“There is only one religion in the world and that is hard work.”
Certainly. Once an outsider is now ruling Bollywood. Many complained that Bollywood supports nepotism but, this man defied that myth. He became a guiding light for those who dreamt of being an actor.
He may have not featured in Hollywood movies; still, there are actors in Hollywood who follow him. Daniel Radcliffe, of Harry Potter fame, said, he is a big fan of Shah Rukh Khan. Heather Graham, of the Hangover fame, said, if she debuts in Bollywood then it has to be with Shah Rukh Khan. Even, there are some actors who try to copy his iconic Darr character in a superhero movie!
In Bollywood, romance is the synonym of Shah Rukh Khan. He is the one who taught how it is done. Besides, he also showed the same in real life. He is a true icon. Though he had his share of ups and downs yet, he taught how to bounce back in such an inconsistent period. So, as the stagger completes his 27 years in the industry, here is a flash of his career.
1992, Chamatkari Deewana becomes a gentleman
It will be befitting to say that 1992 was the year of debutant Shah Rukh Khan. Not one, not two but four! Yes, four movies in the debut years do mean something. If Deewana helped him earn his Filmfare Male Debut Award then the remaining three- Chamtkar, Dil Aashna Hai and Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman- earned him accolades from the critics.
According to Arnab Ray of Daily News and Analysis, Khan brought a new kind of acting as he was “sliding downstairs on a slab of ice, cartwheeling, somersaulting, lips trembling, eyes trembling, bringing to the screen the kind of physical energy … visceral, intense, maniacal one moment and cloyingly boyish the next.”
1993, Baazigar shoves his Darr in our mind
Ki..ki…Kiran…. Was a dreadful line to hear in the dark for the kids at that time. This is the fear he instilled with his prowess. The two blockbusters marked his appearance as the anti and psychopath hero who can go to any extent to get what he wants.
1995, Baazigar becomes a Dilwala
Palat, Palat, Palat! This “palat” was a big u-turn in his career. This was a surprise for the audience who have always seen him as an anti-hero. However, after this only one iconic pose remained and we know what it is!
1997, Pardeshi comes with a pagal dil
He starred in Subhash Ghai’s diasporic-themed social drama Pardes, portraying Arjun, a musician facing a moral dilemma. India Today cites it as one of the first major Bollywood pictures to succeed in the United States.
Khan’s final release of 1997 was the second collaboration with Yash Chopra in the popular musical romance Dil To Pagal Hai. It was the first Bollywood film to be shot in Baden-Baden and Europa Park, both German tourist attractions. Dil To Pagal Hai was a major commercial success and became the highest grossing Indian film of the year worldwide.
1998, Kuch Kuch Hota you won’t understand
The movie showed the dexterity of this actor, also, gave us the iconic “ hum ek baar jeete hai…..” line.
2000, King Khan comes with a lesson of Mohabbatein
Two biggest Bollywood actors up against each other! This was a great matchup. Though the movie had six debuts, this movie was a work of class just because of Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan.
The film went on to do well both critically and commercially. It was the second highest Bollywood grosser of 2000, after Rakesh Roshan’s Kaho Naa… Pyaar Hai. It also won several awards including the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Actor and the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor, for Khan and Bachchan respectively.
2001, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham hooked us with the King
This was a masterpiece created by Karan Johar. Six big actors under one roof! Man, this man needs to be applauded. This was a gem and even now, it stops us in front of the TV when it comes to any channel.
2002, King Khan reinvents the classic in form of Devdas.
Khan played the title role as a rebellious alcoholic opposite Aishwarya Rai in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s period romance Devdas. The film earned numerous accolades including 10 Filmfare Awards, with Best Actor for Khan, and a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language.
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2003, King Khan iterates the importance of being in the present with Kal Ho Na Ho
Aman is a special character in King Khan’s career. This movie was a gem. The charismatic character of Shah Rukh Khan was lovely. The scene where Shah Rukh Khan delivers the heart-warming speech from a blank diary was touching. Man! We need to watch this movie now.
2007, Chak De unites the nation
Kabir Khan had the compassion of the nation even before the real plot of the movie developed. This movie became an inspiration for many. Apart from the big number it achieved at the box-office, King Khan’s movie ignited the fire for among the people to consider hockey as their primary sport.
2010, He is Khan and he stated that
Whenever Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan combine, they make sure they deliver a jewel. My name is Khan is sort of that. The remarkable part was the comeback of the famous trio of Kajol, Karan Johar and Shah Rukh Khan. Hence, it resulted in producing the best movie in that particular year. And possibly, this is the best performance of Shah Rukh in terms of what we have seen.
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It is fitting to say that he is the Badshah who is still at the top of his powers. His movies might not be getting the desired results yet, it is appropriate to say that he ruled the industry in the ’90s and early millennium era, and he will be back soon to prove it once again why we gave him the title of King Khan.