Originally published at – http://theviewspaper.net/chennai-express-a-review/
Originally published at – http://theviewspaper.net/chennai-express-a-review/
The story opens with the 1960 Olympics where Milkha narrowly missed the medal and then makes us time travel when three gentle men start conversing about him on their way from Delhi to Chandigarh. Viewers are taken to his young days before he became a full pledged athlete and also to his child hood days . Milkha’s coach Pawan Malhotra starts narrating about him during the train ride taking the viewers on a roller coster ride and the story takes many interesting turns. His struggle as a kid to cope up with the deaths in the family during 1947 partition are shown neatly. He becomes a vagabond post partition and finds his sister Divya Dutta finally after fleeing to India. Story keeps oscillating between present , past and his childhood days and Milkha never stops running the race called life. Milkha falls in love with Biro. Sonam Kapoor as Biro is cute and thankfully her role was not too long. To become somebody and to be eligible to marry Biro Milkha becomes an athlete and comes out of his comfort zone to prove himself but Biro doesn’t wait leaving him heart broken. Life becomes big for Milkha since then. Opportunities fall in his lap and he uses every drop of his sweat and every ounce of his energy to win. Asian games, National games , common wealth games and every game where he succeeds is shown. While enjoying the results of his perennial efforts he comes across an Australian damsel with whom he has a brief affair. He detaches from all emotional attachments and submits himself absolutely to the sports and undergoes hardcore training under the supervision of Yograj Singh who acted as Indian coach Ranveer Singh. The training episodes are brilliantly shot. His win against Pakistani athlete Abdul Khaliq gives him new wings of confidence. He is finally persuaded by Jawaharlal Nehru to attend the sports in Pakistan which are held for the betterment of relations between two countries. His final victory in the movie is loved by the audience. Pakistani coach mocks him by saying that this can be his last game. Every one hooted when Farhan aka Milkha replies “I will of course run like this is my last game.”
Star cast and performances
The kid Japtej Singh who acted as miniature Milkha did a splendid job too. His acting is up to the mark and he blended well with the script. At few junctures I felt he did a job better than Farhan. Divya Dutta as Milkha’s sister is so natural for the role. It’s an in and out Farhan Akhtar’s movie who not only acted but lived Milkha’s memories. Pawan Malhotra is amazing as Farhan’s coach. Prakash Raj’s brief role as “Ustaad” is quite enjoyable. The southern touch worked as Milkha’s initial professional days started at Secunderabad regiment. Yograj Singh is like a no nonsense coach who gives the toughest possible training to Milkha. All other people in support cast blended well with the script. Dalip Tahil as Nehru, Rebecca Breeds as Stella of Australia , Dev Gill (Pakistani Athlete) , Nawab Shah (Pakistani coach) and rest all executed their job perfectly :). Cinematography by Binod Pradhan is beautiful and Music by Shankar Ehsaan Loy adds spice to the movie. Songs are soulful and lyrics are stirring. I absolutely loved Mera yaar hai rab wargha song and enjoyed rest of the songs too!
The only minus is the drag in the movie which can be felt at many points. There is an unnecessary scene where Farhan drinks ghee from two cans as if it is fruit juice. The scene is pretty long and could have been cut short. There are many such lengthy scenes which made the movie a 3 hr 10 min watch. Keeping this point aside its a movie worth watching if you can ignore the slow pace which is so unlike the pace of the “flying sikh!” Even if the sprint track is 3 hr 10min long I enjoyed the race with Farhan Akhtar.
A glimpse of mera yaar hai rab wargha song below:)
My rating : 3.5/5
The movie started after the initial formalities like give aways, introductions and some prize distribution. Initially I felt I might be bored by the story line of the movie in which a snail wants to increase its pace and run a race and prove to his fellow mates that he can do something special but as the story and also the snail gained the pace my excitement increased too. Our protagonist snail is just a normal garden snail and lives with many other snails who have a mundane life which bores him to death. His brother tries putting full stop to his day dreaming but where there is a will there is a way. The movie holds a subtle moral like many animation movies that if you have a strong determination to do something then nothing or no one can stop you. To know how the snail gains speed and how it enters the Indianapolis race you need to go to theaters and watch it. As I watched the premiere show and as the movie is not released yet in India I don’t want to reveal the story!
It’s strange how the deeds of these animated characters fill more optimism in you than the words of few fellow humans which have a hint and a hidden intention of always bringing you down! The movie is short , crisp and clear. I felt like having a taco once the movie ended 🙂 Humor is intact through out the movie and no time is wasted beating behind the bush. If I have to compare this with “The Croods” I would say I liked Croods more as it had more fun elements and roles. Nevertheless both are brilliantly made and “Turbo” is unique in its way. I tapped my feat at the song “That snail is fast.” Its so cool.
My most favorite dialogue from the movie.
“What will you do if you lose your powers tomorrow?”
Turbo replies : “Then I will make the most of it today.”
Hats off to the makers of the movie .For laymen its tough to even imagine flawless execution of such a simple idea. There’s no drag in the movie and like all animation movies it doesn’t get preachy at any juncture. Ryan Reynolds voiced Turbo and Samuel L. Jackson for whip lash – the snail leader . Three cheers to the director David Soren and I loved the music hence a special mention to Henry Jackman who gave the music. After watching the movie we had hyderabadi haleem in Bangalore at four seasons restaurant which soared our spirits 🙂
Watch the trailer below. Isn’t Turbo cute ? I love the tag line – “He is fast. They are furious !”
Don’t miss watching it in your nearest theatre from july 19th.
My rating : 3/5
I clicked the below pic of a snail at Mysore on one of those rainy days. See how sluggish, sleepy and happy it is unlike Turbo 🙂
Starting from Baazigar I watched all his hit/ flop movies. I remember getting Guddu and Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India! video cassettes which gave head ache to my mom but I enjoyed them. I used to rewind and watch SRK’s scenes when my mom was not around. Yep it was the era of VCR’s and VOLGA and TIME video tapes. I was still in my primary school and that was the year when I was about to enter high school and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge got released . Its been 17 years and this movie is still running successfully in Maratha Mandir of Mumbai breaking the records of all the movies. A perfect love story set in a dreamy Europe back drop along with the desi punjab flavor which never ceases to steal my heart. I haven’t counted how many times I watched it on TV. Raj Malhotra aka Shahrukh Khan in the movie tempted all girls and women and every boy and man was stressed as the expectations from them would rise.I had his paper cut outs and posters after the movie. There are many sweet romantic movies in English and other languages but to me DDLJ is heart favorite. Many other movies were released mimicking DDLJ but not even one could recreate the same magic.
|Sarson ke khet – Sun flower fields are linked to love and romance
after this movie
|and yes he looks hot with a moustache too. I LOVE this movie
“Paheli” . Highly entertaining just like the panchatantra stories!
|Chakde India – a movie which I watch any time it gets telecasted|
|Above is a cute KKHH snippet for you all|
|From left – Thunk , Gran , Sandy , Ugga, Eep, Grug . Ain’t they a lovely family ?!|
|The cutest character “belt” , The guy and Eep !! This is such an “Aww” capture to me!|
|Yep !! I am a proud owner of the adorable pet “belt” now and also the book which describes THE ART of The CROODS in detail. You actually understand how much effort is spent on each and every aspect for the brilliant out come by reading this . I am enjoying it! This pic is clicked by me
Quotes from the book and the movie:
|The happy belt trying to make “Angry” birds smile 😉 A hug can change the world !! Clicked by me.|
PS: I have copied the movie images from google and few links from Wikipedia and IMDB