What works on paper doesn't necessarily translate each time onscreen. Dam999 is a clear example of that. A film aimed to address the issue of man made disasters (read dam disasters) blending with navrasas (read 9 emotions) that govern human life, Dam999 turns out to be anything but that.
Promoted as a film shot in 3D also having two time National award winning editor Suresh Pai on board, Dam999 is nothing but a rollercoaster ride of countless characters, countless sub-plots and a stormy and edgy viewing experience.
So you have a mariner turned writer Frederic who launches a book called Dam999 based on a dam disaster he witnessed 18 months ago, his flashback love story with his now wife Razia, his hapless, handicapped sister who is forcibly married to a corrupt, mean Politician who has been fooling the people of his village for years by giving false hopes of building a dam, Shankaran, a resident of the same village who is the astrologer and Ayurveda doctor, his adopted daughter Meera, her love interest Vinay, their ill-fated love story, Vinay's foreigner wife Sandra and their diabetic son Sam!
Phew! Confusing as it sounds, the film takes you through innumerable flashbacks to reveal all of this and finally comes to the point on which the entire film was made. By then, either you are out of the theater or are drained out of your patience and snoring away to glory!
Filmmaker Sohan Roy gives a complete disregard to narration technique and overshadows his own main plot by giving weightage to sub-plots. Even on the technical front, with merely two scenes in 3D, there's nothing praiseworthy in the film. The editing is faulty and cinematography ignorable. Dialogues are hackneyed and songs burst into scenes needlessly.
Overall, Dam999 could make for an interesting watch had it just stuck to what it was supposed to be. In its present form, it's easily avoidable.
Critic: Mansha Rastogi
(1 / 5) : Poor