New Delhi: One of the most anticipated movies of the year is ‘Chennai Express’ with the perfect trio: Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Rohit Shetty. The trailer of the film has already been released and unsurprisingly this action-comedy with the traditional SRK effect is a visual delight. As it happens to be the first association of Rohit and Shah Rukh , Dainik Jagran senior entertainment journalist, Ajay Brahmatmaj had an exclusive chat with King Khan on his next.

Q. You had initially planned to team up with Rohit Shetty for remake of Angoor. Then how ‘Chennai Express’ comes in?

Ans: Yes, it’s true. Actually, Rohit first approached me with the proposal to work on ‘Angoor’ remake 4-5 years back and I too was excited to do it as the original ‘Angoor’ is close to my heart. He narrated me a couple of stories including that of ‘Angoor’ and ‘Chennai Express’.  Since, Rohit wanted more time for Angoor remake, he offered me ‘Chennai Express’.

Q. We have heard that ‘Chennai Express’ has many dialogues in Tamil. As you hardly understand the language, how did you agree to join the project?

Ans: When we were discussing the script, I realized, even if the dialogues have Tamil influence, they would have a mass appeal. When Rohit was narrating me the story, the entire unit of Chennai Express was also present. There were many who didn’t understand the language but the best thing was that the Tamil dialogues made everyone laugh as it was easy to comprehend them.

Q. The official trailer of ‘Chennai Express’ has already set the celluloid on fire. Tell us more about the story?

Ans: ‘Chennai Express’ is the story of a 40-year-old man Rahul who leaves Mumbai for Rameshwaram to immerse the ashes of his 99-year-old grandfather. During his journey, he comes across a gorgeous South Indian girl (played by Deepika) and as expected he falls head over heels in love with her. Then follows the action, drama, comedy and a lot of twists and turns in Rahul’s life.

Q. What is the best thing about ‘Chennai Express’?

Ans: We live in a country with vast regional and cultural diversity where the people speak many languages and follow different cultures. This is the message what ‘Chennai Express’ gives us. I live in Maharashtra but cannot speak Marathi.  My children speak Marathi very well. My mother knew Kannad and my father was fluent at Pashto and Persian. There was great diversity in my family too but we still lived together happily. ‘Chennai Express’ beautifully gives us the message that it’s not the language but the bonding, love and affection that make relations.

Q. The new benchmark of judging the performance of a Bollywood film, is the famous '100 crore club'. In such a scenario buzz is all around that if ‘Chennai Express’ fails to make its mark then what will happen to the ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’?

Ans: What will happen? I will give up everything and will probably open a grocery shop … I find all these rumours and speculations worthless. They make me laugh sometimes. In the last 20 years, I have come across such questions so many times. Whenever a new comer performs well then people start making speculations about my ouster. If any of my contemporaries give a hit, people start gossiping that the era of SRK is finished. I don’t know why people co-relate me every time with wrong things. Perhaps, they love me so much so, they care for me a lot.

(To be continued...)

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