SRK fans at a city multiplex in Ranchi on Thursday.
Picture by Hardeep Singh
If Salman Tiger has made huge box-office killings with Wanted, Bodyguard and Ek Tha Tiger in Id the last years, this time it’s about how fast SRK’s Chennai Express can chug on blockbuster tracks.
The Shah Rukh Khan-Deepika Padukone pair, reuniting after six years, hit the screens worldwide on Thursday, the eve of Id.
Directed by the 100-crore hit man Rohit Shetty, Chennai Express, billed as an “action-comedy family entertainer”, released across 3,500 screens in the country and 700 screens abroad. It is dubbed in nine languages — English, French, Spanish, Arabic, German, Hebrew, Dutch, Turkish and Malay.
In Ranchi, Chennai Express was screened in city multiplexes like Glitz, Eylex, Popkorn and Fun Cinemas as well as in single-screen Plaza. In Jamshedpur, the film was screened in Eylex Fun N Films, Payal Cinema and GT Cinema.
The music of the film — “One, two, three, four, get on the dance floor; Kashmir main, tu Kanyakumari” — is a rage.
The story revolves around a wisecracking Rahul, played by Shah Rukh Khan, who takes Chennai Express from Mumbai to Rameshwaram, in the company of feisty Tamil beauty Meena, played by Deepika. SRK is romancing Deepika after six years, when she debuted in Om Shanti Om.
SRK fans in both cities are hoping for a super-duper hit with Chennai Express.
“I am a huge SRK fan and I feel this film will do better than Salman’s Ek Tha Tiger,” Ranchi social worker Poonam Anand, who caught the first show at Eylex, said.
Deepika is a draw too. Ranchi resident Ganesh Reddy, who took his mother to watch Chennai Express at Glitz in the 6.15pm first show, grinned: “My mom is from Tamil Nadu and so is Deepika’s character.”
Plex and single screen officials are keeping fingers crossed for a bumper extended Id weekend.
Deepak Choudhary, manager of Eylex in Ranchi, said that from the rush for advance booking it looked like the film had struck box-office gold.
In Jamshedpur, Eylex Fun N Films, with six shows on Thursday and 15 shows from Friday, is selling Chennai Express tickets at marginally higher prices, said Anand Lohia, director, Eylex Fun N Films.