Shahrukh Khan fans were in for a treat this New Year. On Jan. 1, the makers of “Chennai Express” released three exclusive first looks of their upcoming movie that features the Khan along with Deepika Padukone in the lead. It's the first movie that brings action director Rohit Shetty together with the romantic guru.
The three looks of “Chennai Express” are more comical than expected of an action flick. Deepika and Shahrukh sporting lungis against a backdrop of Bollywood’s stereotype portrayal of South Indian men leave you amused with their quintessential interpretation.
The first look of the film has created a spark of controversy on various social networking sites. While the posters left many fans excited and feeling good about the new collaboration, others were offended by the deliberate South Indian touch.
Balaji Mohan, a Tamil director and filmmaker tweeted to film critic and trade analyst Taran Adarsh and said that he finds the posters “distastefully stereotypic and offensive.” He followed it up by saying, “…it represents Chennai & South India the wrong way to the huge international audience SRK has. And it's not even funny.”
However, many realizing that Rohit Shetty is known for his commercial fare were enthralled about the looks.
“I love how @iamsrk and @deepikapadukone are both a part of the Chennai Express poster. She's not merely standing in the background,” says J.J.G.
Anindo Banerjee writes, “From the poster of Chennai Express, it looks like it is a typical Rohit Shetty film with lots of unbelievable action...”
Many find the so-called controversy unnecessary and futile.
iDownager tweets, “This 'Chennai Express 'Lungi' poster controversy is ridiculous, Even in UAE, many A-grade south based officers wear Lungi at home.”
As always, you cannot please all. Click the slideshow link and decide for yourself.
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