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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57 Comments

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 .

  • One thing you sallu fans do here support here akki and amir also ajay specially akki becoz he need it if you have more time also support saif
    john imraan shahid also support sunny leone
    malika sherawat chunky pandey and shakti kapoor also support xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • shimit
    akshay also worked in good movies namaste london,bhool bulliayya,omg,spl26,waqt.
    this is the problem with ur srk fans,ur r still living in 90s
    come to the present,look at the releases of both actors
    while akshay can make omg and spl26 hits,what if it is commercial movie
    ur srks movies r saving and doing 200cr bussiness only because of overseas,ce is not a overseas friendly movie,akshay is mch bigger star than srk in maases.
    rr only collected 18cr from overseas still it entered into 200cr club.
    ex: don2 was a commercial commercial movie.it collected 80cr from mps and 26cr from ss.
    spl26 is just a offbeat film still it collected 20cr from ss.check boi for above both.
    ce wont work in ss ,and overseas,multiplex audience wont watch masala movies.
    in any condition akki will beat srk

  • Tangoor:ce wil collect 500cr and outim2 wil collect 25cr.ok.here akki dont need anyones support.we akki fans r enough to answer to ur over over excited srk fans.just find some excuses to give after the debacle of ce like what u did for previous releases

  • @indicine team,why UTV is not announcing the release date of Chennai Express officially,while they have announced the dates of Satyagraha & Besharam?

  • I think CE will easily collect 120cr+ in domestic with any clash but it may face trouble to touch 150cr+.It is anti-SRK talking that it will be average or under 100cr or flop.Still now Akshay has no ability to owercome KHANS.SO just wait & see.

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