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Shah Rukh Khan is an institution in his own right. Over the decades, the Bollywood actor has proved his versatility through various roles. From the obsessed stalker in ‘Darr’ to the strict yet well-meaning hockey coach in ‘Chak De’ India, Khan has gifted his fanbase a wide variety of memorable roles. However, he is best known for his romantic films. From the mischievous yet lovelorn hero of ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ to the selfless lover of ‘Veer Zaara’ Khan has redefined on-screen romance for several generations.
As the Badshah of B-town turns a year older today, here’s a look at some of his all-time favourite and blockbuster romantic films that you should add to your watchlist.
Who said you both have to be from the same religion to fall in love? Directed by Yash Chopra, ‘Veer-Zaara’ is a period film. It is a saga of love, separation, courage and sacrifice. Released in November 2004,the film stars Shah Rukh Khan in the role of Veer Pratap Singh, an Indian Air Force officer, and Preity Zinta as Zaara, the daughter of a Pakistani politician. Veer gets imprisoned on false charges and ends up in a Pakistan jail, while Zaara spends the rest of her life thinking he is dead. It is after 22 years, that both lovers are reunited thanks to the efforts of a lawyer played by Rani Mukerji.
The 1998 release, SRK’s ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, is a cult classic directed by Karan Johar. The film stars the popular on-screen pair of Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in lead roles along with Rani Mukerji and Salman Khan. The first half of the film explores the dynamics between Rahul (Khan), Anjali (Kajol) and Tina (Rani Mukerji). Rahul and Anjali are thick as thieves. But their friendship breaks apart when Rahul falls in love with the new arrival in college. The second half is more lighthearted and focuses on Rahul’s daughter attempting to rekindle a relationship between her father and his former friend.
There’s a reason why ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ remains the ultimate romantic fantasy for generations of women in the Indian subcontinent. That probably explains why even after decades people flock to see reruns of the film at the Maratha Mandir. SRK’s fledgling career underwent a rebirth with this film and made him the undisputed heartthrob all across the country.
Directed by Aditya Chopra and starring SRK and Kajol in the lead, the story revolves around Simran, a demure NRI girl who discovers love (in the form of a doe-eyed and puckish Raj ) on her trip to Europe. Over the course of several misadventures, the duo fall head over heels in love with each other. The second half of the movie explore’s Raj’s quest to win over the family members of his lady-love. Even after nearly 28 years, the movie remains fresh for its depiction of a slowburn yet tender romance and several memorable cinematic moments that make you smile, feel giddy and even shed a tear or two.
‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ was released in 2003 and starred Preity Zinta opposite Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role. Although this Nikkhil Advani-directorial had shades of the 1971 Hrishikesh Mukherjee film ‘Anand’, the movie managed to be a standalone entity thanks to a water-tight screenplay and picture-perfect performances from the cast. Khan plays Aman, a happy-go-lucky guy who nurses a big secret. He eventually becomes matchmaker between Naina (Preity Zinta) and Rohit (Saif Ali Khan). Naina is infatuated with the cheerful and likeable Aman, but he turns down her romantic overtures and acts seemingly disinterested.
Although his character will give you flashbacks of Rajesh Khanna’s Anand Sehgal, Khan refuses to let you ponder too much on the similarities. He delivers a tour de force performance as Aman, a guy whose carefully buoyant attitude covers several untold tragedies. He manages to infuse pathos and wry humour in what is essentially the male version of the ‘manic pixie dream girl trope’. Khan’s magnetic charm prevents Aman from becoming yet another tragicomic do-gooder cardboard character.
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