The Girl On The Train Review: Strikes A Balance Between Original and Remake

The Girl On The Train is the Hindi remake of 2016 American film, based on Paula Hawkins’ novel of the same name. This Parineeti Chopra starrer psychological thriller drama lives up to what it had promised in its trailer.

Due to some unfortunate events, Mira Kapoor (Parineeti Chopra) becomes the prime suspect in the murder case of Nusrat John (Aditi Rao Hydari), whom Mira considered to have the perfect life. While Mira here is the Girl on the Train, Nusrat and Officer Bagga (Kirti Kulhari) are the girls with their lives revolving around her.

When a film is based on a book, the filmmakers usually need to strike a balance between maintaining the original essence as well as adding an unusual flavour to the story. This adaptation has succeeded in doing so. However, if you are comparing the film with the American adaptation, you might be disappointed at times. Ribhu Dasgupta's direction and screenplay coupled with Gaurav Shukla and Viddesh Malandkar’s dialogues are satisfactory but it is the cinematography by Tribhuvan Sadineni which glues the theme of the story, which otherwise was scattered in pieces.

While we have always seen Parineeti in that bubbly girl character, we might need some 30 minutes to accept the fact that she is doing her best to be mentally disturbed and alcoholic, Mira Kapoor and that's when you realise, that's not working for her. Aditi has limited screen time, but every time we see her, she enchants us. Kirti playing a cop, holds us with her eyes and subtlety. It is Avinash Tiwari as Shekhar, Mira’s ex-husband, who is given enough time to experiment and he will surprise you with his skills.

The story picks up after some 45 minutes, till then you have to watch drunk Mira Kapoor aimlessly roaming on roads. There are three songs in the film, which seem to be added just to fast-forward the story but were not necessary. Whether you have watched the American adaptation or read the book, this Hindi remake has something unique to offer and you may watch it on Netflix.