The Girl On The Train is a decent attempt at best. Those who have the original will be in for a surprise as there are a lot of changes and newer characters and plot points. The first half is fine and from start to finish, the pace is quick. So the attention of viewers doesn’t wander even for a second. A few scenes are exceptional. But on the flipside, there’s no character development of supporting characters. Even if you have not seen the original film, you’d realize this bit. Secondly, the twist in the end, developed by the makers away from the original ending, comes as a jolt as it’s unpredictable. But it’s flawed and devoid of logic. Speaking of performances, Parineeti Chopra is in great form. All the focus is on her and she makes good use of it. She proves that she’s here to stay and that she can convincingly essay non-bubbly roles as well. Kirti Kulhari is the next best and is very convincing. Aditi Rao Hydari gives a fine performance but one wishes she had more screen time. Avinash Tiwary is dependable as always. Tota Roy Choudhury, Natasha Benton and Shamaun Ahmed sadly get no scope. Speaking of music, ‘Chhal Gaya Chhalla’ is a catchy number. All in all, The Girl On The Train is an average fare.

My rating – ** ½ out of 5!

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