Verdict: Beautiful love saga in a train journey.
Rail is a dubbed version of the Tamil flick Thodari that has released simultaneously in both the languages. Directed by Prabhu Solomon and starring Dhanush and Keerthy Suresh in the lead roles, the trailer has generated good curiosity among the audience. Dhanush and Prabhu Solomon have came together for this flick for the first time. Rail is also being projected as the first full length train movie ever made in India. Let’s see if they were able to fulfill the expectations of the audience.
Shivaji (Dhanush) is an orphan who has been born and brought up in the train. He works as a caterer in Duronto Express, which is scheduled to travel from Delhi to Chennai. Saroja (Keerthy Suresh) is a make-up girl for an actress who also boards the same train. As expected, Shivaji falls in love at first sight with Saroja and gets close to her by telling her that he is a close friend of lyricist Sitarama Sastry. Saroja’s ambition is to become a singer and she starts talking to Shivaji. In the meanwhile, this is the last travel journey for the train driver and due to some turn of events, he dies in the train. What happens to all the passengers? Will they be able to survive? Will Shivaji and Saroja unite? All these factors form the story line of Rail.
As projected, this is the first time in the history of Indian cinema that the whole movie is shot in a train. Dhanush is, as usual, at his best. Be it comedy, stunts, songs and dialogues, he excelled in all crafts. Keerthy Suresh did a wonderful job as Saroja. The pair looked fresh and worked well for the movie. Thambi Ramiah excelled in comedy in his role as the boss of the pantry. Radha Ravi is apt in his role as the central minister. Rest of the cast are adequate.
Prabhu Solomon needs to be given credit for bringing a unique movie to Tamil and Telugu viewers. Though the core subject of the flick is adapted from the English movie Unstoppable, he must be credited for the way he has executed it in the given budget. Cinematography by Vetrivel Mahendran is the major highlight for Rail. He has captured the locales with finesse. The visuals in the first song are mind blowing. Music by D. Imman is a treat to ears. All the songs are melodious and the background score gels well with the story.
Why You Should Watch This Movie:
You should watch this movie for the uniqueness of the script. Added to it are some meaningful messages related to the integrity of the states and country. Go for it and get immersed in a three-hour train journey. You will not be bored.
– By Ajay Mudunuri