Life Express is intolerable, draining

MUMBAI: Life Express deals with the theme of career women, their priorities and the issue of surrogate motherhood. The film describes the latter as a burning issue!

Producer: Sanjay Kalate
Director: Anup Das
Cast: Rituparna Sengupta, Divya Dutta, Kiran Janjani, Yashpal Sharma, Aloke Nath, Nandita Puri

Surrogate motherhood may be making news from time to time but usually it is not for the reason the film bases its story on.

Rituparna Sengupta is a rising bank executive while her husband, Kiran Janjani, is also some sort of a high flying corporate honcho. Her bank is more generous in meeting out promotions to her than passing loans it would seem!

Kiran Janjani is so busy punching computer keys, he has time to neither listen to his wife person to person nor on cell phone nor even read her email! How does he find time and inclination to sire a child in such a situation?

Well, somehow he does. In between some day dreaming of parenthood, Rituparna is waved the promise of another promotion, a vice president, no less within a year if she continued to work with the same zeal!

Since promotions can’t be put on hold, the mother-to-be decides to put her pregnancy aside for future date. Her efforts to discuss the issue with her husband fail on all counts, talk, call, email and she makes the decision on her own.

Turmoil follows in the relationship but both soon come to terms with what has happened. Among various suggestions to have a child sans pregnancy, that of finding a surrogate mother convinces the duo. And, as if watching the process of leading the theme to surrogacy so far was not enough, the second half takes a turn for the worse. At display here is poverty, exploitation and hopelessness of rural folk as if the village was located in some famine hit African country! But, this is done in a way to justify women offering their womb for hire! 

As it goes on unwinding, Life Express becomes more and more intolerable, draining one‘s mind and energy. It is a product of one‘s enthusiasm to tackle a social issue but losing way as soon as it starts. Nothing much to say about performances or other aspects; photography (Anil Chandel) and background score (Raja Narayan Deb) is praiseworthy to an extent.

While Rituparna tries to contact her husband Kiran Janjani on his cell phone or through email but fails, wish she had chosen to SMS him instead!! An ordeal could have been saved to the makers as well as prospective viewers!

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