140 Min | Action – Drama – Thriller | January 2013
IMDB Rating: 2.8
Director: Ashok Kohli
Starring: Ishrat Ali, Nishant Balgovind, Sayali Bhagat
Rajdhani Express Review: In Rajdhani Express plot doesn’t advance. The editing is bad, the direction is bad, the acting is pathetic, the music is torturous and what-not. Not a single element in this movie entertains and over that every sequence will trouble you for a week or so. Rajdhani Express is a very bad movie because not a single factor of film-making is up to the mark. Such a maddening plot, I wonder what Leander Paes is up to. He has only one wooden expression – whether he is smiling, laughing, or dancing. He should stop acting right away.
Although Rakdhani Express brought some old faces like Gulshan Grover, it is very bad cinema. It is so pathetic that the dialogues are cheap humor or straight-away madness however despite of having so many drawbacks the film has two good points which deserve to be mentioned here. The first point is the way the soundtrack uses the lyrics of Mirza Ghalib in its songs running in the background which surely is a brave and appreciable attempt made by the musical team. And secondly it features the veteran Gulshan Grover (as TT) and the talented Priyanshu Chatterjee (as a Bengali writer) who forced me to keep sitting in my seat till the end (otherwise I would have left it in between for sure). In other words, director Ashok Kohli chose a potential script and an interesting cast too including Leander Paes but couldn’t materialize on his assets and came up with an amateur kind of film lacking a lot.
In the acting department, though Leander Paes looks rough like his grey character and acts satisfactorily in his few scenes too. But he still needs to learn the art (becomes awkward at times) and I really could not understand that, What was the purpose or hurry for acting in films when you even require a person to dub for your own dialogues? Both Jimmy Sheirgill & Mukesh Rishi are tough but repetitive in their roles of police officers. Sudhanshu Pandey is just okay, Sayali Bhagat remains wasted and the item girl plays her bold character confidently. Gulshan Grover acts as a thorough professional in an unimportant role and Priyanshu Chatterjee seems to be enjoying his Bengali Writer’s character a lot.
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