David (2013 Tamil film)

David is a 2013 Indian Tamil-language crime action film directed by Bejoy Nambiar, starring Vikram and Jiiva in the title roles, alongside Tabu, Lara Dutta, Isha Sharvani and Nassar. An altered version with the same title David featuring a slightly different cast was simultaneously shot in Hindi.[1] The plot revolves around the lives of two different men named David, who are about to take a step which is going to change their lives forever. The film was released worldwide on 1 February 2013 to positive reviews but did not perform well at the box office. Scenes involving Vikram and Tabu were dubbed from the Hindi version.[2]

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byBejoy Nambiar
Written byDialogues:
Bejoy Nambiar
G. Mani Gandan
Screenplay byBejoy Nambiar
Natasha Sahgal
Story byBejoy Nambiar
Produced byBejoy Nambiar
Sharada Trilok
Lara Dutta
Isha Sharvani
CinematographyR. Rathnavelu
P. S. Vinod
Edited byA. Sreekar Prasad
Music byMikey McCleary
Remo Fernandes
Anirudh Ravichander
Prashant Pillai
Modern Mafia
Dub Sharma
Distributed byReliance Entertainment
Release date
  • 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01)
Running time
118 minutes


The story is about two Davids living in different parts of India whose lives eventually come together in a twist of events.

Mumbai, 1999: 19-year-old David (Jiiva) is an amateur guitarist born into a family of lower-middle class Christians in a poor colony in Mumbai. He is a happy go lucky teenager who dreams of becoming a professional musician and sending his sister, Susannah (Sheetal Menon) off to Dubai to pursue her dreams. Their father, Noel (Nassar), a Protestant priest rallies the locals to do charity work for those in need. A Hindu fanatic politician, Malati Tai (Rohini Hattangadi), finds out about this and makes it appear as if David's father is converting poor people to Christianity in return for money. She attacks David's colony with the help of gangsters and humiliates Noel by blackening his face in front of the media. Traumatized by this, the priest starts to lose his mind. An angry David is then easily persuaded by a political activist to assassinate Malati at a rally to seek vengeance. However, when David tries to kill Malati by a knife, the political activist shouts by David's name and shoots Malati by a Pistol, and bullet attacks her.

Goa, 2010: 30-year-old David (Vikram) is an alcoholic fisherman living in the small fishing village of Betul in Goa. He falls in love with the deaf and mute Roma (Isha Sharvani) – the only hitch is that she is engaged to be married to his best friend Peter (Nishan Nanaiah) in 10 days. When he finds out Peter does not really love her but is only marrying her for her wealthy father's boat which he will receive as dowry, David is coaxed by his friend, Frenny (Tabu) to stop the wedding. However, David comes to realise that his intentions might not be sincere as both his mother and the priest who tries to help him stop the wedding become involved in separate accidents and are hospitalized. On the day of the wedding, David plans to profess his love for Roma until Peter reveals that he actually sincerely loves her and was only lying that he was marrying her for the dowry out of fear he would be teased. David decides not to stop the wedding.

Gradually, it is revealed that both Davids are connected somehow in the turn of events. Witnessing the Malati's attempted assassination makes the Mumbai David realise what he almost became had he been the one to do the assassination. He then moves to Goa and becomes a priest like his father. In 2010, he is the priest that marries off Peter to Roma. Realising that the Goan David would have spoken out against the wedding, he praises the Goan David for not doing so after the ceremony.




Bejoy Nambiar announced in December 2011 that he would make a Hindi film titled David, a gangster-comedy, and signed on Vikram to play a protagonist in the film. The pair had previously worked together in Mani Ratnam's Raavan and Raavanan, in which Nambiar had been an assistant director.[3] Sanjeev Lamba of Reliance, the film's producer, then noted that the film had undergone changes and would be made a bilingual in Tamil and Hindi, with a third dubbed version in Telugu. In January 2012, the producers signed Tabu and Isha Sharvani to play lead female roles in the film, with reports that Isha would be paired opposite Vikram.[4] In April 2012, Jiiva confirmed that he joined the film to appear as the second protagonist, announcing that Vikram would be a part of both versions.[5] Jiiva would be playing a rock band star in the film who hails from Bandra, Mumbai.[6]

The Tamil version would simultaneously show tracks of two people named David with Vikram's storytaking place in Goa, while Jiiva's portion happens in Mumbai. A third story, featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh that was shot for the Hindi version, was planned to be retained for the Tamil version as well, but was eventually scrapped.[7]


Scenes involving vijay were filmed out first and were canned in locations which were meant to show a Goan backdrop. The team thus shot scenes featuring Vikram and Isha Sharvani there in late February 2012, before moving to Kuttanad.[8] Mangalore beach was designed to replicate the beaches of Goa and a song featuring Remo Fernandes was also shot in February.[9] Ratnavelu revealed that scenes were also canned in Kapu, Karnataka disguising Goa and that Vikram finished his portions for the film by March 2012.[10] Nishan, a Mumbai-based actor who had appeared in Malayalam language films, was also selected to play a role in the segment,[11] while actress Rubi Chakravarti was also roped in to play Vikram's mother in the film after Bejoy Nambiar approached for a role written with her in mind.[12] Prahlad Kakkar, a noted ad-maker, was convinced by Nambiar to make his debut in film by appearing in the role of a priest and consequently shot his scenes in Mangalore.[13]

The scenes of the character playing a musician Jiiva, was the second segment to be shot with Sejal Shah roped in as cinematographer. Lara Dutta plays an extended cameo role as a mother, whose child is tutored by Jiiva's character. Singer Shweta Pandit also shot for the film in both languages making her debut as an actress, while Nassar was roped in to appear in the Tamil version of the film.[14] Manish Jha, director of the 2003 film Matrubhoomi, was signed on to act in another pivotal role in the segment with Nambiar noting "he was physically perfect for the part". Actor-director Satish Kaushik also shot for this portion of the film, portraying one of David's neighbours.[15]


Bejoy Nambiar planned an innovative strategy to release the first look of the film on sites such as Twitter and YouTube.[16] The trailer of both versions were received very positively all over.


Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released21 December 2012
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Reliance Big Music
ProducerBejoy Nambiar
Prashant Pillai
Singles from David
  1. "Kanave Kanave"
    Released: 7 December 2012

David's ensemble soundtrack comprises nine tracks by various artists which consists of Bramfatura, Anirudh Ravichander, Maatibaani and Modern Mafia composing each one song, while Prashant Pillai and Remo Fernandes contributing two tracks each, and a remix version by Dub Sharma. The track "Kanave Kanave" which was released as the film's first single on 7 December 2012, sung and composed by Anirudh Ravichander, became popular among its release, and listed on Top 10 Songs in major music charts.[17] The full album was released on 21 December 2012, at a launch event held at the renovated Rani Seethai Hall, in attendance of the film cast and crew. The film's audio CD was launched at the event.[18]

1."Vaazhkaye" (The Theme of David)Mohan RajanBramfaturaSiddharth Basrur3:59
2."Maria Pitache"V. Elango, Remo FernandesRemo FernandesVikram, Remo Fernandes3:46
3."Kanave Kanave"Mohan RajanAnirudh RavichanderAnirudh Ravichander4:44
4."Mannamey"Mohan RajanPrashant Pillai, Tao IssaroKarthik3:14
5."Iruvanil Ullavavaa"YugabharathiPrashant PillaiNaresh Iyer, Shweta Pandit3:32
6."Theerathu Poga Poga Vaanam"Mohan Rajan, JoyshantiMaatibaaniNirali Kartik, Joyshanti4:05
7."Machi"Mohan RajanModern MafiaSanjeev Thomas2:41
8."Light House Symphony"Mohan Rajan, Remo FernandesRemo FernandesInstrumental4:33
9."Mannamey" (Dub Step Version)Remo FernandesPrashant Pillai, Remixed by Dub SharmaKarthik3:32

Musicperk.com rated the album 8/10 quoting "A trendsetting killer soundtrack!"[19] Haricharan Pudipeddi from Nowrunning.com gave 3.5 out of 5 and said "One thing common between any A. R. Rahman's soundtrack and this album is that it takes time for the listener to understand and appreciate the music. It's very unlikely that one may like it instantly"[20] IBNLive said that "the soundtrack boasts of trendsetting music"[21] Behindwoods rated 3.5 stars out of 5 by saying "David isn't just a great soundtrack, it's destined to be a trend-setter."[22] NDTV Movies, rated the soundtrack 3 out of 5, with the song "Kanave Kanave" as their pick of the album.[23] Indiaglitz rated the album 3/5, stating "David is a very different album. In fact, different is an understatement. When there are different composers bringing different styles of music to the album, and you are in for quite a ride when you listen to them one after the other. Passing judgement on this, however, is highly difficult. Let's leave it to the people to decide things themselves."[24] MusicAloud rated the album 8/10, stating "There is no doubting Bejoy Nambiar's exquisite sense of music. To do that with as many as nine different composers is quite a feat! Respect."[25] Milliblog reviewed the soundtrack as "David soundtrack is mighty unconventional for a Tamil film. But where it loses out lyrically, it makes up in audacity and sheer diversity, delivering a vibrant pastiche!"[26]


Professional reviews
Review scores
Source Rating

David received positive to mixed reviews from critics. Kirthi Jeyakumar of Rediff.com gave 4 out of 5 stars, and stated "The characters themselves are realistic, and believable. Their emotional struggles and their reactions to the world around them are pictures painted with vibrant shades, rather than the disturbed and dark protagonist that one is wont to consider them to be. Thinking out of the box can sure get one ahead, and Nambiar has proved his prowess with elan."[27] Critic Shanmugan of OneIndia quoted "Director Bejoy Nambiar has brilliantly come out with two distinct characters" and adding their verdict as "David is a worth watching film." and gave the movie a rating of 3.5/5.[28] Subha J Rao of The Hindu stated "Watch if you love a film that is not packed with action. This one flows by languidly, chronicling inner journeys."[29] Indiaglitz rated the movie 3.25/5 by saying "David is twin story induced in a single film with all elements making it a worthy watch."[30] tikkview.com gives 3.2/5.0 and their review says that "Overall David comeup with a two good stories. Main draw back of David is its too slow and weak script."[31] Bharatstudent.com reviewed "Overall, this is a film could have been a lot better had the sequences been proper.", "Technically well made and an interesting plot, can be watched" and gave 3/5.[32] Emirates247 criticized the movie for the dubbed feeling, but added "Despite its many downfalls and a rather unbefitting end, ‘David’ is a brave movie that must be endorsed."[33] Behindwoods review team noted the film was "A different attempt, backed by some good performances by lead actors, but ends up lacking nativity and pace" and gave it 2.5/5.[2]

See alsoEdit


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  2. ^ a b "David Movie Review". Behindwoods. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Vikam's second Bollywood film". The Times of India. 26 December 2011. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
  4. ^ "Tabu and Isha in Vikram's next?". The Times of India. 7 January 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
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  6. ^ Manigandan, K. R. (29 April 2012). "Shot Cuts: Helping heart". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
  7. ^ "David: Neil knocked out of Tamil version". The Times of India. 14 December 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  8. ^ "Director Bejoy advances shoot in Kerala?". The Times of India. 27 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Remo rues lack of civic awareness". The Times of India. 19 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
  10. ^ Manigandan, K. R. (10 March 2012). "The three faces of David". The Hindu. Chennai, India. Archived from the original on 12 September 2012.
  11. ^ "Nishan to debut in Bollywood". The Times of India. 6 April 2012. Archived from the original on 15 June 2013.
  12. ^ "Rubi Chakravarti to play Vikram's mother in Bejoy Nambiar's David". DNA. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  13. ^ "Prahlad Kakkar becomes an actor". The Times of India. 10 February 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
  14. ^ "Singer Shweta Pandit turns actress". The Times of India. 7 July 2012. Archived from the original on 19 December 2013.
  15. ^ "Satish Kaushik in Bejoy Nambiar's David". BollywoodHungama.com. 10 July 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  16. ^ "No theatrical trailer for Bejoy's next film David". Hindustan Times. 12 December 2012. Archived from the original on 13 December 2012.
  17. ^ "David Kanave Kanave David, Vikram, Jiiva". www.behindwoods.com. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  18. ^ "Vikram's 'David' audio launch today - Times of India". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  19. ^ "David | Musicperk". Musicperk. 17 January 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  20. ^ "David Music Review". Nowrunning.com. 14 January 2013.
  21. ^ "'David' Tamil Music Review: The soundtrack boasts of trendsetting music". IBNLive. 15 January 2013. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013.
  22. ^ "DAVID SONGS REVIEW". Behindwoods. 3 January 2013.
  23. ^ "Music review: David - NDTV Movies". NDTVMovies.com. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  24. ^ "David Music review songs lyrics". IndiaGlitz.com. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  25. ^ "David – Music Review (Hindi/Tamil Movie Soundtrack)". Music Aloud. 12 January 2013. Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  26. ^ "David (Music review), Tamil – Prasanth Pillai, Bramfatura, Remo Fernandes, Anirudh Ravichander, Maatibaani & Modern Mafia by Milliblog!". Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  27. ^ "Review: David is a masterpiece". Rediff. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  28. ^ Shanmugan (15 March 2013). "David – Tamil Movie Review". Oneindia. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  29. ^ Subha j rao (2 February 2013). "David: When the twain meet". The Hindu. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  30. ^ "David Tamil Movie Review". Indiaglitz. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  31. ^ "David (Tamil) - tikkview.com| Find what you like". tikkview.com. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  32. ^ "David Movie Review". Bharatstudent.com. 1 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.
  33. ^ "Movie Review: Vikram gives 'David' a menacing twist". Emirates 24/7. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 17 June 2013.

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