Nothing that Shah Rukh Khan did during the last year was anything else than was expected of him. He is a superstar and he left nobody any doubts about it. He had two releases during 2011 and he worked hard on the films and their promotions to ensure that the early returns of both Ra.One and Don 2 were worthy of his star status. SRK delivered – in his usual style. Yet, though there was nothing lacking for SRK during 2011, it was a year that he would not be too keen to remember. According to many in the industry, there are distinct reasons for this. The first is that the quality of Ra.One and Don 2, for whatever reasons, was less than what Shah Rukh is used to delivering. The films he had made with Aditya and Yash Chopra, Karan Johar and Farah Khan were universal hits, always the biggest in the year, here and in the Overseas market; but more than even that, they were superlative films, in cinematic quality among the best, if not the best, of the year. But in 2011, despite both Ra.One and Don 2 being successful, they were simply not the best of the year – not in terms of cinema nor in measures of box-office, and that is not something SRK is used to.
Salman Stole A March On Shah Rukh Khan
The other big reason could also be that Salman Khan seemed to have stolen a march on him at the box-office. When this happened earlier, it never mattered much because SRK’s films were usually superior to the kind that Salman usually made with his family and friends. So, even if occasionally, Salman’s film grossed more than his, SRK was smug in the belief that he had made a better film. But this year, SRK’s films were no better than Salman’s, and yet, Bodyguard had ripped apart all box-office records – and SRK’s films hadn’t.
Shah Rukh Khan should revert to his Main Hoon Na formula of romance with comedy, action with emotions
SRK Can’t Surpass Aamir Khan On Script Front
SRK might introspect but he should realise that he can’t fight Aamir Khan on the story-screenplay front –the A Khan is supreme in that department – and he shouldn’t get entangled in films that are based on the kind of bravado that Salman is best at. He should revert to his Main Hoon Na formula of romance with comedy, action with emotions and infinite amounts of sacrifice alternated with herogiri. It’s not a difficult line to walk; SRK has done it well for almost two decades and he should do it again.
2012 is the year SRK will assert himself again. He has a film with Yash Chopra that will do just that.
Also read: Why Salman Khan Owned 2011