Chennai Express Movie Review

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Martin D'Souza By Martin D'Souza | 18 Mar 2017 15:40:14.4770000 IST

Expectations are obviously humongous from an album belonging to two top notch production houses, UTV Motion Pictures and Red Chillies Entertainment, starring the king of romance Shahrukh Khan himself and directed by maverick director Rohit Shetty. Composers Vishal-Shekhar, (a regular for most SRK home productions), have been instrumental in providing the 'Baadshah' with numerous chartbusters and memorable numbers and are again the preferred choice here. All said and done, this is still a Rohit Shetty film and 'masala' music with mass appeal is the order of the day. The promotional caption, 'Come Fall In Love, Rohit Shetty Ishtyle' says it all.

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'One Two Three Four'
beckons the listeners to get on to the dance floor and the fast paced, high on energy 'dhinchak' dance track or item number does exactly that. The tune (Initially reminds of 'Bombay Se Rail Chali'-Akshay Kumar's ZAALIM) has heavy south Indian flavor (lyrics included) infused with North sensibilities to please both. Heavy orchestrations and percussions lend the song that authentic desi touch. Hamsika Iyer of 'Chhammak Chhallo' fame along with Vishal Dadlani render the song. The full of humour lyrics add to the fun. Featuring south sensation, hot actress Priyamani and King Khan, the song is a sure shot chartbuster.

The Tamil sequence which opens 'Titli' brings back fond memories of Preity Zinta's classy dance number, Rahman's 'Jiya Jale'(DIL SE) but it enfolds into a supremely rich melodic love ballad, the kind befitting the king of romance, Shahrukh Khan. V-S have composed some superb love tracks for SRK and this will rank right up there with the rest. Chinmayee and Gopi Sunder are chosen to render the song and they are good.

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'Titli' dub step version makes for a good repeat hear although one prefers the original for its pure melodic charm.

'Tera Rastaa Chhodoon Na'
is another melodiously rich smooth flowing composition, and as is obvious from the title itself, the song is about keeping promises and to be with each other through thick and thin. Amitabh Bhattacharya's rendition is good and so is Anusha Mani. Once again Amitabh's lyrics are like icing on the cake as they fit the situation like hand in glove.


Meeena cries buckets of tears; Rahul is happy the language of love has triumphed. We are happy the movie has ended. We are told it is the power of the common man.

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Thanks to Deepika's translation, we understand much of the movie. Thanks also to her charmed acting we are saved the ignominy of a disaster. She does well with her Tamil accent and body language. Different from what we have seen of her so far. Take a bow Ma'm; you shine throughout. In fact, you are the hero of the film! I don't think SRK will mind this because he has put your name before his in the credits, as he had promised.

Tangaballi (Nikitin Dheer) as Meena's suitor is towering. He impressed in MISSION ISTANBUL, too.

Since this is a Rohit Shetty film, you want to see flying cars. That comes only towards the fag end of the first half. Cars, cylinders and richskaws fly, Rohit Shetty style.

For Shahrukh Khan fans this one will be a blockbuster. The audience who love their cinema with a little respect from the director will find this hard to digest. In one of his dialogues, Rahul tells Meena that her humour is for single screen theatres. I guess this movie too is targeted at the single screens.

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We all know that the two Khans have made up, but this comparison is something one cannot ignore. When Salman Khan made his entry on screen last Eid in EK THA TIGER, the whole theatre exploded. Here, you could hear a pin drop.

This is partly because of the fact that the first 15 minutes is shot like a low budget television serial with stray actors who did not even have the ability to be decently still on screen when not required to mouth any dialogues.

However, the last 15 minutes, compensates for your journey, as Shahrukh Khan is back to his fiery self. But by then, you are already looking out of the window, waiting for your station to arrive.

I am not saying that this movie might not collect Rs 100 crore!

(We have tried to be as humourous with our review, as Rohit Shetty has tried to be with his direction.)


Sachin ne ek buddhe ki jaan le li; woh kya hai na, 99 pe out hua. Rahul's Dadaji is also on 99 (age wise). Wicket-keeper ne catch liya, Dadaji ka old heart fisal gaya! Clean bowled. Party ka atmosphere sad ho gaya.

Now comes the question of immersing the ashes. Dadaji wanted one part to be immersed in the Ganga and the other in Rameshwaram in the South. Dadi takes the urn towards Ganga, but the one meant for Rameshwaran, she entrusts in the care of Rahul, who has plans of going to Goa for some fun, we are told, with his buddies who behave like teenagers.

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So to lie to dadi, Rahul boards the Chennai Express and asks his friends to wait for him outside Kalyan Station. Wahe pe, he forgets the urn. He tells his friends he will be back. But when he is about to alight Rohit Shetty decides to take stock images of DDLJ. First Rahul gives his hand to Meena in a saree. Then, to a burly man also wants to board the running train. By the time he wants to alight, the platform has run out from under his feet.

What happened is this. One by one, he helped four huge men board the running train along with Meena. He tells his friends that he will now meet them at Karjat Station. Meanwhile, he plays antakshari with Meena to find out what the problem is. He learns through various songs that they are her father's goons and are taking her back to Chennai from where she had run away.

As he tries to help her, he is subdued by the hulks; first by throwing out his mobile phone which he so passionately advertises for, then by sitting on him, literally.

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Rahul is now taken to Meena's village where she lies to her father that Rahul is in love with her. All this while, all Rahul has to do is shake his head when Meena looks at him. This is the understanding between him and her since he does not understand the language. We do not too, since there are no sub-titles. Meena has another suitor who her father has given his word to and there is pandemonium. Rahul has to fight the suitor, a huge hulk of a man.

Rahul runs, because he cannot fight. Strangely, he finds himself in Sri Lankan waters and is brought back to Meena's village. Again he runs away, this time with Meena. In the village they stay, Meena tells them (the villagers) that they are married. To complete the rasam, he has to carry his 'wife' to a temple which is high up.

Now, Rahul has also put sindoor in her maang. Meena is now behaving like his wife. They have a chance to escape, Rahul to Mumbai and Meena to Pune. But suddenly Rahul grows up to be a man. He goes back to her father, tries to convince him in his Hindi-Tamil-English; gets beaten black and blue. Father watches the fun, but when Rahul gets up and beats the shit out of everyone, including the hulk of her suitor, father relents.


Meeena cries buckets of tears; Rahul is happy the language of love has triumphed. We are happy the movie has ended. We are told it is the power of the common man.

CHENNAI EXPRESS wallpapers
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Thanks to Deepika's translation, we understand much of the movie. Thanks also to her charmed acting we are saved the ignominy of a disaster. She does well with her Tamil accent and body language. Different from what we have seen of her so far. Take a bow Ma'm; you shine throughout. In fact, you are the hero of the film! I don't think SRK will mind this because he has put your name before his in the credits, as he had promised.

Tangaballi (Nikitin Dheer) as Meena's suitor is towering. He impressed in MISSION ISTANBUL, too.

Since this is a Rohit Shetty film, you want to see flying cars. That comes only towards the fag end of the first half. Cars, cylinders and richskaws fly, Rohit Shetty style.

For Shahrukh Khan fans this one will be a blockbuster. The audience who love their cinema with a little respect from the director will find this hard to digest. In one of his dialogues, Rahul tells Meena that her humour is for single screen theatres. I guess this movie too is targeted at the single screens.

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We all know that the two Khans have made up, but this comparison is something one cannot ignore. When Salman Khan made his entry on screen last Eid in EK THA TIGER, the whole theatre exploded. Here, you could hear a pin drop.

This is partly because of the fact that the first 15 minutes is shot like a low budget television serial with stray actors who did not even have the ability to be decently still on screen when not required to mouth any dialogues.

However, the last 15 minutes, compensates for your journey, as Shahrukh Khan is back to his fiery self. But by then, you are already looking out of the window, waiting for your station to arrive.

I am not saying that this movie might not collect Rs 100 crore!

(We have tried to be as humourous with our review, as Rohit Shetty has tried to be with his direction.)

Rating 1.5/5

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Movie Cast & Crew
  • Actor: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Nikitin Dheer and Sathyaraj
  • Lyrics: Amitabh Bhattacharya and Charulatha & Madhumitha Mani (Tamil)
  • Director: Rohit Shetty
  • Music Director: Vishal-Shekhar
  • Release Date : 09 Aug 2013