Chennai Express (2013)

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Chennai Express: Directed by Rohit Shetty. With Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Sathyaraj, Nikitin Dheer. A man heading towards Rameshwaram via Chennai express to immerse his late grandfather’s ashes unwillingly gets caught amidst goons after helping their boss’s daughter and them board the train.

“Reviewed by:Dare Devil Kid (DDK) Rating: 3.4/5 starsu003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSay what you want about Rohit Shetty, but the man sure does know to mindlessly entertain you, unlike many of his clones spawned over the past few years, who just numb your senses with their weak endeavors in trying to ape his brand of easygoing, risk-free cinema. u0026quot;Chennai Expressu0026quot; is actually his best work since u0026quot;All The Bestu0026quot; (though nothing compared to u0026quot;All The Bestu0026quot;), and does have a semblance of plot and even some heart, which is usually not the case with most of his projects. The film exceeds expectations for the mere fact that it entertains you for most its duration.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eLetu0026#39;s not even try and get into the other technical and creative aspects (or flaws) of the film, because if any of youu0026#39;ll went into a Rohit Shetty movie looking for a coherent plot narration or solid character development, then youu0026#39;ll need a serious reality check, or rather a surgical extraction of your prudish natures. The songs (barring the u0026quot;1 2 3 4u0026quot; number), editing, and production design are admittedly all over the place, but then again you should be well prepared to ignore these parameters. However, the background score and cinematography are surprisingly quite decent.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eFor his part, SRK necessarily hams it up delightfully to the hilt and renders a slightly tweaked and caricatured version of his now famous u0026quot;Rahulu0026quot; persona. And Deepikau0026#39;s acting is finally showing signs of real improvement. She literally shines in some scenes of the movie. What adds some required chutzpah to this potboiler, is the sizzling chemistry between the two. Their second film together gives sufficient indication that we might have the next hot jodi in Bollywood.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eu0026quot;Chennai Expressu0026quot; is melodramatic and over-the-top, but it certainly isnu0026#39;t tedious and long-drawn like most other wannabe masala films. Youu0026#39;ll gladly lap it up over the disoriented u0026quot;Bodyguardsu0026quot;, u0026quot;Ek Tha Tigersu0026quot;, u0026quot;Singhamsu0026quot;, u0026quot;Himmatwalasu0026quot;, u0026quot;Son Of Sardarsu0026quot; and u0026quot;Rowdy Rathoresu0026quot; anyday. Most of the dialogues and gags are actually humorous and the action at the end at least makes the hero feel human (something that canu0026#39;t be said for the other staple masala heroes like Salman and Ajay). At the end of the day, if you donu0026#39;t analyze u0026quot;Chennai Expressu0026quot; too much, youu0026#39;ll actually end up having quite an entertaining 140-minute ride.”

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