February 22, 2019

Is Bollywood King Shahrukh Khan’s Era Over?

In recent times “The King of Bollywood”, one of the highest paid and successful actor Shahrukh Khan’s career is on a roller coaster ride.
Sad Shahrukh Khan

End on Being the Bollywood King for Shahrukh Khan? Img Src: Hindustantimes

First of all, I am not a hater, nor a fan of him. He’s been in the movie industry from my birth year and has delivered some awesome movie’s in his time. But you can’t deny the argument that some of his recent movies are not doing very well. I know it is a very sensitive issue and his fans will kick my ass before even reading what I am about to write. But truth has to been spoken and I’ll try my best to write about Shahrukh Khan from a non-biased view.
Where should we start? Let’s start from the beginning, I mean from his early life. Shahrukh Khan was born on 2 November 1965, and right now in 2019, he is 53 years old. We’ll avoid his personal life and I’m not trying to create a biography. Let us talk about his career as an actor.

The Start of a Super Star Shahrukh Khan:

Many of you’ll be shocked to know, like many others in Bollywood, he also started his career in some television series in the early 1980s. Let’s skip that too, his first Bollywood appearance was in 1992 with the film Deewana. With co-actress Kajal, that film was a hit. Right now, got a 7/10 rating in IMDB. In the next years, he also did some great acting in Darr (1993), Baazigar (1993) and Anjaam (1994).
Deewana Movie Poster

Deewana Movie Poster

After those successes, his actor career jumped up like Google’s share price. He became the romantic face of the Indian film industry and made some movies which created a new generation of movie lovers. Of course, with great success, Shahrukh Khan’s fan base grow like no others, surpassing other superstars like Salman Khan or Aamir Khan and so on.
With movies like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998), Mohabbatein (2000) and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… (2001) he earned his permanent place in his fan’s heart.
But personally, I’d say he showed off his real acting power in some more mature movies. To name some example Devdas (2002) is still one of my favorite movies of all time. His work as a NASA scientist in Swades (2004), a hockey coach in Chak De! India (2007) and My Name Is Khan (2010) Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008) was awesome dude.

The Fall of Shahrukh Khan:

To be honest, this part is not based on any IMDB rating, or box office earning. If you are reading this, you and me, we both know what is bad and what is Good. Should we talk about Shahrukh’s work in Ra One (2011), Chennai Express (2013), Happy New Year (2014), Dilwale (2015) Fan (2016)?
Happy New Year Movie PosterHappy New Year Movie Poster

Happy New Year Movie Poster

In short words, for me, those movies were a complete waste of time. I was like, dude what is this guy doing? How could he accept these kinds of script, what was he thinking by himself while watching these movies after the release? Did he actually read these scripts or just told yes for money?
Don’t take me wrong. I know there are a lot of things behind a good or bad movie. The director, the scriptwriter might have been messed it up. But after the producer, the lead actor earns the biggest amount of money, right? What if any other actor had worked on those, would you have watched or argued with me that these were actually Good? In Bollywood, the lead hero plays the biggest role in a movie. No matter how bad is that, if Shahrukh Khan or Salman Khan worked on that, people will go, spend their money and watch the movie.
So, if the hero is everything, then the audience deserve better work from that person. To give an example, look at Aamir Khan. When have you seen a really bad movie from him in recent years? He is a good actor, Shahrukh is too. But the point is, Maybe Aamir or his manager actually did read the script before saying yes to that director.

A Small come back and Fall back Again:

Yes, I am talking about Raees (2017), a good movie with a good story, great acting by Shahrukh and I’ll say it was the last time I saw some good work from him.
Raees Movie Poster

Raees Movie Poster

But after that, in 2018 he came up with Zero. I mean the name of his last movie till date was Zero (2018). With 36% Rotten Tomatoes score, and if you’ve seen it already you might agree with me. It was the worst movie of the year by a major actor. Highly criticized and got targeted by every major meme maker in every social media. Zero was really bad, I’ve just watched that before starting this article and trust me, I can’t find the right word for it, “Hilarious” maybe?

The Summery and the future:

Okay I got it, he is 53 now and I think it is the right time to focus on other things. I’m not saying he should start a new business or something. He got his own production company and also co-produced some good movies. He might come back with another good movie, or bad movie, who knows. I want him to use his awesome acting skills in other roles, but let us face it, Shahrukh Khan is not the same romantic hero like he was in Mohabbatein (2000) or Om Shanti Om (2007). Not the same action hero like in Main Hoon Na (2004) or Don series. (Dons were cool though)
I think now Shahrukh Khan should take part in some senior role, as a Big Brother or father.
Or choose a more mature script before saying yes. It’s not the same 90’s or early 2000’s. The new generation of millennial Indian movie lovers are grown up, they’ve been watching Hollywood and other foreign movies for quite some long time and they will not forever accept a bad movie just because “A Khan is there”. 
May be Next time, I’ll write about who’ll be the next King, till then…
I’ll end my essay with a single quote, “Either you die a hero, or stay alive to see yourself become the villain”.

              Shayonti Roy, Mumbai

                02/22/19  6.39pm