Madgaon Express Movie Review

MADGAON EXPRESS is the story of three friends in trouble. In 1998, Dhanush Sawant aka Dodo (Divyenndu), Pratik Garodia aka Pinku (Pratik Gandhi) and Ayush Gupta (Avinash Tiwary) of Mumbai are in Class 10 and they dream of going to Goa after their board examinations. Due to their parents’ reluctance, they are unable to do so. In 2003, they once again plan the trip after their graduation. Sadly, the car meets with the accident as soon as they begin their journey. The plan is yet again put on the backburner. A few years later, Pinku moves to Cape Town while Ayush migrates to New York. Both succeed in life and their pay package also increases. Meanwhile, Dodo is not able to have a steady job. He keeps in touch with Pinku and Ayush on social media and sees that they have become stinking rich. Hence, Dodo uses Photoshop to paint a false picture that he resides in a penthouse and is having the time of his life. In 2015, Pinku and Ayush decide to fly down to Mumbai. They inform Dodo about it and also tell him that they’ll stay at his ‘penthouse’! Dodo obviously gets tense and hence, he suggests that as soon as they land, the three of them should fulfil their plan of going to Goa. Pinku and Ayush agree. Since Dodo can’t afford expensive flight tickets, he books three tickets in Madgaon Express under the pretext that they should travel like they would have, had they gone to the beach state in 2003! Pinku and Ayush hate the idea but give in. Sadly, for them, things go wrong even before they board the train and soon, they find themselves being confronted by dangerous criminals like Kanchan Kombdi (Chhaya Kadam) and Mendonza Bhai (Upendra Limaye). What happens next forms the rest of the film.

Kunal Kemmu’s story is crazy. The screenplay moves at a fine speed – neither too fast nor too dragging. He peppers the narrative with some hilarious and outrageous moments, which will bring the house down. However, in the second half, the writing could have been more imaginative. The dialogues of the film and add to the madness. The direction is supreme. As a first timer, he handles the execution like a seasoned pro. He puts effort in establishing the characters and the setting before taking them to Goa. While doing so, the entertainment quotient remains the priority. He also keeps the emphasis on physical comedy. Viewers haven’t seen that in a long time and that goes into the film’s favour. The villains are well fleshed out and increase the humour quotient of the movie.

On the flipside, there are too many songs in the film. In the second half, the film dips. The film, at this point, also gets quite violent and it might put off the family audience. Kanchan could have been the next Bholi Punjaaban but she hardly gets to show her funny side. The climax is unexpected but after seeing so much crazy stuff in the film, one would expect the finale to be next level. That doesn’t happen and this might leave audiences a bit shortchanged.

MADGAON EXPRESS starts on a great note & it ends with the promise of a sequel.

All three actors succeed but Pratik Gandhi takes the cake. His character is the most interesting and during the cocaine overdose track, he is outstanding. It’s also good to see him in such a space for the first time in a Hindi film. Divyenndu gets into the humour zone after ages and is terrific. Avinash Tiwary, too, puts his best foot forward and keeps his act restrained, as per the requirement of his character. Nora Fatehi (Tasha) looks lovely and delivers a decent performance. Kunal Kemmu is adorable in a cameo.