Parents' Guide to

Dasvi

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Man learns to be a better leader in prison; language.

Movie NR 2022 125 minutes
Dasvi

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age 8+

Based on 1 parent review

age 8+

Very Creative fun to watch movie with great script and amazing actors.

Presenting this kind of story line and message in such a light funny and creative way is not easy. To make this kind of new and fresh movie without using typical masala is part art part skill. Audience is occupied throughout with great actors, witty dialogues and amazing actors and characters. The movie doesn’t reflect the real india but it does portray how a political war can remain elegant and honest. It’s very easy to make movies with nudity, mellodrama, violence and make a hit movie. But, it is extremely difficult to do the justice without using any of those traits. Hatsoff to the team for making such a beautiful movie. I’d request audience to appreciate what the team has done here.

Is It Any Good?

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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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