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Shah Rukh Khan: An unbiased review
Nov 23, 2011 01:39 AM 242034 Views
(Updated Nov 28, 2011 01:36 AM)

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I am sure that we are all familar with Shah Rukh Khan, who is often reffered to by his fans as King Khan. He is an actor, who has worked in over 70 films. Since his debut in Deewana(1992), he has mantained popularity to the level of super-stardom. But does he deserve all the hype he gets? This review will go through his career, and look at the pro's and con's. Despite being a fan myself, I wont let that bias my review.

So SRK makes his way into bollywood with the film Deewana, in 1992, after already acheiving popularity on the small screen, for his role in Fauji. His character is revealed in the second half of this film, so it would be unfair to call it a lead role. SRK gets his major break in 1993, when he does Baazigar, a suspense film directed by the duo of Abbas-Mustan. This is SRK's first major film in which he displays acting talent. Those who may had dismissed him as an over-actor in 1992, will think again when they see this film.It's also his first dying role, I believe. He also does Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, a film that got critcal aclaim, especially for his performance. He then ends the year with Darr, a psychological thriller, and his second dying role, and his first truly negative role.  1994 has him with only one film, Anjaam. This is another film in which SRK plays villain, and is very much like Darr. However, there is one major difference- in Darr you kinda felt sorry for the guy he played, but not in Anjaam. This fill portrays a true villain for SRK, a character that the audiences truly despised!  The film flopped, but SRK did justice to this role. 1995 was another major year for SRK. He did many films this year, but the most notable 3 were Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Ram Jaane, and Karan Arjun. Lets start with the former. It is a love story about an NRI and an Indian girl, and showcases SRK's talent, which won him an award and the film went on to be the highest grossing film that year, and won an Oscar too. The second film, gives SRK another villain role. This time he plays a gnagster named Ram Jaane, who ends up dying at the end, something typical of all SRK villain roles. The film had an interesting concept, but poor directing made the film boring to watch, and SRK is completely wasted in this film. The film did fare well at the box office though. The latter, pairs SRK with Salman Khan. This results in it becoming a hit film and a cult classic. SRK's acting was okay at best in this venture, and even as a SRK fan, I'll admit Salman got the better of him in this film. Next we move on to 1996, perhaps the worst year in his entire career, critically, and commerically. We see him in Mahesh Bhatt's Chaahat. To all SRK fans out there, don't watch this film. Aside from the song Dil Ki Tanhai Ko, and the beauty of Ramya Krishnan, there is nothing worth watching in this film. Next, we have English Babu Desi Mem, which aside for a few good scenes, and okayish acting from SRK, is a complete waste of 3 hours. Aah, finally, we now move onto 1997. This is much better for him, becasue we see him in Yash Chopra's Dil To Pagal Hain. A romantic hit, this marks SRK's turning point as an actor. DDLJ and DTPH both create a new type cast for future SRK roles- the romantic guy. He also does Pardes, a film which makes me proud to be a SRK fan. The film had good music, and more importantly, excellent acting by the King Khan. He also attempts his first comic venture with Yess Boss. As a SRK-Juhi film, it was good, but you wold expect more laughs from a "comedy" film. Instead he delivers a rom-com. 1998 is by far SRK's best year- acting wise. He starts it off with Mani Ratnam's Dil Se, which is one of his best performances till date, but the film flopped, because the Indian audiences wanted the new romantic SRK. His next film Duplicate, is my favorite bollywood film till date. This film features him in a double role. One comic, the other negative. The way he makes his two characters completely different from each other, that the audiences forget they are played by the same actor, is major highlight of his acting skills. Unfortunately, this film too bombed at the box office, for the same reasons as Dil Se, plus audiences were getting  tired with the double role theme, and did not get the same success as Judwaa did in 1997(Though it was much better). His last release in 1998, unlike the first 2, was a commerical success, and became the highest grossing film of that year. Yes folks, I am talking about Kuch Kuch Hota Hain. As for his acting, anyone can come to the conclusion that SRK was now becoming comfortable playing the romantic guy.  1999's only release Baadshah, saw SRK playing a James Bond-like detective. Once again SRK took the comic genre, with limited success. The 2000's shaped SRK into the guy we know today.  This is also when many of his previous haters, for his films in the nineties, begin to appreciate him, for his roles in movies like Ashoka(2001), Swades(2004), Paheli(2005), Chak De India(2007), and most recently, My Name is Khan(2010). Ironically enough, it is also the period in which his former fans got fed up with his chocolatey lover boy image, which was being thrown at them with films like Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham(2001), Kal Ho Na Ho(2003), and most recently, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi(2008). While some may claim that SRK has lost his versatality in the past 10 years, by doing the same romantic roles over and over again, others disagree. Becasue while other actors took aprt in the B-Grade, oversexed films that got them the "versatality" ticket, SRK maintained a standard(And I choose to conveniently forget Maya Memsaab when I say this XD). As an actor, I rate him 8 out of 10. I am sure that he has the potential to remain a favourite, but SRK must stop appearing in publicity films, such as Billu Barber, Dulha Mil Gaya, etc. and focus on films that highlight his acting.

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