Madgaon Express movie review: A non-stop wacky mad dhamaal

Madgaon Express movie review: A non-stop wacky mad dhamaal

Madgaon Express movie review: A non-stop wacky mad dhamaal

What: Madgaon Express – the directorial debut of actor Kunal Kemmu is perfectly casted and soundly constructed mad cap ride which is firmly planted in the twin genres of a road movie and a buddy picture that gives us heartfelt laughs.

Madgaon Express movie synopsis

The movie revolves around three friends, Aayush (Avinash Tiwary), Pinku (Pratik Gandhi), and Dodo (Divyenndu). The common dream of these three buddies since childhood is to have a vacation in Goa but destiny has something else in her mind.

Separated after college were Aayush builds a career in USA and Pinku makes his fortunes in South Africa, Dodo remains in India and the ‘loser’ ends up doing odd jobs as delivery boy etc. After few years, an unexpected reunion of Dodo, Aayush and Pinku happens in Mumbai and a trip to Goa is planned – courtesy Dodo.

They all board the Madgaon Express train and the journey turns into a wacky mad ride for all involved.


Madgaon Express movie review

The greatest achievement of Excel Entertainment is that they have given us unforgettable buddy/coming of age movies. Dil Chahta Hai (2001), Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara (2011) and now with Madgaon Express, they give us a wacky mad cap twist to the buddy/coming of age genre with a road trip and the non-stop entertaining journey marking a striking debut of actor Kunal Kemmu as a writer director. The debutant funny story teller gives us a paisa vasool main stream dhamaal fun.

When you match the right actors with the right plot/script the result is superb and the deadly combo gives the movie an edge amongst its genre.

Though Madgaon Express is not a complete family fun for all ages like Dil Chahta Hai, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobbara for scenes involving drugs and gang lords though its hilarious, the movie has LOL moments coming from time to time and the tongue and cheek dialogues adds to the humour.

The inclusion of Upendra Limaye as Mendoza Bhai and Chhaya Kadam as Kanchan Kombdi adds to the mad cap fun while Nora Fatehi as Tasha adds some pleasant oomph laced with humour.

Apart from its mad cap hilarity, Kunal Kemmu gets Madgaon Express right as a buddy film as well, the bromance between Divyenndu, Pratik Gandhi and Avinash Tiwary is adorably funny.

The humour is developed from the sad situation of Dodo (Dibeyendu) and Kunal Kemmu gives equal mileage to Avinash and Pratik as well. All have their problems and the audience does feel for them.


Divyenndu as Dodo is exceptional, his timing is perfect and he is real fun to watch. The social media scenes are just superb.

Pratik Gandhi is brilliant, the actor has proven his mettle before in regional, Hindi and OTT and here as a guju who is prone to illness just nails it in that over dose scene, anyone will go ROFL.

Avinash Tiwary is comparatively serious from the three and his subtilty laced with occasional sly humour adds layers to the fun.

Nora Fatehi as Tasha is so adorable.

Upendra Limaye as Mendoza Bhai is hilarious

Chhaya Kadam as Kanchan Kombdi is great fun as well.


Remo Dsouza springs some surprises.


Production values are first rate. Cinematography by Adil Afsar is brilliant that captures the scenic beauty and the hilarity marvellously. Editing by Anand Subaya and Sanjay Ingle is crisp. Background score by Sameeruddin sets the mood.


"Baby Bring It On" sung by Ajay Gogavale, Nikhita Gandhi, penned by Kumaar, Ajay-Atul and composed by Ajay-Atul is a sure shot winner.

"Not Funny" sung by Shaarib, Akasa Singh, penned by Kalim Sheikh and composed by Sharib-Toshi is a take home as well if you enjoy such peppy, fun songs.

Madgaon Express – final words

Madgaon Express is a crazily refreshing relief with lol moments coming after a long time on big screen. The debut of actor Kunal Kemmu sees humour flowing naturally and actors in top form making it sure that there is not a single boring moment. Laughter Guaranteed.


Rating : 4/5

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