There have been a number of South Indian movies that have been remade in Bollywood and Chennai Express looks like yet another one. This recently released Shahrukh Khan movie has broken many records at the Box-Office. However, few audiences from the South felt that the film copied some scenes from South Indian movies.
This record breaking movie has directly lifted a famous scene from a Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu's movie titled Okkadu. There is a scene in Chennai Express where Rahul (Shahrukh) is escaping from the goondas by placing a weapon on Meena's (Deepika Padukone) neck. He then drags the villain in his jeep and drops him into a ditch. Meanwhile all the goondas are running behind the jeep with their weapons. This entire episode is lifted from Okkadu which stars Bhoomika Chawla in the lead with Prakash Raj as the villain.
In both the films, the protagonist wants to marry the heroine and that is the reason why she is always on the run. There are few other scenes in the movie which resemble South Indian commercial cinema. Interestingly, almost all the actors in Chennai Express are South Indians excluding SRK.
Earlier too, many big South Indian films have been remade into Hindi - take for instance Ghajini and Rowdy Rathod! Now, with Rohit Shetty being highly influenced by Tollywood and Kollywood, it looks like everyone is enjoying some South Indian masala.
Have a look at the slide show which gives you more details of Chennai Express.
Shahrukh Overacts In A Few Scenes
The humour is what makes the movie an entertainer but there are parts where you may laugh for the wrong reasons. One such scene is when Rahul is having a serious conversation with the protagonist (Meena's father). Shahrukh Khan's acting in this scene looks a little over done.
Deepika, The Soul of Chennai Express
Deepika Padukone has done a fabulous job in the movie. She has given her best with the strong south Indian accent and also leaves the audiences laughing their hearts out in particular where she pretends to be Chandrmukhi from the Tamil comedy-horror movie from the same name.
The Singing Conversation
Right from the beginning of the film, there are scenes where Shahrukh and Deepika have a conversation through songs so that the goondas will not understand this code language. This are all well known songs of Bollywood and adds to the humour in Chennai Express.
Rahul is portaryed as a person who is very scared of goondas and fights in the beginning of the film. However, later in the film he is seen fighting with the biggest goondas for Meena's love.
The cinematography in the film is beautiful. Rohit Shetty, like always gives his best shot in that. Some of the crane and aerial scenes of the train from up is very pleasing to the eye. The scene with Deepika Padukone running in slow motion is perfectly done.
This is the reason why Rahul and Meena accidentally meet in the train. Rahul forgets his grandfather's ashes in the train and he goes back and collects but when is about to get off the train, then he sees Meena running in slow motion towards the train. He gives her his hand.
Just when you think the movie is over and get up from the seat to leave the hall, the Lungi dance begins on screen and everyone is taken aback.