Daayen Ya Baayen Review
A couple of weeks back we saw a comic Do Dooni Chaar, which was about a middle class school teacher and his family and their wish to buy a car. This time around it's another school teacher, much poorer but luckier than the one in the aforementioned film. Daayen Ya Baayen is about a village school teacher who wins a car in a lottery. And though he receives the car he has no clue what to do with it!
Please bear there are no resemblance between the two movies apart from the fact that the protagonists are school teacher. While Do Dooni Chaar had a sweet story, Daayen Ya Baayen is a classic comedy too.
Ramesh (Deepak Dobriyal) chucks his dreams on making it big in filmdom in Mumbai to return to his village. As he does that he is filled with enthusiasm and belief that he is meant to change things for better in his village. He takes up teaching. Though he has his vision he is ridiculed by others around him. Things change drastically when he receives a cool red car after winning a TV contest. Though he becomes a hero in his neighbourhood he attracts enough issues too. First of all, he does not know what to do with the car. Nor does he have the money to run and maintain and neither does the village have infrastructure to drive the car safely. Add to it envious acquaintances. And then he loses the car!
What's pleasing about Daayen Ya Baayen is its very original and rooted in Indian countryside storyline. And as the story flows the director manages to bring to life so many aspects of rural life that it makes Daayan Ya Baayen very real and entertaining. The dialogues work brilliantly with the characters. Technically the film is not flashy and there is no need for it to be either. The cinematography and editing suit the story and its settings.
Talking about drawbacks, though the film is just 110 minutes long at times it seems longer; especially the first half which is dedicated to establish the characters rather than the story going forward.
But then the performances by the lead character and motley of other characters shine enough for you to overlook the slight issues. Deepak Dobriyal indeed sparkles in his first film as a lead actor.
Daayen Ya Baayen is however not about any actor. It is a delightful story - something you would not like to give a miss in these times when every movie seems to be a copy of some other international film. Kudos to director Bela Nagi making this film, and also to producer Sunil Doshi for continuing his efforts to bring out such small yet fresh films!
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