‘One-Way to Tomorrow’: A railroad romance

The film is helmed by Ozan Aciktan. (Supplied)
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Updated 23 June 2020

‘One-Way to Tomorrow’: A railroad romance

CHENNAI: Train journeys can be exciting, and many of us have lovely memories of them. Film directors and authors have used the railroad to tell us romantic stories. As early as 1945, master moviemaker David Lean set his “Brief Encounter” in a small station, and against the cacophony of clanging coaches and puffing steam engines, he narrated his love story between a bored housewife (Celia Johnson) and a virtuous doctor (Trevor Howard). Indian auteurs have used the train to tell us tales of love and longing.

Now Netflix has given us the Turkish film “One-Way to Tomorrow,” and the plot unfolds almost entirely on a train journey. The movie comes after three original Turkish series from Netflix: “The Protector”, “The Gift” and “Love 101.”

Helmed by Ozan Aciktan, “One-Way to Tomorrow” has been adapted from the Swedish film “Hur Man Stoppar ett Bröllop,” and has just two characters, who meet aboard a train and are headed from Ankara to Izmir to attend a wedding at Urla.

Ali (Metin Akdulger) and Leyla (Dilan Cicek Deniz) have a rough start. Ali had booked the entire four-berth cubicle for himself and his friends, who do not show up. Instead he finds Leyla there, who had made a mistake about her date of journey but has to leave that day to attend her best friend’s wedding.

Ali is not very pleased to see Leyla, but coaxes the ticket conductor to allow her to travel in a country where an unmarried man and woman cannot be together. As the two begin to get comfortable with each other, Ali tells Leyla that he is going to Urla to try and convince his former girlfriend Burcu to not go ahead with her marriage to Berke who, it turns out, used to date Leyla.

Indeed a little too coincidental, but Aciktan turns his narrative into a gripping dialogue between Ali and Leyla. They laugh, fight, sulk, and even miss their train at a station on the way, having to take a taxi to catch it later. The work conveys most wonderfully, and in a disarmingly simple manner, the couple’s rage at being cheated, their utter dismay and deep sorrow.

How they eventually reconcile and connect form the latter part of the movie, and this is quite absorbing. The script and direction (with just about the entire story taking place in a moving train) are quite good, and we never seem to get bored with the couple, who squabble and smile and squabble again.


Bollywood megastar Bachchan hospitalized with COVID-19

Updated 11 July 2020

Bollywood megastar Bachchan hospitalized with COVID-19

  • Affectionately known as "Big B", Bachchan shot to stardom in the early 1970s on the back of roles in huge hit movies such as "Zanjeer" and "Sholay"
  • Millions of Indians revere Bachchan like royalty, hanging on his every word and seeking his blessings

MUMBAI: Bollywood veteran megastar Amitabh Bachchan, 77, has tested positive for COVID-19 and been admitted to hospital in his hometown of Mumbai, he said Saturday on Twitter, calling for those close to him to get tested.
"I have tested CoviD positive .. shifted to Hospital," Bachchan wrote, saying his family and staff had already been tested and were awaiting their results.
"All that have been in close proximity to me in the last 10 days are requested to please get themselves tested!" he added.

His son Abhishek Bachchan, 44, said in a tweet minutes later that he had also tested positive.

The Bollywood actors were admitted to Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai, India's financial and entertainment hub, and several other members of the high-profile family were tested for the virus.

Affectionately known as "Big B", Bachchan shot to stardom in the early 1970s on the back of roles in huge hit movies such as "Zanjeer" and "Sholay".
His films still open to packed cinemas across India, but his new movie - comedy-drama "Gulabo Sitabo" - was released on Amazon's streaming service due to the coronavirus restrictions.
Bollywood recently resumed film shoots after a months-long hiatus following the imposition of a nationwide lockdown in India in late March.
But actors over the age of 65, such as Bachchan, are banned from set due to their vulnerability to the virus.
India's nationwide coronavirus toll rose Saturday to 820,916 cases - the third highest in the world - with 22,123 deaths.
Health workers have complained about severe staff shortages, with some senior doctors and nurses avoiding frontlines because of their risk of catching the virus.
As the death toll climbs, critics say the country is not testing enough - leaving many infections undiagnosed.
Millions of Indians revere Bachchan like royalty, hanging on his every word, seeking his blessings and congregating outside his Mumbai bungalow every year on October 11, his birthday.
The doyen of Bollywood is a keen user of Twitter, where he has 43 million followers, and his career has branched into television presenting, business and politics, as well as countless commercial endorsements.
Early in his acting life, Bachchan earned his reputation as India's "angry young man" for portraying violent heroes fighting an unjust system and injecting a new aggressive element into Bollywood movies, which had previously consisted of polite romances.
After some lean years, Bachchan bounced back spectacularly, largely due to his stint as host for the Indian version of the popular TV game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?", which revived his artistic and financial fortunes.
According to local media, he was being treated at Mumbai's Nanavati hospital.