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A Mumbai television journalist meets with a fatal accident leaving him on a ventilator. In Pune, a young girl can only be saved if she gets a transplant. The mission of transporting the organ is entrusted to a traffic constable, looking to earn his stripes back! A remake of the 2011 Malayalam film of the same name, Traffic deals with the vagaries of destiny. On June 25, 2008, multiple characters set out of their homes without knowing what life has in store for them.
There is a pompous superstar Dev Kapoor (Prosenjit) who believes "it's the public who has made him and not publicity.'' So, he has no qualms about rescheduling a media interaction with a rookie television reporter, Rehaan (Vishal). Instead of heading to the studio where the interview is scheduled, the superstar summons the boy to the airport for a five-minute interaction. On the same day, Traffic Constable Ramdas Godbole (Manoj) joins back on duty, after facing a period of suspension for taking a bribe. The day is also special for Dr. Abel (Parambrata) who is celebrating his first wedding anniversary.
At a crowded junction, Rehaan who is riding pillion and without a helmet with his best buddy Rajiv (Amol Parashar) meets with a fatal accident. Thrown off the bike he suffers a terrible head injury. Also at the same spot, in another car, is Abel, who is all called by his superior to be a part of an emergency.
The 160 odd kilometers between Mumbai and Pune is where the action is scheduled for. Mumbai's Traffic Police Commissioner Gurbir Singh (Jimmy) who describes the city's traffic as nothing less than a nightmare hesitates to take on the onerous task. However, the human spirit that is indomitable in the face of adversity comes to the fore as the thrill ride begins.
The characters and key-plot situations are seamlessly interwoven. There are some predictable playing-to-the-gallery religious sentiments introduced to get the desired results. But this can be overlooked because at it's core, this is a well-intentioned film with fine performances from its ensemble cast. Special mentions are reserved for Manoj Bajpayee and Jimmy Sheirgill, who are A-grade. Though, they're just in extended cameos; these two effortlessly rise above the length of their roles.
You shouldn't make a detour to avoid this traffic.
Our overall critics rating is not an average of the sub score below.
The film is a remake of 2011 Malayalam film of the same name.
The film is about a road trip from Mumbai to Pune, which is based on a true story. The story revolves around transportation of a heart for a transplant case, chasing a strict deadline.
As a part of the promotions of the film, Manoj Bajpayee gave neon coloured florescent jackets, also called reflective jackets, to traffic constables in Mumbai. He also turned a traffic cop for a day. He stood at a busy traffic signal in Juhu, Mumbai and the passersby were surprised to see him in that avatar.
Reportedly, 'Traffic' was supposed to go on the floors in 2011 with Sunny Deol, Rajat Barmecha and Minissha Lamba playing the key characters.
'Traffic' ' the remake of the 2011 Malayalam film of same name got good reviews from the critics. However, the Rajesh Pillai film could not get the cash registers ringing. Starring Manoj Bajpayee, Divya Dutta and Jimmy Shergill, Traffic' earned around Rs 2 crore in its first weekend.
horrible film, not worth watching at all...sad to know it is a true story.
This is an interesting film. Manoj Bajpayee again sines in this film. Good direction and acting ability of Manoj Bajpayee keeps audience interested till last. Well made film. More such films are required.