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Discussion in 'Chennai Express Member Reviews' started by sami16, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. sami16

    sami16 a fan not a fanboy

    Saw it yesterday, it was a packed cinema

    My verdict: tbh, and I hope I don't get killed for saying this, I found it boring for two reasons: the plot has been over-done in so many other films (little originality BUT i guess this is how these OTT-Rohit Shetty films work, they're meant to entertain rather than score originality marks) and SRK poking fun at himself I didn't appreciate, I understand why he did this as he knows atm that in his career many people are cracking jokes about him and to sell the film to the public it was wise, if you like.

    -There were some genuinely funny moments (i.e. the train scene where he is pulling deepika and then her kidnappers onto the train) but these were few and far between long, boring scenes, in fact the emotional scenes towards the end just made it worse, emotions and crying weren't needed here in my opinion as it just turned the funny, lighthearted film into a sopfest.

    -I will applaud SRK for his stance on women, his speech about womens independence at the end was good, the best part of the film BUT from this point the film turned into a completely different film: SRK in particular went from OTT to serious in a blink of an eye!

    -I miss the SRK of old, the one we saw in Chak De! India, Mohabbatein, K3G, Swades etc, Its a shame he has too indulge in such rubbish (imo) to remain 'relevant', Salman Khan has turned this industry into a laughing stock with his films, ditto Ajay Devgan and of course, Rohit Shetty, the man who churns out this rubbish yearly.

    -In the end it is SRK who once again keeps you in your seat (and Deepika to an extent, she is very, very good in this), this film is almost a a tribute really to himself, the film pokes fun at him (there is a joke about looking 50 years old in there!), both tributes and mocks his landmark films like DDLJ, Baazigar and MNIK and even touches on womens liberation, a subject we know is close to SRKs heart.

    -'Blessed is the man who is able to laugh at himself, for when others become serious he will always be amused'

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  2. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Perhaps He just had to prove he can do it, conquer this type of film which draws in the masses.
    I would be disappointed if this was his way of the future, as it has been with Salman Khan, but as he changes his genres so frequently I would be surprised if that happened.
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  3. Karan#1

    Karan#1 Well-Known Member

    There's HNY post this which is another 'masala' film. But he's done such films in the past as well - main hoon na and OSO for example and comedies in the 90's.
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  4. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Yes, its another masala film, but Farah Khan has quite a different tone to these predominantly action films such as (the ones I've seen) Dabangg and Singham which have much muscle and little charm. Although I am sometimes surprised by srk's film choices I have faith in him not to go that route. I'm looking forward to HNY. :D
  5. Karan#1

    Karan#1 Well-Known Member

    True but CE was more of a romantic comedy with a bit of action. Main hoon na had great action but doubt we'll see much of that in HNY, be a lot of dancing lol.
  6. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    The action will be in the dancing. Suits me! :D
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  7. sami16

    sami16 a fan not a fanboy

    I agree, I think he did this film just to prove a point that he is capable of doing an OTT comedy and also he said that he had enough of serious roles in mnik, jthj and don 2. I also hope that he doesn't make this a regular thing, SRK is an extremely talented actor, he should continue to showcase it to the world in my opinion
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  8. sami16

    sami16 a fan not a fanboy

    Farah Khan is a different film maker for me when compared to Rohit Shetty though both specialise in 'masala' films, bar TMK shes given a good account of herself imo. I loved MHN, the humour was genuinely funny, it had a great story about unfiying indo-pak relations. OSO is also a favourite of mine, i dont hate this brand of cinema but even 'masala' has to be made correctly as it is a defined genre of bollywood film. There must be a reason why I like Farah Khans masala cinema and tbh, haven't liked a single Rohit Shetty film (Chennai Express was probably the best out of what he has directed because it carried a nice message about the liberation of women)
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  9. Karan#1

    Karan#1 Well-Known Member

    Yep they are both different (Farah is more classier) and I expect HNY to be better than CE. As a comedy, I found CE to be better than the other two.

    Didn't you like Rohit Shetty's Singham or Golmaal 1?
  10. sami16

    sami16 a fan not a fanboy

    Singham I agree was probably his 2nd best film...I however, just cannot and still cannot see Ajay Devgan in that role, he is one hell of an actor and it just didn't seem right with him in that role, the film did well as far as I know so plenty disagreed with my opinion however.

    The Golmaal series I detest, for me those are no fun at all BUT they worked at the box office so I guess Rohit Shetty has a winning formula. In Golmaal 1 i liked the song 'rehja rehja re', thats about it.

    To be honest I've had a problem with every one of his films that has caused me to dislike them, but there is no denying that Shetty is a successful director who has built himself a legacy
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  11. Wafa

    Wafa I want my Mom!!!

    I have to agree with Sami's review, so I'm not going to repeat the same in a separate thread.
    let me start with the things I loved about the movie:
    Firstly, thank God it was 100% indian, no hollywoodish/western style songs, costumes or cinematography. I loved the colors, the sarees, the nature, cinematography, cultural and traditional touch in the film.
    some really funny dialogues, SRK's comedy was perfection; not surprising he's a master in this anyways.

    I thought the numerous mockery of different movie scenes of other films was overly done. it started good with the DDLJ train scene then it became unnecessary with the rest of it.
    I kept waiting for "something" to happen but nothing really significant, the plot was lacking and made the film uneventful.
    they didn't allow enough time for romance but all of a sudden they were in love. there were no romance to begin with so how did they fall in love? to top it off, the father decided to make a wedding at the end just because they proclaimed love?
    the fighting scene at the end was too long! the songs were "unmemorable", I couldn't catch a beat.
    I felt the 2 hours and 20 minutes was not enough, the film was to short and I could have had more. maybe because I was waiting for more significant "thing" to happen.
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  12. Xeny

    Xeny ❤️‍ ART

    oh boy, what a relief. I thought , maybe I just don't get the humor because of the language barrier.
    I was watching Rohit's previous movies specially to know what to expect from CE and I was petrified! I was thinking- no, no it can't be so silly no?
    But then I heard Shah Rukh saying that he was laughing out loud watching Golmaal 3, so I thought- ok, it's me who is being silly here.

    But now, I see all the responce that CE have and extremely happy for Shah and Rohit for being so "smart" to do this movie ! hahaha :D just kidding guys.
    anyway SRK saves any film in this world and do it classy
  13. rollercoast

    rollercoast Zindagi

    Ksenia, I had the same reaction where the first time I came away thinking I am missing something and I didn't know if it was the film or me. That was in a near-empty theatre (mid-day, mid-week in Canberra :rolleyes:) where I was getting no clues from those around me.
    Since then I have seen it twice in almost-full houses and realised people were laughing when I didn't even realise a joke had been made, so its obviously me and my lack of background and understanding that were the problem.
    Not to say that its a perfect movie for my tastes, but there is enough in there for me to enjoy ... and the whole thing is worth it for the scene where [SPOILER he pours the ashes into the surf . END SPOILER]. :flame:
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  14. Debbie

    Debbie Stand By Him

    I forgot to say that is one of my favorite scenes in my review....:faint:never actually wanted to be the sea before....
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  15. Sofie

    Sofie Well-Known Member

    Too bad you find the film to be boring sami16. I enjoyed the film so much & find it very entertaining. That's why I'm not surprise the film is collecting huge return at the BO. The last time I laughed this much was during OSO. I would love to see Shah Rukh work with Rohit Shetty once again. I'm sure after HNY, SRK will go back doing some serious stuff in his upcoming fims.:)
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  16. Dea

    Dea ♥SRK-Gauri♥

    i also agree with sami and Wafa, i already wrote my own opinion in a separate thread, but in rough lines, it is the same idea as u guys said...
  17. Journey95

    Journey95 Guest

    Its overall a rather medicore movie. For a comedy movie I expected CE to be funnier but it really wasn't. Laughed way more in Baadshah than here.

    SRK is ok at best as Rahul, too OTT for my taste. I think Deepika as Meena shines the most here. Her character was sweet and its clear she has vastly improved since her OSO debut. Their interactions are the best part & make the movie worth watching even if the plot is rather weak & the humor sucks.

    I like how this Rahul is such a coward and loser(at least until the end), makes for a good change his development was good. I think this movie could have been much better with a better director, there was certainly a lot more potential.

    Cut down on the obnoxious humor, more romance & serious moments etc. and you have a good movie with a nice message. Some songs were good (the Titli one I liked the most), some not. SRK making jokes about his old movies & referencing them all the time got old and wasn't needed. He really should stop doing that.

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