The Girl on the Train movie rating: 3.5 / 5 stars (three and a half stars)
Featured actors: Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari, Avinash Tiwary, Tota Roy Chowdhury, Shamaun Ahmed, Diljohn Singh
Director: Ribhu Dasgupta
What is good: A SUPERrineeti Chopra and a string of various competent performances from the rest of the cast and how limited the drama is when he had every opportunity to go overboard
What is bad: Putting too many things together tends to be disproportionate in certain aspects. While some twists are predictable, there were several things that remained unexplored, which I can’t talk about because * spoilers *
Loo break: No way you even blink, forget to take a break
Watch or not ?: My only request, if you decide to watch it after reading my review, is to watch it till the end!
In the UK, we see Nusrat (Aditi Rao Hydari) running through a forest in front of someone, as the scene unfolds of an injured Mira Kapoor (Parineeti Chopra) waiting for her train to arrive. Through the flashback, we understand that Mira is a lawyer married to Shekhar (Avinash Tiwary). Some minions threaten to withdraw a case of which we know nothing.
As things progress, the story explores Mira’s transformation into a high-level alcoholic. What prompts her to choose the path of self-destruction? In the middle of this, the story introduces a few new characters in Nusrat’s psychiatrist, Dr. Hamid (Tota Roy Chowdhury), her husband Anand (Shamaun Ahmed), and Officer Kaur (Kirti Kulhari). Nusrat disappears, and by the usual rules of polarized thrillers, everyone is suspect. This is the spoiler-free limit to give you an idea of why you have to enter without knowing anything.
The Girl on the Train movie review: scenario analysis
By now, it’s a known fact that the story is based on Paula Hawkins’ book of the same name and, interestingly, has been labeled as “The Next Gone Girl” by many critics. I chose not to watch the Tate Taylor movie in 2016 so as not to have a clue, and this is the best way if you still haven’t seen the original. Ribhu Dasupta’s script holds the key to the mysterious elements constructed by the narrative. Filled with non-linear components, the first half sails smoothly without any turbulence in the storytelling; It’s also mainly because of Dasgupta’s buttery script and Sangeeth Varghese’s cut.
Paula Hawkins’ story is full of ‘disguised twists’ – that is, the turns where you feel you’ve predicted the twist but then * mimics the explosion *. To support this dark plot that keeps shaping new mysteries, Tribhuvan Babu Sadineni’s cinematography adds the requisite and thankfully not overdone gloom to the overall feel.
To the credit of the original writer and the current crew, despite dealing with such dark topics as alcoholism, a failed marriage, a mental illness, the feel of the film never goes dull. This one falls into the similar area of Abhay Chopra’s Ittefaq movie in 2017. Both movies were remakes, both had a dark undertone throughout, both performed surprisingly well. I liked this. I liked that.
A special cry to the costumes of Subodh Shrivastava and Sanam Ratansi (for Aditi Rao Hydari). Attributing the darker ones to Parineeti, Kirti Kulhari ka’s authoritative approach represented by skin-fit jeans, turbans and leather jackets. At the same time, Aditi Rao Hydari’s melancholy aura remains simple and chic and relaxed.
Girl on the Train: Star Performance movie review
Few things work very strongly in the film’s favor, and performances are one of them. For me Parineeti Chopra has always been Hasee Toh Phasee’s Meeta, but I strongly believe that Mira will replace her soon. All thanks to Pratap Borhade’s makeup, the messy kohl-eyed look, “ always with dark undertones, ” helped Parineeti capture her character.
Pari wears Mira as his uniform, delivering a flawless performance. From an irresistible “ fear face ” to an explosion of emotions in a scene where she reveals the twist of a certain character, in the end she gets all the shades of gray on point. From Meeta to Mira – from a self-healing scientist to an almost self-destructive lawyer / lover, this should add another reference to her filmography.
From Aditi Rao Hydari to Kirti Kulhari, Avinash Tiwary and Tota Roy Chowdhury – the supporting cast has so many solid performers and all of them have already proven how well they can act. But this movie acts like a well-designed platform, where everyone gets at least one scene just to show how much they can do if given a chance.
Mehrunissa from Aditi at Padmaavat will always be one of the most underrated performances of our time. She has always been a good actress, and she sticks to the basics without crossing the line of “method game”.
The Girl on the Train Movie Review: Director, Music
Ed Catmull has rightly said, “Driving the train does not set its course. The real job is to chart the course ”, and that is what Ribhudas Gupta has done with his management. His efforts, not to make it “confusing” by sometimes becoming non-linear, are visible in the way he handles the narrative. It is always a good thing for a director to also write the script for such stories; this is how the writing feels more in sync with what is happening on the screen. Despite all efforts, this story is such that it would evoke the feeling of bewilderment in many, affecting their overall resemblance to the final product. I’m not one of them, but I know there will be a lot out there.
The songs in these films need to be kept a safe distance from the story so as not to become a hindrance to the viewers’ viewing experience. There were a few songs and only one didn’t bother me. Sukhwinder Singh’s Chhal Gaya Chhalaa matches the intensity of the plot, and it clicks. Neha Kakkar underlies beautifully (for lack of a better term) with Matlabi Yariyan. Parineeti Chopra’s version for the same song goes well with the climax. I can’t even remember the last time I didn’t care about the songs in a thriller. Andhadhun, maybe.
The Girl on the Train Movie Review: The Last Word
All is said and done; it’s part of the rare list of ‘movie remakes that weren’t a mistake’. It does what a thriller should do, with a few notable add-ons. The three women (and a very talented Avinash Tiwary) individually add a lot to the already breathtaking story. Highly recommended!
Three and a half stars!
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The girl on the train published on February 26, 2021.
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