Shreyas Talpade, Lina Christianson, Vijay Maurya,
Rajeshwari Sachdeo, Vikram Inamdar, Yatin Karekar
Direction: Nagesh Kukunoor
Kukunoor in his latest film Bombay to Bangkok portrays
that love has no boundaries and even can surpass
language barriers. It is a cute romantic story with its
heart in the right place. It also has a subplot within
the plot, which comes as a surprise towards the end.
Flow and treatment in this film is same as Kukunoor's
earlier films, eventhough the byline screams 'same-same,
It has simple narration is simple; and some moments
between Shreyas Talpade and Lina Christianson are
handled very romantically. It is typically Kukunoor's
expert execution of the story makes a difference.
slapstick in moments when the newly turned thief poses
as a sexologist and hands out free samples of Viagra to
every available victim, alongside a bunch of genuine
doctors, holding a camp, outside Bangkok.
Given the filmmaker's inclination for sensible cinema
after presenting some genuine hit hindi films, he is
below par in Bombay To Bangkok which comes as quite an
unpleasant surprise. On the whole, Bombay to Bangkok has
a few enjoyable moments, but that's about it.
CAST & CREDITS
Shankar - Shreyas Talpade
Jasmine - Lina Christianson
Rachwinder Singh (Rash) - Vijay Maurya
Dr. Kolluri - Yatin Karyekar
Naseeruddin Shah - (special appearance)
Jam K - Manmeet Singh
Rati - Jeneva Talwar
Mukta Searchlight Films, SIC Productions
Director - Nagesh Kukunoor
Producer - Subhash Ghai, Elahe Hiptoola, Rahul Puri
Executive Producer - Devika Bahudhanam
Written by - Nagesh Kukunoor
Music Directors - Pritam Chakraborty, Suleman Merchant,
Original Music by - Pritam Chakraborty, Salim Merchant,
Ronnie Shirish, Sukhwinder Singh
Lyrics Mir Ali Husain
Cinematography by - Sudeep Chatterjee
Film Editing by - Sanjib Datta
Sound Designer - Vipin Bhati
Shankar (Shreyas Talpade), a petty thief, in desperate
need of money, steals from the local don (Naseeruddin
Shah) and escapes his way alongwith a team of doctors
heading for relief work to Bangkok. Unfortunately, he
loses the all-important money bag in the chaos..
In Bangkok, his world turns upside down at a massage
parlour where he bumps into the pretty Thai woman Jasmine
(Lena Christianson) who is works as a medical camp
volunteer during the day, while she is a sex worker at a
massage parlour during the night. By way of some good
luck, a ray of hope comes his way the next day when
Jasmine turns up desperately in need of a doctor! Shankar,
posing as a doctor along with his Sardar buddy Rachinder,
jumps into this whirlpool, while Jasmine soon gets towed
into his bumbling adventures while running away from the
don and his son Jamaal Khan (Vijay Maurya).
It is a feel good movie with warmth, with humour sprinkled
around which leaves the audience with a smile all through
the movie for the subtle and vibrant humour. There is
excellent chemistry between the duo, smooching under the
open sky and mouthing Thai sweet nothings. Shreyas Talpade
is proves his abilities yet again despite a poorly written
part. The South-East Asian leading lady Lina Christianson
is equally competent apart from her portraying puzzled
appearance almost all throughout.
The film's weak link is the feeble storyline, and is
rescued by some relaxing songs like 'Same Same But
Different' and 'Mausam Suhana' being well-tuned tracks.
The actor enacting the role of Rachinder is good. Vijay
Maurya is excellent. Yateen Karyekar is alright.
Naseeruddin Shah is there for just one scene.
There are delightful moments by theatre actor Maurya and
Jeneva Talwar, merits more screen space then it eventually
gets. Though the director could have presented some
beautiful landscapes of Thailand the country of aquamarine
waters, pristine beaches and colourful locations, which is
the opportunity he missed in this film.