Shah Rukh Khan at Marrakech International Film Festival 2012
Bollywood actor Shah Rukh KhanREUTERS

It is well known that Shah Rukh Khan's "Chennai Express" has a strong south connection. The plot of "Chennai Express" is about a Mumbai-based man who travells down south to Rameswaram where he meets and falls in love with a Tamilian. Deepika Padukone plays the female lead and her name in the film is Meenalochini.

An interesting tidbit about the film is that Shah Rukh is the only non-south person in the film. "Chennai Express" was mostly shot in places across south India. According to The Times of India, the entire cast of "Chennai Express" as well as the film's main crew is from south.

Director Rohit Shetty, Deepika Padukone, writer Madi, cameramen Dadli and Guru are all from the south. Popular Tamil actors Sathyaraj and Manorama are playing pivotal roles in the flick. Even the dancers and the baddies are reportedly from the south. Actress Priya Mani makes a special appearance in an item song.

For the first time, legendary singer S P Balasubramaniam will be rendering his voice for King Khan in this film. The title track of the film has been sung by SPB.

The trailer of "Chennai Express", which was unveiled on 13 June, has given a glimpse of what to expect from the film. This action-comedy flick seems to be in the lines of south Indian commercial flicks.

Some of the scenes appeared to be inspired from south Indian flicks, in particular Telugu films such as Mahesh Babu's "Okkadu" ("Gilli" in Tamil), Sunil's "Maryada Ramanna" and Karthi's "Bad Boy" ("Alexpandian" in Tamil).

The trailer shows that the film will have all the ingredients - flying cars, hilarious dialogues and colourful songs, for a perfect commercial flick.

"Chennai Express" will be released on 8 August, on the eve of Eid.

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