Critic’s Rating : 2.0 / 5
Local Train Movie Review : This Darling Krishna-starrer train goes nowhere
Review: This film, starring Darling Krishna, was launched in 2014 with a different title and was completed around 2018. The team has chosen to release the film now, close on the heels of the success of Love Mocktail 2. Unfortunately, this film does not have engaging characters like the Krishna directorial, nor does it have a story that can appeal to today’s young generation. It is a story with a rather forgettable screenplay and unwanted fights, songs and comedy tracks.
The film begins with the introduction of multiple characters who travel to Bengaluru from an unknown destination daily by train and back. In this motley bunch are the lead pair. The first half of the film seems to be a series of schizophrenic scenes that include songs, fights, comedy tracks and some love scenes in a college. The semblance of a story arrives only around the interval, which is rather weak. What follows is an archaic tale of a boy winning his girl back and some unnecessary interruptions in the forms of commercial staples between that.
Local Train has a big cast of good comedians, supporting actors and some good-looking leads. Unfortunately, the story lacks connection and seems like a missable attempt to do a commercial film with a college backdrop. There are multiple story threads that lie unresolved too in the end and the film seems to have a rushed-up climax that follows the conventional route. The music is nothing to write home about, and one of the tracks is a direct lift of a 90s song from the Bollywood film Masoom.
Local Train aspires to be a trendy young commercial entertainer for family audiences. But the delay in its release has ensured that all of these elements seem outdated for today’s audience.