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'Chennai Express' was not Shah Rukh Khan, But a Deepika Padukone Film: Rohit Shetty

Rohit Shetty has drawn a lot of criticism, owing to Sara Ali Khan's minimal role in his latest release 'Simmba'.

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Updated:January 9, 2019, 12:44 PM IST
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'Chennai Express' was not Shah Rukh Khan, But a Deepika Padukone Film: Rohit Shetty
Rohit Shetty has drawn a lot of criticism, owing to Sara Ali Khan's minimal role in his latest release 'Simmba'.
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In an impressive career spanning almost 16 years, Rohit Shetty's most films have turned out to be blockbusters at the box office. He made his directorial debut with Ajay Devgn-starrer Zameen in 2003. In his sophomore directorial effort- Golmaal: Fun Unlimited, Shetty mystified audiences with some of the wittiest, funniest and simply crackling dialogues. Soon, he went on to helm Golmaal Returns (2008), All The Best: Fun Begins (2009), Singham (2011) and Bol Bachchan (2012), which made him one of the most successful directors in the Hindi mainstream cinema.

Then came Chennai Express (2013), starring Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone, which broke all records at the box office. The film became the highest-grossing Bollywood film of that year. It also became the fastest film to reach Rs 100 crore in India. Chennai Express opened to mixed response, but Deepika's performance in the film was highly appreciated by the audience.

However, the directer has drawn a lot of criticism, owing to Sara Ali Khan's minimal role in his latest release Simmba, which in actor Ranveer Singh's own words, is about "women empowerment".

When asked about if he would ever have a strong woman character in his film, Shetty told Film Companion, "For me, 'Chennai Express' was not a Shah Rukh film. People forget that. For me, 'Golmaal 3' was not an Ajay Devgn film. It was a Kareena Kapoor, Ratna Pathak and Mithun Chakraborty film. That’s how you write. Because it’s a commercial film, people don’t go for that theory.

"Same way, Chennai Express was Deepika Padukone’s film. And she got the maximum credit also. So it’s not like my heroines are only there for song and dance, it’s never like that. Till today, except for my first film 'Zameen', I never had an item song in my films."

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