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Mumbai Xpress (2005)

Mumbai Express (original title)
After having spent his entire life in Bombay's Dharavi slums, Digamber feels it is time that he takes steps to improve his lifestyle. He, along with two other slum-dwellers, plot to kidnap ... See full summary »

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Avinash / Mumbai Express
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Ahilya
Pasupathy ...
Chittambaran (Tamil Version)
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Police Inspector (Tamil Version)
Vaiyapuri ...
Johnson (Tamil version)
Ramesh Aravind ...
Thambu, insurance agent
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Inspector Saxena
Santhana Bharathi ...
(Tamil version)
Dheena Chandra Dhas ...
Raju (as Dheena)
Hardik Thakkar ...
Daddu
Kovai Sarala ...
Avinash's sister (Tamil Version)
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Munmun Dutta ...
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Uday Sabnis ...
Traffic Police
Rakhi Sawant ...
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After having spent his entire life in Bombay's Dharavi slums, Digamber feels it is time that he takes steps to improve his lifestyle. He, along with two other slum-dwellers, plot to kidnap the only son (Shravan) of a wealthy businessman, Kishore Mehta. Things do not go as planned as one of their partners gets hospitalized when he gets a reaction from locally brewed alcohol. Since this plot involves three males, Avinash, a deaf, but dare-devil motorcycle rider is recruited. Things do not go quite as planned, as only Digamber and Avinash are available to carry out the abduction. To make matters worse, they find out that the wrong boy (Daddu) has been abducted, who happens to be the illegitimate son of Assistant Commissioner of Police, S.P. Rao. So the heat is now on the Digamber and Avinash, who must somehow find a way to get out of this mess - alive and in one piece. Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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One of those Kamal's not so good movies
2 May 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I am sorry. Let me be very frank, if you are looking for Kamal's acting or pasupathy's performance like in Virumandi, then please avoid this movie. But if you want to laugh your heart out and forget the story, logic etc etc then please do go to this movie.

Movie as a whole has very weak plot, Kamal looks like was not really sure how he wanted to end the movie and what message he wanted to give. The story goes like this, Chidambaram (Pashupathy) and his two friends

  • codenamed B and C -make a plan to kidnap the son of a rich builder.


They discuss their foolproof plan sitting at their adda in Mumbai's Dharavi.

But there comes the first problem in whole problematic kidnapping Episode. - C is rushed for an appendicitis operation. A (Chidhambaram, of course!) and B are stopped by C's wife from abandoning the plan and further recommends her much talented brother Mumbai Xpress in place of her husband.

Avinashi (Kamal Haasan), who is deaf, (Mumbai Xpress is only a nickname as , if you're wondering). Xpress jinxes the endeavour and a series of unfortunate events like horse bites, car crashes and accidents ensue. Eventually, Avinash manages to kidnap a boy but he is not the boy. Their starts the whole confusion for us as well as for the director. He was not sure how to take the movie further put everyone including the audiences in a tight spin.

I kept wondering, did he wanted to say that father(or parental patronage) is very important to a boy/child, or did he wanted to stress all the women like is bundles and bundles of money or did he wanted to say following the 'straight path' is good in life. Keep guessing it. Some of the picturisation especially at the Slum shots with over head aircrafts flying was damn good.

My best scene is the School prayer scene where the children who watches Kamal and play the song with expression of emotions while he tries to climb the rope, it was a real good idea. I think Kamal is one of those few good directors who can think of such peculiar but reality situations.

But still my sincere suggestion to Kamal would be to go back to Western movies and adopt some stories like he did earlier and give us a new tamil Movie.


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