David (2013 Hindi film)

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David
David hindi.jpg
First look poster
Directed by Bejoy Nambiar
Produced by Bejoy Nambiar
Sharada Trilok
Written by Bejoy Nambiar
Natasha Sahgal
Starring Vikram
Neil Nitin Mukesh
Vinay Virmani
Tabu
Monica Dogra
Lara Dutta
Isha Sharvani
Music by Mikey McCleary
Remo Fernandes
Anirudh Ravichander
Prashant Pillai
Modern Mafia
Cinematography R. Rathnavelu
P. S. Vinod
Sanu Varghese
Edited by A. Sreekar Prasad
Production
company
Distributed by Reliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01)
Running time
160 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 10millions
Box office 37.5 million (US$580,000)
[1]

David is a 2013 Indian Hindi action-thriller film directed by Bejoy Nambiar, starring Vikram, Neil Nitin Mukesh and Vinay Virmani in the title role, alongside Tabu, Monica Dogra, Lara Dutta and Isha Sharvani. An altered version with the same title David featuring a slightly different cast was simultaneously shot in Tamil.[2] The plot revolves around the lives of three different men named David, who are about to take a step which is going to change their lives forever.[3]

Plot[edit]

The story revolves around the lives of three Davids in three different parts of the world in three different eras.

London, 1975: 30-year-old David (Neil Nitin Mukesh) works for Iqbal Ghani, a dreaded Mafia don who controls the London's Muslim community through his illegal activities. David is Ghani's protege who is poised to take over the empire one day as Ghani's son is a spoilt, playful brat. David is in love with Ghani's ward, Noor and promises to marry her. Things take a turn when two undercover RAW agents come to London to expose Ghani's ties to religious extremists in India. While trying to take David down, the agents reveal to him that his mother was Ghani's mistress and might have killed his father to be with him. David's loyalty towards his master is tested even more when Noor is forcefully married off to Ghani's son to hide the fact he is gay even though she is pregnant with David's son. When the RAW agents finally manage to get close to Ghani, they assassinate not only him but David as well to keep their mission a secret from the British authorities.

Mumbai, 1999: 19-year-old David (Vinay Virmani) is an amateur guitarist born into a family of lower-middle class Christians. He is a happy go lucky teenager who dreams of becoming a professional musician and sending his sisters off to Dubai to pursue their dreams. Their father, Noel, a Protestant priest rallies the locals to do charity work for those in need. A Hindu fanatic politician, Malati Tai, finds out about this and makes it appear as if David's father is converting poor people to Christianity in return for money. She attacks David's colony with the help of gangsters and humiliates Noel by blackening his face in front of the media. Traumatised by this, the priest starts to lose his mind. An angry David is then easily persuaded by a political activist to assassinate Malati at a rally to seek vengeance. However, the plan is foiled when an unknown gunman fails to assassinate Malati and instead kills the army officer standing next to her.

Goa, 2010: 30-year-old David (Vikram) is an alcoholic fisherman living in the small fishing village of Betul in Goa. He falls in love with the deaf and mute Roma (Isha Sharvani) – the only hitch is that she is engaged to be married to his best friend Peter in 10 days. When he finds out Peter does not really love her but is only marrying her for her wealthy father's boat which he will receive as dowry, David is coaxed by his friend, Frenny to stop the wedding. However, David comes to realise that his intentions might not be sincere as both his mother and the priest who tries to help him stop the wedding become involved in separate accidents and are hospitalised. On the day of the wedding, David plans to profess his love for Roma until Peter reveals that he actually sincerely loves her and was only lying that he was marrying her for the dowry out of fear he would be teased. David decides not to stop the wedding.

Gradually, it is revealed that all three Davids are connected somehow in the turn of events. In 1999, the London David's son with Noor, Iqbal, comes to Mumbai to seek revenge for his father's murder. The army officer killed at Malati Tai's rally is actually one of the corrupt RAW agents who Iqbal shoots down with intent. Witnessing the shooting makes the Mumbai David realise what he almost became had he succeeded in assassinating Malati. He then moves to Goa and becomes a priest. In 2010, he is the priest that marries off Peter to Roma. Realising that the Goan David would have spoken out against the wedding, he praises the Goan David for not doing so after the ceremony.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

Bejoy Nambiar announced in December 2011 that he would make a Hindi film titled David, a gangster-comedy, and signed on Vikram to play a protagonist in the film. The pair had previously worked together in Mani Ratnam's Raavan and Raavanan, in which Nambiar had been an assistant director.[5] It was revealed that the film would simultaneously show tracks of three people named David: Vikram's story takes place in Goa, while the two other stories happen in Mumbai and London and that they occur at different periods. Three cinematographer, R. Rathnavelu, P. S. Vinod and Sanu Varghese were recruited to shoot the respective segments. Sanjeev Lamba of Reliance, the film's producer, noted that the film had undergone changes and would be made a bilingual in Hindi and Tamil, with a third dubbed version in Telugu.

Vivek Oberoi was also recruitedto play a titular character in the film. However Oberoi opted out of the project after finding out that the film would be a bilingual, and the team considered Farhan Akhtar before replacing him with Neil Nitin Mukesh.[6] Neil Nitin Mukesh was asked to sport a complete retro-gangster look, and grow a hefty moustache for his role in the film.[7] Neil's portions in the film would be shot in London.[8] Canadian-Indian actor Vinay Virmani would play the third character called David in the film.[9] In January 2012, the producers signed Tabu and Isha Sharvani to play lead female roles in the film, with reports that Isha would be paired opposite Vikram.[10]

Filming[edit]

Scenes involving Vikram were filmed first out of the three segments and were canned in locations which were meant to show a Goan backdrop. The team thus shot scenes featuring Vikram and Isha Sharvani in Alleppey, Kerala in late February 2012, before moving to Kuttanad.[11] Mangalore beach was designed to replicate the beaches of Goa and a song featuring Remo Fernandes was also shot in February.[12] Ratnavelu revealed that scenes were also canned in Kapu, Karnataka disguising Goa and that Vikram finished his portions for the film by March 2012.[13] Nishan, a Mumbai-based actor who had appeared in Malayalam language films, was also selected to play a role in the segment,[14] while actress Rubi Chakravarti was also recruited to play Vikram's mother in the film after Bejoy Nambiar approached for a role written with her in mind.[15] Prahlad Kakkar, a noted ad-maker, was convinced by Nambiar to make his debut in film by appearing in the role of a priest and consequently shot his scenes in Mangalore.[16]

The scenes of the character playing a musician Vinay Virmani, was the second segment to be shot with Sejal Shah recruited as cinematographer. Lara Dutta plays an extended cameo role in both versions as a mother, whose child is tutored by Virmani character. Sheetal Menon, who appeared in Shaitan was also recruitedto play a pivotal role in Vinay Virmani's sequences.[17] Singer Shweta Pandit also shot for the film in both languages making her debut as a musician, while Nassar was recruited to appear in the both version of the film.[18] Manish Jha, director of the 2003 film Matrubhoomi, was signed on to act in another pivotal role in the third segment with Nambiar noting "he was physically perfect for the part". Actor-director Satish Kaushik also shot for this portion of the film, portraying one of David's neighbours.[19]

Nambiar noted that Neil Nitin Mukesh's scenes were the most problematic to shoot as a result of the actor's involvement in his other film 3G being shot in Fiji and thus dates were difficult to accommodate Shilpi Shukla did great in the movie to. Akarsh Khurana, a theatre actor, who also helped write portions in the film, was also selected to play a major role and shot for scenes in Neil's portion.[20] Monica Dogra was chosen to portray the female lead in this segment,[21] being paired opposite Neil Nitin Mukesh.[22] Anupama Kumar, who was previously seen in Ishqiya, was one of the few South actors to be recruited to act in the Hindi version; she would play a Pakistani woman of the 1970s which she termed as "very different and exciting".[23] The scenes involving Neil's character would start in Canada and finish in Ooty and completed by the end of 2012.[24] A five-day shooting was held at the City Hall of Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK in September 2012. The film was enticed to Northern Ireland on the back of a trip to India earlier this year by Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster. In a collaborative effort between Invest Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen, Indian Production company Getaway Films has received £30,000 funding through the Northern Ireland Screen Fund supported by Invest NI and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The film was widely supported by the Northern Ireland Screen Initiative. Quoting Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen: "We are delighted to welcome the cast and crew of DAVID toNorthern Ireland. This might be a first for us but we hope not the last. India has a rich history of film-making and Indian cinema is a recognised global industry. In pursuit of our mission to develop the screen industry in Northern Ireland, it makes sense to look east, as well as west, in terms of inward investing films." In response to that Bejoy Nambiar, Director and Producer, DAVID: "Belfast has been a treasure chest of beautiful locations, fabulous people and a very supportive local government. Minister Foster and the Invest NI's India office have been amazing in their effort to introduce us to Belfast and to coax us to explore Northern Ireland as a filming location for Indian Films. And since we have been here, NI Screen and the Belfast Council have extended their sincere warmth and support, so much so that we don't feel like this is our the first time here. I am surprised that Indian films haven't been here before and am very thrilled that we are the first Indian production here. This is just the beginning. We are looking forward to being back here next spring." [25][26]

Marketing[edit]

Bejoy Nambiar planned an innovative strategy to release the first look of the film on sites such as Twitter and YouTube.[27] The trailer of both versions were received very positively all over.

Music[edit]

David
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 11 January 2013
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Label T-Series
Producer Bejoy Nambiar
Prashant Pillai

The soundtrack of David consists of 15 tracks composed by eight various artists, including Prashant Pillai and Mikey McCleary, who had worked on Nambiar's Shaitan, too, and independent bands Bramfatura, Maatibaani and Modern Mafia. Tamil film composer Anirudh Ravichander of "Why This Kolaveri Di" fame, also contributed one song, making his Bollywood debut. One of the tracks would be a new version of the famous traditional Qawwali number "Dama Dam Mast Qalandar". The album released on 11 January 2013.

No. Title Lyrics Music Singer(s) Length
1. "Ghum Huye (The Theme of David)" Ankur Tewari Bramfatura Siddharth Basrur  
2. "Mast Kalandar"   Mikey McCleary Rekha Bhardwaj  
3. "Tore Matware Naina" Maatibaani, Joyshanti Maatibaani Nirali Karthik & Joyshanti  
4. "Maria Pitache" Remo Fernandes & Abhijeet Deshpande Remo Fernandes Remo Fernandes  
5. "Tere Mere Pyaar Ki" Gopal Dutt Prashant Pillai Naresh Iyer & Shweta Pandit  
6. "Bandhay" Ankur Tewari Modern Mafia Modern Mafia  
7. "Yun Hi Re" Turaz Anirudh Ravichander Anirudh Ravichander & Shweta Mohan  
8. "Rab Di"   Prashant Pillai (feat. Tao Issaro) Karthik  
9. "Out of Control" Mikey McCleary & Preeti Pillai Mikey McCleary Nikhil D'Souza & Preeti Pillai  
10. "Ya Husain"   Mikey McCleary Lucky Ali  
11. "Mast Kalandar (Vengeance Mix)"   Mikey McCleary & Gaurav Godkhindi Rekha Bhardwaj  
12. "Out of Control (Choir Version)" Mikey McCleary Mikey McCleary    
13. "Three Kills"   The Lightyears Explode! Saurabh Roy  
14. "Light House Symphony" Remo Fernandes Instrumental  
15. "Rab Di – Rab Step Version" (Remixed by Dub Sharma)   Prashant Pillai Karthik  

Critical reception[edit]

Sukanya Verma for Rediff.com has given 2.5/5stars and says David could have been shorter, snappier.[28] Shivesh Kumar of IndiaWeekly awarded the movie 2 out of 5 stars.[29] NDTV gave 3 stars to the movie.[30] TimesofIndia described the movie as "Yes, the Devil's in the detail. But maybe David needed more 'D' of 'Depth' in the story to make this more 'Delightful'." [31]

Box office[edit]

The film opened to very positive response of 50% only and collected 5–6 millions nett on its first day.[32][33] The 2nd showed a little growth of around 50% bringing up the 2-day total to 16 million. On day 3, it collected another Rs. 10.5 million and the total collection for the 1st weekend would be Rs 25.7 million nett at the domestic box office. David had an average 4th day and collected 21 million.[34]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bollywoodhungama.com/box-office/top-grossers=[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Three in Hindi and two in Tamil". Behindwoods. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vikram and Jiiva's David to release on ...". Behindwoods. 11 October 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1421780/?ref_=tt_cl_t5
  5. ^ "Vikam's second Bollywood film". The Times of India. 26 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Neil Nitin Mukesh replaces Vivek Oberoi in 'David'- Bollywood- IBNLive. Ibnlive.in.com (2 April 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  7. ^ "I am a one-woman guy: Neil Nitin". The Times of India. 8 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "Neil in Nambiar's next film 'David'". The Times of India. 5 April 2012. 
  9. ^ Neil Nitin Mukesh and Vinay Virmani in David | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News. BollywoodHungama.com (28 March 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  10. ^ "Tabu and Isha in Vikram's next?". The Times of India. 7 January 2012. 
  11. ^ "Director Bejoy advances shoot in Kerala?". The Times of India. 27 February 2012. 
  12. ^ "Remo rues lack of civic awareness". The Times of India. 19 February 2012. 
  13. ^ Manigandan, K. R. (10 March 2012). "The three faces of David". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 
  14. ^ "Nishan to debut in Bollywood". The Times of India. 6 April 2012. 
  15. ^ Rubi Chakravarti to play Vikram’s mother in Bejoy Nambiar's David – Lifestyle – DNA. Dnaindia.com (16 January 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  16. ^ "Prahlad Kakkar becomes an actor". The Times of India. 10 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Matrabhoomi director turns actor for Bejoy Nambiar". The Times of India. 30 June 2012. 
  18. ^ "Singer Shweta Pandit turns actress". The Times of India. 7 July 2012. 
  19. ^ Satish Kaushik in Bejoy Nambiar's David | Bollywood News | Hindi Movies News | Celebrity News. BollywoodHungama.com (10 July 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Akaash Khurana's son makes his screen debut". The Times of India. 9 July 2012. 
  21. ^ When Monica bonded with Neil – Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (8 September 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  22. ^ Monica Dogra bags second film – Times Of India. Articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com (21 April 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  23. ^ FEATURES / CINEMA PLUS : Better late than never. The Hindu (7 October 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  24. ^ Back to the grind for Neil Nitin Mukesh – Entertainment – DNA. Dnaindia.com (27 June 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  25. ^ Northern Ireland welcomes Indian film.
  26. ^ Bollywood producers planning to shoot film scenes in Belfast City Hall. Belfasttelegraph.co.uk (9 August 2012). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.
  27. ^ "No theatrical trailer for Bejoy's next film David". Hindustan Times. 12 December 2012. 
  28. ^ Sukanya Verma. "Review: David is well-acted but underwhelming". Rediff.com. Retrieved 1 February 2013. 2.5/5 stars
  29. ^ "IndiaWeekly's Movie Ratings". IndiaWeekly. Retrieved 18 February 2013. 
  30. ^ "Movie review: David". NDTVMovies.com. 2013-01-31. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  31. ^ Offensive, Marking Them (2013-02-01). "David Movie Review, Trailer, & Show timings at Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 2015-11-25. 
  32. ^ "Race 2 Has Good First Week Vishwaroop Best Of New Releases". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  33. ^ "Vishwaroop And David First Day Business". boxofficeindia.com. Retrieved 2 February 2013. 
  34. ^ Vishwaroop, David first weekend collection at Box Office . The film is declared as a Mega flop in box office– Oneindia Entertainment. Entertainment.oneindia.in (6 February 2013). Retrieved on 10 February 2013.

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