Monday, December 22, 2014

Another Masala Movie from SRK

CHENNAI EXPRESS (2013)

Produced By: Red Chillies Entertainment, UTV
Director: Rohit Shetty
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Shah Rukh Khan, Nikitin Dheer and others
Pros: Hilarious plot, good cinematography, good music
Cons: Dumb story
Rating: *** of 5 (3 of 5)

After watching three refreshing but very serious films, and having sat in the same spot for over 10 hours, I was in the mood for something light and refreshing. And lo and behold, I found Chennai Express!

Now, I know SRK films tend to have the same plot, and this one was no exception, but when you're in the mood for some mindless comedy, it tends to hit the right place. The movie is hilarious and makes you laugh out loud, literally, every few minutes, even if the the jokes are somewhat racist against compatriots from the South! It is also very stereotypical, pairing a Punjabi with a Tamilian (a la 2 States), and hugely over-optimistic about the penetration of Hindi in Tamil Nadu. Nonetheless, it makes up for its northern bias through some great shots of the scenic beauty of Tamil Nadu, especially in the coastal areas along the Indian Ocean. It also comes with great music that has been part of the standard DJ Night fare for over a year now, including an homage to Rajinikanth over the credits!

Truly, the only place where the movie falls flat, as do all SRK films in general, is in the story, which races from being silly to mind-numbing in an overly long plot that almost never makes any sense. There is the love story of course, but there's also the big action scene that ends just before the protagonist is about to die after fighting off an entire village and... well, you get the idea. I'd buy the music but not the DVD for this one. (OTFS)

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