Adapted from the novel of the same name by Paula Hawkins and the subsequent Hollywood portrayal, The Girl On the Train stars actresses Parineeti Chopra, Aditi Rao Hydari and Kirti Kulhari in lead roles.
Meera Kapoor (Parineeti Chopra), a lawyer living with her husband, finds herself in trouble when she takes up her next case. She is intimidated and warned to stay away, but Meera is not a girl to bog down. Not only does she fight, but she also wins the case. Consequently, an act of enmity, and not of coincidence, leads her into a car accident in the state of pregnancy. She loses her child, and the physical and mental wounds attract the disease of Amnesia. Later, the lawyer gets addicted to alcohol and destroys her life further. In this backdrop, her daily train journey is used to showcase how she gets involved in a mysterious murder case.
Generally, if there are two films, one suspense based and the other a thriller, you would notice both of them getting the tag of a suspense thriller, which is mostly misplaced. We need to realise that a suspense based story is not necessarily a thriller, and a thriller may not have enough suspense elements to complement the screenplay. This is where The Girl on the Train finds the going tough, it has ample suspense but only a few thrills to go with it. But does that make the Ribhu Dasgupta directorial bad in its entirety? Read on to find out.
What works for the film?
The story is its backbone, which stays firm throughout the film. It has a multi-layered screenplay that keeps you hooked to the screen. Acting, direction and background music are top-notch. Parineeti Chopra has done a great job, and finally, it is time that she gets appreciated for the same.
What doesn't work?
Well, don't be surprised if you find this section to be longer than the previous one. Despite a good story and screenplay, it feels sad to convey that this Netflix presentation is a missed opportunity. It could have been a lot more intriguing, considering we have had many similar films based on short and long term memory wipeouts, and they were far better in comparison. Moreover, few scenes lacked sense, such as the ease with which a suspected murder culprit escapes the police, finds a gun and begins a parallel investigation that too, without getting caught. Here we are talking about the ever-efficient UK Police. Apart from this, I feel the talent of Aditi Rao Hydari deserved to be explored more.
The Girl on The Train is not a compulsory watch unless you have read the book and wish to compare the subsequent Hollywood and Bollywood versions.