Story of Shah Rukh Khan’s Life Through the Taglines of his Films

How the journey of Shah Rukh Khan’s life is best described through the taglines of his movies.

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The king celebrate his birthday. (Photo illustration: Lijumol Joseph/ <b>The Quint</b>)

As I sat down to start writing this story, I struggled for an introduction. How differently could I introduce the Badshah of Bollywood in a way that no one has on his birthday?

Just wishing him ‘Happy Birthday’ seemed much too boring for an actor who has entertained us for 23 years. Sure, I could start with his favourite dialogues, but that would be too filmy.

So how does one write about the king, who, with a single arm-sweep can entice a billion fans, whose adorable dimples continue to dazzle, and whose witty interviews leave almost every interviewer flabbergasted.

I finally gave up. The King needs no introduction. Period!

For this story ain’t about his favourite movie dialogues, his unparalleled wit or his BFFs. It’s about his life best described through the taglines of his own films.

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Story of Shah Rukh Khan’s Life Through the Taglines of his Films

As a child, it wasn’t an easy journey for SRK. A middle-class Delhi boy, his passion for football came to an end after sustaining a severe injury. Despite being a Sword of Honour awardee in his school, the Badshah – believe it or not – failed to get admission in the ‘so-called’ best institutes of DU. The actor was even thrown out of Jamia Millia Islamia because he was supposedly “low on attendance”.

But what did the indefatigable Khan do? He packed his bags and embarked on this extraordinary journey to become the king of hearts and to rule the world. To do what he loved the most – act.

Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge: Come Fall in Love All Over Again

Story of Shah Rukh Khan’s Life Through the Taglines of his Films

From Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Shah Rukh Khan has made us fall in love with Raj/Rahul (naam toh suna hoga) over and over and over again. From Prince Charming he transitioned to the king of romance, while his female fan following continued to rise. And if you thought it was just women who drooled over Shah Rukh, take a look at Saif Ali Khan’s teenage son Ibrahim who ‘dubsmash’ed SRK’s lines from the title track of his famous movie Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi! Clearly, even his contemporaries’ children are not immune to his charms.

Raees: Baniya Ka Dimaag aur Miyanbhai ki Daring

Story of Shah Rukh Khan’s Life Through the Taglines of his Films

Before he was crowned the king of romance, Shah Rukh Khan did a series of negative roles in films. SRK stands out as one of the few actors who had the balls to start his career as an anti-hero – Baazigar (1993), Darr (1993), Anjaam (1944), Don (2006) because he had Baniye Ka Dimag Aur Miyanbhai Ki Daring. He knew his ‘50 shades of grey’ would earn him as much cred if not more than the ‘playing safe’ Khans of the 90s.

Swades: We, the People

Story of Shah Rukh Khan’s Life Through the Taglines of his Films

The actor has been very vocal about his opinion when it comes to secularism and democracy. On his birthday, the superstar talks about religious intolerance and not being secular as the worst thing that could happen in this country. The actor wears his secularism like a badge of honour – being married to a Hindu woman and raising three children (one from surrogacy) in a democratic, secular ‘Khan-dan’.

Chak De! India: Sometimes Winning is Everything

Story of Shah Rukh Khan’s Life Through the Taglines of his Films

Haar ke bhi jeetne wale ko Baazigar kehte hain...

For the King ‘winning is everything’. The meaning of the word ‘loser’ was understood by the actor very early in his life. That is one of the reasons why he is so successful. He got hold of the ladder to success pretty late but when he did, he refused to let it go. SRK has won at least 15 Filmfare awards, has two doctorates under his belt and a series of other incredible accomplishments.

Chak De, Shah Rukh. It’s no wonder you’re the Badshah of Bollywood!

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