Chennai Express Movie Review-In Short:
A man on his way to fulfill his grandfather's last wish helps a girl get into a train and ends up on the run across South India from a powerful don's goons.
Chennai Express Movie Review-Verdict:
Combine Shah Rukh Khan
's infinite charm and comic sense with Rohit Shetty
's style of madcap fun and what you get is an enjoyable ride!
Chennai Express Movie Review-Story Plot:
40-year-old Rahul, the grandson of a halwai
, wants to go to Goa to chill with his pals, but ends up on the Chennai Express
to ostensibly fulfil his dead grandfather's last wish (to have his ashes immersed in Rameshwaram).
When the train starts, Rahul helps Meenamma (Deepika Padukone
) get onto the running train, only to discover that she is on the run from her father, a powerful don in South India. It seems the father wants to marry her off to another villain Thangaballi (Nikitin Dheer
), which made Meenamma run away. Things get more complicated when Meenamma and Rahul are traced and brought back to her hometown and she tells everyone that Rahul is her lover and very soon, the two find themselves on the run from every goon in South India, with hilarious consequences.
Chennai Express Movie Review-Performances:
Shah Rukh Khan is one of the few actors in the industry, who is good at self-deprecating humour and he does that with nary a worry in this film. When he is not mouthing wise cracks, Khan thumbs his nose at his other films and dialogues without being mean about it ('My name is Rahul and I am not a terrorist'- he tells a posse of cops, who arrest him due to a misunderstanding, earning a few guffaws). On her part, Deepika's Southern belle act gets a bit too over-the-top as she lays on a thick accent, but considering its a Rohit Shetty, you anyways end up grinning at the way she murders Hindi grammar in her dialogues. The rest of the cast has done a passable job, but it's clearly Khan and Padukone, who carry the film on their shoulders.
Chennai Express Movie Review-Direction:
We all know what to expect from a Rohit Shetty film and the filmmaker does not disappoint- so, you have cars getting blown up, whacky situations and whackier dialogues. The humour does get silly at times, but SRK has enough charm to make one chuckle at an old PJ. Right from poking fun at the iconic DDLJ train scene to the way Khan and Deepika communicate through Hindi songs to avoid the attention of the Tamilians surrounding them, Shetty delivers- and how.
Khan is back to crazy comedy after a long time after Baadshah
and Shetty deserves kudos for making the King Of Romance unleash his comic side for this masala entertainer.
Chennai Express Movie Review-Music:
Like the film, the music is enjoyable too- from the melodious Titli to the foot-tapping 1,2'3'4 Get On The Dance Floor to the title track to Kashmir main, tu Kanyakumari and of course, the grand finale in the form of Lungi dance.
Chennai Express Movie Review-Final Word:
Buy a ticket and enjoy the ride!