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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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Wholesome entertainer
15 June 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Take and mix a bit of the essential ingredients of classics of Buster Keaton, Peter Sellers and Steve Martin - Indianise them by using a strong screenplay as a base cook it in a humor 'microwave' and spray it with a nice tangy flavor of native accents and colloquial phrases a.k.a. one liners, embellish it with a (music) score that mocks and laughs at the performers on the screen (!) - and that should tickle you, besides the movie itself!!- And you have a classic - MUMBAI XPRESS.

Still From Mumbai ExpressAfter reading the array of mixed reviews, yours truly watched the movie without an inkling of a bias, but with oodles of anticipation based on the confidence that Padma Shri Kamal Hassan has nurtured in people like me over the years - it was a different experience - but be warned, this is no APPU RAJA, no PUSHPAK, or CHACHI 420 - in fact, the slapstick elements are so inconspicuously inserted that you wouldn't notice that they are slapstick after all! A story of a kidnap gone awry could have gone wrong in 'n' number of ways

  • but a cleverly scripted screenplay takes care of it.




James Bond says to the new Q in one of the recent 007 flicks "You are cleverer than you look" for which Q replies "it is still better than looking cleverer than you actually are"! Much of the 'mishy mashy' Indian filmy comedies belong to the latter category - the entire feel and aura of MX (and most movies of Kamal for that matter) makes you think that it is "cleverer than it looks".

Therein lies the intelligence of the humor in the movie, an intelligence that does not test and exasperate the commoner, yet shows itself as intelligence nevertheless.

Kamal has a penchant for discovering and nurturing audaciously talented people in the film industry.

Atul Kulkarni was picked up from Marathi theatre/Indian National School of Drama - his performance in HEY RAM made history and opened up new vistas for him. 'Vikram' Dharma was yet another so-so stuntman, until Kamal set his eyes on him and gave him a new lease of life. Likewise, Raaz is yet another amazing talent - his performance in MX on several occasions, far outsmarts Kamal's - but then Kamal has deliberately underplayed his role as Avinash. This underplaying of each character is yet another strength of the movie, which gives the movie its much deliciously enjoyable 'poker-faced' feel - every character in the movie, on most occasions delivers the dialogue in such deadpan fashion with a poker face, and yet make you laugh! Buster Keaton was a poker-faced actor used to delivering dialogues in deadpan fashion and send the audiences roaring in laughter! A classic example is that of Sarat Saxena with a 'please-no-expressions' face, asks Avinash (MUMBAI EXPRESS) to go after speaking to Om Puri over the phone - you know what is coming, and you start laughing in anticipation, even before he even starts speaking to Avinash! The soundtrack - being a veteran music aficionado connoisseur, I cannot but gasp at Ilaiyaraaja's inexhaustible bag of tricks! The audio tracks of the movie have by themselves given a feel for the movie and after watching the movie, let me assure one and all, lock, stock and several barrels, anyone other than Ilaiyaraaja for the movie, it would have been an actual "Bhandar aur phool maala" experience - the intelligence with which the tracks have been used to gel with the storyline and script is something upcoming film music composers ought to learn from! So where does the movie 'appear not as clever as it seems' then?! The romance angle between Avinash and Ahalya seems to have been a rush job infused into the storyline as a last-minute decision, but be assured, you don't notice its oddity in the bigger melee of fun and laughter - it can be pardoned - why even recent big Hollywood comedy flicks like SHALLOW HAL or JUST MARRIED are 80% odd and 20% plausible! With a top-notch work like this, by all means, the cash register should be ringing loud and clear - it has been declared a wholesome family entertainer even in inaccessible Ahmedabad and Kanpur - the success of this movie should spur Kamal's single-minded obsession with creating more classics and entertain us more.


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