So I went into the theatre looking for a colorful entertainer. Colourful, because South India is always depicted as too colorful. And of course lots of greens too. Entertainer, because when North meets South, it is always depicted as comedy.
Not going to get into the stereotyping issues in this movie, all I will say is the age old comic imitations still looked and sounded amazing in this one. The situations in the movie are quite happenable and SRK’s self deprecating comedy brought about quite a bit of the laughs that echoed in the theatre.
The movie starts with SRK’s narration of his life. Of a sudden twist that changed his life around. The movie starts with the climax scene and the story is told entirely in flashback.
SRK leaves Mumbai to spend a week in Goa with his friends. In order to show his Grandmother that he is actually going to Rameshwaram to immerse his recently deceased grandfather’s ashes, he gets into the first train that leads to South India. You guessed it right. The Chennai Express. Fate intervenes and circumstances don’t let him get off early from the train and join his friends.
That is when Deepika makes an entry totally Simran style running to catch the train. Complete with the old DDLJ sound track playing in the background. The best part is when it plays four more times in quick succession to let in four more passengers. Thus begins the journey of Rahul (Shah Rukh Khan) and Meenaamma (Deepika Padukone) towards Chennai to a small village where Deepika’s father (Satyaraj) awaits his constantly running away daughter to be married off to his friend’s son Tangabali (Nikitin Dheer).
Quite a few good laughs, a bit of drama , a bit of romance , colourful songs and a big huge climax fight later, Satyaraj leaves his daughter’s hand just like Amrish Puri did all those years ago. Even before the fight began, I was expecting a “po Meenaamma, jeele apni zindagi”. Thankfully we were spared from this. The movie ended with class. At times I was confused whether I was watching a Hindi or a Tamil movie. That says a lot about the screenplay , the dialogues and the acting. Everything fell into place perfectly.
It is the kind of movie that you would want to watch at least one more time just incase you missed a beat somewhere. It is fast paced except for the songs, which drag on a bit. I absolutely loved the car chase scenes and the fight sequences.
It has been a while since I have enjoyed an entertainer so much. Being a Rohit Shetty film, the comedy obviously is exaggerated at times. But he keeps it at tolerable levels this time. SRK and Deepika have performed well despite the mimicking and the accent. I am sure Meenamma will stay in our hearts for a while after this movie.
Come fall in love …. Rohit Shetty Ishtyle…. I read this in an ad. And that is exactly what the movie is about.
I would rate it at 3.5 out of 5.