Dhanush Rail Movie Review

Cast: Dhanush, Keerthy Suresh, Harish Uthaman, Thambi Ramayya, Karunakaran, Radha Ravi, Ganesh Venkatraman and Others

Music: D Immam

Cinematography: Vetrivel Mahendran

Producers: Aadireddy - Aditya Reddy

Story, Screenplay & Direction: Prabhu Solomon

Release Date: 22nd September 2016

Dhanush has been relentlessly trying to create a market for his movies in Telugu. He partly succeeded in the mission with Raghuvaran B.Tech but Nava Manmadhudu was a huge disappointment. This time, He released his new project Thodari/Rail in Tamil & Telugu simultaneously. While Nenu Sailaja beauty Keerthy Suresh played the female lead, Prabhu Solomon of Prema Khaidi & Gaja Raju fame wielded the megaphone. Lets have a loot at the interesting aspects of this Rail.


Shivaji (Dhanush), an Orphan, works as Rail Pantry Worker in Delhi-Chennai Express Train. Soon after spotting Saroja (Keerthy Suresh) who does touch-up for a Heroine & aspires to be a Singer, Love at first sight happens for him and he decides to win her heart before the end of train journey. Few unfortunate incidents happen during this journey. A dacoit gang targets the passengers in the train. Things go out of control after the death of train driver. In the meantime, Shivaji & Saroja face terrorism charges. How did the Love Birds & Passengers overcome this situation forms the rest of the tale!


Dhanush deserves a pat on his back for agreeing to do the role of a Pantry Worker despite enjoying a Star Status. In addition, He does not appear as a hero in the movie but just as one of the characters. He is so good at doing any role effortlessly and does not disappoint with Rail either.

Keerthy Suresh is a major asset to Rail. In fact, She overshadows a star like Dhanush here and we get to see a new dimension in her. Her performance is so natural, conveys a lot through her eyes and histrionics were flawless. On the flipside, Director has not etched her role well.

Harish Uthaman irritates with over-action. Thambi Ramayya and Karunakaran tickles the funny bone. Nothing much to say about rest of the cast.


Keerthy Suresh

First Half




Run Time


D Immams role as Music Director was limited as Rail is a thriller. There is hardly any scope for melodies and only the first song between Lead Pair is good enough. Background Score is alright. Vetrivel Mahendrans Camera Work is okay. Dialogues could have been better. Editing is not poor. Production Values were poor. CG Work is below par. Director Prabhu Solomon neither succeeded in dealing the Love Story nor the Thriller Element.


Prabhu Solomon is known for pure love stories with feel good elements. When such a filmmaker teams up with Dhanush, Movie Buffs would expect a heart-touching subject from the duo. However, Director tried to blend Love, Suspense, Thrill & Action in Rail. That is where, The movie entered the wrong track and never been able to arrest the attention of viewers.

Inspired by Hollywood flick Unstoppable, Prabhu Solomon choose train as the backdrop for his story and took the risk of shooting the entire film on it. The end result could have been different had if he made it like a pure love story or thriller instead of mixing too many elements.

Cinematic Liberties were taken to an extent that Logic goes for a toss. None of the passengers look tensed even though the train goes out of control. Instead of worrying about their safety, They enjoy the news items in electronic media and social media. Audience get disconnected due to these silly sequences.

Love Story was not designed properly and this drawback worked against the movie. Comedy Blocks were good but they have Tamil flavor. First Half is passable due to the entertainment. But, The Second Half is unbearable and illogical scenes continue to test the patience. Climax ruins the good impression audience have on Tamil Cinema. Overall, Rail is a forgettable film.

Bottom Line: This Journey is so tedious!

Dhanush Rail Movie Review


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