The girl on the train
Director: Ribhu Dasgupta
Occupation: Parineeti Chopra, Kirti Kulhari, Avinash Tiwary and Aditi Rao Hydari
Streaming on: Netflix
Ribhu Dasgupta’s The Girl On The Train is an adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestseller of the same name. I haven’t read the novel or seen the 2016 Hollywood adaptation starring Emily Blunt. Researched the internet and found that the Hollywood version received mixed responses. In the Hindi version, Parineeti Chopra is portrayed as Mira accused of a murder she cannot remember.
Mira struggles in her career as a lawyer because of her alcoholism and a difficult divorce. She is still stuck in her ex-husband Shekhar (Avinash Tiwary) and his second marriage. Her only hope is a happy couple whom she sees from their train rides. Nusrat (Aditi Rao Hydari) and Anand (Shamaun Ahmed) play this perfect couple. Mira builds her own stories to see the happy couple together.
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When Nusrat goes missing and Mira is discovered nearby, she becomes a prime suspect. Due to her alcoholism and a traumatic accident, Mira has a hard time remembering anything from the night (amnesia). Inspector Dalbir Kaur (Kirti Kulhari) has enough evidence to trick Mira into questioning her movements.
The film is set in London, which doesn’t really serve a great purpose. The writing lacks the grip that a thriller (of any kind) has to find exactly. The film must have been made for a theatrical release. That explains that more Hindi is being used by characters who live and work in the UK. It’s a little annoying. Whether it’s Parineeti’s alcoholic lawyer or Kirti Kulhari’s determined cop or Aditi Rao Hydari’s mysterious nutrat, they sum up the film struggling to find the right path or direction.
Kirti Kulhari and Avinash Tiwary try to live up to what they are allowed to play. Parineeti sincerely tries to pull out a part that is poorly directed. Focusing on this two hour psychological thriller is a task in itself. I saw it in parts as it just didn’t attract attention for more than 15 minutes in a row.