Chef (2017 film)

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Chef - Poster.jpg
Chef Release Poster
Directed by Raja Krishna Menon
Produced by Bhushan Kumar
Krishan Kumar
Raja Krishna Menon
Vikram Malhotra
Janani Ravichandran
Written by Ritesh Shah
Suresh Nair
Raja Krishna Menon
Based on Chef by Jon Favreau
Starring Saif Ali Khan
Padmapriya Janakiraman
Music by Raghu Dixit
Cinematography Priya Seth
Edited by Shivkumar V. Panicker
Abundantia Entertainment
Bandra West Pictures
Release date
  • 6 October 2017 (2017-10-06)
Running time
133 minutes
Country India
Language Hindi
Budget 14.7 crore[1]
Box office 10.06 crore[2]
(US$22 Million)

Chef is a 2017 Indian comedy-drama film directed by Raja Krishna Menon, featuring Saif Ali Khan and Padmapriya Janakiraman in the lead roles.[3] It is an official remake of an American film with the same name.

The film's principal photography began in October 2016 in Kochi[4][5] and was released on 6 October 2017.[6] It received mixed to positive reviews, with Khan's performance in particular receiving praise, but failed to recoup its budget and was widely considered a flop at the box office.[7]


Roshan Kalra(Saif Ali Khan)’s passion has been cooking ever since young. After losing his job as a chef, he decides to start his own mobile kitchen, and learning life lessons along the way.



Soundtrack album by Raghu Dixit and Amaal Mallik
Released 26 September 2017
Genre Feature film soundtrack
Length 30:04
Language Hindi
Label T-Series

The original songs and background score of the film were composed by Raghu Dixit. The song Tere Mere and its reprise were composed by guest composer Amaal Mallik. The lyrics have been penned by Ankur Tewari and Rashmi Virag. The first song of the film titled as "Shugal Laga Le" composed and sung by Raghu Dixit was released 6 September 2017. The second song "Tere Mere" sung by Armaan Malik was released on 11 September 2017. The third song titled as "Banjara" which is sung by Vishal Dadlani was released on 18 September 2017. The soundtrack was released on 26 September 2017 by T-Series.

Track listing
1."Shugal Laga Le"Ankur TewariRaghu DixitRaghu Dixit4:42
2."Tere Mere"Rashmi ViragAmaal MallikArmaan Malik5:43
3."Banjara"Ankur TewariRaghu DixitVishal Dadlani4:13
4."Tan Tan"Ankur TewariRaghu DixitNikhita Gandhi3:07
5."Khoya Khoya"Ankur TewariRaghu DixitShahid Mallya3:07
6."Darmiyaan"Ankur TewariRaghu DixitRaghu Dixit5:13
7."Tere Mere" (Reprise)Rashmi ViragAmaal MallikArmaan Malik3:59
Total length:30:04

Critical reception[edit]

Raja Sen of NDTV gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 saying that, "Saif Ali Khan and the actors try hard, but lazy writing and direction make Chef a flavourless and bland meal".[8] Meena Iyer of The Times of India praised the performance of Saif Ali Khan, the leading actor of the film and gave the film a rating of 3.5 out of 5 saying that, "Chef is predictable in parts, the journey is an enjoyable one."[9] Sweta Kaushal of Hindustan Times gave the film a rating of 1.5 out of 5 and said that, "Saif Ali Khan’s Chef offers moments of brilliance which, if weaved in a more organised manner, may have given us a light, affable film. But a lazy and rather uninterested narrative takes away the pleasure."[10] Sukanya Verma of Rediff gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 and said that, "In a premise begging for food porn, there’s a shocking scarcity of sensory pleasure or vision. Chef is too dull to be delicious."[11] Shubhra Gupta of The Indian Express gave the film a rating of 2 out of 5 and said that, "Saif Ali Khan's film has some interesting flavours. But 'Chef' feels derivative, and is a late coming of age tale of Peter-Pan-like adults. And that's got to do with the uneven writing. It is a good-looking film, with good-looking people only."[12] Rajeev Masand gave the film a rating of 2.5 out of 5 saying that, "Chef isn’t perfect; it lags in places, offers quick-fix solutions to characters’ problems, and feels wholly familiar. But at a little over two hours, it doesn’t ask much of you, and offers some pleasure in Saif Ali Khan’s return to form as an actor hard to look away from."[13]


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