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Yes, I agree, coming from a SRK non-devout, Rohit Shetty non-fan and a non-believer of the nonsense genre, this review means nothing. Yet, for what it's wroth watch Chennai Express if and only if you have conceded that you have nothing better to do.Read more
Oh dear...There's not a moment in this trailer that doesn't induce a cringe, except for the one shot in which a car explodes. And that reminds you it is a Rohit Shetty film and you cringe again.
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"
- meeta, a part of the audience
For films like Chennai Express, reviews are futile, I accept. Fans of the star/director/genre are going to watch the film come what may. The rest of us couldn't be bothered with reading a review, let alone watching it. Sympathies with the latter group if you have "loved" ones in the former group who drag you into the theater kicking and screaming. May your 142 minutes rest in peace, or not.
In that sense, Chennai Express delivers exactly what is expected -
- histrionics by Shah Rukh Khan;
- beauty and gorgeousness by Deepika Padukone;
- loads and loads of buffoonery;
- bold, bright, solid colored costumes, art-work and props;
- slapsticky dialogue that trots around self-importantly;
- and some peppy song and dance.
As complete as any Rohit Shetty film is.
Well, sans Ajay Devgn. So, you don't have his cool personality to bring calm or at least a break from the over-the-top state of affairs. Even otherwise, Shah Rukh Khan's facial contortions (except for when he has this one romantic twinkle in his eyes) remind me of our origins as a race. Here, he is actually supposed to make you laugh with all the monkey business. Yet, despite all my apathy towards the tomfoolery, there was one scene that got me the goose bumps. Of course, it was too little too late.
It doesn't help that not only are the jokes as predictable as every other SMS joke, the self-referencing SRK one-liners are predictable too! For the rest of the dialogue you are left with emotional/philosophical lines sound like they were picked from a book of quotes. What could have been funny if it happened once, either repeats itself or goes on for too long to kill whatever little joy it started with.
You wonder then, whether or not you should complain about half the film being in Tamil. I have no clue if the heavy mockery of what the Tamilians wear, how they speak, what they eat, how they eat is offensive. But I didn't find it in good taste. The only one trying to add grace to everything else, is Deepika Padukone. Since, I don't know if her diction was right or not, I can only say she didn't look convincing. Maybe, because it was apparent that she was trying really hard.
Through her character, an attempt is made to send a message across to the men of the nation. But again, the setting is way too off the topic for most of the length of the film to suddenly become about a particular social issue. All you can do is thank Rohit Shetty for small mercies - for having at least tried to make the film about something, a little less random.
After this gratitude then, all you can do is come out feeling happy that it wasn't worse than you expected. And at least, the crowd around you, the people this film is made for had a good time.
- meeta, a part of the audience
Thumbs up, by Naresh Kumar Deoshi, Apun Ka Choice : ...Definitely worth a ride.... full review
Thumbs up, by Bodrul Chaudhury, Bolly Spice : ... Chennai Express has a masala of comedy, action, romance and drama which will keep you entertained from beginning to end... full review
Thumbs up, by Taran Adarsh, Bollywood Hungama : ...CHENNAI EXPRESS has the trademark Rohit Shetty stamp all over. You seek entertainment, entertainment and entertainment... full review
Thumbs up, by Nikhil Arora, Desi Martini : ... Chennai Express is funny and entertaining and Shah Rukh Khan's return to form... full review
Thumbs up, by Sarita Tanwar , DNA : ...The sole purpose of Chennai Express is to entertain. And that it does. So grab a bucket of popcorn, sit back and enjoy the ride... full review
Thumbs up, by Rachit Gupta, Filmfare : ... This is a cute and colourful masala movie, definitely worth the escalated price of the admission ticket... full review
Thumbs up, by Neha Mathur , fullhyd.com : ... Shetty makes imbecile humour fashionable... full review
Thumbs up, Indicine : ...This train is anything but a train-wreck.... full review
Thumbs up, by Jaidev Hemmady, Movie Talkies : ...Combine Shah Rukh Khan's infinite charm and comic sense with Rohit Shetty's style of madcap fun and what you get is an enjoyable ride! - See more at: http://www.movietalkies.com/movies/reviews/20351/chennai-express#sthash.6k2vv5oP.dpuf... full review
Thumbs up, by Saibal Chatterjee, NDTV : ...Chennai Express is a full-on masala film that is completely unapologetic about its intentions. And that is its USP.... full review
Thumbs up, by Sonia Chopra, Sify Movies : ...What Shetty does is conjure up the cinematic equivalent of a fast food staple.... full review
Thumbs up, by K N Gupta, SmasHits.com : ...Overall, ‘Chennai Express’ is a great entertainer and does have bright prospects at the box office because of the long Eid weekend.... full review
Thumbs up, by Meena Iyer, Times of India : ...You may not like the film if Bollywood potboilers leave you cold.... full review
So-So, by Anna MM Vetticad, annavetticadgoes2themovies : ...this film is not as mindless as it would like us to think it is... full review
So-So, by Bobby Sing, Bobby Talks Cinema.com : ... CHENNAI EXPRESS - The curse of second half works here too but it still can be seen once for a new Deepika & Shahrukh for sure. ... full review
So-So, Daily Bhaskar : ...Chennai Express is cleanest of family entertainer ever delivered by Rohit Shetty till date. ... full review
So-So, by Khalid Mohamed, Deccan Chronicle : ... Board Chennai Express at your own risk.... full review
So-So, by FPJ Bureau, Free Press Journal : ...There is no scope for any nuances and Shetty just steams ahead with his whacky play on linguistic differences... full review
So-So, by Swati Deogire, In.com : ...the ride isn't as exciting as we hoped it would be. That said, apart from the casting, Rohit Shetty gets lucky at least with 'Lungi Dance' - undoubtedly the movie's crowning high point. ... full review
So-So, by Vinayak Chakravorty, india today : ...Chennai Express is a loud and crazy experienc ... full review
So-So, by Mohar Basu, koimoi : ...Chennai Express is a must watch entertaining flick that will juggle between romance, humor and action and is enjoyable for its run time!... full review
So-So, by Rummana Ahmed, yahoo! India : ...Why you should board the #ChennaiExpress tinyurl.com/mvtqgko... full review
So-So, by Resham Sengar, Zee News : ...That said, if you ignore the few clichés the lack of punch in the script and even the high predictability factor, then you are onboard for a fun ride with ‘Chennai Express’... full review
Thumbs down, by Deboshree Ghosh , Bollywood Life : ...There are a few scenes that give us the uncontrollable giggles but that wasn’t enough to hold our interest in the film for too long... full review
Thumbs down, by Deboshree Ghosh, Bollywood Life : ...create a ‘Boakwaas’ film! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Gahlot, cinemaah : ...Chennai Express doesn’t need a review. People who want to see it, will see it in spite of a pan; people who don’t want to, will not, in spite of a rave... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepa Deosthalee, Film Impressions : ...the film's 'time-pass' value. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Deepanjana Pal, FirstPost : ...This is why it doesn’t matter whether Chennai Express has a script or a midget or both or none... full review
Thumbs down, by Martin D'Souza,, Glamsham.com : ... I am not saying that this movie might not collect Rs 100 crore! ... full review
Thumbs down, by Anupama Chopra, Hindustan Times : ...Watch Chennai Express for Shah Rukh Khan carrying off comedy the Rohit Shetty style, only sans his below the belt humour... full review
Thumbs down, by Rajeev Masand, IBN Live : ... 'Chennai Express'. How to put this politely? It's a big, fat bore... full review
Thumbs down, by Shubha Shetty-Saha, MiD DAY : ... Watch it, if you think your brain needs some rest.... full review
Thumbs down, by Divya Solgama, MoviezADDA : ...Chennai Express' giving you a feeling of travelling in a general class compartment at price of A.C class, leading to huge disappointment and a tiring journey. ... full review
Thumbs down, by Raja Sen, Rediff : ...Shah Rukh Khan yelps and squeaks and shrieks and bares fangs and pouts and, well, exhausts himself overcompensating at every step,... full review
Thumbs down, by Shilpa Jamkhandikar, Reuters : ...“Chennai Express” perfectly – a film that doesn’t reach its destination.... full review
Thumbs down, by Anuj Kumar, The Hindu : ...Shah Rukh is a master of melodrama and even when you know that he has done all this before, in exactly the same way, you still fall for his intense portrayal of emotions. However, it is Deepika who has a tougher role to justify... full review
VishalLodaya: Chennai Express: Over the top. Meant to be. Hilarious in parts. Chemistry between SRK and Deepika is topnotch. Predictable. >>>
vijay94163979: Chennai Express. Super Duper Hit.
uzma_sarang: Chennai ayi ayi ayi ayi... Chennai Express!!! Got on the train and was a tp journey throughout...enjoyed!!! @iamsrk was amazing :-* <3
SyedFaizy: Awsome Movie Chennai Express MaStaN
Srkshariqsrk: sir i am wat ching the first show of chennai express ... This movie was very fantastic ...
SINCORLEONE: Headin'4 my 5th show of chennai express.. So ready steady pooo..
shekhars_AC: Third time ticket khreed ke .beth gai seat pe nikalne wali hai #chennai express....luving it♥♥ @imsrk @5hekhar @vishaldadlani...awsum music
Sanya_x: Chennai express is a good movie cute and funny
sana_siddiqui: "@keeeertii: Chennai Express instantly becomes funnier if you're South Indian
SalmanKhano1: 2. Chennai Express, FULL DHAMAKA, paisa vasool picture. #ce33cr
sajidshafi99: Chennai express is a wonderful movie and full of fun and comedy, action , drama , i like very much...
Sabereen: Just watched Chennai Express. Loved it! Laughed out loud many times. King Khan @iamsrk and @deepikapadukone at their best. Bravo!!!!
roy_punjani: Chennai Express a very fun ride great job Deepika's best performance till date one of Shahrukh's best performance Rohit Shetty great movie
rishiagoodboy1: nice movie chennai express blockbuster ! it [email protected]
Ranjith83877105: i see the movie chennai express SRK and rohit shetty done good work...... Jai ho chennai express
ramsha_alam: Chennai Express ♥,simply loved the movie ^-^!!!!
rajakanuj123: chennai express is the best film in this year....
pritithote: Luved the movie chennai express... its awsm...rohit shetty jio yar...depika n srk.. hats off..
ppalz: Chennai Express was such an entertainer..loved it..totally worth the [email protected] you did such a great job..well done again..!
onkarsingh32: Chennai Express movie I watched in Jpr Rajmandir cinema hall. @iamsrk @deepikapadukone thnx 4 acting. Congrats to the film's producer #Rohit
Oliverice: Chennai express...enjoyed..go watch with family...deepika you are superb...i dont think i blinked even once ;))
NITYANSH7: Chennai Express... :) Epic h yaar...... ^_^ Don't underestimate the power of a common man.... ;) Must Watch.... B| #SrkRocks
NISHANT176852: yes friends chennai express all time blockblaster movie 2013
NikkiRochani: Chennai express <3 #amazingmovie.
namzforever: Enjoyed every bit of my journey on Chennai Express- laughed and only laughed @iamsrk & @deepikapadukone u guys rock!!
MyLifewithya: Chennai Express was the bestt
MukherjiRatna: Chennai Express:-) Full entertainment:-)
mrgsur: Watch chennai express at ur nearest theatre , watched it on Thursday it was awesome laugh riot , Srk in a hardcore action seqs -3/5
MISTERBIRUA: Complete Paisa Wasool Movie "Chennai Express".
MishraSayam: hit he boss chennai express
milanjain19: Chennai express awesome film Must watch it
MasudRahim: Chennai Express full time entertaining movie good time :D
marydudani: Loved chennai express omg <3 @iamsrk
maazywaazy: Chennai Express was hella funny. Also I think I am in love. #deepikapadukone http://twitter.com/maazywaazy/status/366442977737973760/photo/1
laskar799: King khan is back. Chennai express is breaking all records. Fully entertainment with full family.
krishna10za: #Chennai #Express was amazing! @iamsrk And @deepikapadukone sizzle on the big screen! :) #great #chemistry
KhanWolverine: Chennai Express is by far the best Romantic Comedy and a lil Action movie of the year 2013.
ketantRock_510: Chennai express is Awesome movie
kalpesh0411: already saw chennai express twice nd wnt to see it again nd gain awsum muv #iamsrk u really rock!!
julyprana: I would say chennai express will be a blockbuster,it is very good and funny movie, ready seady po.
jeejackson1: congrats and best wishes to Chennai Express and team, SRK and Deepika Rocking performance, its Record Express ...i like this film somuch
jadoon_imran: Wonderful night spent with friends at cine royal cinema “Chennai Express” http://twitter.com/jadoon_imran/status/366142208115634176/photo/1
itzzmj: Chennai express is an awesome movie really enjoyed a lot and great work by SRK and Deepika @ iamsrk
ItsDopePosts: Chennai Express is rocking !!!! THANK YOU @iamsrk #Awesome <3
iamcaify: watched Chennai Express twice..can't get out of [email protected] was superb..
iam_rameshs: Wow had gud Friday n Saturday .. watched Thalaivaa (twice) n Chennai Express
HMinhal: Chennai Express is the best movie with all the tadka...
Hamza_tweets: Chennai express achi movie thi waisay
guyy_badd: Chennai Express >>>>>>>> :poop: express
GuptaGvijay128: i like chennai express
ganesh9887: Congrats to Chennai Express Team for such a good film
FlaviaBinge: Chennai Express total entertainment . ShahRukh :* <3
Duekz10: CHENNAI EXPRESS WAS SIMPLY AWESOME!
dilLogical_Rahi: Chennai express departs from its station !!!! Second time in two days !!!!
diarun_007: Chennai Express on a high! :)
daisukiyunho: Chennai express adipoli movie!! Loved it!!!!!!
cutiekainat: Chennai express paisa vasool. Go watch it tweeple:-)
ComradeCondor: "Chennai Express" will be remembered for a long as a super-hit film of Deepika Padukone ..... not of SRK !
Chetan_Mahifan: #recordexpress is back... Jst luvd srk in#Chennai express osum mvie..
Cbm34Ma: CHENNAI EXPRESS ROCKS
BobGunner94: Had a really nice laugh after long time. Chennai Express 3.5/5*
black_snoww: Chennai express s awsom
bhijeet9794: chennai express rockssss.......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BayyeBasu: super movie in chennai express
arpanjain1310: Chennai Express is zzaberdast
annandozac: I love Chennai Express !!
anilpotlia8: wah mast movie h chennai express
ani180489: Chennai express le... Superba!!! Fooool toooo timepass.... No brain required... Smiles across all faces... — feeling great
amitkashyap041: Jst watchd Chennai Express,.,. Srk proved himslf as king of action too.,., Lvd d DDLJ touch in d movie.,., ;) :D
amitepatra: Chennai Express a must watch movie :)
amansingh5428: Chennai express is the bst movie
alishakapoor77: Chennai express!!! Tooo guuud. Must watch!! :)
akshays79266957: chennai express is awesome
AkshayJain0708: Chennai Express: Record Express
adityachatwani: i just saw chennai express what a film it and srkrockzzzzzz like all the time
9575641: Yeppie! Chennai express Rocks....
rohan254: Just saw Chennai express..first half very comedy..second..boring!!!
lishu23: So Chennai express was an okay movie....but Deepika just proved that she can play any role and she's better than Katrina. A lot better!
jainshishir: Chennai Express - entertaining, one time watch.... Comedy + Action + Romance...
concisetrade: just watched "Chennai Express".....But it is not up to my Expectations...Its Deserves One time watch... https://www.facebook.com/concise.boxofficeindia/posts/605930826096381
alanthedevil: Watched Chennai Express.. Not bad..
zoya_ramzan: Chennai Express has set the record for number of people jumping on a moving train...
sourynori: Chennai express = #headache :'( #fb
soumiks: Chennai express is lethargic
sonu_tayal: Chennai express is really like a train without a driver and a track
siddsah: Chennai Express. WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT SHIT.
Shivani_Jhaveri: Do yourself a favour this year. Do NOT watch Chennai Express. #EnoughSaid
SachikaRoy: Chennai Express had been a bit boring picture.......its not been so nice as was expected...............
rohandroid: Chennai Express is such a 'jhaga maga mala baga' movie.
RahatSamrat: Chennai Express: The worst of the Shetty kind
PramodTater: Are yar koi muje chennai express se bachao
PoppeyJen: Chennai. Express! SrK what happen to ur taste
PILLAImk: All people I have a little revenge to take. Recommended for Chennai Express. Let them suffer.
nitenmehta: Chennai express-not all that bad! But, I can't say with full conviction as we walked out in the interval. Needed a translator for the Tamil.
nimitmehra: There cannot be a worse movie than the Chennai express.
MukeshBatabyal: Chennai Express is not much fun and unnecessarily too long...
MishraSanket: Some films are hard to make sense of. Others are just nonsense. Chennai Express,ticks both boxes.
McDaddythe3rd: Chennai express ki apaar safalta ke baad, India ka IQ rank world main 50 point neeche gira......
khanjawad8: Chennai express shit movie without story
katharbabl: Chennai express utter waste
Harnoor_xo: Chennai Express was such a let down. Although Deepika's acting was amazing! But seriously it's disappointing :|
djzanny: The movie 'Chennai Express' was such a waste of time last night...
Deisyboy: Chennai express derailed
CrankyDoodle: Chennai Express has not only ruined the perception about humor, but also South Indian accent.
arghya142004: After chennai express i give up being a srk fan... Cant help it.. Utter rubbish..
albellee: Chennai Express = Bakwaas....itni ki bich me hi chhor di
AkshayaRajapurk: Worst journeys evr experienced 5.Saurashtra Janta Express 4.Delhi-Agra Passenger 3.Kurla Express2.Virar fast local 1.SRK's Chennai Express=D
ahmedsmhs: Chennai Express is a movie from which,even if you don't expect anything, you will still be disappointed.
a_miglani: #Chennai Express.. Too boring n bakwaas
Not Interested in Watching, by Kunal
Not Interested in Watching, by Kunal
Not Interested in Watching, by PSV : Will not be watching
Want to Watch, by Connie
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Anil : Good time pass
Yay! Thumbs Up, by LiL : Worth watching
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Lisa
Yay! Thumbs Up, by Raj : Sad that movie was a hit, happy because it is a good movie.
Yay! Thumbs Up, by TimELiebe : SRK *and* Rohit Shetty? Just What We Expected - And Enjoy.
So-So, by guddu : One Time watch
So-So, by Rachit Gupta : Disappoints even SRK fans... This is from someone who liked and continues to like Main Hoon Naa...
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Anup : MY money is wasted
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Does Girl Gets Ring Really Work
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Shaznin
Nay! Thumbs Down, by Suman
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Rohit Shetty's movies are not total waste ever,,,,we always atleast get some good entertainment in it,,,,was only hoping that again,,,,dont know what to expect from sharukh,,,,bcoz its always been ajay in previous ones,,,,
have to wait
Never before I had this big a sense of trepidation for a SRK movie... After watching the trailer I went "oh dear...this won't go down well"... However childhood fandom dictates that I travel some distance and shell out some hard earned money on this tripe!!! Having a wife who is a massive SRK fan doesn't help...mind!!!
@Anup oh well. I don't know about that.
@Rachit dear o dear, may the force be with you. :P
I think Tammy's the only one of our American Bollywood Fan Group who'd agree with you about Rohit Shetty, Meetu! Well, maybe Bruce's wife Kathy....
For the guys, your saying "Rohit GOLMAAL Shetty" was like, "YEAH! Let's GET this one!" We really enjoy the GOLMAAL movies, and even liked ALL THE BEST, though it wasn't quite as screwball.
Isn't it nice to know that when you listen to movie industry types talk about "motion pictures as The Universal Language", the dialect is largely dumb slapstick and ridiculous action? ;)
Shah rukh always promoted mockery verging on insult, thinking that was funny. And South Indian community had a special place for him in making insulting fun of, just watch his previous two home productions (Om Shanti Om with quick gun murruggan and ra.one with South Indian protoganist).
Somebody needs to teach him manners and give him lessons in sense of humour.
@TimELiebe really? dear-oh-dear...
@Fan yeah, I know. I'd like to believe though, that he'd do that to any other community too, if that's what was needed to keep people "entertained"
Going to watch tonight.... Maybe I am the first one on this forum to endure this.... I will let you know my comments later... Zero expectations of this one...
bad bad bad,,,,
i have watched this movie with least expectation,,,,instead of that it fall short of my exoectation....this one is the worst movie of rohit shetty....Shahrukh has crossed the limits of overacting,,,,songs were so much adding to the lenth that i was playing game on my phone whenever a song starts,,,,and who have written the dialogues,,,,how could he think that anyone can laugh on then,,,,
only thing which gives this movie a try are deepikas character,,,,the song 1234(what a great dancer priyamani is) and the cinematography....
This movie is below rohit shetty's standard....
Watched the movie. Love you Shahrukh - total entertainment.
Deepika is so beautiful.
@Rachit good luck!
@ANuP Well then, we agree! :D
Yet another dud by Srk...it'l make its millions though! @Meetu: Brace yourself dear lady,u have another brain rupturing piece of trash coming up in 6 days time! Write a novel titled "Once Upon A Time In Chennai Express" once you're back to your senses after this horrific experience :P
"histrionics by Shah Rukh Khan"~Sorry,buit SRK ain't Salman(gimme a Dabangg anyday)
"beauty and gorgeousness by Deepika Padukone"~She's anything but beautiful :P
"bold, bright, solid colored costumes, art-work and props;
- slapsticky dialogue that trots around self-importantly;
- and some peppy song and dance."~Again,Srk ain't Salman(u might not believe,but i'm quite a Salman fan despite his obnoxiously ridiculously films :P) No one pulls idiocricy as well as Salman does although Ajay has indeed come close in recent times (what a pity that 'coz he's a marvellous actor).
A message to all "commercial" directors,leave Salman alone and please do not try and imitate him,'coz there is and will always be only one Salman Khan when it comes to bufoonary :D
Meetu it seems SRK can't bring back the euphoria of his earlier romantic films that's why he joined hands with Rohit Shetty. Jab Tak Hai Jaan failed ( yash chopra ) and now trying to re invent himself with a slapstick comic director , the film was ovious to have flaws. Over the years the romantic family entertainting formula has turned cliched. Audience don't feel entertained anymore. Loyal fans who have accumulated in numbers adhere these pictures.
Writing after a long time, but I'd been following the reviews here in the meantime. At least the rating & quick review. Don't tend to comment because for a while, it wasn't functional, and at its comeback, you guys have made it a bit difficult. But I can understand the concern for the spammers. NM.
I'd expected that you won't recommend this one. BTW, I prefer to watch movies specifically when I've nothing better to do. Otherwise, I can't pay proper attention to it, and no matter how good a movie is, I can't enjoy it as much as I would have otherwise. I'll surely consider your recommendation for this one.
That's all. Good luck, and mind you that I'll be inspecting the site from time to time ;-)
@Anuj Really, Deepika isn't beautiful. I find her drop-dead gorgeous :D
@Guddu I think the same cliches are being reinvented in romance in the likes of Aashiqui2 and Lootera. Not in this one, but there is always hope.
@Lost In Confusion Good to have you back. I'm sorry about the inconvenience of putting a captcha in while leaving a comment. If you login though, you don't need to enter that. So, please consider. Thanks again for your patronage
Well it lived up to expectations... didnt it! Problem is coming after the last movie I saw (BMG) it feels a bit underwhelming to crow about Chennai Express...
It isnt a great movie or even an entertainer by any stretch... does what it says on the pack and just about manages to stay on the right side of being mildly humorous... As a North Indian having discovered Tamil cinema over the last 5 years, the caricatures of that community jar big time... But maybe thats what get the whistles these days... How would I know... Never understood Salman cinema (the ones not blatantly copied from down south)!!!
Two positives though:
(i) Deepika Padukone (any other new actress with this much growth in her acting capabilities???)
(ii) I am a bit conservative types who still considers going to cinema as family time. After some time a movie where you will not cringe and watch it with your entire family. The complete absence of toilet humor and below the belt jokes was a welcome change!
I think I will safely skip this one :-) Cannot spend 142 mins watching utter, excuse my French, "BS" !!!
@Rachit Agree. Though I would have liked it better if Deepika Padukone had to do more than add a 'ti' at the end of every sentence. I liked 'that' one scene at night though :D
@kunal finally, someone who actually follows their heart! :P
A complete BOAKWAAS !!!!! ..It was much awaited , movie this year, but it seemed it was a remake of DDLJ in Rohit Shetty style , where SRK really overreacted.. ( has lost his romantic charm !!! )... Deepika tried really hard to get that tamil accent.( not sure if she has got it right ) .. my Tamil friends would be ablt to tell that :).
It was only for my 7 year old son , who is a die hard SRK fan !!!! I was in that chair in the Multiplex...or else I would have got down that " chennai express " .. train much much before......
@ Meetu... I think that blame can be laid at the director's door... But yeah everything was way over the top!!! However I did like the self referencing humour...
@Meetu - were you channeling "Drive-In Movie Critic" Joe Bob Briggs there in your review for a second? :D
You had your own "Drive-In Totals" and everything! (starts at 2:00)
Lead Actors: 1
Character Artists: 0.5
Music Director: 1.5
It is a long weekend in Singapore (4 days) and I didn't anything else to do so as Meetu suggested I went to watch the movie and in a nutshell I would say that I enjoyed it and would say it was worth the money spent... The hall was full and at few places there were some people whistling (I experienced that probably the first time since I left India :)
I generally watch movies to forget any worries in real life
The Good: Deepika, Clean script (family friendly - my kids laughed thru-out)
The Bad - Overacting SRK - but that's usual
The Ugly - Songs ! The only time I got bored when the songs were playing..
Its worse than Policegiri as per you? Why bother reviewing at all....
It was a good movie. Not awesome, but a good second half. SRK and Deepika were excellent. Did not have a script, but if you were looking for a script in Rohit Shetty movie, its your problem, not his.
Rohit Shetty makes really bad movies. I couldn't believe ppl actually liked golmaal either. Our film industry is all talk and no meat and absolutely no creativity, just making money thanks to our billion+ population who have no other choice.
Apparently 5 million people had nothing better to do this weekend. 100 crore odd in 3 days. Meetu you are so off the mark!
@Shaznin :D The things we do for our kids ;)
@Rachit yes-yes, ofcourse.
@TimELiebe No clue what that is. Checking it out. :D
@Suman :D Yep!
@Anil That's cool!
@Lostinlamancha "Why bother reviewing at all..." Wouldn't be much of a review site, if I only reviewed films that I like. Or let's say that would be another site. :D
Also, I never claimed to know if a movie would be a hit or not. All I know is why I liked or disliked a film. :D
@TimELiebe he he...watched the video. Every once in a while it does seem like the makers made a checklist that they ticked off while making the film, doesn't it?
@Meetu - glad you found Joe Bob amusing! And yes, that's why he has his "Drive-In Totals", because movies do sometimes seem to be assembled by a checklist. :)
You are the worse reviewer ever; imagine u gave Singham a bad review and Raone a good review, either something is wrong with u or SRK paid u for that review, obviously CE is not ur cup of tea so why bash it to prove u have more class and education that the dumb masses like us who watch it and love it, these movies are a lot of fun and joy to us and u come off as stuck up and a kill joy, we watch reviews to know whether a movie is worth it, u obviously rate movies poorly, ur biased to what u like, u should not review movies in this genre cuz u obviously hate them..........
"I want to see Chennai Express flop, because the type of movies Rohit Shetty makes, the type of atrocious sensibilities SRK & his clique has towards south Indians!"
Oops! CE crossed 200 crores!? Let me go and see what is it about. I went to see Chennai Express. Barring not being too sensitive on serious flaws in South India typecasting - I liked it!
I have also been a critic on imdb (>150 movies) and a quality of being good critic is to be an audience who likes good movies. I think many critics loose that innocence while analyzing, thinking and being prisoner to their own projections of earlier reviews.
I think CE was a real fun movie! Didn't expect it that way. Pleasantly surprised!
Old and haggard - SRK manages a BLOCKBUSTER HIT.
@Raj oh well, once again, to each his own. :D
Top Hindi films in the US/Canada in 2013
1. Dhoom 3 - $8.1m
2. Chennai Express - $5.3m
3. Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani - $3.8m
4. Ram Leela - $2.7m
5. Krrish 3 $2.2m
SRK was the only superstar without an
alltime highest grosser, nice things turned aroun this year.
Chennai Express had the 3rd best box office trend behind Aashiqui 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.
SRK was trying too hard, did it work , no for me and yes to those who made it a blockbuster, though i enjoyed the use of lungi.
Imagine a collaboration between paglapuri and bhojpuri masala superstars.
When is thakur of paglapur releasing.
Set for last day, last show.
Bhojpur express on Eid 2014 in telugu style.
On Eid 2016 comes the king of Indian superheroes Krrish 6.
Dhoom 4, Abhishek & Uday come to catch SRK and his lungi turns to a bike and he begins to ride all over Sunderland with little covering
below the hips, afterward the bike becomes a lungi.
@Meetu - finally saw CHENNAI EXPRESS, and it was exactly what we'd all hoped for in a masala . Not great, but certainly entertaining - and say what you will about Shahrukh Khan, even in his late Forties he can still pull off the action stuff and look great doing it. Deepika Padukone is lovely and really very good, and always works well with SRK.
It's kind of old-fashioned and silly, but I kind of liked how he and Deepika Padukone had to pretend to be married - and found as they did that they liked being a married couple, even a pretend-one. Since the two leads have good chemistry, they sell that part very well - so you can believe it when ::okay, in Spoiler Territory Here!::
Anyway - even Tammy liked it, which is something I never thought I'd say when it comes to a Rohit Shetty Joint! :D
@TimELiebe oh well...
::Cheesy Cardiff Grin!::
Hey, I'm a guy - and an American! Bad taste is a given....
ha ha ha ha ha @TimELiebe *clapping with a loud LOL!*
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