By: By Moviebuzz
Critic's Rating: 17/5
Friday 15 April 2005
Singeetham Sreenivasa Rao
Kamal Haasan, Manisha Koirala, Nassar, Pasupathy, Vayyapuri
However be warned, technically Mumbai Xpress is tacky as it has been shot on the DV digital format which looks grainy and at times the shots seems to be out-of-focus and dark. If the film was shot in conventional celluloid the graphics and the motor bike effects would have been far superior.
What the film lacks in terms of technical perfection is made up by A- team star cast of Kamal Hassan, Pasupathy, Nassar, Ramesh Aravind and Vayyapuri who have shown great comic timing which works to the advantage to this black comedy.
Avinasi (Kamal Hassan) is a bit of a dull and dumb stuntman who performs in a circus the motor cycle act in Mumbai. He is better known as ?Mumbai express? for his dare-devil acts on the bike. But due to his naivety he gets entangled in a kidnap drama staged by his sister (Kovai Sarala), her husband, Chidambaram (Pasupathy), Johnson (Vayyapuri) and a Telugu insurance agent (Ramesh Aravind).
The gang sets out to kidnap a real estate tycoon, Chettiar?s (Santhanabharathy) 10-year-old son but due to various slapstick goof-ups ends with the wrong kid. And the kidnapped kid Daddu (Master Hardik) happens to be the ACP?s (Nassar) illegitimate son of his concubine Ahalya (Manisha Koirala) a former bar dancer.
Well, it is truly confusion confounded and a merry-go-round of mistaken identities seen in Kamal?s earlier comedies. But the biggest drawback of the film is that it drags as the film is too lengthy. Kamal is as usual in his elements and is at ease doing comedy with his quick one-liners. The most commendable performance comes from Nassar and Pasupathy who discovers his comic side and carries the show well.
Ilayaraja?s music is nothing great as there is only one song and a bit of title track. On the whole, if Kamal?s howlarious comedies like Michael Madan Kamarajan, Tenali, Panchatanthiram made you laugh, then probably you may just smile if you board the Mumbai Xpress.