‘Dasvi’ review: Important message wrapped in childish packaging

‘Dasvi’ review: Important message wrapped in childish packaging

Written by
Shreya Mukherjee

April 07, 2022, 6:36 p.m.
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‘Dasvi’ review: Pure messaging on education loses luster

Tushar Jalota’s first director Dasvi premiering on Netflix and JioCinema on Thursday.

Starring Abhishek Bachchan, Yami Gautam Dhar and Nimrat Kaur in the lead, the film attempts to highlight the importance of education and satirize corruption in our country.

But what was present in terms of messaging and technique falters in design and execution.

Here is our detailed review.

This is the plot of the movie

Chief Minister Ganga Ram Chaudhary’s (Bachchan) vain corruption scam lands him in jail.

This decision barely affects him as he passes his seat to his sweet and simple wife Bimla Devi (Kaur) and is greeted with expert treatment behind bars.

Chaudhary’s ego is finally challenged with the entrance of honest and honest prison superintendent Jyoti Deswal (Gautam Dhar) as he is prompted to pass Class 10 and prove his mettle.

Hardly any supporting character has any depth to bite

While Chaudhary has to deal with this new adversary called education inside the prison, on the other side is his wife.

Having tasted blood, Bimla refuses to let go of power.

Surrounding these three characters are a sprinkling of side characters (read comic devices), which only prison guard Satpal Tomar (Manu Rishi Chadha) has enough leeway to do anything noteworthy.

Female Protagonists Ease Choudhary’s Story and Not Much More

The female protagonists have been given agency, in the sense that it’s limited to advancing the “hero’s” story.

As Deswal’s fiery side is shown, she quickly transforms into Choudhary’s personal tutor.

Bimla transforms after gaining the seat of Chief Minister, but her change takes on an antagonistic color, even though she is doing exactly what her husband was doing.

The story seems impractical, so unrelated

The problem does not end with the myopia of the characters.

Jalota and writers Suresh Nair, Ritesh Shah and Sandeep Leyzell attempt to put together a simplistic (impractical) story online that preaches that even the most corrupt can be transformed through the right means.

Despite a distinct flavor, Choudhary’s character is reduced to a caricature, who brags about his crimes but is naive and essentially good.

Verdict: The performances make the film bearable

Despite limited scope in the script, Bachchan gives a spirited performance, as do Gautam Dhar and Kaur. Their performance is perhaps the only thing that makes not-so-funny comedy bearable. Dasvi is currently streaming on JioCinema and Netflix. Review: 2.5/5 stars.

Lance B. Holton