CHENNAI EXPRESS – First Tamil Movie in Bollywood
The colonial intellectual hub is back in action. CHENNAI has attracted Bollywood for long. Now it is making titles in Mumbai.
Chennai, the present name of the capital of southern province Tamil Nadu is in demand. Chennai was formerly called as MADRAS. It was famous by that name even today. South Indians in India were labeled as Madrasis or Madraswalas ( Madras residents )by North Indians.
Chennai is synonymous to South India even after the elevation of Bangalore and Hyderabad. Looks the movie has stereotyped south India for a safer victory , though the heroine of the movie Deepika padukone called off spoofing south.
The Story runs around Halwai(Sweet merchant) man Rahul (played by Sharuk Khan) and Tamil Meenamma alias Meenakhi(Played by Deepika Padukone).
Most of the crew is from South including the director and the heroine.
Story begins with the Rahul traveling to reach Rameswaram by Chennai Express to dissolve the ashes of his passed away grand father as appointed by his grand mother. The 40 year old Rahul has a plan to go to Goa. But he falls in love with Meenamma.
Meenamma, he meets at Chennai Express utilizes him. She was escaping out of the marriage, her Don father has arranged. But her fate, she gets caught and forced to travel back. Meenamma points the finger to Rahul calling him as her lover.
In meanwhile, the ash of the deceased grandfather also finds its place in the sea. Rahul saves Meenamma from the Don gang after all tamashas(comedies).
Rahul gives hand to Meenamma for the train – a scene forklifted from Dil wale Dulhania Le Jayenga (DDLJ) hoping it would make the same magic.
Lot of Tamil in the movie. This is the first Tamil movie in Hindi. Even Kamal Hassan’s Ek Duje Ke liye didn’t have this much of Tamil in it..
Looks few of the scenes were fork lifted from Tamil movies with out hesitation. Scenes from the Tamil and Telugu hit movie (okkudu in Telugu and Gilli in Tamil) are very easily noticeable in the movie. A scene from Rajini Kanth Starer Muthu has been fork lifted. A scene from Karti starer Tamil flick Alex Pandian too joins the queue.
The Chennai craze has started few years back, in Bollywood – a lot of Tamil and Telugu movies were getting remade. The Madras cut is making too much of influence in Bollywood still.
Next, the Industry is waiting for Madras Cafe, a story about Tamil issues and India’s part in Sri Lanka when LTTE and IPKF were there.