I must confess, over the years of watching Shah Rukh Khan, I have developed an involuntary reflex, a smile, irrespective of whether I like what he is doing or not. The same special attention I give him also makes me a harsh critic.
Crying according to Shah Rukh, is to press lips together till it forms a curve, make eyes tear filled and tremble a little. Romantic scene is to come closer closer and closer to the heroine, look straight into her face, strain eyebrows a little and a make puppy faced expression. Add to it an occasional double wink and a dimpled smile. Sometimes even the smile is more like a smirk. The rest of the time, he is unnecessarily angry with all the people around him.
Its impossible to forget the name of his heroine as he usually repeats it a lot of times. Its the case right from his first film. Whether he is begging Sapna in a court or asking Reshma to stop harassing him or screeching Meenama in a dessert. It also lets his female costars have a strong presence. Its cute in someways.
Inspite of all these particularly annoying mannerisms and habits, he always manages to charm his way, just about drag my involvement into whatever movie. Its beyond my understanding. I can’t explain it. Its some childhood thing. I am wired that way. Been like that ever since I watched Fauji as a little girl.
Coming back to the movie, its a mix up of various Tamil masala movies, usual formula without misogynistic elements (which I hate). Its cleaner and a little more sugarcoated. Poor Shah Rukh, he wanted to stay away from remakes but ended up starring in a remix. And ofcourse, the gift and the curse Shah Rukh Khan. Without him, I would have absolutely no reason to watch this. The curse – having been forced to listen to my very anti-Shah Rukh brother who kept explaining how the dumb the whole thing was. (The same brother who loved the dumber Hangover).
Many years earlier this brother used to love Shah Rukh Khan, try his hairstyle, wear baggy pants and Baazigar style coolers. He would buy every latest audio cassette of Shah Rukh Khan movie. My brothers everyday ritual after coming back from college would be to to listen to audio cassette of Dil Se side A and B at least twice. Now, my SIL has influenced him in to liking Salman Khan.
The thing is if Shah Rukh Khan, continues to act in such a way that in due course of time I would be convinced that Swades/CDI were flukes, join my brother in the cursing. (except perhaps loving Salman part I can never do). How I wish Salman Khan had acted in Chennai Express, and had broken 3I record.
I am also surprised by the confidence with which its detractors have slammed it with half baked analysis. The movie does not stereotype Tamilians. If this is stereotyping, then all Tamil movies stereotype Tamilians. The movie stays true to the Tamil filmi version of Tamil films. I wish someone who knew Tamil could have dubbed Deepika/Niketan’s voices. Rest is fine. Nothing more to it. Harmless movie.
It seems to me that Shah Rukh, in the past few years had been putting all his effort in the wrong place. MNIK is hardly a kind of film Karan Johar could have directed without hamming worser than the actor, impossible for Farhan to make a fast paced crime/film noir/heist actioner, with Aditya Chopra’s story Yash Chopra is hardly a legend … Its a cosmic rule that effort has to be appreciated with appropriate reaction. Perhaps, CE is a Karmic late reaction.
However, media houses are busy dissecting the reasons behind its success. Some even openly cursing the whole Indian mediocre mentality (for starters, Pakistan is no different, there too CE is blockbuster). I read a debate with Farookh Sheikh reminiscing about good old comedies of his time. I wonder why Salman was analyzed like after he became a phenomena. I would never know, because I have never cared to read about em. More reasons to wish that Salman had acted in Chennai Express.Tags: Chennai Express Deepika Padukone Member Reviews Reviews Rohit Shetty Shah Rukh Khan