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So let’s set this thing up properly, shall we? I haven’t read the Paula Hawkins novel that this film is based on. From all accounts, it’s a perfectly entertaining li’l potboiler. I have watched the 2016 Hollywood adaptation starring Emily Blunt, though. From what I can remember – and it’s not a lot – it wasn’t much better than a “meh”. Not amazing, but also definitely not total trash.
So when I found out that there was a Bollywood adaptation coming with Parineeti Chopra in the lead, I wasn’t too excited either way. It probably wouldn’t be great, but it also probably wouldn’t be worth Vigil Idioting. I mean, there were already two not-worth-nitpicking interpretations of the story for them to draw on, right? But then I actually watched Netflix India’s latest offering this past weekend and, hoo boy!
Here’s the thing – both film adaptations have basically the same runtime. This Bollywood one, however, somehow also crams in four songs, including one whole Punjabi wedding number. Turns out, they couldn’t help but remove & tweak & add their own desi twists to large chunks of the story. And, lemme tell ya, there are more than a few nits I have to pick with it now! Like the Hollywood version, it’s not amazing. Unlike the Hollywood version, though, it does come quite close to total trash.
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