Rohit Shetty’s obsession with Ajay Devgn finally came to an end with the 2013 Chennai Express, starring Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan. The film completes five years today and it finally surpassed the collections of Rajkumar Hirani’s 3 idiots that made 202 crores at the box-office in 2009. This action-comedy raked in 218. But beyond the giant commercial success that it was, we loved the film for its unabashed and unapologetic buffoonery and unpretentious idiocy.
So let’s dive into the five things we loved about Chennai Express:-
1. SRK’s return to comedy
Shah Rukh Khan, who has tickled your funny bone in films like Baadshah, Main Hoon Na and Om Shanti Om, made a much-awaited and needed return to the genre of comedy. One romantic and action film after another, it was important for the actor to break loose and give his fans something he has pulled off successfully in the past.
2. SRK-Deepika’s reunion
Are we the only ones who feel Deepika Padukone was as good as SRK in Chennai Express, and in some scenes, even better? Anyway, the two shared a great chemistry in the film and we never knew Rohit Shetty could handle romance as delicately as he handles flying cars and multiple explosions. From communicating with each other through playing Antakshri to fighting over gratuitous matters, they gave a great time to their fans.
3. The Comedy
Rohit Shetty knows what the audience wants and when to satiate their appetite. Okay, it may not have been as funny as Golmaal: Fun Unlimited and All The Best, but still had some Laugh Out Loud moments. Who can forget that classic scene when Deepika is possessed and Shah Rukh feels scared for life?
4. The Music
Vishal-Shekhar gave a South Indian touch to their tunes for the first time and yet made it appealing to the people of the north. Lungi Dance became everyone’s favorite whereas Titli still continues to warm a lot of hearts. All in all, a good musical score!
5. The SRK-Rohit Combo
Forget Dilwale, this was the film that did justice to SRK and Shetty’s fortes. Blending action and over-the-top comedy with the actor’s infallible charm and penchant for romance, Shetty made a film that almost abridged the gap between the north and the south, at least cinematically.
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