Madgaon Express Review: Kunal Kemmu’s Funny Directorial Debut Is Deserving Of Praise


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Review of Madgaon Express: In his directorial debut, Kunal Kemmu raises the standard. His screenplays are generally rather funny.

Madgaon Express Movie Review: Excel Entertainment’s Dil Chahta Hai established a new standard for modern buddy flicks, which were subsequently surpassed by Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara a few years later. There is a lot of uncertainty around Jee Le Zaraa, but don’t worry—Madgaon Express is here. In all honesty, though, Kunal Kemmu’s feature film debut doesn’t exactly belong on our list of contemporary friendship films because it’s so much more than that. It is undoubtedly an homage to friendship, but it also delves deeply into the world of drug lords, crime, and smuggling against the less glamorous backdrop of Goa. This gives the plot a lot of freshness.

Madgaon Express Review: Kunal Kemmu's Funny Directorial Debut Is Deserving Of Praise
Madgaon Express Review: Kunal Kemmu’s Funny Directorial Debut Is Deserving Of Praise

Thank God, Madgaon Express is something we have never seen before. To put it into a specific genre is quite difficult. Unapologetically revelling in its own peculiarities, the picture is wacky, noisy, and chaotic. You wouldn’t want to meet most of the characters in real life because they are all weirdos. Although it appears like Kunal told the story without following any predetermined narrative frameworks, there is actually a method to the madness. Madgaon Express’s greatest achievement is that it’s so disorganised and a fantastic jumble of stuff that you can’t help but laugh out loud every once in a while.

The film centres on three childhood friends who have wanted to travel to Goa as males since they were in school: Ayush, Pratik (also lovingly called Pinku), and Dhanush (also called Dodo by his pals). However, when they get older and live different lives, Ayush moves to New York and Pinku moves to Cape Town with his family. Dodo is confined to Mumbai, where he works as a pizza delivery boy, while they pursue respectable careers and lead fulfilling lives.

They reunite on social media a few years later, and they quickly arrange a trip to Goa for their reunion. The most daring journey that completely upends their lives starts now. They also get the chance to accept each other for who they are, flaws and all. While Pinku is an overly cautious, accident-prone, and hypochondriac Gujarati man who gets excited over everything and everything, Ayush seems to be the most sensible and level-headed of the group. Conversely, Dodo is a typical jugaadu who, whenever problem arises, ends up doing more harm than help.


Kunal should be commended for his outstanding performance on his debut film as a filmmaker. With an abundance of amusing one-liners, repartees, and situations, his screenplay is kind of hilarious. Jokes almost never fail to make an impression. Seeing physical humour effectively re-enter Bollywood’s mainstream and tickle our funny bones is fantastic. The story virtually never slows down in Madgaon Express, which has a runtime of two hours and twenty-five minutes, but instead keeps you captivated throughout the wild and crazy voyage.

But the poorest aspect of it is the music. There aren’t many songs in Madgaon Express that will stick with you, unlike Dil Chahta Hai and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobaara, which released successful albums that over time became cult favourites. Actually, the instrumental theme from Dil Chahta Hai, which serves as a reminder of the original buddy movie and its lasting influence, is its best musical composition. On the other hand, this movie will be a wonderful throwback for all those vintage Bollywood fans who love song-and-dance scenes crammed into the story without any apparent purpose.

As they say, great performances can turn a good movie into something extraordinary, and Madgaon Express is a prime example of this. You will find yourself cheering for Dodo despite his eccentricities as Divyenndu plays him with outrageous abandon. His portrayal of the middle-class Liquid in Pyaar Ka Punchnama caused waves, and now he demonstrates his amazing comic timing once more.

The character of Pinku, played by Pratik Gandhi, occasionally steals the show. You’ll get to see a different side of the performer, who has established himself as a skilled and compelling character actor. Every time Pinku, the gang’s gentle sweetheart, inadvertently inhales cocaine, he transforms into a vicious lion, and the mayhem he causes will make you LOL or even ROFL. It would be interesting to see Pratik take on more comedic parts in the future. His Pinku gets the most delightful character journey.

When compared to Pinku and Dodo, Avinash Tiwary’s Ayush is the one who is lacking. Having said that, he puts everything into the role. He frequently serves as a mediator between his pals, one of whom is impetuous and the other is overly cautious and measured. All of their interactions are very entertaining. You can sense their friendship. He is a fantastic foil for them, with a more subdued comic timing than the other two.

Animal celebrity is part of the supporting cast. The two actors who will always have your full attention while they are in the frame are Upendra Limaye as Mendoza and Chaya Kadam as Kanchan Kombdi. It is so fun to witness the feisty and sassy Kanchan Kombdi and her group battle a gang of men with filleting knives and firearms while wearing naths, aviators, and Nauvari sarees! Wish there were more occasions when we could witness strong ladies illuminating our televisions. However, we don’t mind that Mendoza seems to be a bigger version of Animal’s Freddy Patil. He has a bit of a wicked and wild side.





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