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Chennai Express Movie Review : Deepika Padukone is the new Hero!

 Chennai Express
Director :  Rohit Shetty
Music :  Vishal-Shekhar
Lyrics :  Amitabh Bhattacharya and Charulatha & Madhumitha Mani (Tamil)
Starring :  Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Nikitin Dheer and Sathyaraj

August 9, 2013 12:28:01 PM IST
Chennai Express Movie Review By Martin D'Souza, Glamsham Editorial
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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.


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 who 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.

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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 stars
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