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ANUJ KUMAR
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Wrong medium: ‘Dus Tola' could have made for interesting viewing as an hour-long tele-film.
Wrong medium: ‘Dus Tola' could have made for interesting viewing as an hour-long tele-film.

Dus Tola (Hindi)

Cast: Manoj Bajpayee, Arti Chhabria, Dilip Prabhavalkar

Director: Ajoy

What works in Malayalam need not necessarily work in Hindi. Satyan Anthikad's riotous Ponnmuttaidunna Tharavu, with brilliant performances by everyone, particularly Sreenivasan, falls flat in its Hindi avatar, Dus Tola.

Folktales make for interesting film adaptations but debutant Ajoy has gone for a literal translation of a simple short story which could have made for interesting viewing as an hourlong tele-film. But as a feature film it fails to sustain interest despite a sincere performance by Manoj Bajpayee. Manoj plays a simple goldsmith who is hopelessly in love with the girl next door (Arti Chhabria). The girl and her conniving father (Dilip Prabhavalkar) play with his emotions. She makes him gift her an expensive necklace and then marries a boy from Dubai as per her father's wishes. The problem is not with the theme, it is the simplistic nature of the screenplay and characterisation that makes it a dull exercise. A colourful priest, a constantly coughing father, a well-meaning Muslim, the one-note side characters, which had become a thing of the past suddenly, make their presence felt.

Wait for the Sunday afternoon when it makes it to television.

ANUJ KUMAR

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