We love Shah Rukh Khan . We loved him as Rahul and Raaj in many films. I cried when he cried in Kuch Kuch Hota hai and swoon when Raj sweeps Simran in his arms in the in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge . So undoubtedly I’m a sucker for Shah Rukh Khan.
But when it comes to reviewing a film I need to write strictly about what I’ve seen in the theater. Though I wanted to stay generous mostly possible but sadly Chennai Express didn’t gave me that chance as it left me cold.
The plot is about the charming metro man Rahul played by Shah Rukh Khan. He is a 40-year-old North Indian bachelor who has been brought up by his grandfather and grandmother after the death of his parents when he was still a child. As per his late grandpa’s wishes, he sets out to immerse his mortal remains in the river in Rameshwaram for which he boards the Chennai Express train. Although he has plans to cut short his Rameshwaram trip and instead head to Goa with two friends . He meets Meena played by Deepika Padukone , a Tamil girl, on the train and finds himself trying to save her from her kidnappers. The ones trying to kidnap her are her own cousins, sent by her don-father played by Sathyaraj who literally rules Kumban village where the family lives. Meena has run away from home as she does not want to marry Thangabali played by Nikitin Dheer , the man her authoritarian father has chosen for her.
The plot is so ordinary that it never makes the film a bit different from the othere films with the same type of masala. Though Rhoit’s films are never about plot and characters. His main target is to present entertainment , entertainment and entertainment by any means possible.
But Chennai Express neither playes to Rohit or Shah Rukh‘s streangth. It looks like a strange mash of low-brow humor , half hearted romance , half-baked emotion and head-banging action.
Honestly not all of the scenes are bad. the sequence in which Rahul and Meena pass on messages to one another in song form, in the train and the scene where Meena sleep walks. But sadly such scenes are few and far between. I also liked Meena who had a thick accent . But the use of the tamil language in so many parts of the film is rather irritating than funny. There are a bit too much scenes inspired from Dilwale Dulhania Ley Jayenge. Which soon started to test my nerves.
The dialogues penned by Farhad-Sajid is good in parts but mostly they are not up to the mark. Where there are some scenes where the dialogue makes it worse.
SRK does an ordinary job. Actually he didn’t get enough scope to shine. Because we know that he can do comedy. We’ve seen that in films like DDLJ and Om Shanti Om. But here the scenes are so sloppy that even funny dialogues didn’t get any attention. Well the hero’s in Rohit’s films never make you bore but unfortunately that’s what SRK does the most. But Deepika Padukone sticks to her character throughout the film and whenever she comes she brings a smile. She truly over-shines SRK. Where as others does an ordinary job.
Rohit Shetty has done a ordinary job as some portion of the film is truly amazing but others leave you cold. His narration is definitely not up to the mark , because the film becomes boring occasionally. His big bang actions are not so bad but they are so much in quantity that you wish to go to the toilet and leave this madness.
Vishal-Shekhar’s music is good. All the songs, including the ‘Lungi’ song composed by Honey Singh, are entertaining. The ‘One two three four’ number is catchy. Amitabh Bhattacharya’s lyrics are outstanding.
Special mentioning towards the cinematography as it is mouth goggling. Some scenes left you mesmerizing. Editing could have been a lot better.
Chennai Express is a mishmash of comedy , action and emotion. Because non of this things are worth a mention. You might like this film if you believe that the word ‘Impossible’ don’t exist in your dictionary . But sadly it exists in mine. I’m going with two stars. 😦