The story of SRK is far from over

Once writer-lyricist Mayur Puri had said that any story has three parts- beginning, middle and end. Same is the story of enigma called Shahrukh Khan. His beginning was humble as well as crackling with middle-class cinema films like Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, revenge-thriller Baazigar, Darr, Anjaam, all-time superhit DDLJ and so on. The middle was marked by Dil Se, Devdas, Kal Ho Naa Ho, Yash Chopra classic VeerZaara, my all-time favourite Swades, Farah Khan’s debut Main Hoon Na, Paheli, Don and sports drama Chak De India.

I would like to believe that end of King Khan is still quite far but the phase from 2008 has seen more disappointments than hits and has not been kind enough. He has done more experiments lately but sadly most of them have failed to generate the results as everyone would have expected.

Ever since Jab Harry Met Sejal released, critics and fans have been asking Why Harry met Sejal? According to me, this one line summarises the recent choices of films of Shahrukh Khan and their box-office collections. Why SRK chose those films and why did they fail to garner collections?

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Emergence of TV stars on the ‘Big Screen’

When you get up in the morning and still the thought lingers in your mind about the movie you saw a day before, this means director was successful in conveying what he wanted to say. And for me it was Sushant Singh Rajput’s performance in Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che which I couldn’t get off my mind. Here was an actor who till last year was ruling the TRPs on the 9pm slot with his role of Manav in Pavitra Rishta on Zee TV and today has successfully made a transition on big screen. He already has 3 films in his kitty including Rajkumar Hirani’s P.K. and a YRF untitled with Parineeti Chopra.


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What goes wrong just before the release?

Kamal Hassan almost wanted to leave India after what he termed as “Cultural Terrorism” stalled the release of his mega budget film Vishwaroopam for 10 days before it finally released on 7 Feb. Demanding some scenes to be cut in the movie, Muslim Groups lodged a protest with the CM and a Censor Board certified film’s release was stopped by Tamil Nadu Government. Hassan went to Supreme Court where one-judge bench ruled in his favour but the decision was overturned by a Two-Judge bench. Ultimately, a consensus was reached between the two parties and the film released with the controversial scenes muted.


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