Ribhu Sengupta who made 2015’s fascinating yet flawed thriller Te3n is all set to adapt the British thriller The Girl On The Train into Hindi.And he’s signed Jacqueline Fernandez to play actress Emily Blunt’s Oscar-nominated part of an alcoholic commuter who sees things happening in homes from her window seat on train. Here are the things Ms Fernandez needs to learn-unlearn before being able to even think of getting into Ms Blunt’s shoes.
How to look like an alcoholic without stumbling over furniture: In Hindi films anyone who gets sozzled makes sure he or she lets the whole world know the inebriated condition by slurring, stumbling , hiccupping, etc. But Emily Blunt does none of the above. She remains an alcoholic without trying to look or sound like one.Peg-lee kahin ki.
How not to giggle after every line of dialogue: Ms Fernandez is a born giggler.If you give her the telephone directory to read for a scene she would giggle through it. But let’s be very ‘Blunt’ on this…when it comes to playing the tortured troubled girl ,the giggles just won’t do. Ms Fernandez would just have to learn to stop being so happy in life. Maybe thinking about the fate of her second-to-last film instead of the last film would help.
She would need to unlearn pole dancing and learn martial arts. The climax of The Girl On The Train(Ek Ladki Chali Rail Pe?) involves plenty of physical action including a one-to-one combat with her male co-star. She could ask Sidharth Malhotra to play her opponent. He would make sure she lands safely each time.
Train Yourself, Girl. Watch other films where the drama unfolds on a train, like ShaadAli’s Saathiya and Vishal Bhardwaj’s Rangoon. On the other hand, avoid .Method acting is really not your scene.
Kuch na kaho….One big plus for Fernandez is the spoken language in The Girl On The Train. There is so little for Emily Blunt to say in the original.This time our Sri LankanStreep doesn’t have to struggle with the Hindi lines.Fernandez just has to take deep breaths and let the camera do all the talking.