'Chennai Express' Movie Review

fun-filled journey

Reviews 9-Aug-2013 11:28 AM IST Top 10 Cinema Comments

When you get on this train, make sure you don't compare it with the previous journey you made with Rohit Shetty and Shahrukh Khan-Deepika Padukone. It's not too funny like Golmaal series or beyond engrossment like Om Shanthi Om. But, Chennai Express offers a wholesome entertainment to enjoy your moments with fun, emotions and romance. It's really rare to see such a filmmaker to pen a script completely based on the fun and celebration.

When Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) is asked by his grandma to immerse the ashes of his grandfather at Rameshwaram, he makes a conniving plan of performing the rites at Goa beach to add more pleasure. His plans get shattered when he gives his hand to Meenamma (Deepika Padukone) to get inside the running training with the signature music of DDLJ in the background. Very soon, Rahul renders his same help to 4 Gundas that changes his life forever. Situations take him to the Southern part of Tamil Nadu and the rest of the story is about how his life takes a turn there.

The film comes with quite a lengthy running time, but offers a complete entertainment from beginning till end. Shahrukh Khan's trademark innocence and cute expressions are the biggest plus for the film. Deepika Padukone has slightly lost her charming looks, but gives an impressive performance. Sathyaraj as Deepika Padukone's father fits the role perfectly.

Rohit Shetty has used some simple techniques to enhance the hilarious quotients that include the conversation between characters through songs. Not to miss the baddie and his henchmen performing Chammak Chalo (Ra One) and Dard-E-Disco (Om Shanthi Om). There are a few sequences that have been completely lifted from Tamil movie like Muthu (a simple note bringing all the characters in the same place), Ghilli (SRK placing sickle on Deepika to escape) and Alex Pandian (sickle on the tyre smashing down the car). Visually, it's brilliant as the cinematography across the South Indian hill regions look awesome. The village set erected with a beautiful Chettinad styled home across the serene ambience lets us yearn for it.

There is a lot of fun, raciness and action in the first half. But sooner, the focus shifts to romance in second hour, which has been depicted poignantly. The musical score by Vishal-Shekar is okay and Honey Singh's Lungi Dance during the final credits is a special treat for Tamil fans. Of course, a major portion of the film carries Tamil dialogues and this will easily click with the down south audience. The climax portion laced with emotional elements brings out the best performance of Shahrukh Khan.

On the whole, Chennai Express is a fun-filled journey with the celebration of sentiments, comedy, romance and action.

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