The first reflex upon coming out of Chennai Express is probably to question whether Shah Rukh Khan is really past his prime _ to the extent that he must settle for slapstick comedy. Then again, people need to remember that this energetic and literally colourful movie was not meant to be taken seriously.
Chennai Express Starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone. Directed by Rohit Shetty. Limited release at Major Ekamai, Rama 3, Pattaya and Paragon.
The moments on the namesake Chennai Express are hardly idyllic reminiscences of train-filled romantic reels from the 90s as it starts out with our hero Rahul (Khan) unknowingly helping four thug-like blokes and gorgeous lass Meena (Deepika Padukone) onto a moving train. Turns out she's a southern don's daughter on the run from an arranged marriage and is getting "kidnapped" back to her village by her father's goons.
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