‘D Company’ started streaming on Spark OTT from today. In this segment, we will be reviewing the RGV-directed OTT release.
The film is set in the Bombay of early 1980s. Those were the days when Dawood Ibrahim’s gang was yet to become a synonym for the underworld. The likes of Haji Masthan and Kareem Lalla were ruling the roost. The years also saw the likes of Samad Khan and Alamzeb testing the waters. When a catastrophe hits Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar (Ashwat Kanth), he decides to show his rivals their place.
For a film based on the early years of Dawood’s rise, Ashwat Kanth is not the centre of attraction for the most part. Director Ram Gopal Varma lets other characters not only breathe but also have a lion’s share in the scheme of things. The performances are absurdly routine and there is a strong scent of low-end Bollywood flick everywhere.
Apsara Rani, Naina Ganguly and Irra Mor are the only familiar scenes in the film, with the last one of these giving a semblance of a performance.
Paul Praveen is reduced to delivering stock background music. V Malharbhatt Joshi’s cinematography is hilariously dull. Most of the shots are typical RGV. The rest are ultra-RGV. Nothing much can be said about the other departments either.
The film is about the “scariest” gang in the world. But the way RGV tells the story, the film could be the scariest possible take on the so-called scariest gang. The characters are cardboard ones with no life. Even when they are mouthing lines, they come across as props.
RGV’s obsession with his kind of camera angles aside, he is not yet done with staging small gang wars and duels in an outdated fashion. These are the days when the likes of Amazon Prime and Netflix are telling new-age stories every few months. Or at least trying to. And RGV is dumping his low-quality products on OTT/ATT platforms that charge more than giants like Prime and Hotstar for utterly pathetic content.
A good portion of ‘D Company’ is verbally narrated by RGV, who doesn’t think twice before threatening the audience with one more edition of ‘D Company’. The film is set 40 years ago, but we never get any sense of the time.
In his early gangster flicks, RGV made an effort to explore the backdrops. In ‘D Company’, whose story is partly set in Dongri, the visuals are hardly rooted. The conversations are generic and the banter between gang members cries for imagination.
After a point, we lose track of the man whose story the film was supposed to be. Dawood Ibrahim doesn’t quite get to the point because RGV has other plans.
The film, at about 90 minutes, is a frivolous and unemotional telling of gang wars. Avoid it!