November 22nd, 2004

Kamal Hassan’s Mumbai Express

Mumbai Express Kamal and Manisha
[Pic : hindu.com]

After the comical Vasool Raja MBBS, it’s Kamal’s turn to care for a movie for himself. And this formula of one-mass-movie-one-class-movie has been continuing for some time now[except for Panchathanthiram following PKS]. Expectedly, Kamal Hassan pens the story/screenplay and packs bag to board Mumbai Xpress.

Mumbai Express is said to be a family entertainer and will be directed by the veteran Singeetham Sreeenivasa Rao. As remarked by Kamal himself Singeetham and KamalHassan, though generations apart by age, have a great chemistry between them that makes this duo an interesting combo. As Kamal is tight-lipped about the story line, it makes me speculate that the movie could be of the genre of Anbe Sivam where the classy theme was mixed in propotion with the comedy.

When the bi-lingual Mumbai Xpress was announced publicly on his birthday, there weren’t many details to decipher the feel of the movie. Now with Kamal Hassan engaging Manisha Koirala on the lead role and having illayaraja to tune it’s getting a lot clearer. The tamil train will include Nasser, Ramesh Aravind and Pasupathi while the Hindi express will have Om Puri and Mahesh Manjirekar.

Here’s the link to Hindu’s article on this. BTW, who comes to your mind after you see this new makeover of Kamal Hassan ? It reminds me of Bally Sagoo.

UpdateMumbai Xpress Flash teaser here at Kumudam explains all. Kamalhassan sits on the top of a Dharavi hut and talks about the democracy in Mumbai city. Also say his nick name is Mumbai Xpress, original name is Avinashi. Another interesting character, a horse is named as Baazigar. Must Watch.

Another gallery of Mumbai Xpress at India Glitz.

48 Responses


  1. For a second, I saw the picture in the newspaper this morning and I thought it was Simran acting with Kamal Hassan again. There’s still a trace of Vasool Raja make-over remaining. It’s been really long since we had the classic, ‘Michael Madana Kamarajan’, so I hope it’s something on those lines.

    Krithika | November 22nd, 2004 - 11:47 am

  2. The film looks intriguing, Kamal as usual has done something quite wild to his face, but its suits him well. Manisha has supposedly been given a very meaty role, so lets see how she turns out. Singeetham is reknown and great. It should be a brilliant movie, the only thing is Im getting quite worried about Kamal’s ever growing stomach.

    Venkath | November 22nd, 2004 - 11:56 am

  3. Aaaha. Thalaivar padam. Superb! By the way Kamal was supposed to act in a movie called KG (directed by gautham. Some cop thriller movie like kurudhipunal).
    Wish this movie is a kamal experiment movie and not a comedy movie.

    F e r r a r i | November 22nd, 2004 - 2:25 pm

  4. A BLOATED Bally Sagoo!

    Shyamala | November 22nd, 2004 - 2:27 pm

  5. His look in Panchathanthiram was somewhat like this.. And why does Manisha look like Simran?! :)

    That’s the difference between a Kamal n a Vijay. Take any song of Vijay’s, mute the music, blur out the heroine, and u’ll be left scratching ur head trying to guess what movie it is.

    curses | November 22nd, 2004 - 2:59 pm

  6. Kamal’s face is co-operating but not his body. Good luck thalaiva!

    maran | November 22nd, 2004 - 3:03 pm

  7. Great Posts recently by you, Guru. Sorry, could not attend the bloggers meet. Am now in delhi and having fun. Come on over to my blog and check them out! :)

    Ravi | November 22nd, 2004 - 3:12 pm

  8. This movie was initially supposed to be a different theme. Surprised with Kamal’s description – he has said Mumbai Express is a “Laugh-a-riot” movie. lets see.

    Keerthivasan | November 22nd, 2004 - 3:38 pm

  9. Is Kamal playing role of deaf and dumb guy in the movie. Looking at Manisha’s facial expression I felt so :-)

    F e r r a r i | November 22nd, 2004 - 7:12 pm

  10. Thalaivar looks fatter than Vijaykanth!! :-( Hoping it’s just an optical illusion!

    Vimal | November 22nd, 2004 - 9:57 pm

  11. On looking at this Kamal’s look, I thought of the “Woh chali” song guy, of the group Bombay Vikings. But yes, he does look like Bally Sagoo too.

    Probably he is trying out a Mumbai “Tapori”, who might need a lil’ “weight” ;D

    Ajay | November 23rd, 2004 - 6:38 am

  12. Wow. Amazing trailer. Thanks LG :-)

    F e r r a r i | November 23rd, 2004 - 7:01 pm

  13. For a second, I saw the picture in the newspaper this morning and I thought it was Simran acting with Kamal Hassan again. There’s still a trace of Vasool Raja make-over remaining. It’s been really long since we had the classic, ‘Michael Madana Kamarajan’, so I hope it’s something on those lines.

    shiek | December 16th, 2004 - 3:40 pm

  14. Thalaivar looked sightly old in VASOOL RAJA M.B.B.S.

    but. Hes back with the juvenile look once more.I

    hope the duo of Thalaivar and Singeetham

    Srinivasarao will work out the magic again.

    arvind | December 19th, 2004 - 9:43 am

  15. Hey,

    Ferrari are u sure that kamal is going to team up with Gautham.I hope its true.Iam really looking forward for that as I want to see kamal as a cop.

    arvind | December 21st, 2004 - 11:42 am

  16. Wow ! Mumbai-Express….(Kamal-singeetham-Isaigyani)
    ~Good trailer~
    ~Nice ‘n’ Differnet Look~
    ~Funky outFit~
    ~Amazing Cast & crew~
    ~Gorgeous manisha~…..
    and more….
    this could be yet another milestone for our thalaivar, kalaignani, padmasree, universal hero, World Cinemaaavai Aalavandaan…(the list continues)…

    Iam very much eager to watch the movie both in Hindi and Tamil.

    Sreevatsan | January 12th, 2005 - 4:48 pm

  17. thalivar’s film is getting ready.once again he is going to prove that he is the best actor who cannot be beaten in the generations to come

    karthik | January 15th, 2005 - 4:52 pm

  18. Hey man god any lead on the Baly sagoo Music cdz is it available with you may be you know some store which sellz all his collection or may be we`ll hafta share his music buddy can you help me outta this one ???

    Pretham | February 1st, 2005 - 5:54 pm

  19. hai i amlawrence i am a dam fanof u .U are great

    lawrencer | February 7th, 2005 - 1:24 pm

  20. I HOPE KAMAL IS GOING TO GIVE US A CLASSIC MOVIE.WE REALLY EXPECTING A LOT FROM “MUMBAI EXPRESS”.HOPE OUR EXPECTIONS COME TRUE

    SINOSH | February 8th, 2005 - 8:57 pm

  21. I HOPE KAMAL IS GOING TO GIVE US A CLASSIC MOVIE.WE REALLY EXPECTING A LOT FROM “MUMBAI EXPRESS”.HOPE OUR EXPECTIONS COME TRUE.

    SINOSH | February 8th, 2005 - 8:58 pm

  22. really he is cute and charming.i love u.

    SMITHA | February 8th, 2005 - 9:01 pm

  23. JAADHI MADHANGALAI KADANDHA MANASAAKCHI
    ADHUVE VUMADHU&YEMADHU ARASAAKCHI;;;;;

    JEYIKKA POAVADHU YAARU?
    KALAIGNYANI .

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    SEKAR | February 25th, 2005 - 1:29 pm

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    SEKAR | February 25th, 2005 - 1:39 pm

  25. send the mumbai express stills
    thanks
    R.Jaya Kumar

    jaya kumar | March 4th, 2005 - 6:35 pm

  26. hai sir,
    ur acting is an marvelous one. the technique used in alavandan is a remarkable one.ididnt get a chance to meet u. im waiting for that.if possible plz send me ur photo with autograph

    gokul | March 4th, 2005 - 7:47 pm

  27. hi i am santi every great fan of kamal hassan
    since when i was evey young i love kamal
    kamal the great

    santi j s | March 12th, 2005 - 4:21 am

  28. hi kamal i a am great fan of kamal
    well kamal gi you are acting king and anyway
    very all the best for oscar award .

    alwin | March 12th, 2005 - 4:25 am

  29. Manisha is looking simply gorgeous..im going to see this movie just for her!

    sham | March 14th, 2005 - 8:50 am

  30. Hello sir,
    I’m a great fan of urs. I really admire all ur movies. The most I like allot is Anbe SIvam, Aalavanthan, Hey Ram & Virumaandi. They re just simply superb. I’m looking forward for ur Mumbai Expess. May I know when will be the audio launch and also when the movie will be released??

    Sashu Kumar | March 21st, 2005 - 11:14 am

  31. Kamal has fallen into the trap which almost all ‘actors’ who have made it go through…..Beleive in everything they do is right. Our man needs critics around him and Not put him in a pedestal which he is normally raised to. Our man was shooting in Mumbai when Dec 26th Tsunami ravaged our beloved Nadu.
    Take a leaf out of Vivek Oberoi who camped thro’ weeks near Cuddalore. Thats Chennai Express from Mumbai and not the other way

    Guevara | March 21st, 2005 - 5:32 pm

  32. The competition for Kamal is only Kamal nobody else. None can stand upto the competition of our thalai. US, UK, Canada, Malaysia, Singapore, Sri Lanka and of course India – all of them have a big fan following of India’s one and only best actor Dr. Kamalhaasan.

    Regards
    Badri Santhanam

    badri | March 24th, 2005 - 5:36 am

  33. wat can say,
    im a fan like all others….
    keep up da good work…
    peace

    manoj | March 30th, 2005 - 3:00 pm

  34. Kamal Ji,

    I am fan of you from chennai, basically from coimbatore settled in chennai for last 5 years. We have a yahoo group where we (your fan) share about you. We congz. and to become best film of 2005 “Mumbai Express”.

    Regards …Mahesh

    Maheswaran | April 4th, 2005 - 2:31 pm

  35. Listen to Mumbai Xpress songs at http://forumhub.lunarpages.com/hub/viewtopic.php?p=96769#96769

    You’ll be amazed at what a hip soundtrack it has turned out to be. This is great stuff.

    Arun | April 5th, 2005 - 2:13 am

  36. The music sucks big time. What is wrong with Ilayaraja ? It’s high time he retires

    rajni | April 6th, 2005 - 10:35 am

  37. hi kamal ji

    albert | April 10th, 2005 - 3:24 pm

  38. WHEN DOES THE HINDI AUDIO RELEASE??????? ARE THE SONGS OUT YET???? SOMEBODY ANSWER PLZZ!!

    MAPILLAI | April 11th, 2005 - 3:50 am

  39. Hi Kamal Sir

    I wish you all the best.

    Nagarj | April 13th, 2005 - 2:34 pm

  40. Ages back I was an Die Hard fan of Kamal Hassan, After watching several recent movies and also read about his movies critics.

    I feel at this juncture Kamal Hassan has to retire as an actor.

    Regs
    Gopal Gopinath

    gopal gopinath | April 13th, 2005 - 6:14 pm

  41. mumbai express is an exellent commedy movie.kamal once again prove his excellence…..

    nagarajan | April 16th, 2005 - 3:38 pm

  42. mumbai express is an exellent commedy movie.kamal once again prove his excellence…..

    nagarajan | April 16th, 2005 - 3:39 pm

  43. you are stupid

    ravi | April 17th, 2005 - 2:44 pm

  44. Bold experimentation is your forte.
    A true artist, you are.
    Keps one sole alive
    shajahan

    shah | April 22nd, 2005 - 1:57 pm

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