusivity and gender-upliftment with ‘ladies-log’ as figures of authority, each Nimrat and Yami are diminished to standing by (the latter even joins the cheer-leading membership), whereas Bachchan will get all of the good traces.
Will Bimmo get to make a critical stab on the kursi? Maybe that may be the peg for ‘Baarveen’. Now that may be an thought, madamji.
Dasvi movie cast: Abhishek Bachchan, Yami Gautam, Nimrat Kaur, Manu Rishi Chaddha, Danish Hussain, Arun Kushwah, Chittranjan Tripathy
Dasvi movie director: Tushar Jalota
Dasvi movie score: 2.5 stars