Traffic: Film Review – This Jam Does Not Work

Verdict: A film with loads of melodrama and very few thrills.

Based on a true story and a Malayalam movie of the same name, Traffic, showcases the heroic efforts of the police force, who successfully transport a heart between two cities by road. Superstar Dev Kapoor’s (Prosenjit Chatterjee) daughter is critically ill and can only be saved if she gets a donor heart in time. Meanwhile in Mumbai, a journalist (Vishal Singh) meets with an accident and has just a few hours to live. Knowing that their son won’t survive, his parents decide to donate his heart to the ailing girl. Multiple characters like Dr. Abel (Parambrata Chatterjee) and his wife, the journalist’s best friend, Inspector Gurbir Singh (Jimmy Shergill) and Commissioner of Mumbai Police (Vikram Gokhale) are introduced and all of them join in to help the child.

With so many stories running in parallel lines, the screenplay keeps you hooked for the most part, but it’s the overdose of drama that ruins the movie. Though Traffic was promoted as a thriller, the director heavily relied on drama. The mother’s hysterical behavior is justified but after a point, it does get annoying. It would be great if more attention was paid to the suspense aspect as the melodrama simply hampers the film. After a breezy first half, everything goes downhill post the interval. The production values, too, leave much to be desired.

Manoj Bajpayee as Constable Godbole is absolutely fantastic. The actor delivers an outstanding performance but is let down by a weak script. Besides Bajpayee, none of the actors get enough screen time, which is a blessing as they ham it up big time. Jimmy Shergill does get some witty lines in which he criticizes Mumbai’s roads and traffic but besides that the actor has very little to do. It is disappointing to see Divya Dutta, Vikram Gokhale, and Sachin Khedekar play such poorly written characters. 

Why You Should Watch This Movie:  

There is very little to appreciate in Traffic. However, if you are a fan of over-the-top thrillers, this one may appeal to you. 

Language: Hindi
Cast & Crew: Manoj Bajpayee, Divya Dutta, Prosenjit Chatterjee, Jimmy Shergill

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