Chennai Express movie review: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Rohit Shetty create a ‘Boakwaas’ film!

Fri, August 9, 2013 11:25am UTC by 62 Comments
Chennai Express movie review: Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Rohit Shetty create a ‘Boakwaas’ film!

Deepika is super as the spicy South Indian chick in Chennai Express, but King Khan goes overboard with his hamming

Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express starring Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone looks like a film that was executed while the makers were in a goofy mood. The result, we must confess, has turned out to be nothing less than abysmal. While Shahrukh’s hamming like no one’s watching, the story flows through the lanes of shoddy dialogues and unnecessary action scenes. The slapstick, mind-numbing comedy makes you stare at the screen with utter astonishment – the shock of enduring one bad joke after the other is worse than consuming a bitter, terrible tasting tonic.

So this is how the torture-inflicting process begins – Shahrukh (Rahul) is a 40-year-old guy who runs a sweet shop. But life isn’t too sweet for this lad until of course his grandfather passes away and Khan can finally live life on his own terms and give wings to his dreams. And he plans to start his freedom fiesta in Goa – but freaking fate has some other plans. He bumps into this gorgeous Tamilian girl (Deepika as Meena) who has been running away from a posse of fat sickle wielding gundas. Meenama’s dad wants her to marry Tangaballi played by the enormous Nikitin Dheer. But the chick would rather stay single than tie the knot with someone who hasn’t managed to touch the cockles of her heart. And there the hero’s Goa plan takes a U-turn and heads to the beautiful locales of South India.

Instead of chilling on the idyllic beaches of Goa, SRK is now entangled in a murky situation – he wonders why he showed any interest in Meenama at all. Why did he give her a helping hand while boarding the train – typical Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) style? He just needed a plain vacation and what he got instead is a dangerous ride on the Chennai Express. The goons catch hold of him and Deepika and take them to their village where the heroine’s dad – the deadly don is waiting for his daughter only so that he can hitch her up with the hulky Tangaballi. And that gives rise to a series of chaotic hide-and-seek games. And in the process Deepika and SRK fall in love. What does that sound like – clichéd or boring?

There are a few scenes that give us the uncontrollable giggles but that wasn’t enough to hold our interest in the film for too long. Deepika looked lovely and did great justice to her South Indian twang but SRK disappointed with his over-the-top performance. Without a shadow of doubt, DP takes the cake in this one. The film has this disorganised and incoherent quality about it, and trust us you don’t want to be a part of this mess. As the film ends with the super entertaining, feet thumping Lungi dance song, we wonder which was King Khan’s last film, his last performance that totally mesmerised us. Chak De! India (2007)…but that was ages ago, no..?

Watch trailer: Chennai Express

Rating: 2 out of 52 Star Rating

Reviewed by Deboshree Ghosh

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Rating: 2 out of 52 Star Rating

Reviewed by Deboshree Ghosh

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  • toby

    Don’t you think there are too many spoilers?
    …and yup he does…srk “overacting” fighting hopelessly like a common man in the end made few girls in front row shed tears.
    lol “mesmerized us”? by “us” = Bollywood life or rather you yourself
    if “us” you mean the the world wide audience, its My Name is Khan.
    And seriously “Chak DE” from a Rohit Shetty movie? lol
    Its not a VERY Good movie but it also doesn’t deserve that 2 ratings either.
    At most the movie deserves 3.5 ratings for showing a whole new culture for audience like us “overseas” with good mix of romance,comedy &action and this review probably would have been lot better if it had focused on that not on whole plot.
    But then this is BL, THE SRK in Rohit shetty movie…oh what an opportunity.

    • Bhupender Singh

      You Are telling True.. This movie is Awesome.. And SRK don’t overreacted at all.. Why these peoples have wrong mindsets..!

  • Nitin

    Very true review. The movie is disappointing. Such Sad over-acting by SRK…

  • Raj

    F*** u King Hater the Film Is best Entertainer in Last 10 years

    • yogi

      mast movie hai inko pata to hai nahi faltu mein post karne lag jate hai

    • arjun

      bhai…dus saal main pehli film dekhi hai kya….

  • Guest

    Ms. Deboshree Ghosh – the reviewer. are you trying to say SRK don’t know acting??? do you know today i knw the name of the worst reviewer in the world not because you said its a bakwas film, but you write SRK is doing overacting.. If you think he do overacting then why don’t try .. or teach him..

  • SRK_GAY

    yeah, It’s perfect review. great job…. keep it up. they didn’t buy you. otherwise SRK and team use to buy the media and everything for false reporting and review

    • Ashu

      Dear BL you should get some good critics as i see they are useless .Or may they want some some money to say the truth.Ok lets take in a case of three idiots and Use your brain that it is also an entertaining movie not real.In this era it is difficult to find a clean ententainer like CE and Rohit shetty also prooved that without any bold scene a movie can be a blockbuster hit.Shahrukh make a clean movie as well as entertaining movie as like him.Ok see one more thing that if a movie is not good then why people will watch it for three weeks .movies like ek tha tiger gets down after two weeks and CE is still counting and you know what is the major cause of CE dropping sale is salman and amirs fan because they cannot digest the success of a common man becoming a star.they have their god fathers in industry still they took a lot of time to become peoples choice and they are jealous because Shahrukh did it very early.The stardom they are living now Shahrukh have enjoyed it a long time time before and still he is enjoying it.He is the Only man after Amitabh Bacchan whom people has chosen as a superstar.And alongside with a superstar he is also a very good human a very loyal husband the best dad .He is truly an inspiration for others .Only one thing that some of his fan feels that he is a overproud person but thats ok because nobody is perfect .And this is what his rebels are jealous of him.People go and watch the movie in theaters with your whole family and spend some entertaining time leaving the hurdles and worries of life and smile…………this I am saying not because I am is a fan of SRK but the movie is really good and you will know by your own when you will watch the movie.

  • Susan

    Ugh! I feel like vomiting. Worst movie ever. So disappointed.

    • pramod kumar

      Worst possible movie……SRK was not tolrable…….Deepika is good at her work and looks….. ..but SRKs presence makes situation just very very undijestable……..hope deepika will never agree towork with SRK for her better future..

  • Gergre

    true review…. bad movie…king khan no longer exist

    rate —– * 1/2 stars

  • rapagtu

    Honestly, don’t waste your time watching this. It will ruin your day and make you lose brain cells.

  • Shuvra Dey

    Great job Deboshree ! SRK sadly seems to be losing his original spark,but hope he gets back soon with a bang. Deepika is the only saving grace of the film.The beginning of the film promised some fun n entertainment although a bit sleazy but rolled on to become a BIG DISAPPOINTMENT.Very aptly reviewed !

  • Yash

    Super n exciting …. Pure entertainment movie loved srk n deepika

  • Carol

    It´s the most honest review till now. SRK is´nt and was´nt a good actor. In nearly every movie he repeats himself and that with overacting. But today people are more aware of this because they see other good actors. Thanks for this review and to save my money!!!

    • Neha gosavi,

      Tthanks for saving my money

    • Ralph

      Its the MOST pseudo intellectual review ever..
      This girl doesnt know what she is talking about.. She needs to learn the genres of the movie.. it was MEANT TO BE a MINDLESS ENTERTAINER..

      which clearly flew over the “critique’s” head.. seems to me she is an ameature, who is TRYING hard to be a critique, yet falling flat on her face, because she doesnt know the A to Z of bollywood.

      If you want to be a bollywood film critic, please take courses on it first.

  • basabdatta mukherjee

    From where have u got this reviewer??it’s a rohit shetty shtyle film….srk was awesummmmmm…..as was deepika….both made d film wow…what an incapable,worthless reviewer!!!!!she herself must be a good for nothing,frustrated type of person who doesn’t even know what comedy is!!!!!so worthless reviewer
    ……

  • aniket

    Srk haters……..thnk u people r a bit jealous………atlst the film was bttr than mr.perfectionists talaash……….nd much much……bttr dan salmans ek tha tiger……

  • pghjk

    that Deboshree Ghosh review not public so i publich review? i saw it 4 star out of 5 star

  • Sonia

    the ONLY thing “BOKWAS” is your rating..
    and your inteligence as a film critic.
    Apparently you have never seen a ROHIT SHETTY film..
    as Toby below me said.. “where you really expecting a chak de from him?”

  • Ralph

    Its the MOST pseudo intellectual review ever..
    This girl doesnt know what she is talking about.. She needs to learn the genres of the movie.. it was MEANT TO BE a MINDLESS ENTERTAINER..

    which clearly flew over the “critique’s” head.. seems to me she is an ameature, who is TRYING hard to be a critique, yet falling flat on her face, because she doesnt know the A to Z of bollywood.

    If you want to be a bollywood film critic, please take courses on it first.

    Well, this is coming from a Salman khan Fan and srk hater.. (me)

  • Tasleem khan

    Supar hit film

  • Akhil

    you are surely a big big hater of srk.. and yes.. if filmfare gives srk best actor iifa awards more than any actor in bollywood.. then it is a joke to say that srk does not show gud acting or he overacts.. first wipe your face off and then imagine if any1 lyk us deserves to comment on srk this way??

  • Ramya

    I loved the feel of Chennai Express – it gave me a high. The problem with most critics is that they are jaded. They should chill a bit more. That’s what most of us want to do – chill. The movie was a good one, I loved it, and it still occupies my mind in the nicest possible way.

  • Salim Sayyid

    I feel this review is ‘Boakwas’ Constructive criticism is always welcome but just being a critic for the sake of being a critic can never do any film any good. The film has many hilarious moments and the performances of the lead pair are brilliant. It is a light film and meant to be enjoyed and was undoubtedly enjoyable and comparing Sharukh’s performance of this film with his performance in Chakde is not fair. These two films are completely different films. A film and the performances need to be viewed objectively and overall I felt that this film is hilarious and shows King Khan in a different avatar. A lovable action oriented avatar.

    • Keshari Mishra

      Different Avatar? LOL. Go back to your studies Kid.

  • Leili

    it’s really funny to hear and belive a movie rating from someone who named him/herself SRGay,srk gay,etc..pretty much introducing him/herself as unreliable source! everyone overacts in this kinda comedy, and that’s how it should be, noone calls what jim carrey does in mask overacting,that’s how this kinda comedy should be done,and i’m also saying that with knowledge..and really are u comparing a commercial comedy by rohit shetty with chak de! ?! if u’re,then OMG! that’s just embarrasing for a critic..u can’t even compare this with om shanti om which was also an entertainer, in my opinion both SRK & deepika’ve done a good job and the movie is as much as an entertainer as say..for ex Golmaal,Dabbang or singham..

  • bidyut bikash hazarika

    sumbody said d film is good coz srk is “king khan”….dt nonesense doesn’t realise dt this tag is media nuance 2 deprive aamir hs credit cz he doesn’t attend ny award fn…. B practical,jst thnk….does ds film need spcl accolades??

  • Arun Sood

    ooooh god.. bollywoodlife.com reviewers.. please..
    u shud have given atleast 3 star for this masala entertainer movie.. whole family liking it .. laughing it.. smiling it.. what do u want.. ?
    if want sumthng spcl go to hollywood na.. !
    SRK himself bringing hollywoood to bollywood !

  • raja

    kutton achhi movie karta hai to kehete ki record nahin bana paya king khan ne ………..ab lalu..king hai ….aur doosron ko upar utha dete ho………..ab jab yeh film record tod rahi hai kehete ho ki yeh bakwas hai…..bhai tumhe film dekhne ki jarurat nahin………..ek bar theater mein jao aur dekho ki kitne log line pe khade rehete hai……aur ander whistle marte hai……………CHENNAI EXPRESS not going to stop any where before it 205 cr destiny……………….

  • Bob

    Ms. Deboshree Ghosh sounds like she has a personal vendetta against the super star. The movie does not deserve a 2 star rating. It should have 3 stars at the least. And what do you call yourself anyway ?? A film critic ?? If so, try being not so partial to begin with. Your breed of self proclaimed critics have the practice of going against public and popular opinion and running down the best. For you, doing that makes you feel like being a critic worth the salt. Any film critic in his/her senses would not draw a comparison between Chak De, My name is Khan and Chennai Express. These are of completely different genres and certainly call for different kind of performances. Guess a critic like you does not get this. RIP the critic in Ms. Ghosh.

  • Sadaf

    Majority of the people who are commenting that the movie is bad are probably the ones who did not even watch the movie -.-
    Honestly, the movie was VERY entertaining..My family and I had uncontrollable laugh! A complete family entertainer! It deserve atleasr 3.5/4 stars! A family movie came after a long time!
    And why talking about SRK’s overacting? You cannot expect roles like chak de/ My name is Khan in a Rohit Shetty film.. To be fair,, in all the Rohit Shetty movies.. be it bol bacchan/golmaal series/all the best.. the actors did “Overact” because that’s the role! I think SRK was hilarious and so was Deepika! It would be unfair to say SRK overacted because he was brilliant in his role! The role required that as its a marr oriented film! All Actors like Ajay Devgan/Akshay Kumar/shahid kapoor/Hritik/Ranbir/Salman etc overact in comedy roles because the role requires that!
    WORST REVIEW EVER!
    And PEOPLE ATLEAST SEE THE MOVIE BEFORE COMMENTING..because normal people loved the movie!

  • djchamp66

    Yes ,this movie is bakwas of highest degree. Only saving grace is some dynamic acting by Deepika in Tamil accent and few dance songs.Uncle SRK looks too old for her. 40years? He more like 55.
    SRK cheated the public by 3500 screen release …..the trick here is to get as many tickets sold before the word of mouth kills the movie and make heavy collection upfront in 4-5 days.

    Deepika needs to stick with heros of her generation Ranbir,Adi Roy ,Sushant, Hrithik and Saif .Also baby face Aamir and Imran.SRK IS GONER WITH THIS MOVIE.

    • SYED AZHAR UDDIN

      Feeling jealous of SRK , But do not prove yourself that ur nt an human.keep quite and shut upppp….

      Awesome movie very good to see and all family members can have tickets at once and enjoy.I seriously enjoyed the movie wit my family after long time of Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham….

      SRK u rocks and Rohit ji aise hi movies banate raho aur Bollywood ko sada khush rakho…

  • jiuijiang

    many foreigner know your country because of SRK, so shut up, even in african countries he is know by king of romance……..

    • eric

      who is dis jiujiang coward dog seem like chinese .India does not need srk for intro India is grt .Cricket we have Sachin ,Anna Hazare the world know him , Saina Nehwal etc to name a few .

      • The Great

        Well, I am a foreigner and of all the people that you have named over here, I only know Sachin and Sharukh Khan. No Anna Hazare or Saina Nehwal is so well-known among public and I will have to Google these names to see who they are. However, they may have a small or specific fanbase in other countries but they certainly can’t match the popularity of SRK over here. :) Media and family entertainment is appreciated all over the world and that is the biggest source to represent your country and well, from India Sharukh is the most popular one to represent your country on such a huge platform.

  • Neal

    This review is written by some cheap hater. This film was an all time entertainer.. 9/10

  • Shirley

    I really enjoyed this movie. It was colourful, funny and endearing. SRK was good and poked fun of himself lots. Deepika owned her character. She did an awesome job playing a South Indian girl. This movie is also a tribute to the wonderful South Indian culture and Tamil movies. Be prepared to laugh and enjoy the beautiful views of South India. Just a great, silly summer movie. It’s nice to lighten up sometimes. I loved it.

  • nabanita

    Ms Ghosh! Pls do us a favour. Kindly STOP WRITING REVIEWS ASAP. U think SRK has overacted? Everybody feels that SRK has done a wonderful job in the film and so do I. So how come u have such a different opinion? Is it a kind of publicity stunt by Bollywood life to go the other way.

  • shekhar

    I have seen this movie yesterday, Oh great fun. I enjoyed it. story stretches long but otherwise it is good movie. everyone can watch.

  • Ritu

    Beautiful scenery, excellent acting by both deepika and srk. Enjoyed the train scene and deepika’s dream sequence, laughed the most at that dream scene.

  • Jituraadhe

    After seeing your review and above comments..I can say only one thing “There are only 2 types of people 1st Human beings and 2nd Being human” LOL.

    People who like Being human will never ever like human being’s movies and people who like human being will never like being human’s movies..LOL

    I like both of them and both are mind blowing actors !! and this movie is really enjoyable, even box office says…33.12 crores on day 1.

  • dr sam

    SRK is the real king of bollywood….His job is to act….hez not d scriptwriter of chennai express…soo he did justice to his role n dt wz his duty……n it waz his best comic acting after baadshah movie…well..i must say”sRk”deserves appreciation coz at ds age olso he carries a boyish image n looks charming n graceful sooo doesnt disappoint his fans..May God give him lots n lots of success forever n ever n ever….
    One thing i wud like 2 share…..please…. dont underestimate d power of a comman man and srk….

  • John Taser

    These kind of movies show why India is “still” a developing country. Immaturity and lack of talent fetch Rs. 100 crore in 3 days!!

  • muz

    ya bhakwas movie of the year… waste of time money everything..
    some people have gone mad to watch such a crap movie…
    most of them didnt like this movie…. only it has maken records..
    i think even records are fake.. or paid for reveiws..no proper story, script, etc…. bollywood plz dont make such crap movie. and waste people hard money…

  • Atif Khan

    This movie is complete non-sense story and boring. SRK overacted in the whole movie. It don’t even have any interesting character

  • Anurag

    Chennai express is one of the worst movies

  • akash

    its a awesome movie fully family entertaining movie……SRK always GoOd performed…….and SRK best actor in Bollywood…….

  • Ashu

    Dear BL you should get some good critics as i see they are useless .Or may they want some some money to say the truth.Ok lets take in a case of three idiots and Use your brain that it is also an entertaining movie not real.In this era it is difficult to find a clean ententainer like CE and Rohit shetty also prooved that without any bold scene a movie can be a blockbuster hit.Shahrukh make a clean movie as well as entertaining movie as like him.Ok see one more thing that if a movie is not good then why people will watch it for three weeks .movies like ek tha tiger gets down after two weeks and CE is still counting and you know what is the major cause of CE dropping sale is salman and amirs fan because they cannot digest the success of a common man becoming a star.they have their god fathers in industry still they took a lot of time to become peoples choice and they are jealous because Shahrukh did it very early.The stardom they are living now Shahrukh have enjoyed it a long time time before and still he is enjoying it.He is the Only man after Amitabh Bacchan whom people has chosen as a superstar.And alongside with a superstar he is also a very good human a very loyal husband the best dad .He is truly an inspiration for others .Only one thing that some of his fan feels that he is a overproud person but thats ok because nobody is perfect .And this is what his rebels are jealous of him.People go and watch the movie in theaters with your whole family and spend some entertaining time leaving the hurdles and worries of life and smile…………this I am saying not because I am is a fan of SRK but the movie is really good and you will know by your own when you will watch the movie.

  • monty

    Half of a movie is Common scenes of SRK armory, why can’t he do something different???? same old style….LOL

  • VBRAO

    No doubt, this Chennai express is a great entertainer and very rich looking for capturing beautiful natural scenes. What lacking is the dailogue delivary of deepika padukone. She must be have done in a different way like Sri Devi . Maro charitra a telugu movie also have two lead roles , tamil girl and telugu boy directed by Balachander. Rohit shetty spends lot of time on capturing beautiful locations but failed to get real substance from characters. Instead of story narration by shah ruck, it must have been sequential scenes . His story telling disturbed the tempo and serious ness of movie. More over the tamil diaologues are over heard by transalating by deepika padukone is unwarranted. It could have been shown by sub titles in english . Tamil is wonder ful language , their could have been more daiologues by tanga balli , father of DP and goons in train. What is shown in forest by a dwarf spoiled the SRK image as a great hero. Some scenes like dwarf, sri lankan smugglers a waste of money. Some scenes shows tamil language ugly ( repeating DP father name by SRK) and tamil people ( goons) ugly and cruel. Any how, family members can go and enjoy movie happily .

  • Princess

    It was just a fabulas movie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Even if I watch this movie 100 times nonstop I will still love
    it.It deserves 4.5 ratings not 2 ratings. It has made more
    than 400 crores buisness if you see bollywood news today.
    Deepika has done a very good acting as a south indian
    girl.It is a cultrul , action, comedy , romance movie.
    I loved it !!!!!

    • Kiran

      You must be either SRK’s diehard fan or you do not have other means to entertain yourself.

  • navjot

    that was a mind bogling film if u have any doubt about it go and see the collections of film

  • shalini

    i want to watch chennai express movie

  • Takio Tayung

    The given review is a pathetic effort of maintaining a critic’s tradition of never accepting anything good lest the one they culture in their mind…..CHENNAI EXPRESS is a complete entertainer replete with COMEDY,ROMANCE,ACTION and A TRUE PORTRAYAL OF RURAL TRADITIONS!!!Rohit shetty has done a fantabulous job with using the tamil actors….the music is brilliant….cast performance performance coresponds with the roles[SRK needed to act the way he does in the film',mind you]..and whatmore it can be enjoyed with our family!!!For your record….it’s even clinching records at the box office!!!A mere 2 rating is unjustified……..and theworld agrees

  • Kiran

    I watched this movie just yesterday. I missed to watch on the theater but watched on DVD. I found this a worst movie ever SRK has ever played. When I missed to watch on the theater, I regretted it, but after watching it, I felt I am rather happy did not waste my time and money seeing this.

    I am totally surprised why this movie has earned crores of rupees as they claimed. It is worth nothing. People watched perhaps without knowing much about it. They might have thought as I did would be good as usually SRKs movies do.

    SRK, Mr. Badshah,please stop playing this kind of movie otherwise people will forget your superhit movies.

  • saloni

    Salman is always surprising ,its not something new. I think I am biggest fan of Salman and I know it will also not be surprising because everyone say this

  • ChennaiiExpressGal

    Loved both SRK n Dippy in Chennai Express. …Rohit Shetty. ..love you too for such great entertainment….


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