An impoverished village school-teacher's problems mount after winning a car.





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Credited cast:
Ramesh Majita
Manav Kaul ...
Badrul Islam ...
Bharti Bhatt ...
Hema R. Majita
Pratyush Sharma ...
Baju R. Majita (as Pratyush Doklan)
Girish Tiwari ...
School Principal (as Girish Tiwari [Girda])
Jeetendra Bisht ...
Jwar Singh (as Jitendra Bisht)
Dhanuli Devi ...
Mrs. Majita / Amma
Aarti Dhami ...
Dhananjay Shah ...
Hema's brother (as Dhananjay Sah)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Amit Aryan ...
Media Announcer
Aditi Beri ...
Meena - Hema's sister-in-law
Parvati Bisht ...
Knitting Teacher
Dinesh ...
Car Mechanic
Ram Dutt ...
Old Man with Kids


After returning from Mumbai to Kanta in Uttarakhand, Ramesh Majita, who lives a poor lifestyle with his mother; wife Hema; son Baju; and sister-in-law Deepa, takes on the job of a school-teacher in a building which is over-run by mice. He decides to canvas the village folk into building a Kala Kendra while his friend, Basant, enters his name in a draw to win a car. To their surprise, he is indeed awarded the car - making him the only one to own one in the entire village - much to the chagrin of local contractor Jwar Singh. Ramesh quickly learns how to drive - but will soon find out that he has to maintain his car - especially when it gets damaged, and a mechanic has to be called from out of town. He finds out that Basant has borrowed money to repair the car; while Jwar will ask him to drive the car at a competition to pay off the debt - to which he agrees - but changes his mind at the last moment. His car will then taken over by Jwar's goons for losses incurred, but Sundar and Basant ... Written by rAjOo (

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Comedy | Drama | Family





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29 October 2010 (India)  »

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Hills and Wheels :
1 July 2013 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Before watching, I was intrigued by the title of the movie. The first thought that came to my mind that it must be a mountain movie with a political subtext. But it wasn't. The movie turned out to be much broader than that. The prime subject of the film remain as the people of Uttarakhand, their identity, aspirations and ambitions with the obvious backdrop being the picturesque Kumaon Himalayas. A simple tale involving an object of desire, a luxury sedan in this case, is then interwoven with earthy characters sprinkled with abundant 'pahadi humor' , a rocky version of dry humor tending towards malice. Some contemporary topics are part of this tale; education, television soaps and most importantly- identity of the people and their direction in life. The movie delves into few fundamental questions. What is achieved by creating a new state? Is such transformation, where girls aspire to be named as the much married bitchy TV serial women, kids walk and talk in English without knowing what they are learning, justified ? Where migrating to a big city is still the biggest aspiration ? Men gamble with cards and get drunk by sundown. How does this new state affect the people and boost their confidence ?

Bela, hailing from Uttarakhand, knows her roots, feels the dilemma and expresses it in cinematic medium. I have observed, when a writer directs a movie, there's always a lot of attention to detail. Daayen Ya Baayen would be a treat to the observant audience, to gather the subtle nuances of the characters, the slick coordination of certain sound and visuals to create a humorous note, the framing, dialogs and at times, silent expressions.

There are quite a handful of characters, each with their own idiosyncrasies and colorful traits. One of the most important aspects on this film is that it is also made with the local people. Other than three major roles (Deepak Dobriyal, Manav Kaul and Badrul Islam), all other characters are played by local actors and artistes. Reportedly, some of them have faced a camera for the first time. Large number of school students are featured in certain scenes and as I understand, shooting were conducted without any workshop or training. Ramesh's family members, especially his little kid (Pratyush Sharma) and his wife (Aditi Beri) sourced from the region seamlessly merges with the household and domestic brouhaha. The wife, particularly in the scenes of her 'outrageous housekeeping' antics is hilariously natural.

Deepak Dobriyal is simply brilliant as the protagonist. His acting prowess probably comes from his theatrical background. Deepak is a powerful actor. In this film, his character is a sublime combination of a poetic dreamer and an ambitious visionary, but unintentionally ending up being a loser or playing the jester. He teaches his son to hand stand, as that will facilitate blood flow to the brain. He makes poetry. He learns driving. He drinks country liquor. Still, he tries to impart basic values to his students and his son. He does it with intensity. This is undoubtedly, his one of the meatiest and finest performance on screen. His character is beautifully supported by Badrul Islam, a fan boy hopelessly sweet in his own way. Pratyush as Ramesh's son radiates lot of potential who reminds of the kids in Majid Majidi's films. This film too makes way for filmmakers who, while trying to entertain, are also willing to create meaningful content on realistic themes. While the movie is predominantly based on the people and societal culture of Uttarakhand, it talks about certain values, identities and aspirations which is identifiable beyond geographical boundaries. DyB deals with is much down to earth issues and materialistic aspirations, but with lighter mood. The tone of the film is bright and upbeat, and it never loses its humor even at its darkest point.

Though DyB is a low budget film, the production value is high. The cinematography( Dop Amlan Datta), costumes (by Nikunj Vyas), music are elaborate, well detailed and very entertaining. The magnificent locales, panoramic views, bright sunny days, winding hilly roads, vivid hues are all part of the captivating storyline, all captured candid which prevents it to become a documentary. There's a scene where, Ramesh with his son walks along the narrow stone steps and a rainbow shimmers on the horizon- absolutely stunning! The film is full of many such colorful occasions of happiness, sorrow and surprises. Arguably, films shot on picturesque mountainous locations are somewhat vulnerable to the landscape overpowering the characters. But it's the good director's panache to make them blend with the terrain, but to retain their own importance in the plot. Bela, is quite successful in achieving a fine balance between the characters and the backdrop, interdependent but collectively complete. The BGM by Vivek Philip is upbeat and pertinent with the visual setting. There's only one song, a spontaneous upbeat one, sung by Zubin Garg on which the entire village makes merry !

The narrative is simple, believable, straightforward and chronological. Though in the otherwise logical narrative, absence of mobile phones or a gas filling station does feel a bit conspicuous. Remember, the car plays the pivotal role (also to some extent literally, by the end of the film). While almost all aspects of the car and driving was captured in detail and expressed with much humor, one or two instances of gas filling could have been added, keeping practicality in mind. In another scene against sunset where Deepak leans against his sedan, quite looks like an advertisement, probably of a car. Otherwise the screenplay is taut and at places emotionally involving. The films takes it own time to develop the plot, which some may term as a slow start, but once Deepak takes the steering, there's no brake.

Overall, a high quality satire intelligently packaged within an entertaining cinema. Watch it, you may feel right after you've left the theater.

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