David (2013)

 ●  Hindi ● 2 hrs 35 mins

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The story revolves around the lives of three Davids in three different parts of the world in three different eras. London, 1975: 30-year-old David (Neil Nitin Mukesh) works for Iqbal Ghani, a dreaded Mafia don who controls the entire Asian community. He is a protege who is poised to take over the empire until a revelation which changes the course of his future. Mumbai, 1999: 19-year-old David (Vinay Virmani) is a musician born into a family of devout Christians. A happy go lucky teenager who loses all semblance of his peaceful existence when his family gets dragged into a political issue. Goa, 2010: 30-year-old David (Vikram) is a 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 in 10 days. Gradually, it is revealed that all three Davids are connected somehow in the turn of events. The movie ends with a subtle note with a step towards humanity and self-realization.
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as Frenny
as David
Special Appearance
Special Appearance
as RAW agent
as Ghani
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
as Roma
as Ranade Bhai
as Neelam
Supporting Actor
Supporting Actor
as Noor
as Father Noyal
as David/Iqbal
as Boxer
as Peter
as Father Albert
Supporting Actress
Supporting Actor
as David's Neighbour
as David's Late Father
as Susie
as Alice
as David






Story Writer
Screenplay Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Digital Imaging Technician


Sound Designer
Sound Mixer
Sound Editor


Production Designer


Casting Director



Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer



Visual Effects

Visual Effects Supervisor
Digital Compositor
Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Red Epic
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1
Archival Source:
QubeVault (Real Image Media Technologies) [Digital]
Music Label: T-Series
Music Director: Bramfatura
Lyricist: Ankur Tewari
Playback Singer: Siddharth Basrur
Music Director: Mikey McCleary
Playback Singer: Rekha Bhardwaj
Music Director: Remo Fernandes
Playback Singer: Remo Fernandes
Music Director: Prashant Pillai
Lyricist: Gopal Datt
Playback Singer: Naresh Iyer, Shweta Pandit
Lyricist: Ankur Tewari
Playback Singer: Karthik
Music Director: Anirudh Ravichander
Lyricist: AM Turaz
Music Director: Prashant Pillai
Playback Singer: Karthik
Music Director: Mikey McCleary
Playback Singer: Lucky Ali
Playback Singer: Saurabh Roy
Music Director: Prashant Pillai
Playback Singer: Karthik
Three lives three destinies one name.
Factual Mistake
The Ghani family is shown to be belonging to the Shi'ite stream of Islam. When the scion of the Ghani clan, Jahanzeb, is getting married to Noor, the Imam is reciting Su'rah Fateha. When the recital concludes, all the people present say "Ameen" in unison. However, in the Shi'ite stream, the conclusion of Su'rah Fateha elicits the response of "Alhamdulillahi Rab-il-Aalaameen" and not "Ameen".
The soundtrack album was released on 11 January 2013.

One of the tracks would be a new version of the famous traditional Qawwali number "Dama Dam Mast Qalandar".

Tamil film composer Anirudh Ravichander of "Why This Kolaveri Di" fame, also contributed one song, making his Bollywood debut.

The soundtrack of David consists of 15 tracks composed by eight various artists, including Prashant Pillai and Mikey McCleary, who had worked on Nambiar's "Shaitan", too, and independent bands Bramfatura, Maatibaani and Modern Mafia.

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

"David" is the first movie where two subtitlists worked on a film. The original subtitles were done by someone in North India whose subtitle quality was mediocre. Director Bejoy Nambiar was dissatisfied with the subtitles asked Rekhs, a renown subtitlist to redo the subtitles from scratch. However as the release date was approaching, the producer 'Reliance Entertainment' had printed on the original version of the subtitles on all the prints to be sent to other countries. Rekhs, subtitles were only used imprinted onto 7 prints that were sent to Malaysia.

The entire portion of the character "David", played by Vikram was shot in Hindi and dubbed into Tamil, even though he is a Tamil actor.

Director Bejoy Nambiar opted for 'Live Sound Sync' for many scenes to maintain the realism in many scenes. This was a challenge for the actors as they would have to remember the dialogues because the whole scene would have to be re- shot if they made a mistake. However in the Tamil version, Vikram's portion was not 'live sound' and was just dubbed.

Neil Nitin Mukesh was asked to sport a complete retro-gangster look, and grow a hefty moustache for his role in the film. Neil's portions in the film would be shot in London. Canadian-Indian actor Vinay Virmani would play the third character called "David" in the film. 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.

Vikram's scenes in Goa were actually shot in Kerala and Mangalore.

Three cinematographer, R Rathnavelu, PS Vinod and Sanu Varghese were recruited to shoot the respective segments. Sanjeev Lamba of Reliance, the film's producer, noted that the film had undergone changes and would be made a bilingual in Hindi and Tamil, with a third dubbed version in Telugu. Reports during the time also hinted that Shahrukh Khan would be recruited for a character but this proved to be untrue.

Vivek Oberoi was also recruited to play a titular character in the film. However Oberoi opted out of the project after finding out that the film would be a bilingual, and the team considered Farhan Akhtar before replacing him with Neil Nitin Mukesh.

It was revealed that the film would simultaneously show tracks of three people named "David": Vikram's story takes place in Goa, while the two other stories happen in Mumbai and London and that they occur at different periods.

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.
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Bilingual of: David (Tamil)