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Chennai Express 2013

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  • Deepika Padukone as Meenalochni Azhagusundaram
  • Shahrukh Khan as Rahul Mithaiwala
  • Sathyaraj as Durgeshwara Azhagusundaram, Meena’s Father
  • Nikitin Dheer as Tangaballi
  • Manorama as Meena’s Aunt
  • Priyamani in an item song “1 2 3 4 Get On The Dance Floor”
  • Kamini Kaushal
  • Lekh Tandon

 

Production

 

Development

 

Sandeep Mishra and Rohit Shetty had originally planned to team up for a remake of the 1982 film Angoor. After the 2011 blockbuster Singham, Rohit Shetty had begun writing the script of the film but left it mid-way. Incidentally, he had the script of Chennai Express ready to be narrated to Khan as a back-up due to the difficulty of obtaining the actor’s filming dates. Upon being narrated the script, Khan was impressed with the idea of Chennai Express and agreed to star in it before the Angoor remake. With this development, the remake of Angoor was pushed back. When Rohit was asked about the story of the film, he said, “It’s a hard-core commercial film with a romantic angle. The story is about this man’s travel from Mumbai to Rameshwaram and what happens during the journey.”

 

Casting

 

Shah Rukh Khan was the first actor to be approached with the script, and hence the first lead actor to be signed for the film. Incidentally, Rohit stated that despite the title, Shah Rukh would not play the role of a South Indian in the film. The casting of the lead heroine was speculated for a good deal of time. Names such as Kareena Kapoor, Asin Thottumkal and Deepika Padukone were rumored by the media.In an interview, a visibly angry Shetty denied all rumors surrounding the leading heroine, stating that the cast would be finalized in April 2012 and that he was going to cast an established actress as the leading lady. However, in October, 2012, it was confirmed that Deepika Padukone had been signed to play the lead opposite Shah Rukh Khan, when stills were released from the set showing Padukone and Khan shooting. This would be her second film opposite Shah Rukh Khan, with whom she made her Bollywood debut with in the 2007 blockbuster Om Shanti Om. Rohit Shetty wanted Manorama to play Deepika Padukone’s aunt.Sathyaraj was later cast to play the role of Deepika’s father and the main antagonist of Chennai Express.Actress Priyamani was signed late January 2013 for an item number in the film.

 

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