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Celebrating 31 Years of Shahrukh Khan Era : From Excelling in Romance to Action packed Pathan

From Excelling in Romance with Dilwale Dulhania lejayenge to Action packed Pathan, celebrating the 31 years of Shahrukh Khan.
31 years of Baadshah SRK

SRK, a name, that is the personification of stardom and the embodiment of wit and charm, has time and again amazed generations with his acting prowess. Though often associated with romance due to his filmography, which boasts of some of the classics from the genre, he has often essayed roles that are nowhere close to the ‘King of Romance’ title that he fondly flaunts today.

SRK commenced his tinsel-town journey with the 1992 ‘Deewana’ in his early career, SRK was recognised for portraying villainous roles in the films Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993) and Anjaam (1994).  before his performance as the romantic rose to prominence after starring in a series of romantic films, like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge(1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (2001) overshadowed it all and everyone started expecting romantic films from King Khan.

As the actor completes another year of his life, let’s take a look at some of his films where he broke the mold to which he has been mostly constrained, by the masses and proved that he is much more than just the ‘King of Romance’.

1. ‘Baazigar’ (1993)

Baazigar brought SRK into the limelight, and made him a star, in the true sense of the word. ‘Baazigar’ was an excellent thriller with a soulful soundtrack and an engaging storyline. Though several superstars rejected the role, SRK’s performance as the anti-hero won the heart of millions.

2. ‘Swades’ (2004)

Arguably one of Khan’s best films, Swadesh saw him playing the most ‘normal’ character of his career. Neither are there any slow-motion helicopter entries nor the scenic landscapes of Switzerland with leading ladies in their matching sarees.

The portrayal of Mohan Bhargav was totally different from all his romantic roles as ‘Raj’ or ‘Rahul’, or his anti-hero characters from ‘Darr’ and ‘Anjaam’, or basically without any over the top theatrical heroism at all.

3. ‘Chak De! India’ (2007)

‘Chak De! India’ will always stands as one of SRK’s most distinct performances, which even his haters will agree to.

SRK completely went into the skin of the character, and displayed a very subtle, disciplined and nuanced performance, with deep emotions rooted.

4. ‘My Name is Khan’ (2010)

The film dealt with a sensitive subject and SRK conjured up a superlative performance in it. SRK’s role as autistic Rizwan Khan, who sets out on a journey, following the death of his son, to meet the president of the USA, cemented his calibre as an actor in front of the audience.

5. ‘Don 1 & 2’ (2006 and 2011)

SRK owned the style, the charisma and the wickedness that was needed to play such a role
It made audiences understand that though SRK might know the ABC of romance, he also knew to the core what style and drama meant.

6. Pathaan (2023)

SRK made the movie when there was strong sentiments against the Bollywood and big budget star cast films where facing the wrath of audiences, stalwart like Aamir Khan could not save his 'Laal Singh Chadha' from flopping on Box Office. Pathaan was released amid all this conditions and still Pathan not only was HIT but turned out to be the biggest blockbuster of Indian Cinema.

Success of Pathan proved why SRK is the real superstar of Bollywood.

So, here is wishing the star a very successful 31 years in Bollywood, and may he continue to enthral the us in the years to come with several more versatile performances.

Thank you, Shahrukh Khan, for 31 years of mesmerizing performances, unforgettable characters, and endless entertainment

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