Traffic (2016)

Cast – Manoj Bajpayee, Jimmy Shergill,Prosenjit Chatterjee, Sachin Khedekar

Director – Rajesh Pillai

Screenplay by – Suresh Nair

Story by – Bobby Sanjay

It’s a thriller-drama based on a real life incidence when a heart had to be transported for a transplant, literally cutting through the peak day time city traffic. After brief glimpses of lives of the central characters, its shown how they converge on the fateful day.

It rightly deserves to be a called a thriller as it successfully kept us hooked to that clock ticking away, instilling a sense of urgency and anxiety.

The screenplay has been well handled and the fictional angles were almost perfect. It was gripping enough to keep us on the edge even though the result was obvious to us.

Add to this the amazing bunch of actors there and all of them delivering well, however small or big their role.

The Creme de la Creme was for sure Manoj Bajpayee who has consecutively given an admirable performance after Aligarh. That actor can emote with such subtlety that you can’t help but wonder what would another actor have done if in the same character. Jimmy Shergill is another ace actor to revel. Divya Dutta is superb as the distraught mother… so are Sachin Khedekar and Kitu Gidwani. It’s always a challenge to portray grief at the same time making sure it’s underplayed without any drama. Vikram Gokhale, seen after a long time impresses even in one scene.

The emotional angle and drama seemed justified considering that its love, loss and grief that we are dealing with.

A few glitches that stood out… some weak gaps, one odd sub plot added for drama that was avoidable… and lack of detailing as in Renault Duster, latest model Safari, android phones shown in 2008!!!

But overall, I found it a compelling story of humungous willpower, courage, humanity, redemption and at the core being precious life and love.

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