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Ashdoc's Movie Review---Traffic

Discussion in 'Theatre, Movies & Cinema' started by ashdoc, May 7, 2016.

  1. ashdoc

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    The task---

    ---to first convince the parents of a young man almost dead in an accident that he is no longer going to survive , and his heart is needed to be transplanted into that of a young girl desperately in need of a new heart .

    ---then to take out the heart after getting the parents' permission and transport it from the city of Mumbai ( where the young man is lying in hospital ) to the city of Pune ( where the girl is admitted ) in double quick time , for time is running out...

    ---but the above task can't be done by air because there is fog because of which all flights are cancelled .

    ---so the police have to clear way through the traffic of maximum city Mumbai and reach the expressway connecting Pune , a task daunting enough for those who know the traffic snarls of maximum city .

    ---find a policeman having the guts to do the task of driving at high speeds without causing an accident .

    ---and be ready to face unforeseen dangers on the journey , for they will come ; after all this is film after all , and what is a film without unforeseen dangers !!

    The director had all the ingredients of a hit movie in his hands , plus he already had the film in his hands---for it had already been made in malayalam language , and according to those who saw the original film it is quite a good movie .

    But somehow this remake in the hindi language does not have the zing of the original---here I am relying on hearsay , for I don't understand the malayalam language and haven't seen the original film .

    The girl is daughter of film star Dev Kapoor ( played by Prosenjit Chatterjee ) and his wife ( played by Divya Dutta ) , and the parents of the young man are played by Sachin Khedekar and Kitu Gidwani . The constable who drives is played by Manoj Bajpai , and he has a point to prove to his own daughter who feels disgraced by him having been caught doing corruption and suspended earlier . The doctor ( Parambrata Chatterjee ) holding the icebox containing the heart has his own huge personal issue to deal with---something that erupts in the middle of the drive and threatens the whole enterprise . And an accident then derails the journey , forcing Bajpai to drive through a communally sensitive area---something that requires the co-operation of the local politicians .

    The whole movie does keep you engaged , but does not really keep you on your toes . There is no dull moment , but the dangers that are going to come seem predictable . In the end it gives you a climax that warms the cockles of your heart---only somewhat though .

    The photography and colours and not good , and the proceedings were grim---after all , who likes the atmosphere of hospitals and dying patients ?...not me at least...Acting wise , the movie is better as everyone is convincing in his or her role . Best acting is by the confident looking Jimmy Shergill---who plays police commissioner of Mumbai . Music is not memorable .

    Verdict---one time watch .

    Two and a half stars .
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