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If wishes were horses, politicians wouldn’t lie. Until then, if wishes were horses, better films about them not lying would be made. Hopeful Dasvi is and tries to entertain and educate. But it remains a largely predictable affair.

(Available on Netflix)

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Director: Tushar Jalota
Running time: 120 minutes
Genres: Politics
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Dasvi is what I would call a film that tries to appease the liberals by making all the right noises. There’s a dig on corrupt politicians using everything from voters to social media to stay on their thrones. There’s sarcasm pointed towards real-life political signature phrases and words. There’s also mimicking of current politicians’ actions and reactions. Enough to bring a smile. But, in Dasvi, it stays just that—direct referencing without making it clever or witty. Without this and a few other quips, Dasvi becomes a run-of-the-mill unconvincing coming-of-age film with decent performances.

The awkwardness and the predictability is enhanced with one too many slow-motion shots and a little too eager background score.

Like any film about politics worth its salt, Dasvi, too, covers the politician-law-order-bureaucrat-media-business network in some form or the other. They are all called derogatory names for our benefit. There is not much novel about it other than women playing two out of the three lead roles. There might be a couple of mild surprises here and there, but nothing very creative in terms of story-writing.

In fact, the characters and situations are all over the place. For instance, Ganga’s (Abhishek Bachchan’s) brother is conveniently brought in and out of the story. The same goes for themes such as casteism, mental health, and rote-learning in the education system that are rather forced into the story. This makes the flow a bit of hotch-potch.

It doesn’t help that the awkwardness and the predictability are enhanced with one too many slow-motion shots and a little too eager background score. The latter was mildly amusing in the first few minutes but soon turned annoying because of its consistent existence in the foreground.

The same goes for the hat-tips to other films, some overt, some not so. The inspiration drawn, from Lage Raho Munnabhai and Rang De Basanti, and direct referencing to Taare Zameen Par, is cute at first and become annoying in a “got it the first time” way. What is fortunately not annoying though are the performances. The characters are caricatures, so it could have gone all awry, but Abhishek Bachchan, Nimrat Kaur and Yami Gautam keep them from becoming so. The supporting cast, too, holds fort capably, making the most out of their broadly written characters.

Other than these straws, though, Dasvi doesn’t have much to hang on to. Yet it didn’t feel like a complete waste of time and energy. You could give it a go in passing if you run out of everything else to engage with.

- meeta, a part of the audience

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So-So, by Raj : Abhishek is the saving grace

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Parental Guidance:

  • Violence: None
  • Language: A rant of curse words in one instance.
  • Nudity & Sexual content: None
  • Concept: A coming-of-age of a corrupt politician
  • General Look and Feel: Generic

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Dear Meetu, Abhishek Bachchan is selective about his movie role and gives it all, that is the saving grace of his movies. He has matured as an actor. His fans would love Abhishek's redemption.. Timepass one time watch.

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