Chalte Chalte (2003 film)

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Chalte Chalte
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAziz Mirza
Produced byJuhi Chawla
Shah Rukh Khan
Aziz Mirza
Written byPramod Sharma
Ashish Kariya
Rumi Jafri (dialogues)
Story byAziz Mirza
Robin Bhatt
StarringShah Rukh Khan
Rani Mukerji
Satish Shah
Music byJatin-Lalit
Aadesh Shrivastava
CinematographyAshok Mehta
Edited byAmitabh Shukla
Release date
13 June 2003
Running time
168 mins
Budget11 crore (equivalent to 30 crore or US$4.4 million in 2018)
Box office43.28 crore (equivalent to 119 crore or US$17 million in 2018)

Chalte Chalte is a 2003 Indian romantic drama movie starring Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji, directed by Aziz Mirza. The film was screened at the Casablanca Film Festival.


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 (Shah Rukh Khan) and Priya (Rani Mukerji), 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. 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 Priya runs 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.



This was the third film produced by Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla's a company, Dreamz Unlimited. Movie publicity strategy created by Kanchana Kodituwakku and Dreamz Unlimited company.

Filming took place in India and Greece. Two songs were shot in Athens and the island of Mykonos.[1][2]

According to Khan, Rani was asked to play the heroine, but she was committed to other films and had to turn it down. Aishwarya Rai was signed for the role, but had to leave the set after some problems with her then-boyfriend, star 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.[3]

Rani Mukerji had a complete makeover for the role. Her new, tanned look was also widely noted.[4]

Box office[edit]

Chalte Chalte grossed 30.15 crore (US$4.4 million) in India and $2.81 million (13.13 crore) in other countries, for a worldwide total of 43.28 crore (US$6.3 million), against its 11 crore (US$1.6 million) budget.[5] It had the third highest worldwide opening weekend of the year with figures of 12.38 crore (US$1.8 million).[6] The film earned 20.14 crore (US$2.9 million) during its first week.[7] Worldwide, it is the 4th-highest-grossing film of 2003.[8]


It opened on Friday 13 June 2003 across 280 screens, and earned 1.50 crore (US$220,000) nett on its opening day, which is the 7th highest first day of the year.[9] In its opening weekend, the film grossed 4.52 crore (US$650,000) nett and is the 7th highest opening of the year.[10] It grossed 8.23 crore (US$1.2 million) nett in its first week.[11] The film earned a total of 19.44 crore (US$2.8 million) nett and is the 6th-highest-grossing film of 2003.[12] When adjusted for inflation, its total nett gross is 69.68 crore (US$10 million). It was declared "Hit" by Box Office India.[5]


Outside India, it is the second highest opening of the year as it grossed $1.15 million (5.37 crore) in its opening weekend.[13] It went on to gross $1.58 million (7.38 crore) in its first week.[14] 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.[15]

Critical response[edit]

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."[16]


Award Category Recipients and Nominees Results
Apsara Film Producers Guild Awards Best Cinematography Ashok Mehta Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"
49th Filmfare Awards Best Actress Rani Mukerji Nominated
Best Male Playback Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for "Suno Na Suno Na"
Best Female Playback Singer Alka Yagnik for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"
Best Music Director Jatin Lalit
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"
Screen Weekly Awards 2004 Best Actor Shahrukh Khan Nominated
Best Actress Rani Mukerji
Best Music 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 Male Playback Singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"
Best Lyricist Javed Akhtar for "Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"


Chalte Chalte (2003 film)
Soundtrack album by
Released2003 (India)
GenreFeature film soundtrack
Jatin Lalit chronology
Waah! Tera Kya Kehna
Chalte Chalte (2003 film)
Aadesh Shrivastava chronology
Kash Aap Hamare Hote
Chalte Chalte
Professional ratings
Review scores
Bollywood Hungama3/5 stars[17]

The music of the film has been conducted by the duo Jatin-Lalit and Aadesh Shrivastava.

Joginder Tuteja of Bollywood Hungama gave the album 3 stars and stated "Chalte Chalte is a romantic album that should go well with both class as well as mass".[17] 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.[18]

This was one of the last collaboration of Shah Rukh Khan and Abhijeet Bhattacharya and all the 3 songs sung by him were popular. Other Artists who contributed to the album are Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Sukhwinder Singh & Preeti & Pinky.

Track listing[edit]

1."Chalte Chalte"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik06:39
2."Tauba Tumhare Yeh Ishaare"Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Alka Yagnik05:18
3."Layi Ve Na Gaye"Sukhwinder Singh05:45
4."Gum Shuda"Sonu Nigam05:07
5."Dagariya Chalo"Udit Narayan, Alka Yagnik06:21
6."Chalte Chalte"Instrumental05:02
7."Tujhpar Gagan Se"Preeti & Pinky, Sukhwinder Singh05:24
8."Suno Na Suno Na"Abhijeet Bhattacharya05:28
9."Music Piece"Chorus01:46
10."Music Piece with Flute"N/A01:46
Total length:48:36


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  17. ^ a b "Chalte Chalte : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Retrieved 23 October 2011.
  18. ^ "Music Hits 2000–2009 (Figures in Units)". Box Office India. Archived from the original on 15 February 2008.

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