Sooraj, Farah, Prakash, Sajid failed – Can Rohit Shetty deliver?

There is something about the chemistry and sensibility of an actor with a particular director that the result is always entertaining for viewers. Well, there have been many successful actor-director combinations in Bollywood. Some of the prominent ones are David Dhawan – Govinda (11 hits), Prakash Mehra – Amitabh Bachchan (6 hits), Manmohan Desai – Amitabh Bachchan (7 hits), Rohit Shetty – Ajay Devgn (6 hits) and David Dhawan – Salman Khan (6 hits).

The box office outcome of the recent release ‘Himmatwala’ has added more weightage to the theory that delivering a hit becomes harder when a director moves to an actor who is not his regular. In the last 5 years, Sajid Khan has done nothing wrong in terms of film-making. He was on a golden run with a hattrick of successes in Heyy Babby, Housefull and Housefull 2 – all of which featured Akshay Kumar in the main lead. Sajid Khan films were hot property in the trade as the level of success was going a notch higher with every release – until he moved from his regular actor Akshay Kumar to Ajay Devgn for ‘Himmatwala’. The result is shocking and the verdict of such a mega movie is not at all encouraging.

Rohit Shetty Chennai Express

Rohit Shetty Chennai Express

But Sajid is not the first, nor the last person to have experienced this. Here are a few prominent examples of directors in the last 2 decades, who could not maintain the degree of success when they shifted from their regular main actor. Now all of these are back with their favorite lucky mascots.

Sooraj Barjatya: Sooraj is the primarily responsible for the domination of family movies in 90s. His first two movies Maine Pyaar Kiya and Hum Aapke Hain Kaun, are not only the biggest hits of 1989 and 1994 respectively but they are the biggest Bollywood hits of respective decades too. His third movie ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’ again was the biggest hit of 1999. Sooraj worked with his favorite Salman Khan for all of these movies and he was the hottest director in Bollywood. He made his 4th flick ‘Main Prem Ki Deewaani Hoon’ with young heart-throbs Hrithik, Abhishek and Kareena and the film bombed at the ticket window. His next movie ‘Vivah’ with Shahid and Amrita was a success but that was largely because of the low budget of the movie and the footfalls were nowhere near to his initial three films. Sooraj is now scripting his next movie for Salman Khan.

Farah Khan: Farah arrived with a bang with ‘Main Hoon Na’. The film was the 2nd biggest grosser of 2004 and she presented SRK in a rom-com avatar much unlike his regular love stories. Her 2nd movie ‘Om Shanti Om’ broke all opening records and became the biggest grosser of 2007. She made ‘Tees Maar Khan’ with Akshay Kumar in 2010 and the movie is one of the worst movies in the last 5 years. Film got an initial due to huge holiday release and hit songs, but failed miserably afterwards. Farah is back with SRK for her 4th movie ‘Happy New Year’.

Prakash Jha: A veteran director, who only had a couple of critically acclaimed films like Bandish and Mrityudand. But Jha tasted huge commercial as well as critical success when he worked with Ajay Devgn in ‘Gangaajal’, ‘Apaharan’ and ‘Raajneeti’. Prakash’s next movies were ‘Aarakshan’ with Saif and ‘Chakravyuh’ with Arjun Rampal and both of them sank without a trace at the box office. Now, Jha is directing ‘Satyagraha’ where he is again back with Ajay Devgn.

That brings us to one of the biggest release of 2013 – Shahrukh Khan’s ‘Chennai Express’ directed by Rohit Shetty. Rohit has achieved mega success working with Ajay Devgn as together they have churned out 6 hits which include ‘Golmaal series’, ‘All the Best’, ‘Singham’ and ‘Bol Bachchan’. The big question now is – Can Rohit Shetty replicate the success with Chennai Express? The obvious answer to that question will be given on August 08, when this mass entertainer will hit the screens, globally. Will he follow the path of above mentioned 4 directors or can he break through freely like David Dhawan, who churned blockbusters with Salman Khan also after being labeled as a Govinda director.

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  • I dont think so….their should be any doubts over this….a movie with most negative publicity….(more than HW) …i.e RA.ONE still did 116cr………C.E will do well…seeing how a bad film like Bol bachchan crossed 100cr.

  • What Yashraj or Dharma made srk the ‘superstar’.. same way it is Rajshri production which made Salman a superstar right from his 1st film as lead actor..this combination salman-sooraj are returning after 16 yrs…so get ready for another classic n all time blockbuster film..cant wait .

  • Classic article
    In my view Rohit is more sensible than Sajid and hence he will at least make an average movie

  • No doubt,rohit shetty wil follow the footsteps of his wil be just average.because of competetion with akshay.

  • Ajay,hritic,saif and akshay is not big superstar like 3khans and 3khans have huge fan following thats why bad or average film cross 200cr. And rohit shetty gave ajay devgn to join 100cr club and ajay is nothing without rohit. Same thing farah is nothing without srk, suraj and devid dhawan is nothing with out sallu bhai. And any actor who work with the khans certain that it cross 100cr in india and if film get good review and possitive word of mouth then it sure cross 200cr. Remember with out any franchis or sequel srk and sallu films become most awaited film of the year not like others. Rohit want to join 200cr thats why he doing film with king khan and he cast srk in ce beacause he knows no one can beat srk in romance and oversease. Srk rohit deepika rocks this eid 2013

  • Rohit Shetty will surely struggle for a hit verdict this time bcoz of the clash with “OUATIMA” and the actor he has chosen is only suitable for romantic roles and can’t do action and comedy.In overseas also “CE” will struggle bcoz people there don’t like such nonsense comedy.

  • Rohit Shetty has a good fan-following of his own, but srk’s stardom is decliing day-by-day after Rab Ne banai….. whaterver. Also Akshay & Imran’s OUATIMA is releasing along side it, which might complelety eclipse CE.
    So chances of CE being a success is very less.

  • Sharookh is even struggling to give a clean hit in his comfort zone,i.e. romance, so u can’t expect him to do well with this film.
    i feel so sorry for the super-successful director Rohit Shetty, but i m sure he’ll return back strongly with his next movie..

  • “CE” will struggle for even 100 crores in domestic collection bcoz when Srk strength romance genre movie “JTHJ” that too directed by Yash Chopra just collected little more than 100 crores then how can this action comedy which Srk can’t do will collect 100 crores and that too with a clash with “OUATIMA”.When will our so called global star’s movie will collect 300+ crores worldwide like Salman and Aamir’s movie ? How many more years Srk will take ?

  • Chennai Express may struggle to become Srks biggest hit because it will also struggle to become Shettys biggest hit. I think 100cr as a worldwide total is achievable but on an all India basis it may struggle to pass 100cr as Akkis OUATIMA is going to be simply put BIGGER.

  • JTHJ in clash collected 122 cr.
    That’s to a romantic movie and It’s worldwide collection is 252 cr.

    So rohit shetty’s masala movies are good and sensible
    so 150 cr. In domestic box office is confirmed and 300 cr. Worldwide sure….
    The Blockbuster

  • @indicine team, SRK made Swades with Ausothosh Gowariker who made hit films with Aamir & Hrithik. Swades was flop. Then Shahrukh Khan made Billu with Priyadarshan who made hit films such as Bhagambagh & Bhool Bhulaiyya with Akshay. Billu was also flop.

  • Rohit Shetty himself is a brand nowadays,so CE will not flop,but the film may not be able to break the record of MNIK at overseas boxoffice.

  • only once upon time in mumbai again…rest of films c.e,krissh-3,dhoom-3 are craps…milan lutharia best director…rakesh roshan copycat

  • Freinds if movie get neg reviews as like himmatwala than coll ll be-125cr so dont worry
    about ce or rs or srk with ouatima clash

  • srk’s last three films- jthj- 101 cr, don2- 106 cr, ra1- 116 cr.
    akshay’s last 3 films- s26-65 cr, k786- 63 cr, joker- 22 cr.
    bt stil, srk star powr is declining & akshay is at peak of his career. right???
    & 1 more thing jthj is only romantic film to hav collected 100 cr.

  • Ouatim2 is a one superstar film aki and imaran and sonakshi not a star. No one Malan luthina who made tdp and just one good film ouatim. But rohit shetty has huge fan following you know g3 weekned 33cr, singham weekned 27cr, bol bachan weekned 40cr but all film cross 100cr with negetive review. Even srk last 3 films weekned col more than 50cr but struggle to cross 100cr. But no doubt in oversease srk film doing well every time. Ouatim2 nothing without aki and the film doing well only for aki. And for aki fan and i am also say ce have the king khan srk, gorgeous beauti deepika, vishal sheker good music and the no1 director of moder day rohit shetty one can easily say ce minmum col 150cr plz don’t underestimate srk as he face bad phase but everyone know srk is the superstar. So aki fan plz don’t say anything that we srk fan can diegest. No doubt srk is the king of oversease and my final verdict about ce blockbuster in india and atbb in oversease. King khan doing massala film after oso and every one know befor oso srk last bb was k3g after 6 year srk gave bb with oso and now he do it again with ce. Deepika will rock ce after cocktail and race2 and rohit srk both debut in 200cr club.

  • @romance Express Before OSO srk have Given Blockbuster In The Form Off Chak De India Which Was 2007 Release

  • Partha only after guddu only guddu was flop by
    srk on 1995 what a legend superstar just one flop look at sallu given 50+flops langoor

  • Akshay Kumar stands no chance against SRK, and you don’t need to be a SRK fan to know this. Shahrukh Khan has 2 ATBB in his careers, 5 BBs. It took Akshay kumar 18 years to beat SRK DDLJ indian gross figure of 100cr where he broke it with Housefull 2. I don’t know why people think OUATIMA will beat CE, shahrukh khan last 4 films JTHJ 211cr, Don 2 213cr (inc reg), Ra.One 211cr inc reg, MNiK 200 cr. Akshay is not even half the actor of Shahrukh Khan who has iconic roles in Baazigar. Darr, DDLJ, Swades, Veer Zara. If Shahrukh kha is in decline he will still thrash Akshay left centre and right in the box office. Chennai Express at minimum would do Dabangg 1 range, ouatima would find it tough to replicate Desi Boys.

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