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K. R. MANIGANDAN
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Interview Filmmaker Bejoy Nambiar of Shaitan fame gets talking about his forthcoming film David

Behind the scenes Bejoy Nambiar (extreme left) with cinematographer Randy, actors Vikram and Tabu on the set of David
Behind the scenes Bejoy Nambiar (extreme left) with cinematographer Randy, actors Vikram and Tabu on the set of David

Bejoy Nambiar looks exhausted as well as excited. That’s understandable because the filmmaker is on the verge of completing David, a bilingual in Hindi and Tamil.

Talking about the film, Bejoy, who made his Bollywood debut with Shaitan last year, says, “ David is about two characters (called Davids) in two different periods and in two different cities. While the Tamil film has two narratives, the Hindi version has three in all. Vikram and Jiiva play the lead in Tamil, while Neil Nitin Mukesh, Vikram and Vinay Virmani of Speedy Singh fame play the lead in Hindi. As for the ladies, the Tamil film features Esha Sharvani, Tabu, Sheetal Menon and Lara Dutta (in a special appearance).”

Just as we wonder whether the Hindi and Tamil versions of David are one and the same, Bejoy says, “No, they are two separate films.

Audiences who have watched the Hindi version can still watch the Tamil version and find it interesting and vice versa. Though the two versions have some elements in common, they have been tweaked to suit the sensibilities of the audience in each language.” The director promises several interesting aspects in David . “The film doesn’t conform to a set pattern; yet, it is much more mainstream in its sensibility than what Shaitan was.

Two characters with the same name in two different cities in two different periods — tell me, isn’t it something new? ”

K. R. MANIGANDAN

Be it the story, music, treatment or performance, ‘David’ has something unusual to offer

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