Extra-marital affairs aren't new for Hindi moviegoers. So how different
is THE TRAIN from films that have hit the screens in the past? Well, it
tackles this issue and garnishes it with murder, lies, deceit, treachery, rape,
blackmail… perfect ingredients for a thriller.
Inspired by the Hollywood film DERAILED [2005; Clive Owen,
Jennifer Aniston], the film also bears a striking resemblance [coincidental]
to BEZUBAAN [Shashi Kapoor, Reena Roy, Naseeruddin Shah], about a
blackmailer making the life of a married person miserable.
For those who haven't watch DERAILED, THE TRAIN is a novel
experience for sure. The Indianisation of the plot as also the twists-n-turns
in the narrative keep the film going. Besides, the film is embellished with
lilting music [Mithoon], which acts as the perfect topping on the
All said, THE TRAIN is very much on track and succeeds in reaching
its destination without hiccups.
Vishal [Emraan Hashmi], a middle class man, is settled in Bangkok
with his wife, Anjali [Sayali Bhagat] and their 5-year-old daughter Nikki.
Anjali and Vishal are trying to hold on to their deteriorating marriage, which
is already under tremendous pressure.
One ordinary day, on his way to work, Vishal meets Roma [Geeta
Basra], a beautiful, captivating woman. The attraction between them is
instantaneous. As Vishal gets to know her better, he realizes that she too is
a loner, trapped in a loveless marriage. The attraction between them
reaches a peak and they decide to give in to an adulterous affair.
As Anjali starts getting suspicious of Vishal's erratic behavior, his
romance with Roma deepens. He is torn between the two loves of his life.
Just when Vishal thought life could not get more complicated, he realizes
that his secret liaison is known to someone, an unknown elusive enemy
who is bent on using the knowledge to destroy all three lives.
Vishal realizes that the game will never end till he finds a permanent
solution and that would be to eliminate the enemy.
The twists-n-turns in the screenplay keep you guessing what the next
step would be. Starting out with an extra-marital affair, the story changes
gears and shifts to blackmailing, murder and eventually, the husband-wife
The screenplay is smartly penned, since the sequence of events jump
from one situation to another in those 14 reels. For any thriller to strike a
chord, it ought to shock the viewer when the veil of secrecy is lifted and
the face that comes to the fore does catch you by surprise.
Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala's direction is
commendable. In fact, the duo has only climbed the ladder as storytellers.
But the director duo shouldn't have stretched the blackmailer's portions to
such an extent. That's the only time when the film actually stagnates.
Mithoon's music is a major asset. 'Woh Ajnabee' is a superb composition,
while the other two compositions are equally nice. Cinematography [K.
Rajkumar] does justice to the stunning locales of Bangkok and
Emraan Hashmi is very much in form this time around. The actor
carries the film on his able shoulders and contributes enormously in making
the on-screen action riveting. Geeta Basra is a surprise. The girl has
evolved into a fine actor. She looks alluring too. Sayali Bhagat looks pretty,
but needs to polish her acting skills.
Aseem Merchant does very well. In fact, his face lends freshness to
the character. Rajat Bedi is competent. Suresh Menon provides some
laughs. Ananth Mahadevan is good.
On the whole, THE TRAIN is an entertaining fare that lives up to the
expectations. At the box-office, it will carry the passengers [read
distributors] to safety for sure.
Bollywood.com Rating: 3
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