Jalaj Jha Technical & Miscellaneous Ramblings

13Aug/130

Chennai Express – Movie Review

Rohit Shetty have at last cracked the secret to make a 100Cr Club movie, i.e. take a superhit movie and rewrite it to suit the youth of today, as well as those who liked the original movie back then. He did this in his previous movie Bol Bachchan based on Golmaal of yester-years, and this time it is Chennai Express riding on the rails of Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge. Many scenes bear resemblance to the scenes in DDLG as well as other Shahrukh Khan movie like Dil To Pagal Hai, My Name is Khan etc. You could recognise a Subhash Ghai movie by his own short appearance in the movie, Indrakumar film by at least a scene at a tree in Ooty. In the same way a car-chase scene is becoming a signature of Rohit Shetty whether you like it or not or whether the story demanded it or not.

Though the movie is breaking all records, there are many shortcomings including the missing subtitles. Way too many dialogues are in Tamil and the viewers are left with no choice but to pretend that they are enjoying the movie, much like the way people praised the Emperor's new clothes. The first half of the movie is enjoyable but loses grip in the second half. You need to put your brain outside the hall before watching the movie otherwise questions like "how could deepika who could barely speak hindi properly and spoke in south Indian accent, could sing songs without any trouble and in proper accent?" will return you angry faces! Overall this is an average movie that have met a success larger than it deserved.

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