Introduction: Chennai Express: “Get on the train baby!”

Introduction: Chennai Express: “Get on the train baby!”

The posters of Chennai Express looks amazing and the trailers are mind blowing too ! The song ‘1…2…3…4…get on the dance floor…’ is already on everybody’s lips and does compel you to get on the dance floor. The Rohit Shetty film stars the King Khan (Shah Rukh Khan) himself and Deepika Padukone.

The story is about a man’s journey (SRK) from Mumbai to Rameshwaram in which all heaven and hell move and he falls in love with a don’s daughter (Deepika Padukone). SRK is back in his commercial form.  It’s been years since SRK fans have seen him in this avatar. Interestingly, the last film he did such a role was Om Shanti Om with Deepika (her debute) in 2007. Judging from the trailers, we can expect to see Raj from DDLJ in action again, only a bit older, (40 years old, as said by SRK in the film). And mind it (no pun intended), it’s not subtle. The famous train sequence from DDLJ, where SRK extends his hand to pull up the heroine in the train is there in the film, and is being shown in the trailers as well. Deepika looks  stunning in typical South Indian costumes especially Kanjivaram saris  and complementing make up. Also, she has a heavy South indian accent!

Rohit Shetty has made sure to let the audience know that this is a Bollywood Masala movie, complete with SRK in his romantic and action avatar. Considering this is a Rohit Shetty film, there will be piles of cars blowing and men flying in the action sequence. This is the first Shah Rukh KhanRohit Shetty venture. Rohit and SRK  have decided to do a remake of the old Sanjeev Kumar film, Angoor (which was ispired from Shakespeare’s ‘Comedy of Errors’). But Rohit abandoned the script in mid and approached SRK with Chennai Express’s script which was ready. SRK instantly loved it and the duo decided to make it before Angoor. So Angoor took a back seat and thus began ‘Chennai Express’ journey. Initially in the first half of 2012, there were rumors of Kareena and Katrina being considered for the role of the leading lady. After much hype, an angry Rohit Shetty denied all the speculations and declared he will tell the media when he had decided and signed the heroine. Finally in August 2012, Deepika Padukone was signed and principal photography began on 27th September 2012. The filming began in October 2012 and was wrapped-up by May 2013.

The music is composed by VishalShekhar. Fascinatingly, S.P. Bala Subramaniyam has been roped in to sing the title track. This is his first song in Bollywood after 15 years. The song ‘1 2 3 4 get on the dance floor’ was released on 20th June 2013, on World Music Day. In just seven days, the song has caught on like a virus.

All in all, Chennai Express looks promising and will be a complete entertainer. This is a typical Rohit Shetty Bollywood Masala flick. P.S. : Please keep your brain at home before leaving for the theater to watch this film.