Shah Rukh Khan – The Badshah, The Star

For more than 25 years, Shah Rukh Khan has been entertaining us in films. Now his fans are eagerly awaiting Zero, where he plays a vertically-challenged person. Though SRK is famous as the quintessential lover, here are a few roles that showcase his versatility.

1. The earnest young man of Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992)

In this reworking of Raj Kapoor’s Shree 420, Shah Rukh plays Raj Mathur. Raj is an ambitious youngster who moves from a small town to Bombay to realise his dreams. While he befriends Renu (Juhi Chawla), a young receptionist, his ambitions bring him to the notice of Sapna (Amrita Singh), the boss’s daughter. Caught in a whirlpool of success, luxury and conspiracies, Raj has to lose everything including Renu before he can find his way.

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2. The obsessive lover of Darr (1993) and Anjaam (1994)

Shah Rukh did not shy away from playing negative roles at the beginning of his career. In both Darr and Anjaam, the actor turned in chilling performances as characters who are obsessed with the women they desire. In Darr, SRK’s Rahul is so maniacally obsessed with Kiran (Juhi Chawla) that he does not care if he lives or dies. In Anjaam, his Vijay ruthlessly murders the husband and sister of the woman he desires. He even sends Shivani (Madhuri Dixit) to jail for his crimes

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3. The reluctant nationalist of Swades (2004)

This was one of SRK’s most under-stated (and under-rated) roles. Shorn of all his mannerisms, SRK showed what a fine actor he could be. Mohan Bhargava is initially only interested in taking his nurse back with him. Slowly, he becomes involved Gita (Gayatri Joshi) and through her, with the village’s problems. As the NRI whose nationalism is awakened, Shah Rukh’s portrayal was deeply sincere

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4. The Asperger’s Syndrome sufferer in My Name Is Khan (2010)

Set against the aftermath of 9/11, the film narrated the story of Rizwan Khan. Profiled because of his religion, and targeted because of his medical symptoms, Rizwan needs to clear his name. So begins Rizwan’s cross-country journey to meet the President of the US. It was a stunningly simple portrayal that showcased Rizwan’s vulnerability and his innate goodness

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5. The redemption-seeking coach in Chak De India (2007)

In this sports epic, Kabir is a player who was once accused of throwing a match to Pakistan. Now, he’s the coach of the Indian women’s hockey team. It is his chance of redemption. He has to teach the team what it takes to play for the country. And that there are no second chances on the playing field. The girls who made up the team were spectacular. But the film was anchored by SRK’s intense and most-honest performance as Kabir Khan

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6. The obsessive fan of Fan (2016)

This was Shah Rukh in his nth double role – as Aryan Khanna, the superstar, and as Gaurav Chandna, the fan who worships the ground that Aryan walks on. All Gaurav wants to do is to wish his hero personally. When that goes tragically wrong, Gaurav’s worship turns to hate. While the script may have faltered in the second half, Shah Rukh’s performance as Gaurav/Aryan couldn’t be faulted. Neither character was particularly likable, and that was SRK’s triumph

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