tense thriller focusing on Jai (Arshad Warsi) and Suhel (John Abraham), two Indian
television reporters arriving in Afghanistan, a country |
devastated by the
by their Afghan guide, they search for the ultimate news scoop with a Taliban
their plans go haywire when they are kidnapped at gunpoint by Imran (Salman Rashid),
a Taliban fugitive wanting to escape to the Pakistan border culminating into a
shocking, unpredictable but yet moving climax.
with a grim and gritty subject, the director succeeds in holding your attention
throughout by portraying the relationship between all four characters with great
sensitivity, as hostility slowly gives way to trust.
Rashid, as the kidnapper, provides the nail-biting moments with his nice guy/bad
guy image whilst Arshad Warsi mellows the tense situations with the much needed
Abraham as Suhel is relegated to the sidelines. His character together with the
American journalist, Jessica, could have been better developed to make both of
them more relevant to the plot.
the technical front, cinematographer, Anshuman Mahaley, gives a raw and rugged
feel to the movie with his excellent camera work.
Express is definitely worth a watch if you have already seen Dharmatma and Khuda
Gawah, which were filmed in Afghanistan.
film concentrates more on the post-Taliban era not witnessed before in Hindi cinema.
by Manish Gajjar,
BBC Bollywood Correspondent