Official Synopsis: Chennai Express is the story of a 40 year old bachelor Rahul, who lands up in a totally unexpected journey that makes him realize the importance of Love, Life, Relationships and Sacrifice! A stimulating train voyage that not only takes Rahul, accidentally to his destination but also makes him realize the power of True Love! A hilarious journey which teaches you about the serious relationships in life.
The movie starts off with the use of the flashback technique when there is no need for one. Rahul is supposedly this 40 year old Bachelor who is about to take off to Goa with his friends ala Dil Chahta Hai or Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara and talks about wanting to live life according to his choice ala Ranbir in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani. After some irritating dialogues of “Goa is On” the real movie starts off with Rahul getting stuck with Meenamma on the Chennai Express to Komban.
Some scenes are good like the DDLJ train scene spoof where SRK helps the goons and scenes of SRK getting scared and cowering. SRK and Deepika singing scene is initially good but the joke drags so much that it is no longer funny. Deepika’s dream/chudail scene where she kicks SRK is hilarious. Deepika making fun of SRK for being a Halwai and saying he looks like a 50 year old is funny.
Some scenes are bad like SRK’s drunk scene which is totally annoying. There is a unnecessary scene of SRK in international waters accused of smuggling and there is another stupid midget scene reminding of Tushar’s Golmaal scenes. SRK’s narration/voice-over is irritating. There are lot of Tamil dialogues with no subtitles which are not that difficult to understand but may be annoying to some.
In true filmy style SRK suddenly starts giving speech about women’s independence. The final fight scene is straight out of Agneepath with even similar costumes worn by SRK and Nikitin Dheer as Hrithik and Sanjay Dutt respectively and Nikitin pushing SRK back. The last scene is also just like DDLJ’s final scene with Deepika’s father not letting go of her hand while a fight is taking place.
Screenplay is good in the first half but drags in the second half with Deepika falling for SRK and almost three back to back songs. As is usually the case with all Rohit Shetty movies most of the movie is shot on sets. Some scenes are well shot but there are couple of scenes with bad vfx. Titli is the best song of the movie and is well shot. Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari is good too but it could have been better used during the final credits instead of the silly Lungi Dance. 1234 has good energy but is a forced item number. Tera Rasta Chhodoon Na comes off almost immediately after another song and is totally unnecessary.
Shah Rukh Khan’s acting ranges from good in scenes where he is scared or being sarcastic (which reminds of his 90s acting from movies like Yes Boss) to overacting in quite a few of them. He is horrible in the drunk scene. He is not at all convincing in the final action scene specially after so convincingly playing a coward in the rest of the movie.
Speaking with almost a caricaturist accent Deepika totally nails the role. She is excellent in every scene whether she is taking digs at SRK or mouthing Tamil dialogues or emotional scenes or the dream/chudail scene. Nikitin Dheer looks menacing. Sathyaraj is good though he does not have that many dialogues. Mukesh Tiwari is good in a small role.
The movie aims to keep both the Rohit Shetty fans as well as the SRK fans happy. It has the usual comedy, spoof sequences and flying Jeep sequences of Rohit Shetty but it has also has a love story like DDLJ. It is basically DDLJ remade Rohit Shetty style. The movie is entertaining in parts but also drags in parts specially in the second half. Its an average movie at best. Among Rohit Shetty movies, Golmaal 1 and All the Best are still his best but this is better than rest of his movies.Tags: Chennai Express Deepika Padukone Member Reviews Nikitin Dheer Reviews Rohit Shetty Sathyaraj Shah Rukh Khan