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Chennai Express – It’s laughter all the way!

Cast:  Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Sathyaraj

Director:  Rohit Shetty

ROHIT SHETTY has done it again! His romantic thriller with absolute nonsensical comedy repeatedly throws you into stomach hurting peals of laughter. Particularly amusing is the cocktail of Hindi songs used as dialogues that crack you up. Vishal Shekar’s foot tapping,“booty shaking” music adds color and flavor.

Chennai Express describes the journey of Rahul (SRK), a sweet shop owner. He loses his parents early and is raised by his grandparents. Fed up of a routine life, he and his friends plan a week’s escapade to Goa. Meanwhile, his grandfather, a die-hard fan of Sachin Tendulkar, dies suddenly at 99 while watching an ODI where Sachin gets out for 99. According to the last wishes of his grandfather, his grandmother wants Rahul to immerse the ashes in Rameswaram. Expectedly, the timing clashes with the Goa plan. Rahul decides to immerse the ashes in Goa. When his grandmother chooses to accompany him to the station,he books a ticket on the Chennai Express and decides to meet his friends Kalyan, en route Goa.

His careful planning gets completely derailed after his DDLJ stylemeeting with MeenaLochani (DeepikaPadukone). Meena is the daughter of DurgeshwaraAzhagasundaram (Sathyaraj), a local don. Rahul learns from Meena that she is running away from her home, because her father wants her to marry someone she loathes. Rahul is forced to travel with Meena and her four cousins (who are her dad’s goons) after he witnesses them throw his mobile and the ticket collector out of the moving train. After facing Azhagasundaram in Komban, Meena and Rahul try to escape and end up falling in love.  Rahul, of course, immerses the ashes in Rameswaram, and finally realises the value of family bonding. The end is predictable as is the typical hero who gets bashed up and bleeding, but doesn’t feel any pain until the heroine touches him.

A positive is that Chennai Express is not very long. There is a lot of Tamil in the larger than life movie. SRK’s comical attempt is pretty decent, but Deepika steals the show with her performance. She goes quite heavy on the Tamil accent when speaking Hindi but somehow it blends into the situation.

Overall a thorough entertainer, which will keep you stuck to your seat until the very end!

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