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Movie Review: Chennai Express is a one-time watch, family entertainer

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Rohit Shetty gives double meaning comedy a break and for once, delivers a clean family entertainer
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    Shah Rukh is Rahul once again on-screen but this Rahul is not flamboyant, self obsessed, college hunk or millionaire businessman. He is an obedient family bachelor, whose idea of fun is his first time ever, all guys visit to Goa. You see this new version of Shah Rukh and you immediately know that SRK's signature character, Rahul has aged gracefully. This Shah Rukh officially turns 40 on-screen and thankfully knows his age's limits. And like the dialogue, Shah Rukh loves to endorse every now and then in the film - 'Don't underestimate the power of a common man', our hero indeed is a common man for once. So there is no more larger than life, romantic, Bollywood masala hero, who spreads his arms and woos his girl. This hero can laugh at himself, get scared, run to a woman to seek security (especially when the woman is a don's daughter), get beaten by a villain twice his size, cannot stop a car from getting drowned in a river even after his heroine's constant pleas, get drunk and pass out - to sum it all the hero is 'Normal' naam to kabhi suna nahi hoga.
    And age is not just a number here for Shah Rukh, whose comedy too has matured on-screen. From the loud Baadshah act that we saw in his last full fledged comedy attempt to the more sobre and believable Rahul in Chennai Express, SRK's comedy seems to have finally arrived on-screen with the official announcement of his age. Like we expected, there's the inimitable Shah Rukh spread across every inch of Chennai Express' stretch but the film is also filled with Meenamma's (Deepika Padukone's) strong presence. Dippy proves she has more to her than just the party girl image, more than what meets the eye and she not just sits pretty in the film but also acts. The actress almost steals the show from SRK in a rather exaggerated form of Somniloquy (sleep-talking) sequence.

    But with all the ingredients of a masala entertainer lined up, what could possibly go wrong with Chennai Express? The trouble with Chennai Express is not that it is crafted as a series of dramatic set-pieces engineered to poke fun: it is that kind of film. It's that not all those set-pieces are uniformly good. The first half mostly works. The hackneyed second half mostly doesn't. The transition of funny to emotional is not smooth and appears jarring in patches. Rohit Shetty has never been much of a one for a coherent plot, and all his 'Golmaals' couldn't be accused of having one. In this outing, the director sticks faithfully to the plan. In terms of a story, he introduces a 40-year-old bachelor who wants to undertake a journey to Goa with friends but destiny has schemed otherwise and instead he lands in Chennai Express. Though Rohit does the unthinkable and gives non-veg comedy a break. Unlike his Golamaal series Chennai Express is cleanest of family entertainer ever delivered by Rohit Shetty till date.
    Click to read the full review and plot of the film.
  • +4 See more slides
    Shah Rukh is Rahul once again on-screen but this Rahul is not flamboyant, self obsessed, college hunk or millionaire businessman. He is an obedient family bachelor, whose idea of fun is his first time ever, all guys visit to Goa. You see this new version of Shah Rukh and you immediately know that SRK's signature character, Rahul has aged gracefully. This Shah Rukh officially turns 40 on-screen and thankfully knows his age's limits. And like the dialogue, Shah Rukh loves to endorse every now and then in the film - 'Don't underestimate the power of a common man', our hero indeed is a common man for once. So there is no more larger than life, romantic, Bollywood masala hero, who spreads his arms and woos his girl. This hero can laugh at himself, get scared, run to a woman to seek security (especially when the woman is a don's daughter), get beaten by a villain twice his size, cannot stop a car from getting drowned in a river even after his heroine's constant pleas, get drunk and pass out - to sum it all the hero is 'Normal' naam to kabhi suna nahi hoga.
    And age is not just a number here for Shah Rukh, whose comedy too has matured on-screen. From the loud Baadshah act that we saw in his last full fledged comedy attempt to the more sobre and believable Rahul in Chennai Express, SRK's comedy seems to have finally arrived on-screen with the official announcement of his age. Like we expected, there's the inimitable Shah Rukh spread across every inch of Chennai Express' stretch but the film is also filled with Meenamma's (Deepika Padukone's) strong presence. Dippy proves she has more to her than just the party girl image, more than what meets the eye and she not just sits pretty in the film but also acts. The actress almost steals the show from SRK in a rather exaggerated form of Somniloquy (sleep-talking) sequence.

    But with all the ingredients of a masala entertainer lined up, what could possibly go wrong with Chennai Express? The trouble with Chennai Express is not that it is crafted as a series of dramatic set-pieces engineered to poke fun: it is that kind of film. It's that not all those set-pieces are uniformly good. The first half mostly works. The hackneyed second half mostly doesn't. The transition of funny to emotional is not smooth and appears jarring in patches. Rohit Shetty has never been much of a one for a coherent plot, and all his 'Golmaals' couldn't be accused of having one. In this outing, the director sticks faithfully to the plan. In terms of a story, he introduces a 40-year-old bachelor who wants to undertake a journey to Goa with friends but destiny has schemed otherwise and instead he lands in Chennai Express. Though Rohit does the unthinkable and gives non-veg comedy a break. Unlike his Golamaal series Chennai Express is cleanest of family entertainer ever delivered by Rohit Shetty till date.
    Click to read the full review and plot of the film.
  • +4 See more slides
    Shah Rukh is Rahul once again on-screen but this Rahul is not flamboyant, self obsessed, college hunk or millionaire businessman. He is an obedient family bachelor, whose idea of fun is his first time ever, all guys visit to Goa. You see this new version of Shah Rukh and you immediately know that SRK's signature character, Rahul has aged gracefully. This Shah Rukh officially turns 40 on-screen and thankfully knows his age's limits. And like the dialogue, Shah Rukh loves to endorse every now and then in the film - 'Don't underestimate the power of a common man', our hero indeed is a common man for once. So there is no more larger than life, romantic, Bollywood masala hero, who spreads his arms and woos his girl. This hero can laugh at himself, get scared, run to a woman to seek security (especially when the woman is a don's daughter), get beaten by a villain twice his size, cannot stop a car from getting drowned in a river even after his heroine's constant pleas, get drunk and pass out - to sum it all the hero is 'Normal' naam to kabhi suna nahi hoga.
    And age is not just a number here for Shah Rukh, whose comedy too has matured on-screen. From the loud Baadshah act that we saw in his last full fledged comedy attempt to the more sobre and believable Rahul in Chennai Express, SRK's comedy seems to have finally arrived on-screen with the official announcement of his age. Like we expected, there's the inimitable Shah Rukh spread across every inch of Chennai Express' stretch but the film is also filled with Meenamma's (Deepika Padukone's) strong presence. Dippy proves she has more to her than just the party girl image, more than what meets the eye and she not just sits pretty in the film but also acts. The actress almost steals the show from SRK in a rather exaggerated form of Somniloquy (sleep-talking) sequence.

    But with all the ingredients of a masala entertainer lined up, what could possibly go wrong with Chennai Express? The trouble with Chennai Express is not that it is crafted as a series of dramatic set-pieces engineered to poke fun: it is that kind of film. It's that not all those set-pieces are uniformly good. The first half mostly works. The hackneyed second half mostly doesn't. The transition of funny to emotional is not smooth and appears jarring in patches. Rohit Shetty has never been much of a one for a coherent plot, and all his 'Golmaals' couldn't be accused of having one. In this outing, the director sticks faithfully to the plan. In terms of a story, he introduces a 40-year-old bachelor who wants to undertake a journey to Goa with friends but destiny has schemed otherwise and instead he lands in Chennai Express. Though Rohit does the unthinkable and gives non-veg comedy a break. Unlike his Golamaal series Chennai Express is cleanest of family entertainer ever delivered by Rohit Shetty till date.
    Click to read the full review and plot of the film.
  • +4 See more slides
    Shah Rukh is Rahul once again on-screen but this Rahul is not flamboyant, self obsessed, college hunk or millionaire businessman. He is an obedient family bachelor, whose idea of fun is his first time ever, all guys visit to Goa. You see this new version of Shah Rukh and you immediately know that SRK's signature character, Rahul has aged gracefully. This Shah Rukh officially turns 40 on-screen and thankfully knows his age's limits. And like the dialogue, Shah Rukh loves to endorse every now and then in the film - 'Don't underestimate the power of a common man', our hero indeed is a common man for once. So there is no more larger than life, romantic, Bollywood masala hero, who spreads his arms and woos his girl. This hero can laugh at himself, get scared, run to a woman to seek security (especially when the woman is a don's daughter), get beaten by a villain twice his size, cannot stop a car from getting drowned in a river even after his heroine's constant pleas, get drunk and pass out - to sum it all the hero is 'Normal' naam to kabhi suna nahi hoga.
    And age is not just a number here for Shah Rukh, whose comedy too has matured on-screen. From the loud Baadshah act that we saw in his last full fledged comedy attempt to the more sobre and believable Rahul in Chennai Express, SRK's comedy seems to have finally arrived on-screen with the official announcement of his age. Like we expected, there's the inimitable Shah Rukh spread across every inch of Chennai Express' stretch but the film is also filled with Meenamma's (Deepika Padukone's) strong presence. Dippy proves she has more to her than just the party girl image, more than what meets the eye and she not just sits pretty in the film but also acts. The actress almost steals the show from SRK in a rather exaggerated form of Somniloquy (sleep-talking) sequence.

    But with all the ingredients of a masala entertainer lined up, what could possibly go wrong with Chennai Express? The trouble with Chennai Express is not that it is crafted as a series of dramatic set-pieces engineered to poke fun: it is that kind of film. It's that not all those set-pieces are uniformly good. The first half mostly works. The hackneyed second half mostly doesn't. The transition of funny to emotional is not smooth and appears jarring in patches. Rohit Shetty has never been much of a one for a coherent plot, and all his 'Golmaals' couldn't be accused of having one. In this outing, the director sticks faithfully to the plan. In terms of a story, he introduces a 40-year-old bachelor who wants to undertake a journey to Goa with friends but destiny has schemed otherwise and instead he lands in Chennai Express. Though Rohit does the unthinkable and gives non-veg comedy a break. Unlike his Golamaal series Chennai Express is cleanest of family entertainer ever delivered by Rohit Shetty till date.
    Click to read the full review and plot of the film.
  • +4 See more slides
    Shah Rukh is Rahul once again on-screen but this Rahul is not flamboyant, self obsessed, college hunk or millionaire businessman. He is an obedient family bachelor, whose idea of fun is his first time ever, all guys visit to Goa. You see this new version of Shah Rukh and you immediately know that SRK's signature character, Rahul has aged gracefully. This Shah Rukh officially turns 40 on-screen and thankfully knows his age's limits. And like the dialogue, Shah Rukh loves to endorse every now and then in the film - 'Don't underestimate the power of a common man', our hero indeed is a common man for once. So there is no more larger than life, romantic, Bollywood masala hero, who spreads his arms and woos his girl. This hero can laugh at himself, get scared, run to a woman to seek security (especially when the woman is a don's daughter), get beaten by a villain twice his size, cannot stop a car from getting drowned in a river even after his heroine's constant pleas, get drunk and pass out - to sum it all the hero is 'Normal' naam to kabhi suna nahi hoga.
    And age is not just a number here for Shah Rukh, whose comedy too has matured on-screen. From the loud Baadshah act that we saw in his last full fledged comedy attempt to the more sobre and believable Rahul in Chennai Express, SRK's comedy seems to have finally arrived on-screen with the official announcement of his age. Like we expected, there's the inimitable Shah Rukh spread across every inch of Chennai Express' stretch but the film is also filled with Meenamma's (Deepika Padukone's) strong presence. Dippy proves she has more to her than just the party girl image, more than what meets the eye and she not just sits pretty in the film but also acts. The actress almost steals the show from SRK in a rather exaggerated form of Somniloquy (sleep-talking) sequence.

    But with all the ingredients of a masala entertainer lined up, what could possibly go wrong with Chennai Express? The trouble with Chennai Express is not that it is crafted as a series of dramatic set-pieces engineered to poke fun: it is that kind of film. It's that not all those set-pieces are uniformly good. The first half mostly works. The hackneyed second half mostly doesn't. The transition of funny to emotional is not smooth and appears jarring in patches. Rohit Shetty has never been much of a one for a coherent plot, and all his 'Golmaals' couldn't be accused of having one. In this outing, the director sticks faithfully to the plan. In terms of a story, he introduces a 40-year-old bachelor who wants to undertake a journey to Goa with friends but destiny has schemed otherwise and instead he lands in Chennai Express. Though Rohit does the unthinkable and gives non-veg comedy a break. Unlike his Golamaal series Chennai Express is cleanest of family entertainer ever delivered by Rohit Shetty till date.
    Click to read the full review and plot of the film.

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