It was in the dawn of the 90s, that the young Khan inhabited the hearts of TV audience in India. Many love to call it a story of perseverance, many of talent and yet many, of luck. Twenty three years hence, and Shah Rukh Khan is one of the sparkling dimes of world cinema and a major axis of Bollywood. ‘SRK’ has turned into a brand, globally representing the face of Hindi Cinema, as well as India.
When he left Delhi for Mumbai and straight away signed four films, 25 June was waiting for him to announce his arrival to the silver screen, loud and clear.Twenty three years ago, on this date, released SRK’s debut movie ‘Deewana’, turning out to be a hit.
“Fauji”, his debut TV series, should have been an incredible stardom forecast, which affirmed the face of ‘that romantic hero being sought’ for many long decades to come. Amidst millions of wishes and prayers flowing in through social media, Khan remains like Mount Olympus – a proud abode to several records, legendary hits and unquestioned fame.
Aziz Mirza’s “Circus” (1989-90) is the earliest SRK series, close to many hearts. Had the production of Lekh Tandon’s “Dil Daariya” not been delayed, Fauji would not have made history. But Abhimanyu Rai of Fauji, the young and handsome army cadet under training would have been noted, for sure.
A collection of series followed these, including Mani Kaul’s “Idiot”(1991), Umeed (1989) and Wagle ki Duniya (1988-90). In April of 1991, when Sharh Rukh Khan changed his mind, to act in films, Bollywood was starting to witness a new spring.
A turning point in his enriching journey came with Hema Malini’s directorial debut “Dil Aashna Hai”, which was one of the first films that he signed. This was followed by ‘Deewana’ co-starring Divya Bharti; he played the second lead, after Rishi Kapoor. With numerous blockbusters that followed, Khan never looked back in his career, stardom or romantic appeal. Breaking the taboo by portraying a handful of anti-villain roles, SRK was clearing a new path for himself to walk and for many others to follow. The 1994 cult film, Karan Arjun, with Salman Khan, followed by the ’95 seminal, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, have, over the years, added to Khan’s undoubted superstar credentials.
Pushing fifties, Shahrukh remains half his age in the minds of all. “How can it be 23rd year of SRK? He himself is just 25!” tweeted someone. As ‘#23GoldenYearsOfSRK” trends on Twitter in India and worldwide, SRK keeps them updated with his tweets and selfies – not much different from a tech savvy youth.
Making his presence obvious in many other fields, like film production, television hosting, stage performances and IPL Team ownership, he never forgets to multitask.
Having received 14 filmfare awards from 30 nominations, Khan has also been the recipient of several national and international awards, for acting as well as other achievements.
For years to come, film lovers will always reserve this evergreen hero a special place, close to their hearts.