Written by Siddharth Akhouri - Special to TimesofOman.com
Shahrukh Khan also known as 'SRK', 'KING KHAN' and many other superlatives, needs no introduction of any sort. He is a global megastar who has ruled over the hearts of Bollywood movie fans for over 2 decades with a long list of illustrious films.
With his latest offering 'Chennai Express' hitting screens this Eid, let's look back at the best film performances of SRK's career. Bear in mind that due to the huge volume of work, it is impossible to come up with a complete list which satisfies all his fans. So please see this list as a sincere attempt which is based on Shahrukh Khan's roles in different movie genres.
(List not in any specific order)
1) BAAZIGAR (1993)
It will always be one of the most important films of his career. If Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman was the movie that introduced him, Baazigar made people sit back and take notice of him. Ajay/Vicky Malhotra's character broke every convention of a traditional Hindi film hero of that time and despite the negative shades of the character, SRK's brilliant portrayal succeeded in garnering sympathy and support for the character. This outstanding film also got Shahrukh his first Filmfare for the Best Actor award.
My favourite scene: The scene at the rooftop in which SRK throws Shilpa down. The ease and suddenness of the scene takes you by complete surprise.
2) DARR (1993)
'K-k-k-kiran'… It is for sure that even if you have not seen the movie you would have come across this line somewhere in reference to Shahrukh Khan. It is in fact an irony that the biggest romantic icon of our time is most remembered for yet another villainous role. SRK plays a mentally disturbed stalker and this film established him in the industry as a strong performer. His performance was so impactful that it completely overshadowed the hero of the film. This movie was his first collaboration with Yashraj Films with whom he delivered the biggest hits of his career.
My favourite scene: Every time he is talking to his dead mother on the phone and when he writes 'Kiran' on his chest, is very haunting.
3) KABHI HAAN KABHI NAA (1993)
To date, this is the sweetest film King Khan has done. It was also another ground breaking role for SRK as it was the first time that the hero was portrayed as a 'looser' with a heart of gold. This is one of his most heartfelt and sincere performances. Every person can easily connect to his character and can't help but fall in love with the sweet Sunil. SRK insists this is one of his favourite performances of all time. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a sweet romantic comedy which refuses to get old and is a must watch for Shahrukh fans. He won his second Filmfare award for critic's choice for Best Performance.
My favourite scene: The wedding sequence at the church is the climax. The innocence with which he fights to get the ring in the dream sequence is heart touching. Also the 'woh toh albela' song video. There would be very few SRK fans who wouldn't have shed a tear over his performance.
4) DILWALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE (1995)
This is one movie without which no SRK list of best movies can ever be complete. This film over night turned Shahrukh into the 'King of Romance' and is the longest running film in the history of Indian Cinema. DDLJ is a great film in all respects with brilliant direction, evergreen music and strong performances, hence, one of the only two Indian movies to be included in Jay Schneider's list of '1001 movies to watch before you die.'
My favourite scene: The famous scene where SRK is talking to himself and waiting for Kajol to turn back. Also, all scenes between Anupam Kher and SRK.
5) PARDES (1997)
Pardes is one of the last good films by 'showman' Subhash Ghai. It is a strong drama film which is high on emotions and shows the importance of Indian beliefs and traditions that contrast with the Western culture. SRK was highly praised for his performance in the film and it became a major success both critically as well as commercially. This heartwarming drama is also memorable for its soulful music by Nadeem Shravan.
My favourite scene: The Kabbaddi sequence and 'Yeh Dil' song video.
6) DIL SE (1998)
There were huge expectations attached to Dil Se as it was the highly talked about collaboration between Shahrukh Khan and Mani Ratnam (Bombay, Roza). Unfortunately, the movie tanked at the Indian box office but emerged as one of the best flicks based on politics and terrorism in India. It is a turbulent love story set against the background of insurgency, specifically in the north-east region which has never been addressed by Bollywood before. SRK gives a wonderfully restrained performance as the angst ridden lover betrayed by his love. The soundtrack is also undoubtedly AR Rahman's one of the best ever masterpieces. Dil Se was clearly ahead of its time for Bollywood, a fact clearly seen by its immense success at the overseas market where it is still considered one of SRK's biggest successes.
My favourite scenes: The iconic video of 'chaiyya chaiyya' and the climax after Shahrukh finds Manisha at the Lal Qila which leads to the ultimate blast while embracing each other.
7) KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI (1998)
This film is everything a romantic comedy should be. It has just the right amount of all emotions one expects from a movie of this genre. This flick will always be counted as one of the most popular SRK hits. Shahrukh and Kajol had an electrifying chemistry and together set many new trends which are still followed by the younger generation. It is a fresh, frothy, young romance movie perfect to be watched with the special one.
My favourite scene: The dance in the rain of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol where he plays music in air. Another scene at the summer camp where SRK meets Kajol for the first time during a prayer.
8) VEER ZARA (2004)
Veer Zara is undeniably one of the most accomplished works of Indian cinema. It is an eternal love story made immortal by SRK and Preity Zinta's stellar performances. Rarely do we see a film with so much emotional depth. It is an unadulterated ode to love by veteran Yash Chopra. SRK gets a complex role to handle after ages and does a beautiful job. It is a beautiful and pure love story which may possibly even be SRK's best romantic films and a film he should be remembered for the most.
My favourite scene: The simplicity where Veer tells about his feelings to Zara at the railway station.
9) SWADES (2004)
After super success of many of his romantic films many started accusing Shahrukh of doing same kind of cinema or as a star too big to portray a character. With Swades, he proved his detractors wrong. This is his most sincere and honest effort at getting into the skin of a character and then making the hard work pay off. The film unfortunately did average business on the box office but still enjoys the status of a cult classic. It is undoubtedly one of the most sought after films of Shahrukh Khan.
My favourite scene: The scene where the train stops at a railway station and a little kid asks SRK to buy a glass of water. Shahrukh has been able to convey so many emotions through his eyes and face that it is simply unbelievable and deeply moving.
10) CHAK DE INDIA (2007)
This is the movie where SRK mostly remains at the backstage yet proves to be the backbone of the film. It is hard not to cheer for the girls and respect the coach for instilling the spirit of determination and love for the country. It is also one of the best Bollywood sports movie which brought the long forgotten national game of India back in the limelight even if for a very little while. Shahrukh should also be lauded for letting the girls take the centre stage and not overshadowing them with his stardom.
My favourite scene: The famous '70 minutes' speech in the end which is extremely well written and Shahrukh delivers it without once going over the top and yet gives you goose bumps.