Actor Satish Kaushik’s massive bare body – with a belly of colossal proportions – dunked in a mud-bath, is one of many horrific-hilarious moments in this socio-political satire that’s inspired by a true incident. Here’s how the tamasha unfolds. A taangewala (he’s Hamid for Muslims and Kishen for Hindus) is killed when a life-sized cut-out of a neta accidentally falls on him. Suddenly, from an ignominious nobody he turns into a sought-after dead body. The Hindus insist he should be cremated, the Muslims want him buried. Court demands proof of birth, death, marriage, even circumcision. Alas, there’s none!
Slogans like “Nahin bangle, nahin gaadi, humko de do Kishan ki body”, hilariously heighten the fanaticism amidst aam junta. There’s also an opportunistic heavyweight newspaper publisher Mutthaseth (Kaushik), the Editor, Kulkarni, burying the real stories (and his journalism ethics) for shallow sensation and a parody of other curious characters in this satirical dramedy.
From the director of the National Award winner ‘Gandhi, My Father’ and highly acclaimed play ‘Tumhari Amrita’, ‘DTD’ is disturbing, thought-provoking and humorously tragic. It deals with our society’s paradoxical concepts of religious identity and humanity. It dramatically reflects our nation’s mindless beliefs in political propaganda without a perspective and media’s often misplaced priorities. There are intelligently written scenes (courtroom debate), some brilliant dialogues and good performances (Kaushik, Azmi, Yadav).
However, the film often rolls out like a play or a social commentary with staged events (often over-stretched) that result in an abrupt narrative. The stark portrayal of bare-faced reality (devoid of background music) with a cast of commoners – gives it a docu-drama flavour. ‘DTD’ is ‘grave’ alright, but offers hilarity in decent doses.
This one is a postmortem on all the corpses that haunt the common man. And we don’t have to dig too deep for that, do we?
The religious identity of a poor, dead man fuels wildfire debates, political powwows, communal commotion and curfew in a village – famed for its inflammable religious sensitivity.
The Times of India