The Girl On The Train
Stream It Or Skip It
Verdict: Skip it, Skip it, Skip it…unless
You are a Parineeti Chopra fan, or you like painfully slow and sad movies with no poetic or engaging aspect to them, or you have absolutely nothing better to do in life – zero.
The Bollywood version of the 2015 Hollywood film and Novel, GOTT has been adapted and the plot has been tweaked for desi audiences. The movie starts on a good note and you say to yourself – ‘wow, the pace is good, let’s see what happens next’, but sadly, not much happens in the next hour. Except Mira, the lawyer, the betrayed wife (who lost a child) crying, stalking her ex, is completely wasted on alcohol.
After a while you still reassure your empathetic self, chulo yaar we get it, she’s in pain, but we want to see her coming out of that pain, on the other side. Unfortunately, Mira ends up exasperating the viewers rather than gaining their sympathy. Half-way through, I almost gave up on the story, but then, decided to continue, to finish off what I had started.
What happens next …
The story indeed picks up in the latter half, with Mira remembering her past at an unrealistically breezy pace, as she solves one clue after another at breakneck speed. But just when you thought that maybe, just maybe, the final climax will save the movie, the plot turns incredibly weak with incredulous coincidences and completely unnecessary twists & turns in the story line.
Why did Mira’s husband leave her? The reasons seemed unjustified, if there were any reasons at all, because he was a perfectly faithful partner for the longest time before the accident. I wish they had connected all the loose ends with a robust plot. A multiplicity of characters lacking a clear purpose, and scattered throughout the story left a muted, lack lustre impression on the viewer.
The scene that stood out for me
Parineeti delivered a convincing performance throughout, especially the bathroom scene where she vents by imagining killing someone.
PS. This review is purely written from a viewer’s perspective, without taking note of the original plot or story line, not taking into account the book or watched the Hollywood version.