Shah Rukh Khan’s 58th birthday is being celebrated today, and it is being marked as a significant occasion due to his outstanding performances in two of the best films of 2023, namely “Pathan” and “Jawan.” The star is well on his way to concluding this year with an upcoming movie. His global reputation as an extraordinary actor is well-maintained, and he continues to be associated with the creation of blockbuster films. On the occasion of his birthday, some of his best performances throughout his career in the film industry will be revisited.
1. “Swades” (2004)
In “Swades,” Shah Rukh Khan’s role was a remarkable work of art that left fans astounded by the actor’s ability to portray such distinct characters. Released in 2004, the movie tells the story of a successful Indian man who moved to the United States for his education and decided to stay there. However, when he returns to India to bring his nanny back with him, something within him changes. A personal journey begins as he reconnects with his homeland, encountering diverse individuals and confronting the harsh realities of life. Ashutosh Gowariker directed the film, with SRK appearing opposite Gayatri Joshi.
2. “Chak De! India” (2007)
“Chak De! India” provided a fresh perspective on Shah Rukh Khan’s acting prowess. The star’s transformation from a charming young man to a stern hockey coach surprised everyone. Directed by Shimit Amin, the film features SRK as Kabir Khan, the former captain of the Indian men’s hockey team whose reputation was tarnished after losing to Pakistan in the finals. To redeem his pride, Khan assembled a women’s team after seven years with the mission of sending them to the World Championship to win gold for India. A cast of nine female leads supports him.
3. “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” (1995)
“Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge” remains a timeless classic in Bollywood. Whenever the film is broadcast on television, fans watch it religiously and are captivated by its epic dialogues and intriguing plot. The story follows Raj and Simran, who meet in Europe and transition from foes to friends and lovers. However, Raj is unaware that Simran is engaged to someone in India, sparking a struggle for true love. The film stars Kajol, Amrish Puri, Farida Jalal, Anupam Kher, and others.
4. “Kal Ho Naa Ho” (2003)
“Kal Ho Naa Ho,” centred on a romantic drama theme, has charmed countless hearts. The film skillfully blends humour and emotional moments, offering a perfect showcase for Shah Rukh Khan’s talent. Naina (Preity Zinta) and Aman (SRK) fall in love, but Aman, who is battling cancer and has limited time left, cannot confess his feelings. Eventually, Aman arranges for Naina to be with his best friend Rohit Patel, considering him an ideal match. The film is directed by Nikhil Advani and produced by Dharma Productions.
5. “My Name is Khan” (2010)
“My Name is Khan” stands as one of SRK’s finest films, showcasing his acting skills. Portraying Rizwan Khan, a character with autism, he embarks on a mission to meet the US President as his wife, Mandira Rathod (Kajol), faces Islamophobic hostility after the 9/11 attacks. The film is directed by Karan Johar and written by Shibani Bathija.