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Bollywood preview: Chennai Express

Hours before the film releases and a day before the reviews appear, here’s what you can expect from this week’s release(s)…

bollywood Updated: Aug 09, 2013 10:04 IST
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Film: Chennai Express
Cast: Shah Rukh Khan (last seen in Jab Tak Hai Jaan; 2012), Deepika Padukone (last seen in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), and Sathyaraj (Bollywood debut)
Storyline: SRK, returns with his famous on-screen name, Rahul, as a 40-year-old in this film. After witnessing an event on a train, he finds himself heading to Chennai with Deepika Padukone (Meena), whose daddy is a dangerous don. Then drama unfolds, of course.
Director: Rohit Shetty (Last directed Bol Bachchan; 2012) Starring Abhishek Bachchan in a double role, the film managed to make it to the so-called esteemed R100 crore club. But it received its fair share of critical reviews.
Music: Vishal-Shekhar
This album brings back the voice of veteran singer SP Balasubrahmanyam for the title track Chennai express. Some over-the-top numbers like 1 2 3 4 get on the dance floor’ tend to get on your nerves, but most reviews have blamed the brief, keeping Vishal-Shekhar's otherwise impressive track record in mind.

Controversies/stunts
The MNS threatened to disrupt this film’s release, after reports claimed that a Marathi movie (named Duniyadari) was egged out of single screens to have more screens for SRK’s release. However, after ample headlines, director Rohit Shetty met the MNS chief (Raj Thackeray) and sorted things out.

Marketing/hype
In a blatant effort to please south Indian audiences, the makers launched the Lungi dance song that pays tribute to Rajinikanth. Meanwhile, SRK and Deepika have been going ballistic marketing the film all over the country. It will also reportedly release in various unfamiliar markets (Morocco, Peru and Austria, among others).

Our assessment







The ticket prices for this Eid release will cost a lot more (20 per cent more on weekdays; 40 per cent on weekends). Unfortunately, this move doesn’t help all those impromptu viewers who might have just watched it on a free afternoon. With tickets available for as high as Rs 400 — this film will probably be the true test for SRK’s fans.

Compiled by Serena Menon

For the final verdict, look out for Anupama Chopra’s review tomorrow in the Watch & Listen page of Hindustan Times