There’s always something interesting in watching Shahrukh Khan do his usual “common man” antics in his films. In Chennai Express, he proves yet again why he is called as King Khan in Bollywood. Teaming up with Rohit Shetty for the first-time, the film’s success was guaranteed since its inception maybe, for the film has all the elements of being an entertainer, with the scenes so well-performed that it won’t bore you even for a split second. Truly, it is 142 minutes of sheer refreshment for the mind, if not anything else.
Deepika Padukone is a wonder to watch every time ‘cause she proves her undiscovered mettle with every different character she portrays. While some may have complained that she had overdone her ‘wild-child’ roles, Chennai Express is that breath of fresh air to see her donning only traditional attires – mostly Dhaavani’s and Kanjivaram sarees matched with beautifully-designed gold jewelry.
What started as a promise Rahul (SRK) made to his grandmother, turned out to be an adventure he hadn’t fathomed. On this adventure, he fights for a holiday, then fights for love, and finally gets married after having waited for so long. The film captures the raw beauty of Tamil Nadu in most frames and it shall be a treat for all those watching it. However, the dialect may become a tad-bit difficult to gauge easily since there is a lot of use of Tamil in the film, you would still know what is going on. An unintended adventure taught Rahul how to converse in the language fluently too. Nonetheless, Deepika as Meena is fabulous. She seems to have worked quite hard on her Tamil-infused Hindi for the film and she doesn’t disappoint.
There are references to many famous films, dialogues and songs in Chennai Express, besides the comic-timing is so well-placed that at no point it would seem as buffoonery. Despite the notion of a film only teasing the taste buds of the masses, this is one that both the classes and the masses are sure to enjoy.
Unfortunately, what I found overdone, was the action. Beat someone black and blue and then ask him if he still loves the girl, is a little unfair on the man, don’t you think? Still, this one’s totally SRK in his true element despite great work by the other actors. Only until now, Raj from DDLJ wasn’t really a common man, for some he was fantasy, but that notion has been broken… reality check, perhaps. Besides, Rohit Shetty’s favorite haunt, Goa has been mentioned as a staple part of various dialogues, only that Chennai Express explores a new place and not the beaches of Goa this time.
So it’s an entertaining film, a travelogue, a love story, Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and a lot of elements of Rohit Shetty. You don’t need more reason to go and watch the film.