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'Chennai Express' barrels into fun

10 August 2013 6:28 AM, PDT

'Chennai Express' (2013)

Starring Shahrukh Khan, Deepika Padukone

Director Rohit Shetty's latest is another in a line of amped entertainers—a big pow of color, music, and action. The film's star, Shahrukh Khan, is hilarious as hapless and sidesplitting when scared witless. And in love, well, is anyone ever more affecting? The diminutive actor even manages to be a convincing tough guy when called upon.

Khan is working hard here for laughs, but clearly having fun doing it. He doesn't turn his Common Man role into a shtick and his character, Rahul, feels authentic. Khan keeps the superstar that he is at bay—unusual for the typically self-reflexive actor—while still making Rahul pop with loads of adorable personality.

Enjoyable outrageousness aside, the story has an interesting psychological conflict and a well-drawn arc. Rahul is a 40-year-old North Indian who was raised by his grandparents and unable to »

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Bollywood's Priyanka Chopra in Disney's animated 'Planes'

6 August 2013 6:14 PM, PDT

Bollywood movie star Priyanka Chopra has a prominent voice-over role in Disney's new animated film 'Planes,' which releases August 9.

Chopra's character, the plane Ishani, is the love interest of the film's hero, Dusty Cropper.

Of late, Chopra has been pursuing a music career in the U.S. Last year, she signed with a Los Angeles-based entertainment and sports agency and became the first Bollywood actor to win a major record deal in the U.S.

Her first single, "In My City", featuring American rapper will.i.am, debuted last September as the featured song for the National Football League's Thursday Night Football series.

Her second single, "Exotic," featuring American rapper Pitbull, released in July and was chosen as the theme song for this summer's International Champions Cup soccer tournament in Valencia, Spain. The video for "Exotic" was shot in Miami, Florida.

Chopra is a Miss World pageant winner »

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