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DASVIDANIYA: time to pause and explore the wonder called 'life'

Enkayaar, Bollywood Trade News Network
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In one of the milestone films of Hindi cinema MUQUADDAR KA SIKANDER, there is a very famous dialogue, which implores upon Amitabh Bachchan to celebrate death and laugh at it, instead of crying about departing of a soul. After a long time the ability to laugh at the impeding death, and being able to see the life in a new light seems to be brought into relief with DASVIDANIYA.

With such a theme, no wonder, the actor of BHEJA FRY fame, who gave a new interpretation to dry humour, Vinay Pathak has taken the cudgels to produce the film himself. The trigger to do so seems to have arisen from the content of the subject, to rediscover life, in view of the impeding death, whose date has been ordained by a clinical analysis done by a doctor.

In our day-to-day struggle to eke out the living, the struggle itself is so surmounting, that we tend to even forget the existentialist dilemma that life presents to us, more so in the metropolitan cities. The dilemma of existentialism then is grappled with by the inane habits or idiosyncrasies that become a part of daily life. So, we can have the ritual of drawing a "to-do" list on a daily basis kept in our pockets, and most of us do it. But caught, as we are in the processes of the day, that list comes back unopened, to be replaced by a new list the next day.

It is this angst, which DASVIDANIYA tries to contextualize. DASVIDANIYA, is a Russian word for good-bye which was introduced to the Indian audience for the first time in Raj Kapoor's MERA NAAM JOKER and it does not connote normal goodbye, but it is a goodbye of hope, hope to meet again, as it is in Bengali where when people depart they use the word "ashi", i.e. I would come back and meet you.

DASVIDANIYA is also a hope, hope of meeting again those with whom we have spent our life in a new birth, of being able to fulfill our desires, of the longings before bidding this world adieu. It is more of a reality check for us, to stop and pause, and view the life.

Cinema after all is the medium that should be able to facilitate a reality check for the viewers, and DASVIDANIYA should be one more step in this direction with affirmation.

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