Routine gangster drama with intriguing bits
What is the movie about?
As the title suggests, D Company is about the rise of the underworld company by name led by Dawood Ibrahim (Ashwat Kanth). The film focuses on his rise in ranks among Mumbai’s many goons. What his personal life looks like and his background is explored.
How is Ashwat Kanth performing?
Ram Gopal Varma has an uncanny ability to choose actors who are close to the roles they cast. It is more the case when the film is a real figure. It is no different with D Company, where Ashwat Kanth plays the lead role.
Ashwat Kanth looks good and fits a typical Ram Gopal Varma hero perfectly. It has the silent breeding quality and looks intensely long. Whenever the situation gets aggressive, it switches mode and is loud. We see the same quality in many protagonists created by the misfit, and Ashwat Kanth also falls under the same bracket. He’s doing well, and that’s all that matters here.
Directed by Ram Gopal Varma?
D Company is the new presentation of Ram Gopal Varma. It’s another gangster movie of his. This time, however, the focus is on Dawood Ibrahim.
First of all, there is nothing new in D Company. We have seen similar stories before and also made by RGV. The only significant difference then and now is taking fictional names from then and using real names now.
The small ‘change’ does make some difference at first. An additional intrigue regarding a character and his action is felt when we know who he is in real life. The result is sometimes almost a documentary. RGV’s background voice contributes to that impact.
From the beginning, the unknown trivia related to the main characters managed to attract attention. It is usually because of the voice-over and how it is told by RGV with deadpan humor (in parts).
The actual movie and the making are not that exciting. Instead, they come across as routine content seen in gangster movies. It has to be because they are inspired by real life, and this is a biopic of real character types.
In typical RGV style you have a neat mix of clean visuals, a propulsive (and loud) background score and a lot of blood splashing across the screen with implicit violence.
Another thing not to be missed is the way Ram Gopal Varma manages to establish Godfather connection with his gangster (or mighty people) subjects. From Gaayam to Sarkar to Rann to Rakta Charitra, D Company RGV finds a way to bring elements of the legendary film into its work.
After all the drama, D Company ends in a way that makes it look like an original movie. So we have a movie where Dawood finally comes out as a great force. But he still hasn’t become the legend we know or established his empire. It’s all covered in the next chapter.
Overall, if you’re into gangster drama, D Company doesn’t offer anything new in regards to the story. The real-life connection with some background details creates some intrigue, and that’s it. Check it out if you’re a diehard fan of the genre and director; otherwise stay away.
Rudra Kanth and others?
There are too many characters in the story. And they have very few moments to impress and leave an impression. Some show the sparks as the role of Dawood’s older brother; Sabir Khan written by Rudra Kanth. He dominates proceedings for a more important part of the story before Ashwat Kanth takes over.
Rocky Mahajan and the rest are okay with their b-movie avatars. They all fit in well with the overall story. The ladies Naina Ganguly and Irra Mor have little to offer in acting, even though their characters give a twist to the story.
Music and other departments?
Paul Praveen’s music is okay. It offers few high moments, but generally lacks remarkable quality to make it stand out and register. It feels like a generic sound. V Malharbhatt Joshi’s cinematography is ordinary, which has long been the case in RGV movies. However, the images are clean, which makes D Company look reasonable (to watch) on the small screen. The editing by Pratap Kumar Sanga is ok. However, the writing is sub-par. The conversations seem so shallow and weak.
Use of real names
Drags and repeats in parts
Less voiceover and the same content cinematic narration in a way that RGV did years ago would have made D Company much better than its current form.
Did I enjoy it?
No, except for a few parts
Will you recommend it?
Routine gangster drama with intriguing bits
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