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SRK surprised by overseas reception of Chennai Express

  • Dibyojyoti Baksi, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
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  • Updated: Aug 19, 2013 01:47 IST
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    Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone perform on the sets of Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. (AFP Photo)

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    Shah Rukh Khan gestures to fans as he arrives on the sets of Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. (AFP Photo)

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    Shahrukh Khan and Deepika Padukone pose on the sets Madhubala Madhubala - Ek Ishq Ek Junoon. (AFP Photo)

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    Shah Rukh Khan applies make up before he beginning his promotions for Chennai Express in Mumbai. (AP Photo)

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    Shah Rukh Khan was even caught lighting a cigarette while promoting his Chennai Express in Mumbai. (AP Photo) (HT does not promote smoking cigarettes.)

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    Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone promote Chennai Express on the sets of a TV show on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

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  • Shah Rukh Khan interacts with a contestant on the sets of a TV show in Mumbai on Sunday. (PTI Photo)

  • Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Chennai Express director Rohit Shetty have visited sets of several TV shows recently, to promote their upcoming film. They ...

  • Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone and Chennai Express director Rohit Shetty dance with Drashti Dhami and Vivian Dsena, on sets of Madhubala - Ek Ishq ...

Shah Rukh Khan’s recent Eid release became the fastest Rs 100 crore grosser in Bollywood. Although the rate at which Chennai Express’s collections came in did take the trade by surprise, SRK was sure about his popularity in India.

Until Thursday, August 15, the film made Rs 156.7 cr nett in India and Rs 53 cr gross from the US, Canada, UK, Australia, and the Gulf countries. The global success of the film has left him speechless. “I am quite amazed,” he says, adding, “It’s not just places in India — like Bihar or Mumbai or other places where I (usually) get a good reaction from the audience in the movie theatres. (I’ve got reactions) from Mauritius to Montana (USA). When you get calls from America, London, South Africa and Peru… it’s quite cool.”

The Rohit Shetty film, also featuring Deepika Padukone made headlines for being released in nine languages, in addition to Hindi.

Shah Rukh adds, “I am surprised by a lot of the overseas reactions, to be honest. Overseas (audiences) normally tend to like basic love stories, or that is what everyone thought. So I am quite amazed. I am now very confident about the film."

 

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