Ahaa! Parineeti Chopra is open to making a big impact with Netflix’s upcoming remake of The Girl On The Train. The film released in 2016 was adapted from the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins. The book does have a lot of fans. The 2016 film despite featuring some big shows with the likes of Emily Blunt failed to make the usual impact. The new version, starring Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari, and Kirti Kulhari, aims to give desi a take on the storyline. Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta, the film is quite hooking and shaking up the original written material. So here we discuss how we feel about the new design retelling of The Girl On The Train in the new Netflix adaptation.
The Girl On The Train follows the story of a once happy lawyer who has now turned into an alcoholic widow. While she continues to deal with alcoholism, her ex-husband, and his wife, the only happiness she finds is on her way home. When he saw a woman like him in the past living a happy life. So let’s break down what director Ribhu Dasgupta Netflix has to offer the masses.
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The new image of The Girl On Train introduces us to Mira Kapoor (Parineeti Chopra), a happy marriage lawyer from London. He is proving his career every step of the way and will expand his family. A tragedy befell him and lead him to a life-threatening alcoholic career. Often obsessed with his ex-husband and wife, he began to spend most of his time drinking and stalking them. Suffering from mental health, the only happiness he found was meeting Nusrat (Aditi Rao Hydari).
Nusrat is a woman Meera sees on every train back to her home. Watching Nusrat live the happy life that was meant to make her happy. But one day, everything turned around. He sees Nusrat with someone else and suspects him of having an affair. In order to avoid him going through the same tragedy he did, Meera involved himself in a murder case he didn’t want.
Overall Story Review
The Netflix version of desi is unlike the original movies and books quite choppy, plus a forced extension. This film mostly takes the way of the murder mystery and keeps the psychological elements away. There are hardly any moments that bring us into the depths of Meera’s psychological state. On the other hand, it is a bit fast moving in terms of violent sequences and slow with emotional sequences.
The vibe of the film might remind you of films like Talaash: The Answer Lies Within or Badla. There is a slow, silent vibration in the environment. Well, if you are already a fan of the book and have read it. Plus watching the 2016 movie doesn’t change much. There is even some dialogue that nods to the original film as well.
To call the film a desi-take is quite an exaggeration. This has been shown by many fans. First of all the story is set once again in London, which is nothing new. The only thing that is interesting about it are some of the Bollywood songs. That’s it, the same repetition over and over. Also, let me repeat, if you liked the book, the ending is something you may or may not be satisfied with.
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We have to say we’re excited to see Parineeti Chopra try some new heights in acting. Especially putting aside the previous lead role. He has given the best we can say. His performance as a strong lawyer turned alcoholic is commendable and we personally liked him after all this time. The screams, looks, and anger paid off very well. There are a few snails here and there. For example, his emotions and loneliness are mostly depicted but a little less feeling. On the other hand, when it comes to his alcohol intake, we find it a little too much. Still not a lot of complaints, we’re excited about Parineeti Chopra trying something out of the ordinary.
Two other crucial figures, Nusrat, played by Aditi Rao Hydari and Kriti Kulhari as a policeman, felt their respective presence. We have to commend Aditi Rao Hydari for the take on the innocent girl that did quite well for the film. On the other hand, we believe that part of the show doesn’t do much justice to the attractive and talented Kriti Kulhari, who wears a turban and a respectable cop determined to catch a killer. Another add-in, Avinash Tiwary also doesn’t have much to tell, although it does have some depth that is quickly lost.
To be honest, this film as a whole is just a take from the same old 2016 film starring Emily Blunt. Seriously the same old man, been there, done that material. The director didn’t make many changes to the original. He maintains the same old strategy. The only thing that she might not get is Emily Blunt’s absolutely incredible look. With that said we didn’t remove the shine from Parineeti Chopra. As we said, we are very happy to see him trying to do something outside of his territory and hope he will continue to do so.
So, don’t mind giving it a watch. It’s a decent watch. Not that great, not that bad. If you’ve read the 2016 version of the book or watched the movie, you probably won’t like it. For both beginners and desi-fans, this is one-time entertainment. Netflix’s The Girl On The Train is available to stream Netflix. You can also check out the trailer below.