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The TrainThe Train : Movie Review
09th June 2007  11.01 IST
By Nikhil Kumar  

The winding twists and turns in the plot of The Train make it a good ride for passing your time.

Director duo Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala seem obsessed with Hollywood. After rehashing 'Collateral' as The Killer , the duo now comes up with 'The Train', inspired from the Clive Owen, Jennifer Aniston starrer 'Derailed'. However, the directors have Indianized the plot by making their own additions and alterations at the movie's fag end.

Another thing. There is a very apparent attempt to cash in on Emraan Hashmi 's image as a serial kisser. Lip locks there are sufficient in the film. There is also a dash of glamour and exposure, thanks to the gorgeous and well-endowed Geeta Basra . Newcomer Sayali Bhagat , a former Miss India, leaves an impression because of her looks and not because of her acting.

'The Train' is a tale of love, lust, adultery, murder and deceit all rolled together into one. The story takes place in Bangkok, Thailand.

Vishal Dixit (Emraan Hashmi) is in an unhappy marriage with his wife Anjali (Sayali Bhagat). The two have a 5-yr-old daughter who is a diabetic. There is hardly any spark of love left between the married couple.

On a train ride, Vishal bumps into a beautiful woman named Roma (Geeta Basra) who, like him, is also in a marriage of compromise. She is neglected by her husband (wonder what kind of a moron would neglect a woman like her).

Anyway, there is mutual attraction between Vishal and Roma. They indulge in a passionate extramarital affair. Just when they reach the point of crossing the forbidden line, a nightmare happens. There is a rape, followed by blackmailing and murder.

'The Train' begins as an ordinary tale of extramarital romance but it changes track with a twist that turns the life of the protagonist topsy-turvy. Thereafter, focus shifts to a blackmailer (Aseem Merchant), and the movie becomes a thriller with a twist in the tail.

Emraan Hashmi proves a dependable actor in 'The Train'. He knows the art of not going over-the-top and shows control and restraint in enacting his character. He doesn't look bad either.

Geeta Basra is beginning to show the making of a good actress. There are glimpses of refined histrionics in her performance. Sayali Bhagat doesn't have many expressions. But she does look gorgeous.

On the sidelines, Aseem Merchant fails to rise above a mediocre performance. At times he tries to play a cool cat, but there is no conviction in his act.

Mithoon's music is another strong point of the film. Songs like 'Woh Ajnabee' and 'Beete Lamhe' take to your lips easily. The cinematography is visually striking.

Director duo Raksha Mistry and Hasnain Hyderabadwala have made a fairly watchable rehash of 'Derailed'.

Rating: **1/2

The Train
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Geeta Basra
Sayali Bhagat

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