DAUD, the run, and "fun" on the run? It all seems hazy now, after seeing the movie. DAUD is a tired jog by a middle-aged person trying to shed off loads of extra-flab. The movie hasa large excess of flab, and little body - much in contrast to the star attraction in the movie, Urmila.
The movie is about a runaway twosome, played by Sanjay Dutt and and Urmila, who believe to have a crore or two worth of gold. That it is not gold is obvious from the beginning of the movie, and predictably the cops and real theives are behind this twosome. Is the story familiar? Director Ramgopal Varma had co-scripted CHOR CHOR (original THIRUDA THIRUDA) with Maniratnam. But the difference in the movies were in the direction.
DAUD lacks the tautness, and speed of THIRUDA THIRUDA. Ramgopal Varma himself exhibited better control of speed in his earlier movies, Shiva, Raat, Drohi, and Rangeela. This misses the effect of those movies by far. The movie seems to lack any direction!
Song pop in and out predictably, cliched humor, and action are forced into the movie - to the extent that in the end, the humorous parts of the movie appear to be the only saving grace, besides the expected Urmila exhibition and Rahman music. The dialogues are above average at times, but have a heavy influence of Aamir Khan from Rangeela. But Sanjay Dutt does not carry off those lines as well as Aamir did. The film peters from a promising start, to ridiculous but enjoyable humor (PJs for some), to an unendurable road to finish.
So much for the downside, the song picturizations are also not out of the ordinary. Saroj Khan does not seem in pace with Rahman, and seems ill at ease, except a few sequences within the songs. Sanjay Dutt is extremely stiff as a dancer, and despite Urmila┬┤s best efforts - the highly experimental music of Rahman don┬┤t come alive on screen. The photography is good as always with Ramgopal Varma, and so are other technical aspects of the movie.
Among the starcast, Sanjay Dutt is good in few sequences; Urmila has a good role, and does her part very well. Ashish Vidyarthi is wasted as the cop, but does show his wares in the few chances he gets. Paresh Rawal as the villain-de-piece is cliched. Neeraj Vora in a meaningless cameo does well to bring humor into his character as "Chaako". The others fall in and out without much role to talk about. After all this, I would still recommend that "DAUD" is worth seeing, for the dances of Urmila, and the Rangeela-influenced humor in the first half.