Chennai Express

Ever wondered how DDLJ would’ve turned out had Rohit Shetty been the director? If, like me, you’ve watched Chennai Express, you already got your answer. A few other customary observations:

  • Not the best way to showcase the Nokia Lumia 920 – they could’ve at least shown the colourful versions. Moreover, the price alert by SRK is not going to age well.
  • If you were wondering why Deepika Padukone looks malnourished in the movie, you get your answer soon after the interval in 300 steps.
  • Quite a long time since SRK got beaten up this bloodily in a movie climax. Reminded me of Baazigar & the likes (DDLJ too of course). Looks like he has done many of the stunts himself too. He does come out with a really clean white shirt at the end of it all though.
  • The Tamil dialogues made me quite nostalgic of the ten years I spent in Chennai, and possibly explains why a lot of the non-Tamil speaking audience had a tough time with the movie.
  • The songs are distributed really unevenly with just one in the first half. They also seem to have used some of the Gangnam Style music in the title song.
  • It’s not really that bad a movie as many people have made it out to be. The SRK factor probably had a large hand in shaping that opinion. Anyway, the worst movie (that I’ve watch) benchmark for me remains Tees Maar Khan.

    Soul Mates, DTPH & Statistics

    Dating Pools

    Going by the numbers on the What-if blog, Shah Rukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit sure had it easy in Dil To Pagal Hai:

    The odds of running into your soul mate are incredibly small. The number of strangers we make eye contact with each day is hard to estimate. It can vary from almost none (shut-ins or people in small towns) to many thousands (a police officer in Times Square). Let’s suppose you lock eyes with an average of a few dozen new strangers each day. (I’m pretty introverted, so for me that’s definitely a generous estimate.) If 10% of them are close to your age, that’s around 50,000 people in a lifetime. Given that you have 500,000,000 potential soul mates, it means you’ll only find true love in one lifetime out of ten thousand.