Chennai Express – Movie Review

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Review by : Tamilstar team
Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sathyaraj
Rohit Shetty
Vishal Shekhar
Ronnie Screwvala, Gauri Khan,  Siddharth Roy Kapur

Hindi movie ‘Chennai Express’ has features which are usually there in every other masala movie in Tamil.  But, Shahrukh Khan has done it in a unique style.

Director Rohit Shetty knows how to give an interesting movie and the movie ‘Chennai Express’ is a standing proof to the fact. 

Although scenes in the movie bear semblance to scenes in movies as Muthu, Gilli and Alex Pandiyan, those scenes do not appear stereotyped, and thus escape mockery. 

Okay… Let us come to the story. 

Shahrukh Khan loses his parents when very young.  He is brought up by his grandparents fondly, and he leads an affluent life.  Shahrukh Khan governs the sweet stall run by his grandfather. But, he does not get a girl to romance. 

Grandfather passes away suddenly.  Grandfather’s last wish is that part of his ashes is dissolved in Ganga, and the rest of the ashes are dissolved in Rameswaram. 

As Shahrukh Khan travels in the train, he happens to come across Deepika Padukone. 

Deepika Padukone is on the run as her father tries to force her into the marriage. Then she comes across Shahrukh.  At a stage, she is almost caught by her father’s underhand. 

Deepika Padukone points at Shahrukh Khan as her lover.  Also, her father agrees to the marriage between Deepika Padukone and Shahrukh Khan.  Then, the villain makes the entry.  Rest of the story is about how Shahrukh saves Deepika from clutches of the villain and enters wedlock with her. 

Shahrukh Khan stammers as he tries to speak Tamil, and the scenes showing him uttering two or three words in Tamil are admirable. During climax, Shahrukh makes a retort to the villain by uttering the same threat that villain uttered before, and thus he wins applauses. 

Shahrukh Khan is unable to pronounce the name Meenalochni Azhagu Sundaram, and as he lisps while uttering the name, it sends across ripples of laughter among the audience.  Shahrukh Khan loses his way and goes to Kerala border.  There, a person asks him in Malayalam ‘Enthaanu Joli?’, and for that Shahrukh Khan replies ‘I am not Angelina Jolie’.  It makes the whole theatre shake with laughter.

Although it is a Masala movie with no logic in it, Shahrukh Khan plays it low throughout the movie.  Tamil heroes would have asked for abundant action scenes in the movie.  But, Shahrukh Khan mesmerizes through one action scene in the climax. 

Deepika binds together the audience through her beauty and excellent performance.  Although her Tamil dialogues are not very pleasing to the ears, it is commendable effort that she speaks for herself in Tamil.

Priyamani emerges in an item number in the movie. Although there is no glamour in her, she competes well with Shahrukh Khan and dances.  Tamil actors as Delhi Ganesh and King Kong make appearance. 

It is disappointing that Sathyaraj has not had scope for performance in the movie although he is a very talented actor. 

After completion of the movie, there is Lungi dance, a tribute for Rajini, which is totally irrelevant to the movie.  But still, the audience wait till the scene is over and then they disperse.  It is another standing proof to the fact that Shahrukh is very diplomatic.  Our heroes have not thought of such novel idea. 

The screenplay is very interesting… So, ‘Chennai Express’ is a Hindi movie which our Tamil audience should not miss on any account.

Taking everything into account, ‘Chennai Express’ is speeding towards success.

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