Chennai Express Movie Review

Chennai Express (Hindi)

Release Date:
August 09, 2013

The story of a Mumbai boy (Shah Rukh Khan) who embarks on a journey to a small town in Tamil Nadu, only to fulfil the last wish of his grandfather to have his ashes immersed in Rameshwaram. En route, he meets a South Indian girl (Deepika Padukone) hailing from an orthodox family. As they find love through this journey in the exuberant lands of South India, the clash of cultures awaits them. What follows is a series of adventures where he finds himself in new surroundings, challenged with an unfamiliar language! Chennai Express is an action packed romantic movie

The story of a Mumbai boy (Shah Rukh Khan) who embarks on a journey to a small town in Tamil Nadu, only to fulfil the... Show More

A strangely sloppy mishmash of cheesy humour, half-hearted romance, half-baked emotion and head-banging action

Hindustan Times

It's a big, fat bore. A bloated vanity project for an actor capable of so much more

What stays put through and through is SRK's incredible charisma and gusto as he lightens the screen with his unabashed buffoonery, visibly enjoying his role as entertainer while lampooning it just the same

Padukone sticks unwaveringly to a spunky over –the-topness, till she's made to go all emotional. That's when her graph dips. That's when Shah Rukh's raffish charm slips. And that is also when Chennai Express derails

Indian Express

There are moments of vim and wit spread over the 142-minute duration and mostly stacked in the beginning, when Shetty introduces the movie’s leitmotif of a clash of cultures between North and South. This clash turns out to be little more than a contest of differing languages and accent

The screenplay is essentially a slew of disjointed set pieces. Scenes are typically isolated despite the VFX-heavy transitions and energy levels are reset every time one starts

Mumbai Mirror

Shah Rukh is full of vim as ever, and you will love his madcap ride if you are willing to discount the odd ham bursts

Khan yelps and squeaks and shrieks and bares fangs and pouts and, well, exhausts himself overcompensating at every step, despite nobody else in the film following this template so inanely animated it’d make Jim Carrey think twice


A cute and colourful masala movie


The whole-hearted zeal that Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika bring to the table and the steady flow of funny one-liners serve Shetty’s purpose well, turning Chennai Express into an elopement-against-all-odds rigmarole that hits the right buttons at most turns

Chennai Express is unfunny and probably one of the weakest Shah Rukh Khan films


Shah Rukh's attempts at comedy go from convincing to convoluted. But, for the most part, he lights up the screen with his effervescence

Times of India

The movie lives up to the hype and hoopla surrounding it