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A career-minded woman aborts her first child, then decides to have a baby through a surrogate.



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Credited cast:
Rituparna Sengupta ...
Tanvi N. Sharma
Kiran Janjani ...
Nikhil Sharma (as Kiran M. Janjani)
Yashpal Sharma ...
Alok Nath ...
Mr. Singh - Tanvi's dad
Nandita Puri ...
Mrs. Shanti Singh - Tanvi's mom
Anjan Srivastav ...
Daya Shankar Pandey ...
Shukla (as Dayashankar Pandey)
Vijayendra Ghatge ...
Tanvi's boss
Sapan Saran ...
Suresh Gogia ...
Mr. Sharma - Nikhil's dad
Anjali Mahadevkar ...
Tanvi's office colleague
Surinder Pal Singh ...
Tanvi's office colleague
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roma Bali ...
Mrs. Kapoor
Rajesh Balwani ...
Sardar at party


Mumbai-based Tanvi Sharma, married to Financer, Nikhil, for 3 years, is thrilled when she is not only promoted as Assistant Vice-President with her employer, ICBI Bank, but also tests positive for motherhood. But her joy will be short-lived when she must abort the child as it comes in the way of her promotion as Vice-President - the venue to power, position and wealth - as well as incur the wrath of Nikhil. The duo do make up, and decide to have a child through a surrogate who will live with them during the pregnancy period. A broker, Shukla, arranges a surrogate, Gauri, an impoverished village-based mother of two children, and the wife of an unemployed idol-artist, Mohan. While dealing with pressures of the stigma attached of nursing a child sired through another woman from family and friends, she must also deal with the fact that a naive Gauri may decide to keep the child. Written by rAjOo (

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17 September 2010 (India)  »

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Shoddy Writing Express
6 November 2011 | by (Fraggle Rock) – See all my reviews

Anup Das's 'Life Express' tackles the theme of surrogate pregnancy which is still a controversial subject matter. The premise of the film is interesting but the screenplay and execution are very weak. The film opens with a working couple, Tanvi and Nikhil, living in marital bliss but the romance between them looks staged and the dialogue delivery sounds forced and uninteresting. Many of the subplots are unnecessarily stretched out and as a result they drag, like the post abortion sequences, the explanation of surrogate pregnancy and the sequences that take place in Gouri's village. Das is trying to tackle too many things and his exploration of some of the themes is poor. I understand the need to explain surrogate pregnancy as it's not commonly known in India but why the need to spoonfeed the viewer? The execution is very typically Bollywood. The cinematography is dull and the score is very intrusive. The songs don't contribute. They only further slow down the pace. Rituparna Sengupta stands out in the complex sequences where Tanvi is conflicted by her choices and decision. Divya Dutta is first rate as she delivers the best of the lot. Yashpal Sharma is decent. Given the premise this could have been a watchable and engaging film but it's let down by poor writing and direction.

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