Chalte Chalte (2003 film)

Chalte Chalte (transl.On the Way) is a 2003 Indian Hindi-language romantic drama starring Shahrukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, directed by Aziz Mirza. The film was screened at the Casablanca Film Festival. It marked the last production venture of Dreamz Unlimited before transforming into Red Chillies Entertainment in 2003.

Chalte Chalte
Chaltechalte.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAziz Mirza
Written byPramod Sharma
Ashish Kariya
Rumi Jafri (Dialogue)
Story byAziz Mirza
Robin Bhatt
Produced byJuhi Chawla
Shahrukh Khan
Aziz Mirza
StarringShahrukh Khan
Rani Mukerji
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Music byJatin–Lalit
Aadesh Shrivastava
Production
companies
Distributed byUTV Motion Pictures
Release date
  • 13 June 2003 (2003-06-13)
Running time
168 mins
CountryIndia
LanguageHindi
Budget 11 crore[1]
Box office 44 crore[1]

PlotEdit

The film begins in a bowling alley, where a group of friends is awaiting the arrival of Salim. Meanwhile, Deepak arrives with his fiancée Sheetal. When a conversation about love arises, Deepak and the rest find it necessary to make Sheetal aware that true love does exist. They tell her the story of Raj and Priya, two of their closest friends.

Raj Mathur, a graduate of engineering, is the owner of Raj Transport, a small trucking company he founded himself. Raj is a carefree man who is unorganised, messy, lazy and never on time. Although he isn't the richest, he's always happy.

On the other hand, Priya Chopra is a successful fashion designer from a wealthy family. Originally from Greece, she lives with her aunt Anna, who wants to give her the best in life. Priya has her life all planned out – the complete opposite of Raj. These two completely different people meet in a car accident when Priya crashes her car into Raj's truck. Though the two get off to a rocky start, they meet again at the wedding of Salim and Farah, eventually becoming friends. The two slowly fall in love.

Raj learns that Priya's engaged to a man named Sameer. Desperate, he follows Priya to Greece, where he continues to woo her. When it's time to part company, Priya realises that she is in love with Raj. They get married after persuading Priya's parents, and arrive in Mumbai, where Raj welcomes Priya into their home.

Back to the bowling alley in the present: Salim arrives along with Farah and announces that today was Raj and Priya's first wedding anniversary, so they were planning a surprise party. Excited, Sheetal can't wait to meet the famous Raj and Priya, but when they do arrive, they're nothing like what they seemed. The two can't stop arguing.

Raj feels the pressure to meet the expectations of Priya's family and is struggling financially. Priya cannot stand to see her husband in this state and secretly asks her former fiancé for money. When Raj learns the truth, he becomes destructive and accuses Priya of infidelity with Sameer, causing her to run away to her parents. Raj, realizing his error, goes after Priya, only to be insulted by her family.

Priya decides to leave for Greece because she can't stay with Raj but can't stay without him. When Raj is informed of this, he races to the airport to stop Priya, just as he did the year before. He says he will change and that he has a dream of the two of them starting a family together. Although Priya expresses that she has the same dream, she feels it is impossible for them to be together, so she boards the plane. Giving up, Raj remembers his oath and sends his talisman to Priya. When Priya receives the talisman, she too recalls Raj's confession. Raj returns home to find Priya waiting for him. She says that the only way to make their dream come true is to be together. In a playful manner, the two get into another argument but they say that this is how they express their love. They continue to argue as the credits roll. Game over.

CastEdit

DevelopmentEdit

This was the third and last film produced by Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla's company, Dreamz Unlimited. The publicity strategy of the film was designed by Kanchana Kodituwakku and Dreamz Unlimited.

Filming took place in India and Greece. 2 songs were shot in Athens and the island of Mykonos.[2][3]

According to Khan, Rani was initially offered the role of Priya, but due to prior commitments, she turned it down. Post her refusal, Aishwarya Rai was signed for the role, but had to leave the film after some problems with her then-boyfriend, actor Salman Khan who is said to have disrupted filming. This caused considerable delay in the progress of the film until Mukerji agreed to take over the role and save the film.[4]

Mukerji had a complete makeover for the role, by MAC Cosmetics India director Mickey Contractor.[5] Contrary to the Hindi-media prejudice of fair skin being considered more attractive,[6] Mukerji and Contractor received praise for her new, tanned complexion, including their use of smoky-eye, which was subsequently used in other films.[7]

SoundtrackEdit

Chalte Chalte
Soundtrack album by
Released2003 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
LabelT-Series
Jatin–Lalit chronology
Waah! Tera Kya Kehna
(2002)
Chalte Chalte
(2003)
Haasil
(2003)
Aadesh Shrivastava chronology
Kash Aap Hamare Hote
(2003)
Chalte Chalte
(2003)
Baghban
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Bollywood Hungama     [8]

The music of the film has been conducted by the duo Jatin–Lalit and Aadesh Shrivastava. All the songs were written by Javed Akhtar.

Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album 3.5 stars and stated "Chalte Chalte is a romantic album that should go well with both class as well as mass".[8] According to the Indian trade website Box Office India, with around 18,00,000 units sold, this film's soundtrack album was the year's sixth highest-selling.[9]

This was one of the last collaborations of Shah Rukh Khan and Abhijeet Bhattacharya. Other artists who contributed to the album are Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh and Preeti & Pinky.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsMusicSinger(s)Length
1."Chalte Chalte" Jatin–LalitAbhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik06:39
2."Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare" Jatin–LalitAbhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik05:18
3."Layi Ve Na Gaye"Babu Singh MaanAadesh ShrivastavaSukhwinder Singh05:45
4."Gum Shuda" Aadesh ShrivastavaSonu Nigam, Jayesh Gandhi05:07
5."Dagariya Chalo" Jatin–LalitUdit Narayan, Alka Yagnik06:21
6."Chalte Chalte"  Instrumental05:02
7."Tujhpar Gagan Se" Aadesh ShrivastavaPreeti & Pinky, Sukhwinder Singh05:24
8."Suno Na Suno Na" Aadesh ShrivastavaAbhijeet Bhattacharya05:28
9."Music Piece"  Chorus01:46
10."Music Piece with Flute"  N/A01:46
Total length:48:36

Box officeEdit

Chalte Chalte grossed 30.15 crore (US$4.0 million) in India and $2.81 million (13.13 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 43.28 crore (US$5.7 million), against its 11 crore (US$1.4 million) budget.[1] It had the third highest worldwide opening weekend of the year with figures of 12.38 crore (US$1.6 million).[10] The film earned 20.14 crore (US$2.6 million) during its first week.[11] Worldwide, it is the 4th-highest-grossing film of 2003.[12]

IndiaEdit

It opened on Friday, 13 June 2003 across 280 screens, and earned 1.50 crore (US$200,000) nett on its opening day, which is the 7th highest first day of the year.[13] In its opening weekend, the film grossed 4.52 crore (US$590,000) nett and is the 7th highest opening of the year.[14] It grossed 8.23 crore (US$1.1 million) nett in its first week.[15] The film earned a total of 19.44 crore (US$2.6 million) nett and is the 6th-highest-grossing film of 2003.[16] When adjusted for inflation, its total nett gross is 69.68 crore (US$9.1 million). It was declared a "Hit" by Box Office India.[1]

OverseasEdit

Outside India, it is the second highest opening of the year as it grossed $1.15 million (5.37 crore) in its opening weekend.[17] It went on to gross $1.58 million (7.38 crore) in its first week.[18] The film earned a total of $2.81 million (13.13 crore) and is the 2nd-highest-grossing film of 2003 behind Kal Ho Naa Ho.[19]

Critical receptionEdit

Film critic Taran Adarsh praised the film's writing and performances. He wrote, "Chalte Chalte clearly belongs to Shah Rukh Khan, an actor par excellence. One actually runs out of adjectives and personifications if asked to describe this performance by the actor."[20]

AwardsEdit

Award Category Recipients and nominees Results
Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards Best Male Playback Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare" Nominated
Best Cinematography Ashok Mehta
49th Filmfare Awards Best Actress Rani Mukerji Nominated
Best Music Director Jatin–Lalit
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"
Best Male Playback Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for "Suno Na Suno Na"
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"
Screen Awards 2004 Best Actress Rani Mukerji Nominated
Best Music Director Jatin–Lalit and Aadesh Shrivastava
Zee Cine Awards Best Film Juhi Chawla, Shahrukh Khan and Aziz Mirza Nominated
Best Actress Rani Mukerji
Best Music Director Jatin–Lalit and Aadesh Shrivastava
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"
Best Male Playback Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"

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