Manoj Bajpayee-starrer 'Traffic' might see light of day

Aug 12, 2015, 16:01 IST | Shaheen Parkar

Manoj Bajpayee-starrer pulled out of cold storage courtesy its current subject — the green corridor phenomenon

The long-completed Manoj Bajpayee-starrer 'Traffic', which was stuck in the cans, might just see light of day in October thanks to its subject. The film, that faced production issues, now has an echo in the recent endeavours of traffic cops to create green corridors for quick transport of harvested organs for emergency transplant surgeries.

Manoj Bajpayee in a still from Traffic
Manoj Bajpayee in a still from Traffic

The film, being helmed by Rajesh Pillai, is a remake of his 2011 Malayalam film that revolves around a brain-dead man whose kin agree to donate his heart to a needy patient. The harvested heart, however, has to be transported 150 kilometres away in less than two hours during peak traffic hours.

Manoj Bajpayee essays the role of a traffic cop in the film that has an ensemble cast consisting of Jimmy Sheirgill, Divya Dutta and 'Kahaani' (2012) actor Parambrata. The makers claim it is based on a true-life incident in Chennai.

Says Manoj Bajpayee, "The green corridor is a revolutionary initiative, an outcome of a real-life incident on which Traffic is based. I salute the traffic cops for the initiative and playing an important role in transporting vital organs on time to the desired destination. My respect for the traffic police has increased manifold. As I play a traffic constable in the film, I understood the intricacies and the difficulties that this job requires."

Incidentally, 'Traffic' was supposed to go on the floors in 2011 with Sunny Deol, Rajat Barmecha and Minissha Lamba. Later, there was buzz that Ajay Devgn had been approached. It has also been remade in Tamil and Kannada.

The green corridor

Last Friday, the Mumbai traffic department created a green corridor for the second time and transported a harvested heart from Vashi to Mulund in 14 minutes for an emergency heart transplant surgery. Earlier, on August 3, a harvested heart from a brain-dead woman in Pune was transported to Mulund in 60 minutes by creating a green corridor between the hospital and Pune airport as well as Mumbai airport. This was the first time a green corridor was created in the state. The rationale behind the exercise is to minimise the transportation time of an organ for greater success rate of a transplant surgery.

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