One of the most awaited films, Chennai Express managed to open this Eid around the world. Usually it has been a Salman Khan film but this time the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan got a chance and he made the most of it. Since Jab Tak Hai Jaan, SRK was probably looking to make his audience laugh and fall in love again and he succeeds except for a couple of things.

Chennai Express has been directed by Rohit Shetty who has become synonymous with making entertaining blockbusters like Golmaal and Bol Bachan. He experimented with serious and action with Singham and it worked out and this time with Chennai Express he tried love and action and it has worked out until the intermission. This time Rohit didn’t use his lucky star hero Ajay Devgn and went for SRK. The story opens up with the protagonist Rahul who is played by Shah Rukh Khan taking us through his grand father’s 100th birthday celebrations and a quick recap of his childhood and bachelorhood. The grandfather pops at 99 just like his cricket star Sachin Tendulkar gets caught out at 99 and here takes off Rahul’s plan with his friends to go to Goa for a full-blown male holiday. His grandmother however requests him to take one half of the ashes of the grandfather to Rameshwar with is at the Southern end of India. Here Rahul makes his first lie and convinces his grandmother he is on the way to Rameshwar and is using the Chennai Express.

As he boards the train, a former hit SRK film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge scene and music pops up as the heroine Deepika Padukone starring as Meenama is running to get on the train. Soon a few other South Indian men follow and SRK is surrounded by new company and a new adventure. The Story remains simple and perhaps that has been Rohit’s success formula. The real heroes of the film however are the dialogue writers Farhad and Sajid, this helped carry the film forward and the brought out the fun in the situation without sounding derogatory, some of the best ones are in the trailer below:

Shah Rukh Khan’s influence is all over the film, especially when he is using his past hits in his scenes, singing his film songs like “Tujhe Dekha”, looking like the Raj of DDLJ in the last action scene, or driving the jeep and looking like his character Samar of Jab Tak Hai Jaan, he uses the nuances to remind you of his success. Deepika Padukone is impressive, for a change she is not in skimpy outfits or naked dance sequences, she is acting and delivers well. Her character Meenama will be remembered and her dedication and no star air shows in her performance, she is comfortable, easy and takes you back to her first film Om Shanti Om.

Rohit kept the songs short and the film pace fast but really there was not much to wait for after intermission. Since nearly all Hindi movies have a happy ending, it was obvious Rahul and Meenama were going to be united despite her father’s strict wishes and promise to the villain Tangaballi for her hand in marriage. You can see the influence of Disney production especially in the train shots which look a little like the Harry Potter train and the visual effects used during the ride. Rohit also sticks to a few signatures such as:

Orange Jeep, spinning cars, flying carts

Black and Gold Saree that Deepika wears in the promotional version of the song Meherbani

Dadaji and Dadiji for the main hero

Goa trip that nearly happened

In conclusion, the film has its funny scenes, fans of SRK don’t miss it, fans of Deepika enjoy it and fans of Rohit Shetty, see the new “Shtyle” which in some way must have been his version of a tribute to the Mega-Superstar of the South- Rajnikanth (check out the Lungi Dance song sung by Yo Yo Honey Singh).

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