“Chennai Express” is an action comedy film released in 2013, directed by Rohit Shetty, and produced by UTV Motion Pictures and Red Chillies Entertainment. The movie features Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles, along with Nikitin Dheer, Sathyaraj, Kamini Kaushal, and Lekh Tandon in supporting roles.
Chennai Express Movie 2013 Cast, Plot, Production, Release
The story revolves around Rahul Mithaiwala, a wealthy individual who mistakenly boards the titular train and embarks on a journey from Mumbai to Rameswaram with the daughter of a powerful don. Initially, Shah Rukh Khan and Rohit Shetty had planned to collaborate on a remake of the 1982 film “Angoor.”
However, they opted for a different project and chose the script of “Chennai Express,” which was originally conceived as a backup option for Khan. The film was initially titled “Ready Steady Po” and was envisioned as a commercial romance. Filming commenced at Mehboob Studio in October 2012 and concluded in May 2013.
Rahul Mithaiwala is a wealthy, 40-year-old bachelor residing in Mumbai. Unfortunately, he lost both of his parents at a young age and was subsequently raised by his grandparents. His grandfather, Y. Y. Mithaiwala, is a successful businessman who owns a chain of confectionery shops.
Before the grand celebration of Y. Y.’s 100th birthday, Rahul’s friends Bobby and Baman invite him to join them on a vacation in Goa. Rahul agrees and decides to accompany them. However, on the eve of the birthday celebration, tragedy strikes as Y. Y. passes away. As fate would have it, Y. Y. witnesses Sachin Tendulkar getting dismissed on his 99th run while watching a cricket match on television just before his demise.
|Real Name||Role Name|
|Deepika Padukone||Meenalochni ‘Meenamma|
|Mukesh Tiwari||Inspector Shamsher Singh|
|Kamini Kaushal||Neetu Bhishambhar Mitha|
|Manu Malik||Bauman (Rahul’s friend)|
|Mohan V. Raman||Village Priest|
|Shah Rukh Khan||Rahul Mithaiwala|
|Lekh Tandon||Bhishambhar Mithaiwala|
|Puvisha Manoharan||Radhika ‘Radha’ Azhagusu|
|Yogi Babu||Sri Lankan smuggler|
|Besant Ravi||Durgeshwara’s Henchman|
|Jimmy Moses||Truck Driver|
|Abhinay Raj Singh||Arjun|
This was Deepika Padukone’s debut film and also starred Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role
Sathyaraj, most famously known for playing Kattappa in the Baahubali franchise, played Deepika Padukone’s father in Chennai Express.
Manu Malik is an Indian film and television actor. He also played a cameo role in the blockbuster movie Chennai express
Mohan V. Raman
In the Hindi film “Chennai Express” released in 2013, Jasper played one of the henchmen of Sathyaraj’s character. He appeared in the movie alongside Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.
Shah Rukh Khan
It stars Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone with Nikitin Dheer, Sathyaraj, Kamini Kaushal, and Lekh Tandon in supporting roles.
After performing a small character role in the 2013 film Chennai Express, Yogi Babu is reuniting with actor Shah Rukh Khan for the second time.
Besant Ravi is an Indian actor and stunt choreographer. He has played antagonistic supporting roles in Tamil, Hindi, and several other Indian language films.
Abhinay Raj Singh
Development and Casting
Mayank and Rohit Shetty had initially intended to collaborate with Shah Rukh Khan on a remake of the 1982 film “Angoor.” However, after the success of their 2011 blockbuster “Singham,” Shetty began working on the script for the Angoor remake but left it unfinished. As acquiring Shah Rukh Khan’s filming dates proved challenging, the script for “Chennai Express” was prepared as a backup option for him.
Upon reading the script, Khan liked the idea and agreed to star in it before the Angoor remake, causing Angoor’s remake to be postponed. Shetty said the film is “a hard-core commercial film with a romantic angle.
The score for “Chennai Express” was composed by Amar Mohile, while the songs were composed by the duo Vishal-Shekhar. The lyrics for the songs were penned by Amitabh Bhattacharya and Yo Yo Honey Singh. The recording of the songs commenced in late October 2012, and one of the tracks, “Ready Steady Po,” was recorded in November 2012 by the music composers themselves.
“Chennai Express” had paid previews in India on August 8, 2013, with multiple shows at multiplexes. The film’s release was also planned in non-traditional international markets. Notably, it became the first Hindi film to be released on the same day as in India in Peru.
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|Box office||est. ₹423 crore|
|Directed by||Rohit Shetty|
|Distributed by||UTV Motion Pictures|
|Edited by||Steven H. Bernard|
|Music by||Original Soundtrack: Vishal–Shekhar
Background Score: Amar Mohile
Guest Composer: Yo Yo Honey Singh
|Produced by||Ronnie Screwvala
Siddharth Roy Kapur
|UTV Motion Pictures
Red Chillies Entertainment
|Release dates||8 August 2013 (Overseas markets)
9 August 2013 (India)
|Running time||141 minutes|
|Screenplay by||Yunus Sajawal
|Story by||K. Subash|
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