Rajdhani Express - External Reviews
I tried to catch Rajdhani Express this morning, but the show was cancelled because I was the only one there to watch it. :(
Anyway, I'll hopefully have twitter verdict and external reviews up by Monday afternoon. Thank you for stopping by.
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26 reviewers have given Rajdhani Express an average rating of 0.6/5.0 (?)
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Thumbs down by Shubhra Gupta, indian express ...The only one I felt a twinge for is Priyanshu Chatterjee, the Bengali idea-stealer of a script-writer, who puts in serious effort in order to pull off his exaggerated part. This is a good actor in a terrible film. Why can’t he get better roles? ... full review
So-So by Mohar Basu, koimoi ...While all eyes are on Leander Paes, it wouldn’t be wrong to say that he doesn’t really disappoint you. For a first film and absolutely no background of acting, at places he does manage to make you forget that he is a Wimbledon winning tennis ace. His dialogue delivery would however need some improvement and mostly being an actor, his eyes fail to speak the pain and the thrill that his character was feeling. ... full review
Thumbs down by Karan Anshuman, Mumbai Mirror ... Rajdhani Express may be the year’s first release but it is already in the running for the worst film of the year. Or ever. The film is a launch vehicle for Leander Paes - the defending champion who lost in the first round of the Chennai Open (out of nervousness as he kicks off his showbiz career?) - but surely hitching a ride on a Chennai auto rickshaw might’ve been a better choice than to get aboard this ridiculous romp called Rajdhani Express. It even makes Vinod Kambli’s Annarth (2002) and Ajay Jadeja’s Khel (2003) look like masterworks. What is going on this sham of a film? To start with, at a technical level, it is worse than the worst, most amateur student production. Most of the footage is out of focus and all of it has a fuzzy, grainy texture (awful reverse telecine of digitally shot footage?) Its production values are an insult to the term ‘production value’. Random outof-focus shots fill-in gaps with dialogue voiceovers. Plus I spotted at least three zoom-ins, and that’s the most you’re going to see in all movies this year put together because, well, that’s a retro aesthetic you simply don’t use anymore. Like wearing bell-bottoms to a corporate office. Tacky beyond redemption. Four passengers are in a booth in a train. One of them is Leander Paes and the others - a hooker, a tailor, and a communist - are classist and look down upon him as if he’s filth. Jimmy Sheirgill is a cop preventing a bomb from exploding that has been apparently put on the train by Paes (except he himself doesn’t know it) and makes many intense faces with a tinge of regret that clearly spells “why did I agree to this?” That’s really all I got of the story and I’m sure no one, including the writer, can fully explain the plot. The director seems to want to express his myriad personal views on life and disconnectedly mentions everything from Animal Farm to Marx to Godhra. Some of the scenes are simply too ludicrous to be seen on a big screen. Let me point out the ones that take place in the train’s bathroom: the hooker and tailor hook up here, a member of the bomb squad checks an open dustbin with a beeping instrument, and creepiest of all: Paes retreats here to stare at a photo of a child. There is some ridiculously overthe-top acting (what is Gulshan Grover doing in this movie?) overall and Paes follows the director’s dreadful instructions and comes across as foolish and pathetic. The once-upon-a-time toast of India, winner of 13 Grand Slam tennis titles, takes a shot at Bollywood and serves every opponent he’s ever had, an automatic advantage with this single stroke.... full review
Thumbs down by Swati Rohatgi, STARDUST ...Almost every actor falters in his/her performance. Right from Priyanshu Chatterjee who bugs you with his caricaturish Bengali twang to Sudhanshu Pandey who tries really hard to keep a serious face all fall flat courtesy the lackluster character sketch.... full review