Indian Adaptation Of ‘The Girl on the Train’ staring Parineeti Chopra is a mystery thriller film. This film was released on Netflix on February 26, 2021. It is directed by Ribhu Dasgupta and produced under the banner of Reliance Entertainment. The star casts in Indian Adaptation Of ‘The Girl on the Train’ are Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, Kirti Kulhari and Avinash Tiwary.

The film is based on the book of the same name by author Paula Hawkins. The book was first released in 2015 and it became the fastest-selling adult novel. It remained at the top in The New York Times best-selling books list for 13 weeks. The book is about Rachel Watson, an alcoholic woman who watches a couple from her window of the train on her daily commutes. As every day passes she builds a dark obsession and envies the couple, especially the woman whom she calls Jess and her ‘perfect life’. One day when she sees something shocking from the train, Rachel is thrust into the couple’s lives and soon the police investigation that follows. Rachel Watson is one of the three female protagonists in the story and they are all linked by their treatment at the hands of one man.

The book was adapted by Hollywood in 2016. The film was directed by Tate Taylor and had a star-studded ensemble, with Emily Blunt in the lead role. While Emily Blunt received many praises for her performance as Rachel Watson and a BAFTA nomination, the film did not do well at the box office. Many critics called the film an exploitative melodrama and a suspense free tale.

Indian Adaptation Of The Girl On The Train (Parineeti Chopra)

The Indian Adaptation Of of ‘The Girl On The Train’ by Bollywood is somewhat just like that, and slightly more disappointing. The film avoids the book’s principle ideas. The book is lost in the labyrinth of Bollywood cliches as it gives its alcoholic protagonist a rare case of amnesia. Dasgupta’s ‘The Girl On The Train’ is more of a thriller than a psychological drama about a woman who is lost and finds herself again through her utter willpower, like in the book. The film is set in London and it is one of the few things that the film gets right. Parineeti Chopra plays Mira, the renamed Rachel.

She used to work as a high-profile criminal prosecutor. But after getting divorced and suffering from a miscarriage due to a car crash, Mira becomes alcoholic. Her drinking habit wrecks her law practice. With no work, Mira starts to board a daily train to go nowhere. During these commutes, she spies and starts to fixate on Nusrat (Aditi Rao Hydari), who seems to have a perfect life like she once had. This is the point where the film goes down a different path than the book. Rachel Watson is a character who has multiple shades of grey.

The character forces the audience to separate her drinking problems from the person she is. Unfortunately, the Indian Adaptation Of ‘The Girl on the Train’ fails to do that. It simply highlights Mira’s shortcomings. Through the course of two hours, the audience are shown scenes of some over the top drunk acting and over emoting with lots of smoky eye makeup. The film fails to create curiosity and intrigue the audience. Deviating from the original plot does not the film.

A thriller is supposed to invest the audience in the protagonist’s circumstances. The film fails to evoke sympathy for Mira because her actions and the events that take place around her are not convincing enough. The film fails to hold attention and some unnecessary songs fitted into the story, don’t help the narrative of the film much. The only thing that might stay with the audience is Aditi Rao Hydari’s acting as Nusrat. She has a brief role but it is impactful. She combines her character’s beauty and fragility to portray Nusrat’s pain and the secret she hides behind that beauty.

As the plot starts to unravel, it seems very predictable. The loopholes that are left in the plot because of too much material makes the Indian Adaptation Of ‘The Girl On The Train’ a disappointing watch for the viewers.

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