Shahrukh Khan’s ZESTFUL Journey To Stardom in Bollywood

Fondly known as King Khan of the Bollywood industry, Shahrukh Khan began his acting career as a soldier in the Doordarshan series ‘Fauji‘ (1988). He earned recognition with this series and started getting roles on television and the Bollywood film industry. Deewana (1992) was his first Bollywood film in which he appeared in a supporting role. In 1993 he played negative characters in the movies ‘Baazigar’ and ‘Darr’ that garnered him recognition. Remember Shahrukh uttering,” K.K..K.K.K…K…Kiran?”
The supposed-to-be-hero actor playing a negative part was a bit shocking but the audience accepted that with open arms. Both the movies were a huge success at the box office. After that, there was no looking back for the actor. The ground for massive fan-following had already been created.

Shahrukh Khan Bollywood journey
Shahrukh Khan Bollywood journey

I know writing about Shahrukh Khan will never be sufficient, however, there’s no harm in discussing his best movies. Let’s go on a joy ride:)

1) Darr

I remember watching this movie changed my perception of the protagonist in Bollywood. A protagonist can play a villainous character and charm the audience; you got to watch Darr to understand it better. The negative role suited Shahrukh Khan so much that he nearly eclipsed the Hero of the movie;)

2) Maya Memsaab

Maya Memsaab was another movie of Shahrukh that I liked because of its unusual content. His co-star Deepa Sahi played an interesting role. Sadly, the movie was a flop at the box office.

3) Karan Arjun

Karan Arjun was a commercially successful film with a big star cast. TV channels don’t forget to play it repeatedly even today. Shahrukh and Salman came together as brothers and people liked it. I have no record of any other film starring the two superstars.

4) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge

So much has been said about DDLJ that I feel short of words now. The movie ran for 25 YEARS in the Maratha Mandir theatre in Mumbai with an occupancy of 200-300 people daily.

Shahrukh Khan in DDLJ
Shahrukh Khan in DDLJ

5) Pardes

Another interesting Shahrukh movie. He had already established a lover boy image with his previous movies and Pardes was a role he completely fitted in.

6) Dil to Pagal Hai

One of my favourite movies of Shahrukh also starred Madhuri Dixit and Karisma Kapoor. Beautiful music and dance sequences were a bonus for the fans.

7) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai

Do you remember the chemistry of Kajol and Shahrukh in KKHH? I loved that. And Rani Mukherjee never looked so beautiful! Do you agree?

8) Mohabbatein

A big star cast along with dominant Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai was the USP of Mohabbatein. Do watch if you haven’t already.

9) Aśoka

Aśoka was Shahrukh’s own production. The period film didn’t do well at the box office but I loved watching it. It’s another experiment by Shahrukh Khan to do things differently.

10) Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…

A family film where brothers separate due to some misunderstanding and the reunion happens in the end.

11) Devdas

There was an old Bollywood movie by the same title where legendary Dilip Kumar played the role of Devdas. Shahrukh did it in his signature style and won hearts.

12) Kal Ho Naa Ho

An emotional drama where Shahrukh knows that he’s going to die. It was ‘Anand’ with Rajesh Khanna but ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’ has a different take on the similar theme.

13) Main Hoon Na

A multi-genre movie where an army man goes undercover and joins a college to protect a General’s daughter.

Shahrukh Khan in Main Hoon Na
Shahrukh Khan in Main Hoon Na

14) Veer-Zaara

The love story of an Indian pilot and a Pakistani girl. Preity Zinta and Shahrukh Khan were the perfect choices for the lead roles.

15) Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna

A story of complicated relationships, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna was an experiment with a new subject. Lovely music topped the charts.

16) Don/Don2

The remake of Amitabh Bachchan’s Don, Shahrukh left no stone unturned to steal the show.

17) Chak De! India

One of the best motivational films of the Indian film industry, Chak De India witnessed Shahrukh Khan as the coach of the Indian Women’s National hockey team.

18) Om Shanti Om

Om Shanti Om is the story of the rebirth of a man, played by Shahrukh. Deepika Padukone debuted with this movie and instantly became our favourite.

19) Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

Shahrukh plays the role of a simple man who transforms himself to win over his wife. Anushka Sharma looked great with Shahrukh.

20) My Name Is Khan

Shahrukh plays a man who is suffering from Asperger’s syndrome. After Twin Tower attack, he is determined to change the perception of society about the Muslim community.

21) is the movie of the virtual characters developed by humans. It’s another ‘hat ke’ story that the audience appreciated.

22) Jab Tak Hai Jaan

Jab Tak Hai Jaan is a romantic movie that revolves around a bomb-disposal expert (Shahrukh), a journalist (Anushka) and a businesswoman (Katrina Kaif)

23) Chennai Express

On his way to immerse his grandfather’s ashes at Rameshwaram, a man meets a girl in the train who happened to be the sister of a Don.

24) Dear Zindagi

In Dear Zindagi, Shahrukh Khan plays the role of a psychiatrist who uses unconventional methods to treat Alia Bhatt.

25) Raees

Shahrukh plays the role of a bootlegger who tries to improve the condition of his community but falls into a political trap.

The role of Shahrukh Khan is not confined to Bollywood movies only. His performing mastery and confidence has evolved our lives the way these are now:)


24 Comments Add yours

  1. Anita says:

    SRK has many impressive movies.
    Loved him in Swades & Dil To Paagal Hai too- missing in list.
    He was great in Dear Zindagi too & in many movies where he just has a cameo.
    Compiling lists is never easy for me.

    Missed the results of y’day’s Quiz & today’s Quiz Qn 🙂

    Great work, Aditi. Being a HUGE Bollywood fan, I loved your A2Z series.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Anita says:

      Correction- Dil To Pagal Hai & Dear Zindagi do form a part of your list 🙂
      Swades is missing.

      Very difficult to choose his best role so far.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. aditi says:

        I knew I’ll be facing flak of the Shahrukh fans…. that’s why cleared that it’s my ‘Favourites’ of Shahrukh:)


    2. aditi says:

      Thanks for the support, Anita! I just updated the post with yesterday’s winner:)
      I’ll also miss the A2Z series ❤


  2. Harjeet Kaur says:

    I am a Shahrukh fan and except for Ra one, I have seen all the movies you have listed out. I like the diehard romantic roles he plays the best No contest today 🙂 Oh, no post tomorrow!!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      Will miss you all ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. prasannaraghck says:

    Everybody is a fan of SRK. My daughters loved all his movies, in particular DDLJ and KKHH. You have covered all very well.

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  4. Archana says:

    I am die hard fan of Shahrukh Khan. Well said Writing on King of romance couldn’t be limit in one or two posts. Last year for A2Z challenge I wrote about his famous characters and learnings from them, under the Letter R “King Of Romance”.

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  5. Navita Bhatia says:

    Loved him in each and every role-negative and positive. His journey from Fauji to Raees and then Zero has been amazing. From a chocolaty young romantic hero to a mature actor, he has won millions of hearts. Great compilation, Aditi.
    Congratulations on the completion of this wonderful series. Enjoyed each one of your posts.
    All the best for your future endeavors.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. romagptasinha says:

    I love watching Shahrukh movies, have watched all on your list but am not a v big fan of his dear though I agree his journey indeed has been v zestful. Loved reading your Bollywood titbits through out April buddy

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  7. MommyShravmusings says:

    SRK has many movies to give credit to. Your list is quite impressive my dear. I had watched almost all his movies.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. chinmayeecreations says:

    SRK has always been close to my heart! I have watched all his movies. His Zestful smile just appeals so much. Loved your series though I could not read it all.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Ruchie says:

    SRK is one of the most successful and hardworking actors who reached this position.


  10. Imagemakeover says:

    While reading all the comments. I realized I am the only one who is not a great fan of shahrukh Khan but loved chak de INDIA and Chennai express. Congratulation for the completion of a2z ..loved your series.

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Pr@Gun says:

    Oh wow, this post comes in a time when after finishing AtoZ I had decided to show my kids a few good movies and we had listed kabhi khushi kabhi gam and also kuch kuch hota hai for today’s viewing. No wonder Shahrukh is Badshah of Bollywood with these great movies on his list. My kids love Chak de, Chennai express, and a lot.


  12. Varsh says:

    I was always a Salman fan though I found SRK charming and witty. Have seen all these movies, some multiple times. DDLJ is almost byheart by now. 😁


  13. Dr. Surbhi Prapanna says:

    I am a big big SRK fan and I had watched all of his movies so many times. loved your series dear and many congratulations to you for completing A2Z challenge successfully.


  14. momcaptureslife says:

    I always loved Sharukh Khan. I have seen all the movies you have listed out. I like the diehard romantic roles he plays the best . Congratulations for completing A2Z series


  15. Neha says:

    You hav mentioned most of Sharukh’s movies that I liked too.. the other one that I liked was Kabhi haan kabhi naa

    Liked by 1 person

    1. aditi says:

      I missed that….rather I missed many:)


  16. Sindhu Vinod Narayan says:

    Wow you mentuoned all my favourite movies here. He’s definitely a super star

    Liked by 1 person

  17. Matheikal says:

    I hardly watch movies, but loved the few SRK ones i did watch.

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Nils says:

    While my favorite movie EVER is DDLJ, but SRK’s strongest role is Chak De and My Name is Khan, I feel.


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