Chennai Express: A Review


Director: Rohit Shetty
 Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Nikitin Dheer and Sathyaraj

After reading one too many bad reviews of Chennai Express I thought that’s its time for me to pen down my own review. With the tagline Ready Steady Po!, Chennai Express does justice to its title.

The story starts out with a 40 year old man who bluffs his grandma and boards the wrong train. But the story takes a turn when Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) ends up going to Meenamma’s (Deepika Padukone) village where her dad is a renowned don.  Thanks to the never ending trailers all of us know the plot of the movie. But what is it that makes it different from the rest?

The story is an amalgamation of many hit south Indian movies, with a dash of humour and a pinch of spice. It is a typical Rohit Shetty film with humour driving the film more than logic.

The director puts his knowledge of south India to good use and what you get is vibrant colours and a taste of the flavours of the south. The scenic locations are fresh and breathe taking to watch.

One is sure to fall in love with Rohit Shetty’s style after watching this movie. He uses memorable scenes from other movies and recreates them for the entertainment of the viewer, a trick that is definitely working in his favour. The background score of Chennai Express, the comic timing and other interesting elements will definitely bring a smile to your face.

While Deepika’s broken Tamil accent is far from the original, she compensates it with her acting. She sure has come a long way from being the expressionless dimpled beauty to someone who flashes her dimples only when needed.

Where Deepika plays the role of a rebellious, charming south Indian damsel who can show more valour, Shahrukh Khan enacts a role of an unattached 40 year old, without an iota of courage. Add cinematic Rahul moment with a funny twist to Deepika’s hilarious dialogues, and you have got yourself one hell of a humour cocktail.

The song “Titli” by Chinmayee, adds colour to the movie. Audiences whistled at Priyamani’s sexy item number “1,2,3,4.” After many item songs which are copied from the south this song feels new and fresh!

Now coming to the flaws in the movie; the actors converse a lot in Tamil. People who don’t understand the language are sure to be confused even though Meenamma translates everything to a certain extent. Not to mention that a South Indian doesn’t necessarily speak in Meenamma’s accent, the “aati-jaati” usage is way too repetitive.

The action in the movie seemed rather far fetched and forced.  Even the climax seemed overdone. And surely the pace of the movie could have been better.

Nevertheless, Chennai Express is a masala movie for the masses. I can guarantee that Shahrukh’s fans will enjoy seeing him in a different avatar (form). All in all it’s a typical Rohit Shetty film, and with an actor like Shahrukh, this movie indeed works wonders for me

On the whole, Rohit Shetty knows how to tickle the funny bone and if you enjoyed Golmaal you will enjoy watching Chennai Express too.  Boarding this train for a fun ride will definitely not harm you.

Afshan Shaikh

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