Raja to Raees- King Khan completes 25 years of stardom

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Life is nothing less than a pandora’s box, i.e., it has too many surprises planned for us. It is full of ups and downs and one never knows what is planned for them in future. Shah Rukh Khan or SRK or King Khan or whatever his fans want to call him was as ordinary a person as everyone who loved theatre and acting but never knew that he would become what he is today. He was ordinary but he had the skills and the fire in him to do something good out of life made him the one of the most eminent stars of Bollywood. It also helped him in attaining fame not just in the country but also in the whole world.

Young Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan

Raj found his real-life Simran in Gauri Chibber, later known as Gauri Khan and got married to her in 1991 after a courtship of six long years. Khan’s father, Meer Taj Mohammad Khan, was again a great man of dedication. His father was an Indian Independence activist in Peshawar, British India(present-day Pakistan). His mother, Lateef Fatima was the daughter of a senior government officer and they both got hitched in the year 1959, following which they were blessed with two kids Shahnaz Lalarukh and the “Baadshah of Bollywood” in the years 1960 and 1965 respectively. Shah Rukh Khan’s family life has been one that has always been looked upon which consists of wife Gauri and their three children Aryan, Suhana and AbRam. AbRam being the youngest is the apple of everyone’s eyes and is mostly seen with SRK on fields too.

The prefect family photograph of the Khans

We all know that life is not a bed of roses and it wasn’t the same for King Khan either. He did not become the Baadshah of Bollywood in one day. It took him years of dedication and hard work so as to attain what he is presently. His debut role was in the TV series Fauji as Abhimanyu Rai, whose role was based  on the exploits of Lt Col Sanjoy Bannerji of the Bombay Sappers, Indian Army, which got aired in 1989 on DD National. Since then he never turned back. His silverscreen debut was with Raj Kanwar’s Deewana, in which he played the role of Raja Sahai and which got released in 1992. From villainious roles(Darr and Baazigar) to romantic roles(Karan Arjun, DDLJ, Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham and so on), Shah Rukh Khan has done justice to all of them. Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge or DDLJ is the longest-running film in the history of Indian cinema and it is still showing at the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai. From Rajendra Nagar in Delhi to “Mannat” in Mumbai, it has been a very long journey. 14 Filmfare awards have been awarded to him alongside the Padma Shri by the Government of India in 2005. Not just Indian governement but Shah Rukh Khan has been awarded by the Government of France both Odre des Arts et des Lettres(2007) adn the highest civilian award of the country, the Légion d’Honneur(2014).

Shah Rukh Khan receiving Padma Shri from the then President of India Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
Shah Rukh Khan receiving the ‘Knight of the Legion of Honour’ Award by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Not only acting but he has marveled in whichever field he has set his foot on. UNESCO in 2011 presented SRK with Pyramide con Marni award for his philanthropic endeavor in support of children’s education. Cricket happens to be on his list too. He is the co-owner of Indian Premier League(IPL) cricket team Kolkata Knight Riders as a reason of which he is seen flying to the city of joy(Kolkata) very often during the league.

As he completes 25 years in Bollywood, here are some of his iconic dialogues:

  •  Buraai milne mein nahi hai..Buraai chhup-chhup kar milne mein hai- Baazigar (1993)
  •  Agar yeh tujhe pyaar karti hai toh yeh palat ke dekhegi…palat…palat!- Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge(1995)
  • Duniya mein kitni hai nafratein … phir bhi dilon mein hai chahatein … mar bhi jaaye pyar waale … mitt bhi jaaye yaar waale … zinda rehti unki mohabbatein- Mohabbatein(2000)
  •  Zindagi mein agar kuch banna ho, kuch haasil karna ho, kuch jeetna ho, toh hamesha dil ki suno, aur agar dil bhi koi jawab na de toh aankhen band karke apni maa-baap ka naam lo … phir dekhna har manzil paar kar jaoge, har mushkil aasaan ho jayegi … jeet tumhari hogi, sirf tumhari- Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham(2001)
  • Kaun kambakht bardaasht karne ko peeta hai … hum toh peete hai ki yahan par baith sake, tumhe dekh sake, tumhe bardaasht kar sake- Devdas (2002)
  • Sarhad paar ek aisa shaksh hai … joh aapke liye apni jaan bhi de dega- Veer Zara(2004)
  • Don ke dushman ki sabse badi galati yeh hai … ki woh Don ka dushman hai- Don (2006)
  •  Kehte hain agar kisi cheez ko dil se chaho … to puri kainaat usse tumse milane ki koshish mein lag jaati hai- Om Shanti Om (2007)
  • Ek tarfa pyar ki taqat hi kuch aur hoti hai … auron ke rishton ki tarah yeh do logon mein nahi bat’ti … sirf mera haq hai ispe- Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016)
  • Tum agar khulke ro nahi sakogi … toh khulkar has kaise sakogi- Dear Zindagi (2016)
  • Koi dhanda chota nahi hota aur dhande se bada koi dharam nahi hota- Raees(2017)

Famous for his versatility, King Khan became the first Indian actor to speak at the TED Talk in Vancouver in this year in the month of May.

Shah Rukh Khan making a speech at the TED Talk

Nothing comes easy. It was not easy for SRK to become SRK too. After crossing a lot of hurdles and facing a lot of criticisms he still had the power to stay strong and face it solidly. Nobody goes without mistakes and even he has done a few but good always wins over evil and so did he make up for all his mistakes by doing all the good work.          Wish him all the luck for his upcoming movie “Jab Harry met Sejal”. Way to go King Khan!

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