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From the train shot where Shah Rukh Khan lends a hand to a lady running on a platform to the drunk scene, Shah Rukh Khan is way too Shah Rukh Khan for you to take the film with an iota of positivity. Then, Deepika Padukone's trained accent sounds even more forced, even if she's got a good punch line.
There's no way I can allow myself to walk into a theater with so much apprehension. So, I set about looking for more clips from the film and came across the presumptuous 'lungi dance'. It really made me wonder - where does fun stop and mockery start?
A film is set in a particular geographical location and thus come the costumes and the accent. When does this stop becoming an excuse for going overboard with the jokes on the people and their way of speaking and being? I don't know. I just wonder.
Moving on, I finally found something that I liked - a couple of songs and the things that go along with them. 'Kashmir main tu Kanyakumari' is peppy and the energy that Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone bring to the song makes you tap your feet. If only the setting wasn't so artificial. Another song, even if set in a tacky atmosphere, worked. Shah Rukh Khan's expression in the first few seconds of this video is heart-warming. He looks like that guy who is smitten in love rather than himself. How refreshing.
Other than that there is hope that at least a little of the comedy will work. These little things are enough for me to go in with a neutral attitude. Thank goodness for small mercies.
Bollyspice - "3/5"
Bollywood Hungama - "3.5/5"
IBN Live, IANS - "3.5/5"
Milliblog - "But for these two songs, Chennai Express’s soundtrack is like an Amit passing via Chennai"
Music Aloud - "6.5/10"