wogma rating: Watch if you have nothing better to do (?)
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
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 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
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 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 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 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 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
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..
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
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.
a_miglani: #Chennai Express.. Too boring n bakwaas
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.
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...
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