Debutant director Tushar Jalota’s directorial ‘Dasvi’ starring Abhishek Bachchan, Yami Gautam Dhar and Nimrat Kaur was released today on streaming platforms. The film is a social comedy-drama which focuses around an important topic i.e. right to education. As much as the film claims to be fictional, it will remind you of some real life political incidents. Be it Lalu Prasad making Rabdi Devi as his successor while serving his jail time or the former Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala who passed his 10th exams from jail.

Here, the story revolves around the fictional Harit Pradesh’s Chief Minister Ganga Ram Chaudhary (played by Abhishek Bachchan) who’s sent to jail for being involved in a teacher recruitment scam. But considering his stature, he gets all kinds of luxuries behind the bars as well.

Whereas in the outer world, in his absence, his wife Bimla Devi (played by Nimrat Kaur) takes over the chair of chief minister on Chaudhary’s insistence but later develops a liking for it and hence tries everything possible, to keep her husband in the jail – right from trying to declare him mad to making sure he fails his 10th boards.

During his judicial custody, Ganga Ram Chaudhary meets a tough cop, Jyoti Deswal (played by Yami Gautam Dhar) who treats him like any other prisoner and discards all his facilities. Things get worse, when one day she calls him an “anpadh gawar” which causes a dent on Chaudhary’s self-esteem and he decides to complete his education. Ganga Ram Chaudhary who initially took up education to escape from jail duties ultimately realises its power, when toward the climax of the film, he takes an unexpected life-changing decision resulting from his clarity on education.

As far as the performances are considered, Junior Bachchan is highly convincing as Ganga Ram Chaudhary. His lingo, diction, mannerisms were absolutely perfect for a politician belonging to a small town. Yami Gautam as a police officer Jyoti Deswal gives a fine performance. One can’t deny that of late her choice of characters has been really good. And the two of them together bring out some of the best moments of the film.

But for me, it is Nimrat Kaur who totally stole the show as Bimla Devi. Her character brings a strong feminist angle to the film. When Bimla Devi was appointed as CM and Ganga Ram Chaudhary is referred to as the CM’s husband on certain occasions, it does hurt his male ego. And surely, the director tries to show us a harsh reality of our society where it’s still hard for men to accept women rising to power as decision makers. From Ganga Ram Chaudhary urging her with “Uncha bola kar” to Bimla Devi telling him “Uncha bola karo, aap CM ke husband ho”, I absolutely loved the growth of her character.

The background score composed by Sachin-Jigar lifts the film really well. ‘Macha Macha Re’ by Mika Singh will force you to shake a leg whereas ‘Thaan Liya’ will remind you of ‘Ek Zindagi’ from ‘Angreji Medium’. The cinematography by Kabir Tejpal is decent enough for a film to be shot in a real life jail and the editing by A. Sreekar Prasad is on point to keep the viewers engaged.

I have often wondered how so many politicians who lack even minimal educational qualifications run the whole country which includes their authority and hierarchy above highly qualified government officers. And for this, one has to give it to Tushar Jalota for taking up a very inspiring subject like this. Even if it doesn’t lead to things changing overnight, it certainly has started a conversation that can make way for some positive changes sooner or later.

The first half of the film is quite entertaining, filled with a lot of hilarious moments whereas the second half tries to be a little too preachy and in that you might lose some interest. Everything considered, ‘Dasvi’ isn’t some masterpiece or once in a lifetime kind of film. The storyline is quite plain and simple and gets predictable to an extent after the first half. But you can definitely count on it as a good one time watch with the family.

‘Dasvi’ is now streaming on Netflix and Jio Cinema!


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