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My Favourite Shah Rukh Khan Movies!
“I miss nothing about being a superstar. I was made to be a STAR.” - Shah Rukh Khan
I love him. Of course I do.
It’s November 2nd and it’s my favouritest superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s birthday today! Shah Rukh Khan is 50 years of awesomeness and still the same as ever - maybe even better now with all the wisdom that has come with his age and increasing popularity.
Women all over the world and of all ages drool all over him and he’s a superstar in the true sense of the word with a list of fans that go beyond that of any other Bollywood actor. Add to that, his versatility as an actor in his various roles - anti-hero, romantic, comedy, tragedy, superhero, etc. - these are all a tribute to his awesomeness! SRK’s throne can NEVER be occupied by any other for a long, long time. Adding to all this appeal is the fact that he is the ultimate family man - a perfect lover, perfect husband, and perfect father!
On this special occasion, here’s a list of my absolute favourite Shah Rukh Khan movies. Although I love all his movies, there are some that I like more than the rest and these are:
1) DIL SE
Dil Se is counted among Shah Rukh Khan’s best works till date. The movie also starred Manisha Koirala and Preity Zinta (in her Bollywood debut). Directed by Mani Ratnam, Dil Se was a love story set against the backdrop of insurgency in North East. The haunting tunes of “Paakhi Paaki Pardesi….Ae AJnabi”, the groundbreaking dance song “Chaiya Chaiya” shot on top of a moving train and a tragic ending in which both the hero and heroine die, for a good cause, left all us Shah Rukh Khan fans in a tizzy with its sheer brilliance, acting and art work.
2) CHAK DE INDIA
This blockbuster by the King Khan is a masterful stroke in the power of subtle, restrained acting. SRK and his band of girls in the movie took the whole nation by storm, and empowered a whole generation of women to go fight for themselves, stand for their dreams and basically refuse to bow down to the tyranny of male chauvinism so prevalent in the field of Indian sports. The pre-climax scene when India wins the hockey final and wins the World Cup and the expressions on SRK’s face, exuding sense of hope, relief, joy and pride at his country simultaneously will take your breath away with its realist portrayal.
3)DON AND DON - 2
Don was a landmark film in the Big B’s career and in his own words there could be no one else who would bring its remake to life other than Shah Rukh Khan. While the first film was a remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s classic Don, the second film was an original enterprise. SRK made bad look sexy, suave and uber cool with the choicest of gadgets at his play. The popularity of this movie is such that there is also a ride based on Don in Dubai’s latest entertainment park - Bollywood Park, called “Don - The Chase Ride”.
Swades came on the heels of its Oscar nominated predecessor, Lagaan from the same director. But it was much more intimate, much more grounded film and more subtle in its tones, with no chest beating jingoistic patriotism but just a man quietly making a decision to move back and give back to the country of his birth. The movie didn’t receive the love as it deserved when it released, despite SRK’s most natural and most lauded performance that won him all the major awards of the year. However, ever since then, it has achieved a cult status and is lauded as one of the best films of Bollywood.
5) KABHI HAAN KABHI NAA
If there was ever an embodiment of the typical neighbourhood loverboy, it would be Shah Rukh Khan's character Sunil, from Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa. A cute story about an average boy's love for the girl of his dreams, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is typical Valentine's Day rom-com material, with songs that are hummable even today. Through the film, you find yourself rooting for Sunil, even when the world (within the film) is against him, and even when he doesn't get the girl at the end. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is Sunil's story, and Shah Rukh Khan makes Sunil's ethos his own, in the most relatable, endearing way. And he’s just so cute in the movie!
I could go on forever, as there are so many more movies that merit a place in this list - Paheli, Pardes, Fan and of course his super awesome cameos in films like Luck By Chance, Dulha Mil Gaya, Hey Baby and the recently released Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, but I’ll conclude for now and just leave you with this super awesome quote by the King Khan himself:
“My name is Shah Rukh Khan, and I think it is more than just a name. My mother and father had told me so, and my son and daughter believe it so!”
Wish you a very very Happy Birthday Shah Rukh Khan! May you have infinite more to come!