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Dobara Alvida review: Watch it for the sake of Gulshan Devaiah

While Gulshan Devaiah is a delight to watch, Swara Bhasker barely leaves an impression.

Jun 07, 2021
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A still from Dobara Alvida.

What's it about:

Dobara Alvida is a short film about ex-lovers who meet each other by chance. Gulshan Devaiah and Swara Bhasker play the ex-lovers who need to decide their future.

What's hot:

Gulshan Devaiah is introduced as a man named Kunal who is back on the Mumbai streets after a long time. Lost on the road, he happens to accidentally meet his ex-lover, played by Swara. As an actor, Gulshan is convincing to the core till that point. His graph as an actor goes up and down thereafter but you are never completely disappointed while seeing him on the screen.

Swapnil Kotriwar, who plays the cab driver in this short film, came as a surprise. Even with just two scenes where he has a dialogue, he shines brighter than Gulshan.

Another aspect of the short film that some may like is how it takes us through the magic of the city called Mumbai. The film is shot from Bandra to Worli, which makes for one of the most beautiful locales in the city.

The film also moves at the right pace and thus it does not hamper your viewing experience.

What's not:

Swara Bhasker, on the other hand, seemed to be too distracted. When an actor laughs hard (even sarcastically) during a serious scene, the end result is not-so-great. She is barely convincing, whether as a passionate and career-oriented woman or a sensitive one.

Another drawback is the overtly emotional and unrelatable scenes, especially with Swara. It is difficult to connect with her character or the pain she feels because there was no development her particular character saw in the short film.

Final word:

Since Dobara Alvida takes up only half an hour of your life, the film can be watched for the sake of Gulshan Devaiah.

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