The Express film smashed both domestic and international
collection record of 3 Idiots. The Rohit Shetty-directed
flick has raked in Rs 226 crores nett (Rs 301 crores gross) at the
Indian Box Office and Rs 119 crores nett ($19 million) at the
international Box Office in 45 days. We bring you the breakup of
its country-wise collection. Chennai Express Box Office
The film is about a 40-year-old Rahul (Shahrukh Khan), who
embarks on a journey that would change his life forever. The film
revolves around the lives of Rahul and Meenalochni Azhagu Sundaram
(Deepika Padukone), who meet under peculiar circumstances and
eventually fall in love with each other. Chennai Express Review
The film is set in the beautiful backdrops of Western ghats in
Southern India and Rohit Shetty has successfully managed to erase
the barrier between the North and South India through this innocent
love story. Chennai
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The film, after winning billions of hearts across the world,
will be aired on national television, this Sunday. Guessing the
film will break all the TRP records the same way it broke all the
Box Office Records.
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Rahul Mithaiwala (Shahrukh Khan) is a forty-year old bachelor
and lives in Mumbai. Rahul's parents died in a car accident when he
was eight years old and it was his grandparents who brought him up.
His grandfather has a sweet-selling chain store - YY
Before his birth centenary celebration, two of Rahul's friends
suggest a vacation in Goa which he accepts. On the day of
the birth centenary, his grandfather dies whilst seeing a cricket
match. His grandmother tells him that his grandfather desired to
have his ashes divided into two parts - to be immersed in the
Ganges River (in the North) and Rameswaram (in the
South). She requests Rahul to go to Rameswaram and immerse the
ashes. Rahul reluctantly accepts her request.
On the other hand, he was eager to attend the Goa trip, so, he
and his friends make plans to dump the ashes at Goa. But, they were
forced to change their plan when Rahul's grandmother told him that
she would be coming to see him off at the station. This forces
Rahul to travel by train and he booked a single ticket on
the Chennai Express. He plans to meet his friends after
commencing the journey at the Kalyan Junction station from where
they would travel to Goa by car.
Rahul forgets to take his grandfather's ashes on reaching the
station and when he comes back to get it, when the train was
leaving the platform, he sees a girl running to catch the train. He
helps her board the moving train. Then he notices four men also
running to catch the train. Rahul helps them all to get in and
himself misses the platform to get off.
He learns that those four men were actually kidnapping the girl
whose name is Meenalochni Azhagu Sundaram (Deepika Padukone) aka
Meenamma. She was trying to flee from a forced
marriage to Tangaballi (Nikitin Dheer).
Durgeshwara Azhagu Sundaram
Her father Durgeshwara Azhagu Sundaram (Sathyaraj), is a
powerful headman of the Komban Kaum
(an anagram of Kumbakonam) in Tamil Nadu. He wants
her to marry Thangaballi so that he would assume control of the
neighbouring village as well.
Meena takes Rahul to her father and introduces him as her lover.
Thangaballi challenges Rahul for a duel which Rahul
accepts in sign language. On the night of the fight, Rahul
escapes with the help of a local Sikh policeman, but in the turn of
events, ends up in Komban Kaum again.
Surrounded by sickle-wielding henchmen of Azhagu Sundaram, Rahul
then pretends to take Meena as hostage and escapes again in her
father's favourite car. When the jeep breaks down, they quarrel and
go separate ways. But, Rahul not knowing which way to go, comes
back to Meena who takes him to the Vidhamba village where a wedding
was taking place. Meena lies to the people that they are a married
couple and have eloped and needed protection and rest.
The villagers grow fond of the couple and take care of them as
long as they stay, while Meena realises that she has fallen in love
with Rahul. When Rahul has plans of leaving secretly, Meena does
not want to earn the distrust of the affectionate villagers. As he
tries to leave, he is caught by Thangaballi, but the villagers help
him escape again.
Meena, who persuades him to immerse his grandpa's ashes, travels
with Rahul to Rameswaram. There they complete the rites and on
their way back, Rahul, realising that he has also fallen in love
with Meena, does not tell Meena where they go.
He takes Meena back to her father again and tries to make him
understand and honour his daughter's wish. He also confesses for
the first time that he loves her too. Rahul tells Thangaballi and
his goons that he has come ready for the fight this time. In the
fight that follows, Rahul though severely injured emerges the
Meena's father and Thangaballi finally turn over a new leaf and
accept that the heart of a common man like Rahul is much bigger
than their physical ability and political clout. Azhagu Sundaram,
allows Rahul to marry his daughter, the twist that changed Rahul's
life forever. When they finally unite, the film leaves a message
that love knows no barriers of region or language and that with a
strong heart, there is no limit to what a common man can