Vaigai Express movie review: Film that can be enjoyed only in parts

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | ANUPAMA SUBRAMANIAN
Published Mar 25, 2017, 7:12 pm IST
Updated Mar 25, 2017, 7:12 pm IST
The film stars RK, Neetu Chandra, Komal Sharma, Nasser, RK Selvamani, Siddique and Suja in the lead roles.
A still from the film.
 A still from the film.
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Director: Shaji Kailas

Cast: RK, Neetu Chandra, Komal Sharma, Nasser, RK Selvamani, Siddique, Suja

 

Vaigai Express is the third movie in which actor RK and ace M’town filmmaker Shaji Kailas team up once again. It is a remake of Malayalam crime thriller Naadiya Kollapetta Raathri.

The film revolves around the deaths of three women in the Vaigai Express train. The three girls who travel on the Vaigai Express belong to different backgrounds: Yamini (squash player Komal Sharma) is a reporter for NDTV and is found lying dead on the tracks; Thulasimani is a dancer who is found hanging inside her coupe; and Radhika (Neetu Chandra), a sharp shooter from a zamin family, is brutally attacked and left for dead.  The investigation is entrusted to Sherfuddin Rahman IPS (RK), an encounter specialist belonging to RACT (Railway Anti-Criminal Task Force). While he is able to crack the murders of Yamini and Thulasimani, the real challenge before him is to solve the mystery of the grave attempt on Radhika, who has by now slipped into a coma. How Rahman along with his aides a local inspector played by Nasser and assistant Ramesh Kanna bring the culprit to books narrated with a few twists and turns forms the rest.

RK is known for choosing roles that fits his stature and plays to his strength. Vaigai Express is no different. It is just an extension of his fiery cop role from his earlier movie and RK pulls it off with the help of Prabhakar’s sharp dialogues. Neetu Chandra gets to play a dual role of the sharp shooter Radhika and her sister Jyothika, a classical dancer and the actress impresses once she gets the screen space towards the end. Nasser as a funny cop does not add value to the proceedings. RK Selvamani, Suman and Siddique are also there in the cast. All other passengers in the train played by Manobala, Ineya, Archana, and John Vijay are mediocre.

Everyone is loud and brash in the film except for Neetu’s characters. There’s a disjointed feel as the narration does not flow smoothly from one scene to another. Hence the thrills are kind of diminished. A film that can be enjoyed only in parts.

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