Mumbai Xpress (film)

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Mumbai Xpress
Mumbai Express 2005 poster.jpg
poster of Tamil version
Directed bySingeetam Srinivasa Rao
Produced byKamal Haasan
Chandra Haasan
Written byKamal Haasan
Saurabh Shukla (Hindi)
Starring
Music byIlayaraaja
CinematographySidharth
Edited byAshmith Kunder
Production
company
Distributed bySahara One Motion Pictures (Hindi)
Release date
  • 14 April 2005 (2005-04-14)
(Tamil)
  • 15 April 2005 (2005-04-15)
(Hindi)
Running time
152 minutes (Tamil)
146 minutes (Hindi)
CountryIndia
LanguageTamil
Hindi

Mumbai Xpress is a 2005 Indian comedy film directed by Singeetam Srinivasa Rao and produced by Kamal Haasan. It stars Kamal Haasan himself in the lead role alongside Manisha Koirala. The music was composed by Ilayaraaja, while Sidharth and Ashmith Kunder handled the cinematography and editing respectively. This Tamil version was dubbed in Telugu with the same name.[1]

The film was simultaneously made in Tamil and Hindi with the same title. The lead pair, as well as Saxena, Aravind, Thakar, and Dheena, were retained for the Hindi version. In the Hindi version, Vijay Raaz, Dinesh Lamba, Om Puri, Saurabh Shukla and Pratima Kazmi reprise the roles played by Pasupathy, Vaiyapuri, Nassar, Santhana Bharathi and Kovai Sarala, respectively.

Plot[edit]

Three amateur thieves plot to kidnap the young son of wealthy Chettiar (Santhana Bharathi - Tamil) / Mehta (Saurabh Shukla - Hindi) from school. They do a trial run. However, on the eve of the kidnap, the guy whose job is to operate a crane in this plan is hospitalized. The services of Avinasi (Tamil) / Avinash (Hindi) a.k.a. Mumbai Xpress (Kamal Haasan), brother of Kovai Sarala (Tamil) / Pratima Kazmi (Hindi), a deaf stuntman performing daredevil bike acts, is roped in. Twists and turns take place where the other two gang members are hurt, and invariably, our Mumbai Xpress is left to perform the task all by himself. He kidnaps a wrong boy Daddu (Hardhik Thakar), the illegitimate son of Ahalya (Manisha Koirala) and police officer Rao (Nassar - Tamil) / (Om Puri - Hindi) , but manages to get a huge ransom from Chettiar by default. A brawl takes place between the original kidnap planners - Chidambaram (Pasupathy - Tamil) / Digambar (Vijay Raaz - Hindi), Johnson (Vaiyapuri - Tamil) / (Dinesh Lamba - Hindi), and Avinasi / Avinash - in handling Ahalya's child, but Avinasi / Avinash delivers the child unhurt to his mother. He eavesdrops into her tele-con with Rao where Rao wants to settle both the ransom and sever his ties with her. Ahalya pleads and coaxes him to help her get the ransom, which Rao is willing to pay. The child takes a fancy to Avinasi / Avinash and wants him to be the man in their life, and gets him to agree (or else he would throw himself from a multi-storied building). Ahalaya wants either Rao's or Chettiar / Mehta's money which Avinasi / Avinash is holding, whereas Avinasi / Avinash is in love and wants to be that protective person. Rao appoints Chettiar / Mehta to handle the ransom and what follows is a series of humorous mix-ups. In the end, all settle their differences and become the board of directors of Avinasi / Avinash's Mumbai Express, a mega bar owned by Avinasi / Avinash and Ahalya, now married, to a happy ending.

Cast[edit]

Tamil version[edit]

Hindi version[edit]

All characters mentioned above in the Tamil version are the same in the Hindi version except Avinasi's name and the characters played by Nassar, Bharathi, Pasupathy, Sarala, and Vaiyapuri have been played by different actors.

The supporting cast of the Tamil version make a cameo appearance during the climax of the Hindi version and vice versa.

Production[edit]

In early 2004, Kamal Haasan attempted to work with Singeetham Srinivasa Rao in a film with Madhuri Dixit titled Kumar Sambhavam, but the film did not develop. He later agreed to work with Rao on another proposed film titled KG alongside Ramesh Aravind, but it also was dropped.[2] Kamal Haasan then decided to fund the film and Crazy Mohan was approached to write the dialogues, though the writer later pulled out of the venture. Tabu initially turned down the offer citing date problems.[3] In October 2004, it was reported that Kamal Haasan had agreed to act in Singeetham Srinivasa Rao's next film, a Tamil-Kannada bilingual comedy titled Mumbai Xpress.[4] The film was officially announced on 8 November 2004, where Kamal Haasan revealed that the film would be made in Tamil and Hindi, with the former version also featuring Nassar, Pasupathy and Vaiyapuri while the latter would include Mahesh Manjrekar, Om Puri and Saurabh Shukla in its cast.[5] The team faced further problems though trying to find a heroine for the film with Bipasha Basu and then Kajol also turning down the opportunity to star in the bilingual.[6] Basu later stated she was unsure if audiences would accept her in the role of a mother of a 10-year-old boy, citing this as the reason she refused the film.[7] Finally in mid November 2004, the team agreed terms with Manisha Koirala and the actress flew to Chennai to take part in a photo shoot.[8] Vijay Raaz also subsequently replaced Manjrekar, while a ten-year-old boy, Hardhik Thakar, was added to the cast.[9] During production the film faced criticism for having an English title, though Kamal Haasan remained undisturbed by the controversy.[10][11]

During the making of the film, Kamal Haasan suffered a minor injury which resulted in severe bruising, though his co-passenger on the motorbike in the stunt escaped injury.[12] The film geared up for a 14 April release clashing with the Rajinikanth starrer Chandramukhi and the Vijay starrer Sachein, while a Telugu version was also planned to be dubbed from the Tamil film.[13] Kamal Haasan launched an audio company called Rajkamal Audios, just to release the film's music and held a special opening event at Prasad Labs.[14]

Release[edit]

The movie opened to positive reviews across 321 screens. RaajKamal Films International was successful in having the first digital film implemented (shot in the pioneering Red epic camera) a no-profit no-loss affair thus opening up a new path for potential filmmakers and India's forey into the digital film making.[15][16][17][18] they used 3ccd camera

Even though the film won good reviews,[19] the cinematography had been done experimentally with a digital movie camera and mainly due to the digital film implementation resulting in a slight dark output which left the viewer uneasy. The film, although widely considered a loss, was a great success technology-wise in the Indian cinema industry.

Regarding the Hindi version, the National Award-winning critic Baradwaj Rangan praised the movie in his review as "one of Kamal Haasan's most tight-knit, most convoluted screenplays, where every pratfall, every pun, every preposterous moment seems to have been spat on, polished, and precisely positioned into an overall jigsaw pattern". He added that "Mumbai Xpress isn't exactly an all-out comedy. Like Pushpak, it's the blues with belly laughs, a stack of serious issues coated with smiles." [20]

According to Ibosnetwork, India's leading box-office portal, Mumbai Xpress collected 4.00 crore (US$560,000) in the Hindi Belt alone,[21] while Box Office India certified the film as a Flop as it netted only 3.50 crore (US$490,000) from the North Indian region.[22]

Soundtrack[edit]

Mumbai Xpress
Soundtrack album by
Released2005
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Length37:19 (Hindi)
LanguageTamil
Hindi
LabelRaajkamal Audios (Tamil)
Venus (Hindi)
External audio
Official Hindi Audio Jukebox on YouTube

The soundtrack was composed by Illayaraja, the Tamil lyrics were written by Vaali, Telegu lyrics were written by Chandrabose and the Hindi lyrics were written by Dev Kohli.

Hindi (original)[edit]

Track-List
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Pyaar Chahiye"Dev KohliSonu Nigam, Shaan, Shreya Ghoshal 
2."Pyaar Chahiye (2)"Dev KohliSonu Nigam, Shaan 
3."Aila Re"Dev KohliSonu Nigam, K. K., Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Shreya Ghoshal & Chorus 
4."Bander Ki Dug Dugi"Dev KohliSonu Nigam, K. K., Shaan, Sunidhi Chauhan 
5."Monkey Chatter" (Instrumental)   

Tamil (original)[edit]

Track-List
No.TitleLyricsSinger(s)Length
1."Yelae Nee Yetipoo"VaaliKamal Haasan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan7:38
2."Poo Poothadu"VaaliSonu Nigam, Shreya Ghoshal, Shaan6:34
3."Kurangu Kaiyil Maalai"VaaliKamal Haasan, Tippu5:40
4."Vandemataram" Chorus1:43
5."Well Of Death" (Instrumental)  3:24
6."Theme Music" (Instrumental)  5:05

Telugu (dubbed)[edit]

Track-List
No.TitleLyricssinger(s)Length
1."Idemi Vintha"ChandraboseS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Kamal Haasan 
2."Lera Addu Tappuko"ChandraboseS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Gopika Poornima 
3."Naa Kanulalo Evaro"ChandraboseS. P. Balasubrahmanyam, Chitra 
4."Vandemataram" Chorus 
5."Well Of Death" (Instrumental)   
6."Theme Music" (Instrumental)   

References[edit]

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  13. ^ "Mumbai Express on schedule!". Sify. 16 March 2005. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  14. ^ "Kamal launches audio company!". Sify. Retrieved 19 June 2012.
  15. ^ "BoxOffice India - Mumbai Xpress". Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  16. ^ "ibosnetwork - The Kamal Hasan Station". Retrieved 6 October 2010.
  17. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj (21 April 2005). "Review - Mumbai Xpress". desipundit.com. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
  18. ^ "Xpress bang on target". The Hindu. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 10 November 2011.
  19. ^ "Welcome on Mumbai Xpress for a fun ride". Smashits. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
  20. ^ Rangan, Baradwaj. "Review – Mumbai Xpress". desipundit.com]. Retrieved 9 January 2008.
    - "Xpress bang on target". The Hindu. 15 April 2005. Retrieved 10 October 2011.
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  22. ^ "Mumbai Xpress – Box Office Verdict". Box Office India. Retrieved 1 February 2017.

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