Donning more than 80 films under his name, and completing 30 years of his acting career, this Khan of Bollywood did not become the ‘King Khan’ overnight. Shah Rukh Khan had his fair shares of ups and downs but with more ups, he is now what he is today- the superstar of Bollywood!
Shah Rukh Khan first appeared in a TV serial named “Fauji” where people merely recognized him but as soon as he entered the world of cinema, all eyes were on him and he became the talk of the town!
Always considered to be the “King of Romance”, Shah Rukh Khan started his career with a negative role and was one of the few actors who experiment with their characters so early in their career.
On his 56th Birthday, we have zeroed down to 10 of his best performances that made him prove that yes, he certainly is the King of Bollywood!
An incredible retribution drama, “Baazigar” recounts the life of Ajay Sharma, whose father had been fooled by Madan Chopra, a modest worker who removed Sharma’s father and claimed his everything, at last turning into a well-off business big shot. Ajay’s father died from the shock and he and his bereft mother were constrained into destitution from thereon.
Ajay takes hold of Chopra’s older girl, Seema, who he winds up killing. He then, at that point, changes his name and lures Chopra’s younger daughter, Priya, who quickly succumbs to him and he, with her. He finally manages to claim all that he once had and succeeds. Khan plays a merciless executioner in the film, in another negative role after the film, Darr.
Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
Aditya Chopra directed this film when he was just 26 and nobody knew that this would transform the world of Hindi cinema. Shah Rukh Khan played the role of un ultimate charmer Raj and showcased the ultimate love story alongside his best on-screen Jodi Kajol.
Shah Rukh has even signed a poster in Chopra’s office and thanked him by saying that he is a star today because of this film only! King Khan played one of his best performances in this movie and redefined the word ‘romance’!
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
After Dil Wale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai was his next hit. He plays yet another chocolate boy role who is much popular among girls in his college! This movie managed to show two sides of Shah Rukh, where he first played every woman’s guy, and later we could see him in the role of a doting dad to a girl.
An immortal romantic tale, crafted by Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, Devdas follows the story of the protagonist who becomes reliant upon liquor after he encounters heartbreak when Paro, his ladylove, gets hitched to another as a result of significant class contrasts between their two families.
Devdas finds comfort in liquor, yet he visits Chandramukhi, a dancer who starts to become hopelessly fond of him. At last, Devdas meets a sad end, making for an unfortunate romantic tale that is in any case deserving of a watch.
Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)
SRK plays the role of a kind soul who sacrifices his love because he realizes that he is soon going to die of an illness. Aman (Shah Rukh Khan) is in love with Naina (Preity Zinta) but never tells her his true feelings instead tries to unite his friend Rohit with Naina, who also loves Naina. They both eventually get married and Aman ultimately dies peacefully knowing Rohit will take care of her!
Veer Zara (2004)
This is one of the best performances of SRK, where he plays the role of a dashing Indian Air Force Pilot (Veer), who falls for a Pakistani girl (Zaara), but as fate would have it, they couldn’t be together.
The events turn even more tragic when Veer is falsely trapped as an Indian spy and is caught in a Pakistani jail for the next 22 years!
The story of a young NASA scientist, Mohan Bhargava takes a huge turn when he visits his grandmother in his village and he realizes that his talent is needed more in his village than in a foreign land! Swades is considered to be one of Shah Rukh’s finest performances.
This remake of the 1978 original version of the movie enacted by Amitabh Bachchan, Farhan Akhtar has tried to recreate it according to modern times. The best and the common link between the two is the famous dialogue “Don ka intezar to 11 mulkon ki police kar rahi hai, par Don ko pakadna mushkil he nayi namumkin hai”.
Though the two superstars of Bollywood cannot be compared, Shah Rukh Khan surely gave it a modern turn!
Chak De India (2007)
Kabir Khan, the previous skipper of the Indian National Men’s Hockey Team, joins the National Women’s group as a mentor. The last had been disregarded over the course of the years for the men’s group, and it is Kabir’s goal to develop the women’s group starting from the starting, winning back his lost reputation.
He is a hard taskmaster and before long turns the young ladies against him. In any case, his intense ways additionally planted the seeds of inspiration in the midst of a group that had, up to that point, been in sixes and sevens.
In the end, he is able to achieve what he has been longing for the women’s World Cup! He manages to reclaim his lost glory, and stays under wraps after accomplishing his goal!
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Dealing with a rather sensitive subject, Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of an autistic man, Rizwan Khan, who is caught in the after-effects of the tragedy of the Twin Towers because he is a Muslim.
The events turn even more tragic when his son is beaten up by his fellow mates in the US and is brutally killed because his father is Khan! The man leaves to meet the President of the US to personally tell him that “My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist”. This film is still listed as portraying one of SRK’s finest performances!