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    Default Exclusive Movie Review Daayen Ya Baayen (October 29, 2010)

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    Times Of India

    Story : Like so many small-town dreamers, Ramesh Majila (Deepak Dobriyal) too had left his home in the Himalayas to become a film writer in Mumbai. But unable to actualise his dreams in the harsh metropolis, he returns to his little hamlet and begins teaching in the village school. His idyll is soon broken when he wins a big red car in a TV competition.

    Needless to say, he becomes an instant hero in the close-knit community although the car becomes a white elephant in the undeveloped backwaters of India, where there are no roads and not enough money to buy petrol. Can the car be of any help to Ramesh and his family?

    Movie Review : The film has been obviously inspired by Vittorio De Sica's Italian classic Hello Elephant. Of course it doesn't stand up to the original in any way. But we aren't complaining. And that's primarily because the story has been suitably `Indianised' and adapted to the bitter sweet Indian reality and has a strong local flavour to it. Set against the non-descript little hamlet in the Himalayas, the film captures the irony of mofussil middle class life quite well. What does a poorly-paid school teacher do with a glistening new car that obviously guzzles petrol and needs some decent roads to run on?

    So you have our enterprising, never-say-die protagonist using the car for any and every conceivable enterprise he can think of. But each time, he fumbles and fails, much to the discomfiture of his grumbling wife and his disapproving young son. Adding to his woes are his crumbling fortunes and the greedy local leader who has his eyes set on the flashy new limo which meets sundry hiccups (read accidents) as it tries to negotiate the dusty hill roads and the amateur drivers.

    Daayen ya Baayen works because of the authenticity of its backdrop and the realistic performances by the motley cast. Deepak Dobriyal's depiction of the protagonist is vibrant and full of verve, even as there's something so endearing about his constantly nagging wife, his feisty mother, his skeptical sister-in-law and his precocious little son who wonders why dad is the quintessential joker of the pack. There are quite a few endearing father and son sequences which make you chuckle with glee. The rest of the characters too are archetypal village blokes and instil a sense of realism in the drama. The film does need to be tightened and snipped in places as it tends to ramble on and on. Nevertheless, it manages to hold your attention as a sweet little ironical take on India's lopsided development and its forgotten people.




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