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Dvand The Internal Conflict Review: The Sanjay Mishra starrer film is Othello retold in desi style

The story line sets out to showcase the internal conflict of human beings with the accent on jealousy through the popular play ‘Othello’.



Dvand - The Internal Conflict


Producer- Rohandeep Singh and Vikas Vasishta

Director: Ishtiyak Khan

Cast- Sanjay Mishra, Ishtiyak Khan, Ipshita Chakraborty, Vikram Kochhar, Tina Bhatia, Mohammad Faiz, Vishwanath Chaterjee and Ashish Shukla

Platform of Release- Theatrical


By Jyothi Venkatesh

Dvand is inspired by director Vishal Bhardwaj’s ‘Omkara’ as the film opens with a crucial scene from it in the outskirts of a remote village on the video cassette. Humour and adventure is something new that Ishtiyak has ably brought in Dvand based on Shakespeare’s Othello which is presumed to be a serious play. The story line sets out to showcase the internal conflict of human beings with the accent on jealousy through the popular play ‘Othello’.

The intriguing story line is the story of how rejection leads a man to seek revenge on the person who rejects him and shows distinctly how the feeling of jealousy slowly seeps into a villager Bhola (Ishtiyak Khan). What happens to his relationship with his wife and all the other participants of this play, who finally decide to throw theatre director Guruji (Sanjay Mishra) out of the small village does form the crux of the story.

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Ishtiyak Khan has penned a story which is meant for a stage-play rather than a full-fledged feature film, though his screenplay is not engaging enough because it seems to be too convenient. Even his dialogues are just about okay.

As far as the performances are concerned, Ishtiyak Khan does a fair job as Bhola, while Sanjay Mishra plays Guruji with effortless ease and conviction. Vikram Kochhar is alright as tea vendor-cum-actor Chandan, while Ipshita is okay as Naini. Vishwanath Chatterjee lends reasonable support in the role of Bhaiyaji. Tina Bhatia’s performance in the role of Raziya is decent. Faiz Khan is effective as Raziya’s husband, though halfway through his character has been conveniently kept out of the screenplay and brought out only in the climax without his sting.

On the whole, the film which lacks production values may prove to be a nonstarter at the box office because it lacks drama and what’s more there is Hardly any major twist or for that matter turn