First of all before starting the movie review of Chennai Express have to make some statements. Those who are thinking something path breaking with Chennai Express can give this film a miss. Those who dislike commercial potboilers can also give this film a miss. But those who want Entertainment Unlimited then ride this Masalathan Express in your nearest theaters.
Chennai Express is a carry forward of recent masala genre films which has hit bulls eye such as Wanted, Dabangg, Singham, Golmaal Series and Rowdy Rathore and many more. CE is a perfect amalgam of Shah Rukh Khan's acting persona and Rohit Shetty directing style. Also, there is full dose of Deepika Padukone who is at the peak of her career.
Now coming to story of the film. It is a simple story of a 40 year old Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) who travels to Rameshwaram via Chennai Express Train and how his life goes through a Roller Coaster ride. He meets Meena (Deepika Padukone) in Train, who is a runaway bride as her father (Sathyaraj) wants to marry her forcefully to Tangaballi (Nikitin Dheer). As soon as SRK meets Deepika in Train, her fathers goon caught both Deepika and SRK. Since, SRK is a solo witness to a murder (thought by the goons) in the train, he is also forced by the goons to go to Kumban Gaon in South India. Thus, a roller coaster ride of SRK takes place via Chennai Express. Thus both SRK and Deepika reaches her father's native village. From then on, whether Shahrukh Khan will able to escape from the stronghold of Sathyaraj and his goons. Whether Deepika will able to escape the forced marriage to be scheduled to happen to Nikitin Dheer. Whether there will be a love story emerge between SRK and Deepika is the rest storyline.
Chennai Express is a Rohit Shetty Version of 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge'. Film has enough dose of Comedy, Action, Romance and Entertainment. Yes, there is full blown Car Action sequences which are Rohit Shetty trademark.
Film first half is very good with lots of comedy scenes. One liners between SRK and Deepika are hilarious. Literally there is no loo break in first half. Second half is also nice. There are few scenes where picture dips a bit, but that is miniscule in number. But finale again picks up which makes up for the second half and have a great finish to the climax.
Music of Chennai Express is just average, which is unusual with a SRK starrer. 1-2 song can be avoided in 2nd half.
Coming to the performances. Shahrukh Khan is back and back big time. He is in full form and carries Chennai Express in his shoulder from start to finish. Those who loved SRK in Om Shanti Om, will again adore him in the role of Rahul. He is hilarious, romantic at heart and bulges his muscles also in the action finale. Overall all his die-hard fans will just love him and even his haters will embrace him this time.
Deepika Padukone as Meena is the soul of Chennai Express. She again delivers a fantastic performance with this film. She is getting better with each passing film. Her Tamil accent is hilarious and one can't stop laughing at her hindi dictions in the film. Yes, she looks stunning in sarees in the film.
Sathyaraj as Deepika Father does a honest justice to his role. Niktin Dheer as Tangaballi gives first rated performance and looks a total 6 ft Machismo. Priyamani looks hot in 1234 Item song in the film.
Verdict - Chennai Express rides on Rohit Shetty school of films. It gives a simple message, '"Never underestmate the power of Entertainment." Critics may bash the film, but CE provides Full Paisa Wasool Masala. Yes, it rides on the theme of "Entertainment, Entertainment and Entertainment." Yes, it is a Rohit Shetty version of DDLJ.
Film will take monstrous opening at box office on the star power of Shah Rukh Khan. But what is good, it has the masala and entertainment content that will help it to sustain in long run. Film is a truly family entertainer and families will come in numbers to watch it in theaters. Film has got perfect EID Release and expect Box Office Records to tumble in coming days. Also, CE is released in record breaking 3600+ screens in India. This is a sure shot Blockbuster Express which has finally arrived. Don't miss this train!
Ratings - 4/5. People will again fall in love with Rahul and Meena. Film is entertaining. 1 or 2 songs could have been avoided. Go watch it.