Chennai Express movie review

Movie: Chennai Express
Rating: 3/5
 Red Chillies Entertainment
Cast: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukoni, Satya Raj, Priyamani and others
Story: K Subash
Music: Vishal Shekar
Camera: Doodly
Producers: Gouri Khan, Roni, Sidardh Roy Kapoor
Direction: Rohit Shetty
Release Date: 9th Aug, 2013


Salman Khan did it. So, does Shahrukh Khan with his latest outing Chennai Express. To make up for the lull in his career, Shah Rukh joins hands with the 100 crore club-director Rohit Shetty for an over the top film which is based on quintessential south masala formula. The film is meant to be an Eid bonanza for Shahrukh Khan fans across the world.

Well, for starters, it’s the usual boy meets girl out of the blue and one thing leads to another. Only here, the meeting is reminiscent of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge and the boy is a 40-year-old Punjabi man Rahul. Yes, we do get the ‘Naam toh suna hoga’. En route to Rameshwaram to immerse his grandfather’s ashes on his grandmother’s request, he ends up meeting Meenamma alias Meena on the Chennai Express. Meena is on the run to avoid getting married to Thangabali (Dheer) from her neighbouring village. Meena’s father (Sathyaraj) happens to be a local don and she brings Rahul to him and insists they are in love. What follows is a madcap adventure for Rahul and how he manages to get Meena.


Shah Rukh is his usual best. He tries his best to fit into the Rohit Shetty-style of comedy. But towards the end of the film, he gets into his DDLJ inspired role and he is a pleasure to watch. The film hardly has any Bollywood actors and Shah Rukh manages to pull the film along.

But it’s Deepika who dazzles in her role. She actually overshadows Shah Rukh with her cute, dimpled smiles and thick Tamil accent.

Satyaraj plays the bad father who towards the climax relents to his little girl’s wish. He puts in a decent performance.

Priyamani does an item song and she sizzles adequately.

Technical Team:
Music by Vishal Sekhar is good. They include an item number in the first half and it’s bound to woo the masses. A special mention has to be made of the picturisation of Titli and Kanyakumari songs. Though the first half stretches a bit, the editing is crisp in the second half.

Blending Shah Rukh-style romance and Rohit Shetty style comedy in one film is definitely tough. But director Rohit Shetty tries his best to make use of Shah Rukh trademark gaze and stretching arms to appease his fans. Of course, there are some glitches, but Shetty more than makes up for them by relying heavily on his lead pair.


  • Entertainment
  • Shah Rukh
  • Deepika
  • Music

Minus Points:

  • The screenplay is weak in the first half
  • The film has a lot of Tamil dialogues

If you are a regular watcher of Telugu and Tamil films, chances are that you may not find this over-the-top comedy to your liking. However, there are some comic scenes that are bound to evoke laughs. In fact, some of the popular scenes from Telugu and Tamil films have been copied directly, so there is a sense of déjà vu.

But Rohit Shetty surely knows the pulse of his audience. He deftly mixes action, comedy and sentiment in equal measures to keep his audience glued. Little wonder that he has made it to the 100 crore club.

While the opening scenes are gripping, the movie begins to falter towards the interval. Once the story shifts to Tamil Nadu, the story loses steam and there are many Tamil dialogues. In fact, you feel the need for subtitles. But Rohit Shetty manages to more than make up in the second half. He banks heavily on one-liners and his brand of buffonery to chug the train along.

The chart-topping Lungi dance comes with the title credits and is total paisa vasool.

Shah Rukh Khan, entertainment, music and Eid… Chennai Express has a lot going for it. Get on this Express, but be prepared for Rohit Shetty-brand entertainer!

Bottomline: Express entertainment.

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  1. When you get on this train, make sure you don’t compare it with the previous journey you made with Rohit Shetty and Shahrukh Khan-Deepika Padukone. It’s not too funny like Golmaal series or beyond engrossment like Om Shanthi Om. But, Chennai Express offers a wholesome entertainment to enjoy your moments with fun, emotions and romance. It’s really rare to see such a filmmaker to pen a script completely based on the fun and celebration.

    When Rahul (Shahrukh Khan) is asked by his grandma to immerse the ashes of his grandfather at Rameshwaram, he makes a conniving plan of performing the rites at Goa beach to add more pleasure. His plans get shattered when he gives his hand to Meenamma (Deepika Padukone) to get inside the running training with the signature music of DDLJ in the background. Very soon, Rahul renders his same help to 4 Gundas that changes his life forever. Situations take him to the Southern part of Tamil Nadu and the rest of the story is about how his life takes a turn there.

    The film comes with quite a lengthy running time, but offers a complete entertainment from beginning till end. Shahrukh Khan’s trademark innocence and cute expressions are the biggest plus for the film. Deepika Padukone has slightly lost her charming looks, but gives an impressive performance. Sathyaraj as Deepika Padukone’s father fits the role perfectly.

    Rohit Shetty has used some simple techniques to enhance the hilarious quotients that include the conversation between characters through songs. Not to miss the baddie and his henchmen performing Chammak Chalo (Ra One) and Dard-E-Disco (Om Shanthi Om). There are a few sequences that have been completely lifted from Tamil movie like Muthu (a simple note bringing all the characters in the same place), Ghilli (SRK placing sickle on Deepika to escape) and Alex Pandian (sickle on the tyre smashing down the car). Visually, it’s brilliant as the cinematography across the South Indian hill regions look awesome. The village set erected with a beautiful Chettinad styled home across the serene ambience lets us yearn for it.

    There is a lot of fun, raciness and action in the first half. But sooner, the focus shifts to romance in second hour, which has been depicted poignantly. The musical score by Vishal-Shekar is okay and Honey Singh’s Lungi Dance during the final credits is a special treat for Tamil fans. Of course, a major portion of the film carries Tamil dialogues and this will easily click with the down south audience. The climax portion laced with emotional elements brings out the best performance of Shahrukh Khan.

    On the whole, Chennai Express is a fun-filled journey with the celebration of sentiments, comedy, romance and action.

  2. Will Chennai Express Beat 3 Idiots?

    Before three years, it was Aamir Khan’s 3 Idiots that made a whopping collection of Rs. 150 Crores in box office, whose record still remains unbroken. But now it looks like SRK’s Chennai Express will top the charts within a short span of time. The paid previews on Thursday and Friday have indeed fetched a collection of 40 Crores in India, 1.42Cr in USA-Canada and 2Crores in UK. With Thalaivaa not releasing in Tamil Nadu and Pawan Kalyan’s most anticipated film in Andhra Pradesh.

  3. Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone-starrer “Chennai Express” is chugging on with immense steam at the box office. The film recorded an opening day collection of Rs.33.12 crore, say trade experts, and it is expected to do well across national and international quarters over the weekend.

    Heavy promotions for the Rohit Shetty directorial, coupled with a release on an auspicious occasion like Eid-ul-Fitr Friday, seem to have paid off. Even before the release, the buzz for the movie was strong, giving it a collection of Rs. 6.75 crore in the home country from paid previews Thursday itself.

    “We’ve received an overwhelming response from all quarters and the film is being loved by everyone,” Gaurav Verma, director – India theatrical distribution, Studios, Disney UTV.

    “Though ‘Chennai Express’ is playing in highest number of screens for any film, we still ran out of capacity in most locations due to this huge demand at the box office and the film is on its way to create new benchmarks,” added Verma.

    Trade analyst Taran Adarsh shared that the collective figures minted by the movie on Thursday and Friday in India amounted to Rs. 39.87 crore nett.

    Said to have been made at a budget of Rs. 70 crore, “Chennai Express” had a grand release in over 3,500 screens in the country and 700 screens abroad.

    The advance bookings for the film were strong, said Girish Wankhede of Cinemax chain.

    “It’s doing very well. On Thursday, there were 80 to 90 percent occupancy of seats. Advance booking was strong for this weekend. It will do very well in coming weeks also,” Wankhede told IANS.

    Down south also, the movie has received a good response.

    Trade analyst Trinath shared: “This is probably the best ever opening for a SRK film in the state. Even though people voiced about the stereotyping in ‘Chennai Express’, none had any issues with it and embraced it with a smile.”

    In the film, Shah Rukh plays a north Indian, who falls in love with a Tamil girl, essayed by his “Om Shanti Om” co-star Deepika.

    The number of shows were doubled in Chennai for “Chennai Express” as Tamil movie “Thalaivaa” didn’t release there.

    “Since ‘Thalaivaa’ didn’t release, the number of shows for ‘Chennai Express’ were doubled (on Friday). We had about 95 percent occupancy for the paid previews and most shows over the weekend are booked,” a multiplex representative in Chennai, said.

    Mumbai-based trade analyst Komal Nahta didn’t find the film as entertaining as Shetty’s previous films like the “Golmaal” series, but he didn’t deny that the movie indeed got a “fantastic start” in India.

    Internationally too, the film is said to be doing well.

    In the Gulf region, it released Thursday and minted $435,000, with 28 screens yet to report. But it is estimated to cross $550,000 by the time all screens report, said a source.

    In Singapore, two screens are yet to report, but it made $95,359 on Thursday.

    “Chennai Express”, an action comedy, had only night show previews in Britain Thursday, numbers are 142,220 pounds with three sites yet to report.

    In Australia, the paid previews Thursday amounted to $34,314, while in New Zealand, the figures came to $6,431.

    Adarsh shared on Twitter that the movie took a “huge start in US-Canada”, earning $2,60,000 (Rs.15, 776,020.00 approximately) out of Thursday night preview shows.

    Officials at UTV Motion Pictures, which has co-produced the potboiler with Shah Rukh’s Red Chillies Entertainment, are happy.

    “‘Chennai’ Express has taken the box office by storm in international markets. The movie is setting new opening day and paid previews records and benchmarks for Hindi movies in most countries,” Amrita Pandey, executive director, International Distribution, Syndication and Disney Media Distribution, Studios, Disney UTV, said in a statement.

    “In many cinema chains we’ve added shows and the movie was moved to additional screens and to highest capacity screens. This has been a massive opening to a huge release,” she added.

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