"Don Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahin, Na Mumkin Hai"
From the day Shahrukh Khan has stepped in front of the camera, till today, he has prominently held the position as the King of Bollywood.
Whether it’s appearing as Rahul or Raj, this superstar has captured the attention of the audiences from across the world.
He began his silver-screen career as a ‘Deewana’ in 1992, and up till ‘Raees‘, most of his films have witnessed a successful ‘Anjaam’ at the box-office.
From ‘Dil Se’, we, DESIblitz present you 12 best Bollywood movies of King Khan!
Meet SRK as Rahul in Darr, the fear: “I love you KKKiran.”
The young and handsome Rahul, obsessed over his beloved Kiran (Juhi Chawla).
Alongside Baazigar and Anjaam, Darr also established Shahrukh Khan as the anti-hero. With a rather creepy character, he spreads fear, frightening Juhi Chawla.
We strongly recommend you to watch the showdown scene between Rahul and Sunil (Sunny Deol). SRK’s fierce eyes and hysterical laughter will haunt you! Just a word of caution – don’t pick up the phone after.
Karan Arjun (1995)
Post Baazigar, it is this Rakesh Roshan film, which reunites the golden pairing of Shahrukh Khan and Kajol. Besides this, it is the first time we see SRK and Salman Khan on-screen.
Shahrukh Khan is Karan Singh and Salman plays Arjun Singh. The strong brotherly bond between them is broken, when they are killed by the evil Thakur – Durjan (Amrish Puri).
But fear not – they reincarnate as Ajay and Vijay, respectively, to seek vengeance. Both Shahrukh and Salman are phenomenal in these double roles!
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
The big- hearted will take away the bride!
“Badi Badi Deshon Mein Aisi Choti Baatein Hoti Rehti Hai Señorita.” How can one forget this classic? The chemistry between Shahrukh Khan and Kajol is legendary.
In fact, 20 years post release, it is still being showcased at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai.
Positioned as number 12 in the British Film Institute’s list of top Indian films of all times, you can’t help but fall in love with SRK as Raj. He is dashing and daring. Raj might be brought up internationally, but his heart is DESI! A must-watch for all Shahrukh fans.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)
Described by Planet Bollywood as “pure escapist cinema at its best”. This Karan Johar classic is another iconic film. Yet again, Shahrukh’s pairing with Kajol is timeless.
Rahul Khanna is the flirtatious popular guy of the college, who is loved by his tomboy friend – Anjali (Kajol). But of course, Rahul ends up marrying the girl-next-door, Tina (Rani Mukherji). Anjali’s heart is left broken. Will the two friends reunite?
Watch our favourite film scenes of Badshah Shahrukh Khan here:
Throughout the film, we see the transition in Rahul, as the young, carefree lad to the mature single father.
Each time the film is played, after Raj, this is another character which is overwhelming.
This is one of the most underrated films of Shahrukh Khan. So far, we had seen mainly chocolate boy characters. But this is a biopic on the Ancient Indian emperor himself – Ashoka.
Whilst the character is always fierce, we see the transition of Ashoka being a compassionate prince, to a stone-hearted tyrannical emperor. Interestingly, SRK himself, alongside his co-star Kareena Kapoor Khan, both had to learn sword fighting.
Critic Taran Adarsh notes:
“Shah Rukh Khan essays his part with enthusiasm. It won’t be wrong to state that this is amongst his finest performances.”
Kabhie Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)
Sometimes Joy Sometimes Sorrow!
Times Of India states: “K3G is the complete commercial banquet delivered with fabulous finesse by Karan Johar. So, go indulge yourself.”
King Khan’s character in this film is the charming affluent young man, Rahul, who is the apple of the Raichand clan. Despite being adopted, he has been the pride of his parents Yash (Amitabh Bachchan) and Nandini (Jaya Bachchan). Until one day, he dares to fall in love with a girl of a lower economical class, Anjali (Kajol).
The SRK-Kajol pairing is very innocent and sincere. But, most impressive is Shahrukh and Jayaji’s performances as mother and son. In fact, the scene where Nandini and Rahul reunite at Bluewater shopping centre, after years, will surely bring tears to your eyes. A tissue will be handy for this one!
Devdas, undoubtedly, is the magnum opus film in Shahrukh Khan’s career. Directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Khan goes all out for this vibrant remake. Notably, the film was also India’s submission for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.
SRK’s character Devdas Mukherjee is a victim of obsession, alcoholism, and ill fate. Throughout the movie, Shahrukh’s intensity remains consistent. Furthermore, his chemistry with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan (as Paro) and Madhuri Dixit (as Chandramukhi) is spectacular.
The veteran Dilip Kumar in Bimal Roy’s original 1955 film played the titular Role. Similarly, Shahrukh Khan had to live up to expectations, which he did. For this marvellous performance, he won the ‘Best Actor’ award at several high-profile ceremonies, including Filmfare!
The daring avatar of Shahrukh Khan returns with Yash Chopra’s romantic Veer-Zaara. A love story which transcends all religious and cultural boundaries.
Indian Air-Force pilot, squadron Veer Pratap Singh (Shahrukh Khan) meets Zaara Hayat Khan (Preity Zinta), who has travelled from Pakistan to India for immersing the ashes of her nanny. As the two meet and spend time with each other, an unbreakable bond develops between them.
Veer-Zaara is a fervent love story, and the performances are just terrific.
Highlighting performance is when SRK reads the speech in the climax. This will give you goosebumps and is incredibly riveting!
As it goes: “Don Ko Pakadna Mushkil Hi Nahin, Na Mumkin Hai.”
This film is where the ‘Badshah’ truly goes ‘bad.’ Stepping into the shoes of legendary Amitabh Bachchan, SRK becomes the dreaded criminal.
Like Mr Bachchan, Shahrukh also portrays the double roles of Don and Vijay. Firstly, Don is sexy, stylish, and extremely dangerous. Vijay, on the other hand, is happy-go-lucky and is Desi by nature. Khan manages to shift into both roles with ease and perfection. Plus, the chemistry with his on-screen ‘Junglee Billi’, Priyanka Chopra, is rather spicy!
Despite being a remake, filmmaker Farhan Akhtar has done a good job of recreating this cult classic.
Chak De! India (2007)
“Sattar Minute. Sirf Sattar (70) Minute Hai Tumhare Pass.” To be very honest, even 70 words is not sufficient to praise Shahrukh Khan’s performance in this Shimit Amin sports-drama.
SRK plays Kabir Khan, the coach of the National Indian women’s hockey team. Kabir is determined and aims to turn sixteen dysfunctional players into one championship unit.
Considering that Chak De! India does not star a popular heroine in the lead, Shahrukh still performs with great excellence. With this one, he dares to step out of the commercial cinema.
The 16 Chak De girls are also fabulous!.
My Name Is Khan (2010)
Previous films of Shahrukh and Kajol were entirely commercial ventures. But, My Name Is Khan is a serious social film, set in the backdrop of 9/11. As such, 2017 celebrates the seventh year anniversary.
Playing Rizwan Khan, Shahrukh Khan’s main dialogue is “My Name Is Khan and I’m not a terrorist.” The film centres on how Rizwan proves to his wife, Mandira (Kajol) that he’s not a bad person. Hence, he embarks on a lengthy journey to meet the president of America.
It isn’t easy to depict a character with Asperger’s Syndrome. Shahrukh executes the role with full conviction. Definitely one of SRK’s best performances of all time!
Recently, Raees is the film which truly has brought SRK back into the limelight. Playing the titular role, he is the infamous Gujarati bootlegger. For the first time, he features alongside Mahira Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui.
Shahrukh is true to his role. Fulfilling his character well, that the audience is taken on his journey, through grit and crime. We experience the failures, success, and dangers of Raees’ world.
Praising this Rahul Dholakia film, Times Of India cites: “If you’re going for a great SRK performance and some good ol’ popcorn entertainment, it might just ‘raees’ to the occasion.”
Overall, Shahrukh Khan has been a treasure for Hindi cinema for years. Of course, these selected 12 best movies, are at the tip of the mountain!
DESIblitz is certain that there are yet many more hits to come, because: “Picture Abhi Baaki Hai Mere Dost!”