• Tue. Mar 28th, 2023

Traffic is a 2011 Indian Hindi-language thriller film directed by and written by Piyush Mishra. The film is based on a real-life incident in Chennai where a group of medical professionals struggled to transport a heart for a transplant in time, amidst heavy traffic. The film follows the lives of various characters whose lives intersect on the day of the heart transplant.


Traffic is a gripping and intense film that masterfully weaves together multiple storylines into a cohesive narrative. The film's nonlinear storytelling keeps the audience engaged, and the performances of the ensemble cast are outstanding. Manoj Bajpayee, who plays the traffic constable who is tasked with clearing a path for the ambulance carrying the heart, delivers a powerful performance.

Director does a great job of maintaining the tension throughout the film, and the climax is both emotionally satisfying and suspenseful. The film also raises important questions about the healthcare system in India and the challenges faced by medical professionals.


Traffic won several awards, including the National Film Award for Best Editing, Best Supporting Actor (Jimmy Shergill) at the Filmfare Awards, and Best Film at the Kerala State Film Awards. The film also received nominations for Best Director and Best Screenplay at the Filmfare Awards.


Traffic was a critical and commercial success, grossing over 45 crore at the box office. The film's innovative storytelling, strong performances, and tight direction resonated with audiences and critics alike. It has also been remade in several languages, including Tamil, Telugu, and Malayalam. The film remains a favorite among Indian moviegoers, and its message about the importance of organ donation and saving lives continues to resonate.

Directed by
Produced by Listin Stephen
Written by Bobby Sanjay
Starring ,
Narrated by
Music by Mejo Joseph
Samson Kottoor
Cinematography Shyju Khalid
Edited by
Magic Frames
Distributed by Magic Frames
Release date 7 January 2011
Running time 122 minutes
Country India
Language Malayalam
Budget ₹2.75 crore (equivalent to ₹4.6 crore or US$640,000 in 2019)
Box office ₹15 crore (US$2.1 million)


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