The American film The Girl On The Train about a lonely disoriented New York commuter who gets embroiled in a murder , gets on its trip with Parineeti Chopra stepping into Emily Blunt’s Oscar-nominated role. Parineeti makes sure she’s nominated too. Any woman actor playing an alcoholic with a smudgy kohl look surely catches every awards’ jury ‘s attention. The last time a performance by a tipsy kohl-miner got praised was Katrina Kaif in Zero.
Parineeti is all over the place in the trailer. She is eager to make an impression as an alcoholic who stalks Aditi Rao Hydari and probably kills her. We don’t know for sure. So far except for Kajol in Gupt I haven’t seen a leading lady who is a murderer.
The trailer shows that the turbulent drama has moved from NY to London without any transit damages. Director Ribhu Dasgupta knows his thriller well. This seems to be one of the more skilled adaptations of a foreign film in recent times with Kirti Kulhari nailing it as the investigative officer mumbling to the Al-kohl-ist, “Aur kitna jhooth bologi tum?” Which actually sounds like, “Aur kitna piyogi tum?”
Some of the dialogues in the trailer seem translated from the English. “Tum sure ho tumne usse HURT nahin kiya hoga?”
No one uses the the word hurt for murder in Hindi. At the end of the trailer I can only say one thing for. Ribhu Dasgupta ne original film ko hurt nahin kiya. The rest, we will see on Netflix when the film premiers on 26 February.
Trailer rating: ***