A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Education is a window to the world. "Don't worry about the consequences, just have a blast today."
Positive Role Models
An imperious and self-absorbed man seems to grow when he gains a high school education.
The setting is India and the cast is Indian. Diverse body types and female power are featured.
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"S--t" and "damn."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dasvi is an Indian political comedy about a commanding politician who finds himself in prison awaiting bail. In a life-changing move, he works to earn his high school diploma, hoping it will help him regain power when he gets out. Characters burst into song and dance as he learns Hindi, English, math, and science. Language includes "s--t" and "damn." In Hindi with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Cheerful and implausible, Dasvi presents a welcoming Indian prison system filled with guards and superintendents who are understanding, self-effacing, and fair rather than menacing and violent. Perhaps guards do wake VIP prisoners with cups of tea and perhaps political corruption does elicit spontaneous choreographed dancing in the streets in India.
But for all of it to work as a movie that an international public can appreciate, a more cohesive theme and a more traceable arc of character change would be required. Chaudhary constantly reminds us the "tiger does not change its spots," and we are told by him that "rules are for fools," and also that money and power are important, yet the whole point of the movie seems to be that the formerly corrupt, power-mad minister becomes a better person through mingling with prisoners and earning his high school diploma. Overall, this may rely too much on inside knowledge of Indian customs and political history for it to achieve the universal comic tone that it probably conveys to Indian audiences.
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