Dasvidaniya (2008)

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Director Shashant Shah’s movie Dasvidaniya is a slow but heart-wrenching tale of a 37-year-old man who has few months left to live and sets out to live it to the fullest before he says his final goodbye.The movie, though not based on a novel premise, works because of actor Vinay Pathak’s emphatic performance as a dying man with an ironic name Amar, and because of the finely etched-out characters in the story.

Cast: Vinay Pathak, Neha Dhupia, Rajat Kapoor

It also works because the protagonist Amar Kaul is a simple, submissive man who learns to live fully only when death stares at him in face.It’s a character that you empathize and sympathize with.It’s a character you laugh and weep with.That precisely is what keeps you hooked to the screen even when the movie hits a few bumps and begins to drag in the second half.Amar (Vinay Pathak) is a meek and unambitious man working for a bullying boss ( Saurabh Shukla ) and living with a mother (Sarita Joshi) who’s hard of hearing.

Amar lives a dull, mundane existence.His life changes after he finds out that he has only three months left to live.Thereafter, the simpleton draws a list of things to do before he dies.Faced with death, Amar discovers life anew and transforms from a subdued and repressed person to a man who steps out to embrace and explore life and fulfill all his desires, which include taking on his snooty boss, expressing his unspoken love to his childhood sweetheart ( Neha Dhupia ), buying a colourful car, learning to play the guitar, traveling abroad, sleeping with a Russian chick, and mending a few family ties.

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