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REVIEW : THE TRAIN

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REVIEW : THE TRAIN

Film: The Train
Rating: 1.75/5
Banner: Harvest Dreams Pvt Ltd
Cast: Mammootty, Jayasurya, AR. Rahman, Sabitha Jayaraj, Anjali Sabharwal, Jagathy, Saikumar and others
Music: Srinivas
Camera: Seenu Murukkumpuzha, Thanu Balak
Director: Jayaraj
Producer:  Jayesh Kuttamath
Release date: May 30, 2011

Story:
A confusing tale, the story is set on five layers with each character having their backgrounds and travelling in the train that meets with bomb blast. Notable among them is Karthick (jayasuriya) an aspiring singer whose dream is to sing for A R Rahman. He gets his wish when a call comes from Chennai and he travels in the train. Meanwhile, a wrong call from him saves the life of a girl (anjali sabharwal) and she also decides to meet him on the same fateful day. Then there is Suhana (sabitha) who is running after the PF office to get her amount due so that she can send her father to Haj pilgrimage. There is also a young kid from a big family who is keen on having his grandfather for his birthday. Finally, there is the ATS chief Kedarnatah (mammootty) who is busy scouting terrorists. What fate has in store for each of them forms the rest of the story.

Presentation:
The director has come up with a unappealing storyline and while the presentation was pathetic, the narrative was outdated. The dialogues were stale, the script was spineless and the screenplay was poor. Background score was nice but songs were not upto the mark. Cinematography was good despite poor conditions. Editing was required during many situations. Costumes were moderate while the art department was matching the situations. Mammootty had nothing significant to do and was wasted. Jayasuriya was good and made his presence felt. Sabitha Jayaraj was blank, Anjali Sabharwal was alright. The others didn't have much to offer.

Conclusion:
The intention of the director was to come up with a story on the aftermath of the Malayalis during the Bombay train blasts. However, such projects required good grip over the screenplay and the script. That was missing here completely and this led to a muddled up version. While the first half is all about the different characters, the second half is putting the dots together. Overall, the film lacks the life and soul so it fails to get the attention of the audience. At the box office, the openings will be good due to star power but after that it is doubtful.

Bharatstudent verdict : Off track!!

Tags: Review : The Train, Mammootty, Jayasurya, Ar Rahman, Sabitha Jayaraj, Anjali Sabharwal, Jagathy, Saikumar, Jayaraj
Posted On : 2nd June, 2011
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