Aamir and Katrina took up special preparations for their roles. Khan reportedly learnt Ballet, Aerobatics and French technique of Parkour, While Abhishak reportedly lost nine kilos of weight to prepare for his role in the film. This is the first Indian film to be released in IMAX format.
Shah Rukh, known for his high-on-promotion marketing spree, also entered the virtual world with a game titled ‘Chennai Express: Escape from Rameshwaram’, based on the movie.
‘Chennai Express’ is the first movie to release on the same day in Peru as India. Screens in Morocco, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, France and Israel have also been locked.
The movie has been released in North America across 195 screens, in Britain across 175 screens, in the Middle East 55 screens and 30 screens in Australia. ‘Chennai Express’ is said to be the first movie to be released on such a large scale in overseas market.
Madras Cafe was shot in Malaysia, Thailand, London and India. Several civil war scenes were shot in Bangkok as light machine gun fire was not permitted in India. Real AK-47s, 9mm Berettas and M60s were used, for which special permission was obtained from the local authorities.
The film was also dubbed in Tamil.
After the release of the trailer, Tamil political parties Naam Tamilar besides Pattali Makkal Katchi called for a ban on the film, citing that it depicts the members of Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam as terrorists. The Madurai bench of Madras High Court dismissed a petition to ban the film
Mother India was India's first official entry to the Oscars and it lost by one vote!
Mother India is a remake of Khan's earlier film Aurat (1940).
The music by Naushad introduced Western classical music and Hollywood-style orchestra to Hindi cinema.
A special screening of Mother India was held in the residence of the Indian president on 23 October 1957, two days before its release.
The movie won many national and international awards.
It was the biggest budget movie of its time, beaten o