The 100 Crore Club King – Rohit Shetty

He is no stranger to Bollywood. His films are larger than life, yet entertaining. He has six back-to-back blockbuster hits to his credit. He can be rightly called "the king" of the 100 Crore club. He purely believes in making movies that can be called as a family entertainer. He is none other than Rohit Shetty.

Director Rohit Shetty is back in action with Singham Returns starring Ajay Devgn and Kareena Kapoor Khan. It is a sequel to the 2011 Action-Thriller, Singham. In the upcoming venture, Bajirao Singham is all set to fight for justice and righteousness, once again. This Independence day, it will definitely be a treat to see good gaining victory over evil.

Everyone knows Rohit Shetty as a successful Indian director and cinematographer. But the success and fame he is enjoying today wasn’t a cakewalk for him. Before climbing the ladder of success, Rohit Shetty faced a lot of struggles in his life. And the struggles aggravated after his father’s (popular villain and stunt director, M B Shetty) demise.

Most of us are aware of his struggles, hardwork, and finally the achievements that followed. But for the rest, who still don’t know much about him, continue reading.

During our teenage days, most of us might have been busy having fun with our peers. But that wasn’t the case with Rohit Shetty. At the age of 15, passion-driven, he approached director Kuku Kohli to work with him as an assistant director. But Kuku Kohli kept denying him an opportunity for almost a year-and-a-half. Finally, it was at the age of 17 that Rohit got to assist director Kuku for the film, Phool Aur Kaante. It was Ajay Devgn‘s debut film co-starring Madhoo. This association led to many more projects for Rohit as an assistant director. The other projects were Ek Aur Kohinoor (this movie was shelved), Suhaag, Haqeeqat and Zulmi, to name a few.

Later, he moved on to work with director Aneez Bazmee on Pyaar Toh Hona Hi Tha. The movie starred now real-life Bollywood couple, Ajay Devgn and Kajol. He then worked as an assistant director on Hindustan Ki Kasam and Raju Chacha. Both were Devgn’s home production movies.

After working for more than a decade as an assistant director, Rohit made his directorial debut in 2003 with Zameen. Starring Ajay Devgn, Abhishek Bachchan and Bipasha Basu in the lead, the film was a Box Office flop.

This failure however, didn’t dissuade him. In 2006, he was back with a comedy flick, Golmaal: Fun Unlimited. Though it was a semi-hit at the Box Office, the movie garnered positive reviews, which eventually led to the making of the Golmaal franchise. In 2008, Golmaal Returns and Golmaal 3 (2010) opened on the silver screen. Each film was even more successful than its predecessor. The third film of the Golmaal series was considered as the biggest hit of his career at that time. In 2008, he also directed Sunday, starring his friend and favorite actor Ajay Devgn and Ayesha Takia, followed by All The Best: Fun Begins, that released in 2009. Both the films opened to mixed to negative reviews respectively, by the film critics.

Breaking the set benchmark was Shetty’s 2011 Singham. Rohit Shetty is considered an ace with comedy flicks. But unlike his previous ventures, Singham was an Action-Comedy. The movie is about Inspector Bajirao Singham fighting against corruption. Ajay Devgn‘s performance and action sequences were the key praise-worthy elements in this movie.

In 2012, Rohit Shetty and his crew returned with the Comedy-Drama, Bol Bachchan. Inspired from 1979 Golmaal and a remake of Telugu film, Masala, Bol Bachchan was a commercial hit. This was his hat-trick movie that crossed the ‘100 Crore’ mark.

As if the 100 Crore mark wasn’t enough, Rohit Shetty‘s 2013 release Chennai Express broke all previous records. The movie starred Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone in the lead roles. And it created a whole new benchmark for a Rohit Shetty film – the 200 Crore club.

It’s like a usual affair for any Rohit Shetty film to be a part of the 100 Crore club or be a blockbuster entertainer. But the most common, yet engrossing fact about a Rohit Shetty film is his love for cars. Apart from rib-tickling comedy, action sequences involving flying cars are his creative stamp. We expect to see the ‘Rohit Shettychaap even in Singham Returns.

Are you ready for a long weekend with Team Singham led by Rohit Shetty? Book your tickets now and enjoy your Independence Day with Bajirao Singham.

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