Chennai Express: Neither funny nor enthralling

Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Nikhtin Dheer

DIrector: Rohit Shetty

Producer: Gauri Khan, Ronnie Screwvala, Siddarth Roy Kapur

Music: Vishal-Shekhar

Rating: 2.5/5

So finally, the Chennai Express train has arrived and I was aboard watching the premiere show tonight. Heck lot of promotions and marketing was done for this film and Shahrukh, Rohit and Deepika were clearly very excited about its release.

Plot: The movie strolls around the life of Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) and how he ‘accidentally’ meets Meena (Deepika) and the biggest twist in his life (probably any ‘common man’s’ life) comes his way. Rahul plans a trip to Goa with his friends while he granddad passes away. To fulfill his grandpa’s last wish, he plans to do away the ashes in Rameshwaram. And in the train Chennai Express  he meets Deepika and his four cousin brothers a.k.a thugs, and lands up in an unavoidable, unwanted and unprecedented journey. While Meena has her own troubles with an imposing dad trying to get his daughter married to Nikitin Dheer, who has a very uncommon Tamil name.

Rahul faces immense amount of trouble which is showcased with a few stupid and lame jokes here and there. The movie arrived with a lot of expectations but I’d lost hope over it half way down the film itself.

Technical-aspect: The direction of Rohit Shetty is pretty good. Nothing new but he’s done a fair bit of job behind the camera while the music is energetic, fun and simply crazy. The dialogues are very witty and go hand in hand with Shahrukh and Deepika’s character. The script lacked a bit of strength when a ‘realistic’ view is concerned but anyway, this is Bollywood!

Performances: Shahrukh as always is very versatile and supreme. He can adapt to any role with ease and he pulled off a 28-29 year-old guy’s character very convincingly. Deepika has done a fabulous job, though the accent is lame but she’s really hilarious in some parts. Nikitin Dheer has nothing much to do but his tight physique kept him an instigating personality throughout.

The Last Word: Chennai Express is funny but lacks something which disrupts your interest. Expectations shattered.

 

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