Is Shahrukh Khan the real Don of bollywood?
With the beginning of Indian Cricket League, and the victory of Kolkata Knight Riders (the team Shahrukh Khan had sponsored) in two matches, including the match held at Eden Gardens, Kolkata, held on Sunday, there is big debate whether Shahrukh Khan is the real Don of bollywood.
His success in bollywood films for the last 15 years, is beyond any dispute. His films in the early part of his career, like Baazigaar, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, had brought a new dimension to bollywood films in the early 90s.
From that time till today, he had performed in every type of films, in all types of roles, ranging from Darr, where he played the role of a villain who had mental disorders, opposite Sunny and Juhi, to double role in Duplicate, where he performed both as a law-abiding citizen and also a smuggler.
He has performed in folk tales like Paheli, directed by Amol Palekar, where his soft performance in a rural background balanced the strong performance of Rani Mukherjee in the film. He was elegant in his performance in the historical role in Ashoka, opposite Kareena, and displayed the royal nature. At the same time, he took up the challenge in performing in Don, a role where Big B provided an memorable performance 30 years back. No other bollywood actor excepting Big B, had enjoyed the amount of popularity, Shahrukh had enjoyed over the years.
Even in 2007, both the films of Shahrukh titled Chak De India, and Om Shanti Om , were super hits. In Om Shanti Om, he managed to bring in all the bollywood actors of present generation and past generation in the song “om shanty om”.
He is present in nearly all the entertainment media, including KBC shows in TV Channel, as live supporter in ICL matches, sponsoring Kolkata Knight Riders led by Saurav Ganguly, and also anchoring the filmfare awards ceremony.
Passage of time had not created any impact on the popularity of Shahrukh Khan, which is just increasing and increasing. The viewers expect his team to also be as successful as his films, and expect him to continue his magic in the years to come.
By: CR Chatterji.