Shahrukh Khan once said that it’s time for Hindi cinema to move on and try something new and made RA.One. So what was the reason of him returning back to an out and out commercial masala entertainer. Chennai Express reflects the lost charm of Rohit Shetty.
It’s 100th birthday on Rahul’s (Shahrukh Khan) grandfather but unfortunately while watching cricket, like Sachin’s score grandpa also gets out at 99. According to grandfather wish Rahul plans to go to Rameshwaram to complete the last rite of funeral. While in train he accidentally meets Meena (Deepika Padukone) on his train journey who is trying to save her life from the kidnapers sent by her father. Rahul and Meena reach Kumbhangaon and there starts one more roller coaster ride which is quite entertaining.
Shahrukh Khan as Rahul has finally turned 40 but then no maturity of a 40 year old man. He is still in mood to party with his friends and a very ordinary performance from SRK. Deepika Padukone surprises you by her performance. She had tried lots of things and impresses you in her every scene. The other supporting cast is strictly ordinary. Mostly all South-Indian actors fit the bill and give the film a feel which is true to it’s title. Overall performances are average.
It’s high time Rohit Shetty needs to try something different. He can continue to make comedies but then audience has got enough brains to select the right movie for entertainment. Rohit’s work in this film was very average. The story and screenplay of the film are below average. It could definitely have been better. Dialogues are very ordinary. It’s good to hear Deepika’s dialogue in her accent. All the helicopter shots in the film are the best part of the movie. Cinematography of the film was okay. Overall the technical part of the film was okay. Music of the film is by Vishal-Shekhar. Since the songs are situational, they are good to hear in the film. But as an album it is a disappointment.
Overall Chennai Express in entertaining in bits and parts. Rohit Shetty is losing his charm. He should continue his work with Ajay Devgn. Most of the film(30%-40%) is in Tamil and no translation or subtitles which creates a huge question mark in your mind. No doubt, looking at the theme, Tamil was necessary, but subtitles wouldn’t have harmed the film. Watch this one at your own risk. It’s a one-time watch but at cheap ticket. Don’t spend much on this film not worth your expense.