Admit it! We have all fallen for the charisma of King Khan at some point in time. Be it stealing our hearts as the playboy in DDLJ or making us love hockey as a coach in Chak De! India, his charm has always been impossible to resist.
Though he is known as the ‘King of Romance’ in Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan has delivered some exceptional negative characters as well. His movies have taken the box office by storm with every release and have won him numerous accolades, including the prestigious Padma Shri award. He has also won 8 Filmfare Best Actor Awards and is recognised as the most-awarded Bollywood actor of all time in that category.
As the ‘Baadshah of Bollywood’ turns 51, let’s take a look at the list of 20 movies that prove his mettle as a successful actor.
1) Baazigar (1993)
The movie is inspired by the novel A Kiss Before Dying, in which Shah Rukh Khan plays a negative role. It’s a contemporary thriller about a young man who is willing to go to any extent for revenge. Shah Rukh Khan is cast opposite Shilpa Shetty and Kajol in this movie.
2) Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)
This is the most successful romantic Bollywood movie ever made. A spoilt brat falls in love with an innocent girl on a Euro trip and they cross every barrier to be together forever. It remains the longest running movie in the history of Indian cinema.
3) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
This was Shah Rukh Khan’s and Kajol’s fourth film together. The story revolves around three college students, Rahul (SRK), Anjali (Kajol) and Tina (Rani Mukerji). It is one of the rare movies where SRK and Salman Khan worked together.
4) Mohabbatein (2000)
This was the first movie in which SRK and Amitabh Bachchan appeared together. Khan plays a music teacher in a school run by a strict college principal who is against people falling in love. SRK helps three of his students fight against tyranny and unite with their partners.
5) Devdas (2002)
Devdas is a remake of the classic story by Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. SRK plays the role of Devdas who falls in love with Paro (Aishwarya Rai) but fails to marry her. He becomes a drunkard and visits the brothel of Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit) in search of peace. He tragically dies in the end due to liver failure.
6) Kal Ho Na Ho (2003)
This movie is another example of a classic love triangle. The plot of the movie revolves around Naina (Preity Zinta), Aman (Shah Rukh Khan) and Rohit (Saif Ali Khan). Naina falls in love with Aman, who is also in love with her, but is terminally ill. Instead of telling her about his condition, Aman decides to be a matchmaker for her and her friend, Rohit.
7) Dil To Pagal Hai (1997)
DTPH is also about a love triangle between three dancers in a troupe. This movie has some very melodious and memorable songs. SRK romanced Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor in the movie.
8) Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
The movie boasts of a huge star cast. Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of SRK’s rich and strict father while Jaya Bachchan plays his doting mother. Rahul (SRK) is an adopted child in the family and he falls in love with a poor girl, Anjali (Kajol). His father disapproves of the match and Rahul leaves the country with Anjali. Years later, his younger brother Rohit (Hrithik Roshan) pledges to bring his elder brother back and unite the family. With the help of his friend Pooja (Kareena Kapoor, Anjali’s sister), Rohit finally unites his family.
9) Pardes (1997)
This was one of the first major Bollywood movies to do well overseas. The story is about Ganga (Mahima Chaudhary), a simple village girl, who gets engaged to an NRI on the insistence of her parents. She receives a culture shock and faces a lot of difficulties when she travels abroad to the US with her fiancé. Her fiancé’s friend, Arjun (SRK) falls in love with her and helps her get out of the country.
10) Yes Boss (1997)
In this rom-com, SRK plays a middle-class man who is very ambitious. He helps his boss deal with his extra-marital affairs for extra income but eventually falls in love with his boss’ girlfriend (Juhi Chawla).
11) Veer-Zaara (2004)
It is a cross-border love story in which Shah Rukh Khan plays the role of an Indian Air Force pilot, Veer. He falls in love with a Pakistani girl, Zaara (Preity Zinta) and leaves his job to be with her. However, he is captured in Pakistan by her fiancé and put behind bars for 22 years. Zaara, meanwhile, thinking Veer is dead comes to India and takes care of his family. They eventually meet after 22 years.
12) Swades (2004)
SRK delivered one of his best performances in this movie by Ashutosh Gowariker. The story is about an Indian scientist, Mohan Bhargava (SRK), who returns to his village to take his nanny to America. However, during his stay in India, he rediscovers his roots and decides to stay back. Swades was the first Indian movie to be shot inside the NASA research centre in Florida.
13) Darr (1993)
Another brilliant performance by SRK in a negative role. He essayed the role of the obsessive and creepy stalker of Kiran (Juhi Chawla) who is already engaged to someone else.
14) Chak De! India (2007)
This movie was responsible for bringing women’s hockey to the forefront. SRK plays the role of Kabir Khan, an ousted national hockey player, who puts in a lot of effort to coach the Indian women’s hockey team and helps them win the World Cup.
15) Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992)
It’s one of the earlier movies of his career. SRK plays the role of a young engineer from Darjeeling who comes to Mumbai to chase his dreams. He romances a beautiful girl Renu (Juhi Chawla). The plot takes a twist when Sapna (Amrita Singh) falls for him.
16) Karan Arjun (1995)
This movie stars SRK and Salman Khan in the lead roles as brothers. It is an action-thriller where both the actors get killed in the first half of the movie and are later reborn. They eventually remember their past lives and return to avenge their father’s death.
17) Dil Se (1998)
Dil Se is a story of seven shades of love – attraction, infatuation, love, reverence, worship, obsession and death. As the film progresses, SRK’s character portrays each shade in a heart-warming way.
18) Asoka (2001)
Asoka is based on the life of the Mauryan king, Ashoka, the Great. SRK plays the role of Ashoka who is initially very ambitious and kills all his brothers to get the throne. After the Great War of Kalinga, he gives up warfare and dedicates his life to propagate Buddhism.
19) Don (2006)
Don is the remake of the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan starrer of the same name. SRK plays the role of a notorious underworld don who is wanted by the police on an international level. The new-age Don was much appreciated by the audience.
20) My Name Is Khan (2010)
The movie seeks to address the problem of Islamophobia that prevailed across the world after the 9/11 attacks. SRK plays the role of a Muslim man (Rizwan Khan) with Asperger’s Syndrome. He falls in love with a single mother and Hindu widow (Kajol) and gets married to her. As Islamophobia takes an ugly turn after the 9/11 attacks, their son is attacked and killed in a brawl. Rizwan then sets out to seek justice for his deceased son.
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