Happy birthday SRK: Five times he floored us with his films
Published on November 2, 2020 at 09.58
Baazigar: The one where SRK first showcases his ‘villain’ avatar and also makes his debut appearance with Kajol with whom he would go on to cement an iconic pairing. He plays Ajay Sharma, a young man who goes on a murderous spree to exact revenge for his family being wronged and cheated. A huge success at the box-office, ‘Baazigar’ picked up a whopping ten nominations at the 39th Filmfare Awards, and over the years has acquired a cult status. Can’t imagine the charming SRK in such a role? Go watch it if you haven’t already.
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa: A 1994 gem that released before SRK became a ‘superstar’. Memories of watching this coming-of-age film in a tiny pre-multiplex cinema as a collegian on the verge of being catapulted into ‘real life’, made a huge impact. SRK plays Sunil, a young, good-hearted musician who keeps failing his exams and is in love with a girl who has eyes for someone else. Can you be happy even when you don’t get what you want? SRK shines in this heartwarming and humorous tale filled with memorable songs like ‘Ay Kaash Ke Hum’ and ‘Deewana Dil Deewana’.
Kal Ho Naa Ho: A tearjerker with heartfelt performances by Preity Zinta as a seemingly uptight MBA student, Saif Ali Khan as her carefree friend, and SRK as a charming neighbor who changes her life, that will stay with you for a long, long time. Perhaps the most memorable scenes are from the picturisation of the title song on SRK, when he mouthes deep lyrics like ‘Har ghadi badal rahee hai roop zindagi, chav hai kabhi kabhi hai dhoop zindagi’, and you can’t help falling into a musical contemplation of life alongside him.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: Many debates have sprung up amidst ‘SRKians’ over the years as to which is his ‘best’ romantic film - and if we had to pick, it would be this funny, sweet, tragic 1998 film that endeared him (and Rani Mukerji) to us forever. The story of a college almost-romance that fast-forwards eight years into adulthood, SRK and Kajol tip-toe around each other as they recollect the good times they had as teenage friends, but with SRK still carrying a torch for his lost wife, can they ever be together? His eight-year-old daughter (Sana Saeed) plays matchmaker in a rather precocious way.
Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge: What can be said of this iconic romance that hasn’t been said already? Celebrating 25 years this year since its release, ‘DDLJ’ cemented the iconic pairing of SRK with Kajol who won fans’ hearts with their traipses around picturesque Europe and their blossoming love in the mustard fields of Punjab. With a stellar supporting cast including Anupam Kher and Amrish Puri, ‘DDLJ’ went on to become the longest running Indian film in the cinema, playing at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai for over two decades. It’s been re-released in the UAE so why not mosey on down to a cinema to re-live the magic?