(Guest Review by Arnab Goswami)
AG Rating: 70
A Rohit Shetty brand of cinema almost all the way with a unique SRK touch!!
Plot one liner:
A 40 year old mans journey from Mumbai to Rameswaram and all that ensues!!
The AG analysis:
The signs of a Rohit Shetty film were all there: the scorpios, the tom and jerry cartoonish antics, the one liner plot, the abundant pool of one liners and the over the top action sequences. And yet, in many ways, Chennai Express isn't really a Rohit Shetty film in the way the Golmaal series and Bol Bacchan were. The combination of SRK and Rohit Shetty had been creating buzz right from the start of the project and rightly so, because believe it or not Rohit Shetty for once had to adapt to the filming technique off the star he was filming and not just simply go ahead with his usual brand of tomfoolery. Several scenes of the film are shot with such finesse that I had a bit of difficulty in believing that this indeed a Rohit Shetty film. Of course, I am not saying that the film doesn't have its annoyances. Rohit just cant seem to help himself with many of the sequences but a majority of them are saved by the magnetic SRK.
It starts off quite nicely and chugs along relatively smoothly until the end of the 1st half. Some one in the rohit shetty team must have pulled the chain for as the second half begins, things start to look a bit forced and even SRK is not able to save some sequences. Then it thankfully picks up speed and the last 30 mins of the film turn the film into unexpectedly a non-Rohit Shetty for believe it or not, this film does seem to have a message after all unlike any of the past Rohit Shetty films. And then came the climax which I must say is a treat for SRK and Rohit Shetty fans. The combo does live upto the hype at the end.
SRK is back!! well, almost!! SRK attempts to do something very new and different for the first time in his career and for that alone the film is worth watching once. He does comedy, woos the girl and kicks some serious ass as the 40 year old Rahul. Also, I must say that he has to be commended for doing something which no other actor I think has ever had the guts to do. I leave that something for you to find!!
Also, SRK fans who were disappointed with his romantic avatar in Jab Tak Hai Jaan will be relieved to see him back with his arms outstretched crooning Titli, Kashmir Main and One two three four. Also, don't forget to stay back for Lungi Dance, SRK looks very reminiscent of his younger self in this one.
Equally commendable is Deepika Padukone for her accent and her performance. Fans of Deepika will see her do a very different role.
The music and score:
The presence of Vishal-Shekhar ensures that the score actually resonates with you and the music is peppy, catchy with all the usual Rohit Shetty trademarks and yet they stick!! Watch out for One two three four, Titli, Kashmir Main Tu Kanyakumari and of course Lungi Dance (though this one wasn't composed by the duo).
For once, Rohit Shetty has made a film with a message and for that he must be commended.
The AG Verdict:
A Rohit Shetty film brushed energetically by SRK and also happened to have an actual message!! AG recommends that you watch it once!!!