Vaigai Express: A remake that didn't hit the right chord

The film marks the third joint outing of Kailas- R.K. and their second remake, with R.K. essaying a cop yet again. .

Published: 24th March 2017 10:23 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th March 2017 10:23 AM   |  A+A-

Screen grab from the trailer

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Film -Vaigai Express


Diretor - Shaji Kailas

Cast- R.K.,Neetu Chandra, Iniya, Dhanya, R.K Selvamani, Siddique


The plot centres on a triple murder in a train, the victims all women and apparently unconnected. With a terrorist's hand suspected in the murders, Rahman an officer of the special task force is brought in to investigate the case. The film marks the third joint outing of Kailas- R.K. and their second remake, with R.K. essaying a cop yet again. While the first remake was of a Suresh Gopi starrer and well adapted to the Tamil screen ( as 'Ellam Avan Seyil'), this one is too is of yet another Suresh Gopi-hit 'Nadiya Kollapetta Rathri'.

Inspired by Agatha Christie's work 'Elephants can Remember', the film had an intriguing screenplay with twists and turns and surprising revelations. But this time one felt the director has managed to capture just the physicality of the script and not its essence. R.K. too who was effective playing his cope-role to the hilt in the earlier film, is just a pale imitation here.

A famous shooter Radhika (Neetu) is found brutally attacked and in a coma during her train journey in the Vaigai Express. Also found killed in the same compartment are two other women, a TV reporter and a popular dancer. Puzzled by the killings, the investigating cop (R.K.) wonders if the three murders had a connective link or were just coincidental happenings. The suspects are many and as the investigation progresses, the pieces of the puzzle fall into place and a story of jealousy and vendetta make their play.

Neetu gets to essay a dual role of siblings Radhika a sharp shooter and Jyothika a classical dancer. With subtle nuances the actress has tried to differentiate between the two roles, coming out effective in the finale. The rest of the actors seem to have been picked up at random. The director while faithfully following the earlier version in its physical structuring, has failed to capture the same feel and mood. This is one remake that hasn't struck the right chord!

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