First publised on 2022-04-09 11:42:11
Although Ganga Ram Choudhary (Abhishek Bachchan), the chief minister of Harit Pradesh (modeled after Haryana) jailed after his name crops up in a scam, manages to both pass the exam of dasvi and win the elections, the film Dasvi (streaming on Netflix) fails at all levels despite Bachchan trying his best. It starts as a political satire but very soon loses the plot.
Before going to jail, Choudhary ensures that in his absence his wife Bimladevi (Nimrat Kaur) will become the chief minister. The visuals then are strikingly similar to the ones shown in the OTT serial Maharani. In jail, Choudhary is called "jahil, ganwaar" by the tough superintendent Jyoti Deswal (Yami Gautam) and he vows that he will pass Class 10 boards or will never be chief minister again. Meanwhile, Bimladevi takes a liking to the chair and schemes to keep Choudhary in jail. But he gets out and raises the issue of education to win the election and in a twist, takes over the education portfolio, making a younger party leader the CM.
The film tries to send a social message through comedy but the proceedings do not seem believable. Yet, the acting is consistently good. Abhishek is magnificent as Ganga Ram, the Jat politician who never bends. Nimrat Kaur as his wife is hilarious and Yami Gautam as the tough cop out to reform a allegedly corrupt politician is excellent. The other actors also fit in. There are references to Lage Raho Munnabhai as Choudhary encounters the spirits of freedom fighters when studying history and Tare Jameen Par when he tries to fake dyslexia as he finds Hindi tough. Overall, the film fails to impress despite some genuinely funny and heartwarming moments because of a poor script.