(Kamal Hassan) is forced to join a group of small-time
crooks who plan to kidnap the kid of a businessman for
a hefty ransom in Mumbai. When others fail him, Annavaram
kidnaps another kid called Daddoo (Hardik) by mistake.
Daddoo is the son of Ahalya (Manisha Koirala) who has
illegitimate affair with the police commissioner (Nassar).
Annavaram receives a ransom of one crore for the kid
he did not kidnap. But Annavaram realizes his wrongful
deeds and wants to correct them by returning the kid
and the money he received. The rest of the story leads
to a comedy of errors.
Hassan is perfect for the role of Annavaram who
yearns for an honest life. His comedy timing is wonderful.
Manisha Koirala is adequate
as the materialistic woman who prefers money over relationships.
Master Hardik is good as
a kid longing for parental affection. Pasupati
is spontaneous in creating humor. Ramesh
Arvind acted as an opportunistic insurance agent.
Nassar is fair.
- screenplay: Story of the film deals with mistaken
identities in order to create a comedy of errors. The
slapstick comedy used in this film is very typical of
Kamal Hassan's comedies like Tenali, Sathi Leelavathi,
Brahmachari, Panchatantram, Navvandi Lavvandi etc. Screenplay
provided by Kamal Hassan is adequate.
Direction by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao is a bit redundant.
Taking of the film is old fashioned (typical Singeetam
slapstick style). He used good backdrop and nice situations,
but could not get the narration right in an interesting
manner. The use of horse character and flight noises
is good. The director could not establish the triangular
bond of hero-heroine-kid properly.
departments: There is one full song and another
bit song in this film. These songs are nice. Background
music is adequate. Cinematography by Siddardh is OK.
The colors in this film do not look natural as the entire
film was shot with digital camera. Fights by Vikram
Dharma are sufficient, but the graphic work does not
supplement the fights well. Dialogues by Vennelakanti
have few punches.
First half of the film deals with kidnap and ransom
episodes. Second half concentrates in establishing a
bond between hero-heroine-kid and on mistaken identities.
This film has its moments with occasional good comedy
scenes. But most of the slapstick comedy appears redundant.
The film lacks an emotional thread that bonds the entire
film together. The emotional points like Annavaram's
yearning for affection and kid's agony of not having
a legal father are not dealt well. On the whole, Mumbai
Xpress does not live up to its expectations.
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