The Railway Men Review: Kay Kay Menon, Babil Khan Lead Strong Cast In This Gripping True-Life Saga
About The Railway Men
The Railway Men: NarrativeThe drama sets up the story well, establishing the scene in Bhopal before, during and after the tragedy. The Union Carbide factory was situated amidst a slum area, and the factory workers, they were the ones who were most affected by the leak. There are many characters in The Railway Men, but the narrative hones in on four main characters - Bhopal Junction station master Iftekar Siddiqui (Kay Kay Menon), railway worker Imad Riaz (Babil Khan), a robber Balwant posing as Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer (Divyenndu) and Rati Pandey (R Madhavan), the GM of Central Railways.
The Railway Men: PerformancesBesides the four 'railway men', the drama series has a great supporting cast that backs up leads. Some of the standouts include Juhi Chawla (a pleasant surprise), Dibyendu Bhattacharya, Sunny Hinduja, Raghubir Yadav and Mandira Bedi. Even the minor players in the scene do their parts well. Amongst the leads, Kay Kay Menon and Babil Khan carry off the sequences at Bhopal Junction effortlessly, while R Madhavan is cool and collected as his character forces a mini rebellion amongst the railway crew. Divyenndu's character manages a bit of levity and suspense with his intentions during the series.
The Railway Men: Writing and DirectionWhile the show had the right idea to keep it as a mini-series with only four episodes, some of the stories regarding the smaller background characters, like a school swim team or an orphan at the railway station, feel a bit overstuffed. It oversells the emotional angle, where there are already so many plotlines that need attention.
The Railway Men: CritiqueThe last few minutes in the final episode are a sobering reminder of the actual tragedy that left 15,000 people dead on December 2, 1984. The Railway Men teaches you a history lesson while keeping you entertained with its action-packed storyline. Some of the parts that feel like fiction are actually taken from real-life happenings.
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