Mumbai: Ask any random guy, living in any part of the world, what he knows about Bollywood and he will proudly admit to knowing Shah Rukh Khan. He, in a way, defines Bollywood and takes it to places some of us may not even know exists in the world map. That’s the beauty of this man- he came out of nowhere, he conquered our hearts and he connected Bollywood to the rest of the world!
Call him a global icon, face of Bollywood or just another entertainer, who is good at his job, but we all agree that he is infectious in ways more than one.
Imagine in this hustle bustle of life, there are millions of people out there who share one common wish – to catch a glimpse of this man, just a brief glance!
So, what makes him ‘him’? Why, despite the highs and lows that we all have seen this man witness in his otherwise glorious life, do we hanker after him?
Yes, he is good-looking. Yes, he has all the traits of a superstar and he is darn good at emoting on silver screen. So do other actors. What sets him apart?
We will tell what makes Shah Rukh Khan the unbeatable king of his territory.
SRK is the wittiest among the wittiest:
Sassy yet classy, that’s SRK for you! Not everyone plays the ‘witty answer’ game with such ease in Bollywood. No, SRK will not take the diplomatic route, he will sweep you off your feet with his innate charm and inexplicable ability to use wit in the politest way imaginable.
On his 51st birthday let us look back at some of his iconic comebacks that left the other person dumbstruck.
Mandira Bedi: “Do you think having Shilpa Shetty (Rajasthan Royals) and Preity Zinta (Kings XI Punjab) as rival team owners will sour their relations with you?
SRK: “Well Mandira, I hope not. You see, I started both their careers. And as far as I can remember, I started yours too.”
Mandira so wished she hadn’t asked that question.
SRK on being a brand. He said:
“I am like Rolls-Royce. I can run without an engine, purely on reputation”.
That we all agree!
When a reported asked him about his relationship with superstar Salman Khan:
Reporter: Salman was moved to tears during your stage appearance together at Sensations 2005, when you said kind words about him. Is your relationship going well now?
SRK: Yes, it is going very well. We are planning on having a baby together.”
If that’s not a good comeback, we don’t know what is!
In fact, in a recent chat show, SRK did not spare his much younger co-star Alia Bhatt. When asked what he would do if he woke up as Alia Bhatt, the superstar took a dig at the poor child saying, “I would read the newspapers first.
Rekindles our faith in Love:
Be it ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’ or ‘Devdas’, SRK brings to life the almost innocent and harmless side of love. We all loved him as the heartbroken lover in ‘Devdas’ and could not despise him for not reciprocating Kajol’s feelings in ‘Kuck Kuch Hota Hai’.
If he taught you ‘pyaar ek hi baar hota hain’ in ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, he also validated his point that that ‘ek baar pyaar’ should be selfless, in ‘Kal Ho Naa ho’.
We were smitten by the fanatic lover Raj in ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya..’ and could not help but pity the helpless married guy who found love outside his marriage in ‘Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna’.
That’s the beauty of this man, he, so effortlessly draws us into his make-belief world and rekindles faith in our otherwise shaken foundation of love.
Inspiration personified Shah Rukh Khan: The rise and rise of a superstar!
If you thought wealth accumulates wealth, then you do not know SRK’s tale yet.
No, he was not spoon-fed by an uber influential father nor had the riches to find his way into the industry. He toiled hard without an iota of self-doubt and emerged victorious!
Beneath that designer tuxedo lies a man who had the biggest weapon required in a war- unshakeable belief that he can and he would!
After appearing in the TV series ‘Fauji’ in 1988, fate took its turn and SRK became the King of Bollywood who is hard to dethrone.
From his marriage to Gauri Khan and the path he took thereafter, his life is an inspiration to anyone who has ever dreamt of making it big in an alien land.
On his birthday, we thank Shah Rukh for rising above the tribes and tribulations in life because that gave us the power to fight ours. We thank him for ‘Chak De India!’ and for ‘My Name is Khan’. We thank him for requiting our unconditional love and above all, thank you for being the wonderful entertainer you have been. Thank you!