(An edited version of this was published in The New Indian Express)
It’s only the third week of 2017 but in Vishal Mishra’s Coffee with D, we have likely got the worst film of the year. Worry not because Novak Djokovic is out of the Australian Open in the 2nd round and Donald Trump is officially the President of USA, so things can change any time and more shocking things could happen. But none of that will change just how badly made, acted and conceived Coffee with D really is.
The idea is stolen from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s 2014 political satire, The Interview. While not a great film, The Interview was at least – true to its form – funny, unnerving, satirical, relentless and had no illusion of restraint. It was hard not to look away even if the end product left you with a bad taste. Even if you make an excuse for Mishra and slot this under the inspiration column, there isn’t even imagination to credit. The D is never expanded just like how the film is never fully formed. It just exists as an idea and Vishal Mishra probably shot whatever he could think up on the set. In fact, the idea doesn’t even translate. Does D hold the same mystery, aura and enigma of a North Korea and its dictator? The whole film is a false equivalence and its very existence an offense.