Shahrukh Khan is facing strongest competition in 2008.
Shahrukh Khan had his birthday celebrated on the 2nd of November, 2008. Although the huge admiration from the fans had given him the impression that he still has the number one spot, he has huge work to do to maintain his stardom.
The biggest challenge of actors come in the 40s to maintain their image and popularity when new actors and stars compete against them. When Shahrukh Khan acted in his earlier films like Baazigar, Raju Ban Gaye Gentleman, his competition was restricted to Salman Khan, Amir Khan, Anil Kapoor and few other actors. After acting in different types of films over 15 years, he now faces competition from other stars like Hrithik Roshan, Abhishek Bacchan, Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Akshay Kumar, Ritesh Deshmukh and many other actors. He had one unbeatable record of providing one super hit film per year in his long career.
In 2007, in the initial months bollywood industry did not have that number of hit films except Salman Khan’s Partner, Akshay Kumar’s Bhoolbhulaia, Shahid Kapoor’s Jab We Met. But Shahrukh Khan contributed with two hit films Chak De India and Om Shanti Om, to show his strong presence in bollywood industry and also bagged the filmfare award for the best actor for the performance in the film Om Shanti Om.
He had taken the challenge of playing the role of Don, which had been successfully played by Big B, who is still considered the megastar of the millennium. No other actor has the record of playing the same character played by another superstar 30 years back and making the film superhit. If the other remakes are taken up like Ram Gopal Verma Ki Aag (remake of Sholay), or Umrao Jaan, either they flopped or got very adverse criticism.
Sharukh Khan had not contributed this year with any hit film till now, in a year when already bollywood is blessed with successful films like Race, Jane Tu Ya Jane Na, Sarkar Raj, Jodha Akbar, Singh is Kinng, to name a few. He had acted in the film Bhootnath, but it was only a film made for children and had nothing to do with the full-fledged appearance of the superstar.
His greatest challenge comes from Salman Khan, who at the same age had managed to act in a number of films like God Tussi Great Ho, Heroes, Yuvvraaj, to name a few in the same year, out of which some of the films had got good response. Other than Dilip Kumar no other actor has the record of acting in least number of films in a year yet having the greatest recognition for the film like the work in the films Shakti, Mashaal, Karma, etc. If Shahrukh Khan manages to provide a hit film at the end of 2008 and steal the show with that performance he will truly prove himself to be a champion. The competition is becoming closer and closer and Sharukh Khan has to strike form very soon to revive his premier place in the list of superstars. His admirers do wish him good luck.