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Mumbai Xpress (2005)

Mumbai Express (original title)
A young man's journey in Mumbai as a kidnapper.

Directors:

Singeetam Srinivasa Rao (as Singeetham Srinivasa Rao), Dinesh Shailendra

Writers:

Kamal Haasan (Tamil dialogue), Kamal Haasan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kamal Haasan ... Avinash / Mumbai Xpress
Manisha Koirala ... Ahilya
Pasupathy ... Chittambaram
Nassar ... Inspector SP Rao (as Nasser)
Om Puri ... Inspector SP Rao
Vaiyapuri Vaiyapuri ... Johnson
Ramesh Aravind ... Thambu
Saurabh Shukla ... Kishore Mehta
Santhana Bharathi Santhana Bharathi ... Chettiyar
Dheena Chandra Dhas Dheena Chandra Dhas ... Raju (as Dheena)
Hardik Thakkar Hardik Thakkar ... Daddu
Kovai Sarala ... Durga
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Shama Deshpande Shama Deshpande ... Kishore's wife
Munmun Dutta ... Cameo (as Moon Moon)
Pratima Kazmi ... Durga
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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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Action | Comedy

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Country:

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Language:

Tamil | Hindi

Release Date:

15 April 2005 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

INR25,000,000 (estimated)
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Bipasha Basu refused the lead role as she didnt want to play mother to a 12 year old child. See more »

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Written by: Dev Kohli
Performed by: Sonu Nigam, Shaan, Krishnakumar Kunnath, Shreya Ghoshal & Sunidhi Chauhan
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Bumpy ride
19 May 2005 | by AvinashPatalaySee all my reviews

Masterminded by Digambar (Vijay Raaz) a perfect plan is drawn - kidnap the rich builder Mehta's (Saurabh Shukla) son and make easy money. Owing to turn of events, Avinash aka Mumbai Xpress (Kamal Hassan) becomes a part of the plan. However wrong child is kidnapped instead who happens to be ACP's (Om Puri) son. And that's just the beginning of comedy of errors.

Kamal's character was not fleshed out well. He appears to be too good a Samaritan to get involved in the kidnapping project. Inspite of the hurdles, he still takes the initiative to move the project ahead. His voice-over was not too appealing as well (wonder he did it himself!). Plus he needs to trim himself big time. His getup isn't appealing at all.

Action sequences are handled well. Background score has a heavy influence of the South hence wouldn't appeal to the rest of the audience of India, otherwise the songs are passable. In Chachi 420, Gulzar was chosen for lyrics, I wonder if he was deliberately skipped this time around.

It obvious that Singeetham Srinivas Rao has lost his midas touch and after a point gets lost in narration. The situations does evoke some good laughs. Otherwise the story has a lot of loose ends.

The ACP's role by Om Puri could have been astute rather than having a comic touch. Pratima Kazmi is okay. Wonder why ex-bar girl now single-mother Manisha is portrayed as gluttony yet Kamal decides to accept her.

I watched this movie for Kamal but it was Vijay Raaz who steals the limelight.


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