On the 'Mumbai Expressway'

Once again, the evening of Friday found me on my way to watch a movie, Kamal Hassan's latest-Mumbai Express!

Riding motorbikes helps you relate to the rush that is 'Mumbai Express'. (Just Kidding, this is NOT one of your local remakes of 'Fast and the Furious' or 'Torque').Directed by Singeetham Srinivasan Rao, and released simultaneoulsy in multiple languages (Hindi & Tamil), the film is sure to do well in smaller centers.

Crime meets confusion, says the movie's catchline and from the initial sequence you realise why. Digambar (Vijay Raaz) and gang start of planning the perfect kidnapping. Throw in the rich businessman Mehta (Saurabh Shukla), two overfed kids, an ACP of Police (Om Puri), a former bar Dancer turned mistress of ACP turned mother of kidnapped kid turned scheming lady and an assortment of character actors(including Pratima Kazmi) to the presence of the Mumbai Express (Kamal Hassan), a motorcylce stuntman who is brought in to replace an indisposed gang member and the mad ride that is Mumbai Express begins.

The movie is a 'laugh-a-riot' with rib tickling one liners delivered with natural elan by Vijay raaz and Kamal Hassan. Without giving away much, one could say that this movie is one that could be counted along with Hera Pheri, Yeh Tera Ghar Yeh Mera Ghar, Hungama, Hulchul in the list of entertainers in recent times that do succeed in actually making you laugh.

The supporting cast does an excellent job. While some movie goers and 'critics' may find the movie very juvenile and predictable, come on...... now a days when having Johnny Lever in a movie amounts to it being a comedy, this movie does stand out and you will come out with a laugh!

The only drawback of the movie ( leaving aside the usual glitches) is that the movie is a little too stretched, the express keeps going on...maybe should have stopped a few stations early.

Cheers! Enjoy the ride.


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