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I'd Like My Shah Rukh Dark, Please

21/04/2016 8:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST
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Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, face covered in a hood, waves towards fans as he leaves after finishing the on-location shoot for a film in Mumbai on April 6, 2015. AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE (Photo credit should read PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP/Getty Images)

Way, way back, a young boy with light-coloured eyes saw his mother get humiliated by a notorious businessman. He grew up to be a successful car racer and ruined the lives of both the daughters of that man. He threw one off a high-rise and married the other and led her to misery.

Here's another story. This time, a man was so obsessed with a married woman, he literally took the couple's life apart, wreaking havoc by simply stuttering his obsession's name.

In a third story, a young man was smitten by yet another married beauty. He killed the husband, had an accident himself and as karma would have it, became a patient of paralysis nursed by the same woman.

Every time Shah Rukh has come onscreen in an avatar that blurs our sense of right and wrong, we have hailed him as an actor.

Baazigar, Darr, Anjaam--all very dark movies. All showcasing the acting chops of the spectacular Shah Rukh Khan. Every time Shah Rukh has come onscreen in an avatar that blurs our sense of right and wrong, we have hailed him as an actor.

As a 'jabra fan', I have followed this man and his journey from his Dil Aashna Hai (1992) days. Yes, he was in that movie, surprisingly not overshadowed by the vibrant Divya Bharti, who was the toast of B town that year. With every interview that he gave, his wit won me over. That he belonged to Delhi was another tick mark in his favour. But most importantly, doing negative roles at the beginning of his career made him stand out as the risk taker he decidedly was. And it paid off handsomely.

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Over the last few decades, Shah Rukh became a superstar, a producer, a performer, a man with immense gift of the gab in award functions. As an actor, he went from the super-entertaining Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge to the subtle yet powerful Chak De! India. Of course there was the odd Chamatkar, Guddu and Ram Jaane in between, but we can give the man that amount of leeway.

What is difficult to forgive or forget are the Dilwales.

Whether it's the necessity to be in the 100 crore club or for the sake of image-management, his choice of movies in the last few years has been questionable, to say the least. While Main Hoon Na appealed to many, what we didn't realize was that it was the beginning of Khan's extensive focus on the genre, much to our dismay. Ra.One, Chennai Express and Happy New Year being just a few instances.

Even if Fan isn't Shah Rukh's all-time best, it is definitely his best in a long time. And we the fans, would like to say thank you.

For those who like their coffee black and their Shah Rukh dark, Fan has come as a relief. The actor is once again proving he is a Khan and not just a soulless hit-maker. Playing the role of an obsessed fan of a superstar, Shah Rukh wears prosthetics, dances like the average Indian Bollywood crazy and talks in a typical dialect, giving the character of Gaurav Chandna a grey sort of brilliance only this Khan can bring to the table. One wonders if essaying the dark side of human beings is what it takes for Shah Rukh to deliver excellence.

Right from the trailer, the klutzy dance moves to the creepy but fresh story, Fan has impressed. Even if it isn't Shah Rukh's all-time best, it is definitely his best in a long time. And we the fans, would like to say thank you.

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