wogma rating: Beg or borrow, but do watch (?)
Quality of life certainly wins over quantity. Dasvidaniya has enough number of interesting characters that is played by a very capable crew. Characters germinate and grow in enough details for us to see the shades.Read more
How many times have we complained that life is a rut, nothing new or exciting happens? Even if we've never made that complaint, there's always something that we'd really want to do but never got around to doing, because that needs a little more courage than to stay in our self-nurtured comfort zones. That broken relationship you wanted to mend, the hobby you wanted to pursue and for some of us unfortunately, it takes courage to just sit still enough to find that passion.
Amar (Vinay Pathak) who's come to terms with the hand dealt to him is forced to push the self-imposed boundaries before he takes the final bow and says, Dasvidaniya - good bye. This pleasantly plump, obviously nerdy, on-the-wrong-side-of-30s, spineless simpleton makes you feel for him - not pity, but a certain affection. May he be blessed with death if that's what he really, really wants. And you gradually see him mending things in his life, sorting out and repairing the broken parts. You can sense his gradual liberalization as he achieves each item on his life's to-do list.
Believe me, I get excited when I see Vinay on the poster of a movie. Post-Bheja Fry, I look forward to a movie featuring him because he has amazing versatility and convincing power. Here too, you can see Vinay's hardwork in every expression. And his prowess is proven more overtly when his alter ego shows up. The courage it must have taken for the makers to cast him as the lead is well rewarded by an overwhelming performance. And all other actors very efficiently provide form and shape to the world around Amar.
Dasvidaniya is one of those rarities that bring a smile that refuses to go while a tear rolls down. The dark humor too helps in keeping that smile. And this is despite the leisurely pace at which things proceed. The story is not much more than a one-liner. But each character, however short-lived in the script, is given enough room to bloom and present its shades to us. Amar's response to each character is recorded with finesse. And thus every relationship brings with it a unique chemistry though each one of them is equally warm. Even animosity carries a tender feeling with it.
The ever-demanding nature of human beings is very obviously put forth by Amar's ever increasing list. It tells something about ourselves when every time an item is checked off the list there are a few unchecked ones glaring at you. And as you see that, you find Amar taking a pause to just stand and stare - something that brings him immense pleasure.
Why wait for the end to knock at your door? Go ahead, make your list. What will it have? That trip to the mountains? The adventure sport that you might not make if a few more years go by? That call you have been avoiding thus far? Whatever they may be make sure there's enough room for "stand and stare" on that list.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Aparajita Ghosh, Apun Ka Choice : ...Dasvidaniya takes off very well but loses its gravity in the second half when a couple of uncalled-for deviations take the story off the course... full review
Thumbs up, by Baradwaj Rangan, Blogical Conclusion, The New Sunday Express : ...it’s a blessed miracle how director Shashant Shah skillfully negotiates the life-affirming-message-movie part without ever letting his film become insufferable.... full review
Thumbs up, by roshni mulchandani, Bolly Spice : ...The supporting actors are all ideal and seamless in their performances. Pathak’s real-life friend Ranvir Shorey is spot on The supporting actors are all ideal and seamless in their performances. Pathak’s real-life friend Ranvir Shorey is spot on... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, IndiaFM : ...DASVIDANIYA makes you smile at several points, even shed tears [the emotional quotient is quite strong], but most importantly, reiterates the fact that life's a bubble that can burst any time... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhat Kazmi, Times of India : ... The heart and soul of the film undoubtedly is Vinay Pathak, who reinvents the quiet, submissive common man, already dead with the weight of his dull, uneventful life.... full review
Thumbs up, ZEENEWS.COM : ...Dasvidaniya boasts of a fabulous script, combined with Vinay Pathak’s unbeatably brilliant performance, and some superbly good performances by the entire gang ‘Dasvidaniya-The Best Goodbye Ever’ boasts of a fabulous script, combined with Vinay Pathak’s unbeatably brilliant performance, and some superbly good performances by the entire gang ‘Dasvidaniya-The Best Goodbye Ever’ boasts of a fabulous script, combined with Vinay Pathak’s unbeatably brilliant performance, and some superbly good performances by the entire gang Dasvidaniya boasts of a fabulous script, combined with Vinay Pathak’s unbeatably brilliant performance, and some superbly good performances by the entire gang.... full review
So-So, by shivam sharma, AOL INDIA : ...The background score is a charmer and so are all the songs. And there is a good blend of locations and colours on screen too! The background score is a charmer and so are all the songs. And there is a good blend of locations and colours on screen too... full review
Thumbs down, by Udita Jhunjhunwala, DNA : ...Director, Shashant Shah, is ably supported by commendable camerawork, production design and art direction, and by a supporting cast that infuses life into otherwise static proceedings... full review
Thumbs down, by Khalid Mohamed, Hindustan Times : ...the tempo is so self-indulgently slow that you close your eyes, count sheep, snore, wake up, count some more sheep and wake up..and then sprinkle some water on your face... full review
Thumbs down, by Space Bar, The Spaniard in the Making : ...Lists. This is my biggest problem with the film. Because, like Amar, the filmmaker has been unable to resist ticking off things he's accomplished in the course of the film... full review
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Amar (Vinay Pathak) realizes that he has only a few weeks left to live. He almost instantaneously at the command of his alter ego, sets out to do things he'd always wanted to do. (The concept of the movie reminded me vaguely of Day and Night, Denmark. It was a lot more morbid though.)