CAST & CREW
Given the fact that Bombay to Goa has a critically acclaimed director such as Nagesh Kukunoor holding the reins, it is bound to invoke interest and curiosity. The movie, however, fails to live up to the expectations it generates as it is missing the sensibilities and the mild touch of reality and everyday life which is particular to Kukunoor’s cinema.
The movie is a story of Shankar Singh Bhatawdeka, a cook working in the restaurant of an underworld Don Khan ( Naseeruddin Shah). Shankar one day discovers a bag full of US dollars and decides to keep them for his ailing mother. Thus, he flies away to Bangkok to escape Khan’s son wanna-be rapper Jamal Khan and his men who are on the look for him. To escape Don’s men, Shankar adopts the disguise of a sexologist working in a medical charity camp. It is there, where Shankar falls in love with Jasmine ( Lena Christensen) who is a medical camp volunteer during the day and assumes the role of a sex worker during the night. The budding romance between the two is an attempt at highlighting the universality of love and how it transcends the barriers of language and region.
Shreyas Talpade is trapped in a role that does injustice to his capabilities as an actor. And Lina Christensen’s contribution to the movie starts and ends with her physical appearance.
The scenes where the lovebirds are trying to express their affection for one another but fail due to linguistic barriers are heartwarming.
What’s not there?
The movie overall is a drab that is selling the same old story.
Given the fact that this movie comes from Kukunoor and Shreyas Talpade who have delivered movies like Iqbal, Bombay to Bangkok is surely a disappointment.
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