Nagesh Kukunoor of ‘Hyderabad Blues’, ‘Iqbal’ and the more recent ‘Dor’ fame, is back with a movie titled ‘Bombay to Bangkok’. Akin to his other movies, Nagesh has written and directed this movie starring Shreyas Talpade and Lina Christianson in the lead. Nagesh Kukunoor films guarantee quality cinema, does it live up to the expectations?
Bombay to Bangkok Story:
Shankar (Shreyas Talpade) a cook from Dharavi is in desperate need of money, to fly to Dubai and make his fortune, steals money from the local Don. To escape from the clutches of a Don he joins a team of Doctors heading for relief work to Bangkok. In this chaos, he hides his money bag in one of the medicine boxes which was being shipped to Bangkok. He is forced to stay in the camp for a few days until he got hold of his bag.
Meanwhile, he bumps into a beauty named Jasmine (Lina Christianson) at a massage parlor. But all is not ‘happy-happy’ as she is all Thai and he cannot understand a single word she utters. With the help of a sardar named Raz, he manages to take the help of Jasmine in traveling to Bangkok in search of the bag. Will he escape the clutches of the Don and gets hold of his money once again?
Bombay to Bangkok Review:
Bombay to Bangkok indeed marks a huge fall in quality from Kukunoor’s earlier works, and his fans are definitely bound to be disappointed.
Bombay to Bangkok is no rollicking ride. Although some credits could be given to Nagesh for his direction, he fails as a writer. The story just gets dull and boring with each reel. The repetitive dream sequence of Shreyas annoys with time. With such sequences the movie drags on too long and gets extremely difficult to sit through. It gets from barely watchable to being unbearably tedious and preposterous. Also, the climax of the movie is arid.
Very few scenes in the movie entertain like the ones where Shreyas tries hard to communicate with Lena Christensen and Vijay Maurya trying hard to rap.
On the whole the movie with a weak plotline fails to entertain and is tiresome to sit through. The movie in fact is devoid of moments that would at least make us chuckle. Instead we are served with lame slapstick humor. Also, the film requires some trimming. Cinematography by Sudeep Chatterjee is poor. The beauty of Thailand is hardly covered in the shots. Music is yet another let down. The track ‘Same Same But Different’ is good.
Bombay to Bangkok Performances:
Despite a poorly written character, Shreyas Talpade delivers a brilliant performance. With his diverse expression and fun performance, he wins the heart of the viewers.
Lina Christianson is all beauty and no talent. Lacks expressions – a woody performance.
Vijay Maurya, the don and rap star, is excellent. Raz alias Rachinder Singh is also good. Naseeruddin Shah appears only in one scene which was just not necessary.
On the whole, Bombay to Bangkok is a sore disappointment. It suffers due to a weak plot.