Forget being a cinegoer, ever since we got some sense instilled in childhood, if there’s Bollywood, there has to be Shah Rukh Khan associated with it. It’s something the whole wide world is aware of, but wait, not just the names, there are synonyms to it – King of Romance, Badshah, King Khan. That one star that we’ve seen so avidly every single time – what if it stops shining by its choice one single day? We’ll still look for it in the coming days, and that’s what we are doing for you, Shah.
In terms of Bollywood and the crazy fan behaviour, one thing that I’ve always been aware of is, how indispensable is it for a fan who not just prays for his idol but worships him, not just waits for his releases but anticipates it, and if any of his project doesn’t work out – he’s not just disappointed but needs time to grieve about it.
Shah Rukh Khan, a name heard since forever. Who taught me about friendship and then of course, friends who turn into forevers, fighting for the love – be it with the elders, and there’s waiting but never giving up, but when it comes to your loved ones, sacrifice isn’t too much! If you can’t understand the basic movies that I just spoke of above – are you even a fan?
From being a college kid, to a drunkard in love, to the rebel and the ideal son, and there’s being the perfect brother, brother-in-law, coach, psychiatrist, dwarf, autistic – there’s not one phase of life we cannot imagine you in.
27 years, almost 108 films in the Indian Cinema- isn’t that enough to know about your glorious run? There might have been times things wouldn’t have worked out, like now. But what about the 0.63 billion Indian fans, considering the other half being Salman fans (pun intended) who have their hopes pinned on you?
A box office failure is something that might matter in today’s time but a normal being is as happy to see you in a jugalbandi in Issaqbaazi as one was watching you in Karan Arjun, and if actors like you let it decide on the commercial success, is it even worth it, the 27 years?
Critics matter, and so do the choices but is it fair enough for your loyal fan base to be listening to reports like Saare Jahana Se Achcha, and Satte Pe Satta remake and being disappointed all over again, just because you’d fear the risk of disappointing us? We’d rather see the Baazigar of you, Jab Tak Hai Jaan.
So, Shah Rukh Khan, if by any chance, you’re reading this –
Pehla Nasha hi aisa Chamatkar tha, Deewana karne me Baazigar aap ban gaye. Dil Toh Pagal Hai, par Darr is baat ka hai ki aap Pardes se Honorary Doctorate lete lete, Josh me hume Devdas na bana do. Kal Ho Na Ho, ye ek Paheli hai lekin Jab Tak Hai Jaan, sirf tumhari wajah se hum kahenge – Love You Zindagi :)
And if this doesn’t explain how desperately each and every fan of yours wants to see you on the big screen, what will?
You might be The Lion King for many, but for us, you’ll always be the Don. Come back soon!