What is the story about?
A spunky and feisty lawyer Mira Kapoor (Parineeti Chopra) takes up a controversial case much to the chagrin of her husband, Shekhar (Avinash Tiwary). Mira, who is pregnant loses her baby in an accident and her husband leaves her. This makes her hit rock-bottom and ends up becoming an alcoholic and suffering from frequent blackouts. Her husband marries again and Mira becomes obsessed with a young couple, Nusrat and Anand. who she sees on her daily commute on a train. Nusrat is clearly hiding a secret and Mira wants to get to the bottom of it. Nusrat goes missing and is found dead. Mira, who has no recollection of the incident wakes up with injuries and blood all over her. Her digital footprints are soon found where Nusrat was discovered. All the clues lead us to believe that Mira killed Nusrat in a fit of anger and suffered a blackout. But, there is a bigger and a sinister conspiracy at play and Mira is a victim as well.
Paula Hawkin's book The Girl On The Train has now registered a two-film adaptation. An American one starring Emily Blunt and an Indian adaptation starring Parineeti Chopra. While the story is known to people, I was particularly fascinated to watch the Indian adaptation as I was keen to see the treatment. However, it seems as if director Ribhu Dasgupta, wanted to not just add a Bollywood element to it, but not stray from a western lens as well. The movie is set in London and has some marvellous shots, yet the storytelling isn't powerful enough. The first half is fast-paced, while the second half fails to lift the film. Ribhu, who has also directed the Vidya Balan and Amitabh Bachchan starrer 'T3en' has maintained the non-linear form of narration even in this film. The twist in the story, though unexpected is quite unbelievable and unrelatable. The Indian adaptation simply doesn't live up to the hype of its western predecessor.
Parineeti Chopra has managed to shed her effervescent and bubbly image, and taken on a role that shows her to be a raging alcoholic. She is clearly the star in the film that shines even though the film doesn't have much to offer. Kirti Kulhari has decent screentime, but we wished we could have seen more of her. Aditi Rao Hydari, Avinash Tiwary, and Tota Roychowdhary sadly didn't have enough character development and hence there was hardly anything to be seen of them.
Music & Other Departments
For a thriller movie, a song and dance sequence proves shambolic and detrimental. We understand that the makers tried to make it more appealing to Indian audiences, but such sequences ruin the flow of a psychological thriller, where you don't want any interruptions. The cinematography is exquisite and some lovely shots of London can be seen in the film. It has been packaged well, so kudos to the production team. The editing is also slick but the film could have been shorter by 20 mins., but The letdown is the story and script and some of the subplots, especially the one leading to the unexpected twist and the eventual climax are just ridiculous.
Watch it for Parineeti Chopra's stellar acting
Too long and just too many distractions from the main plot.
Did I enjoy it?
Yes, I did enjoy the film in bits and pieces.
Do I recommend it?
If you have watched the American film, there are chances you may not enjoy this film.