Shahrukh Khan made his debut as a star on the small screen. There is no other actor who has taken such a great leap from being a TV star to that of being the Badshah of Bollywood, King Khan or King of Romance. Though he started off as a villain, he was loved for the romantic roles he played on the big screen. He gave Bollywood all time chartbusters with his romantic movies, which was welcomed lovingly by everyone. Let us check out which of the 6 movies justify the title “King of Romance” bestowed on Shahrukh Khan.
6. Chennai Express
Shahrukh Khan plays the role of Rahul (surprised? Don’t be. Shahrukh is either Rahul or Raj in many of his romantic films) a forty-year-old bachelor who falls in love with the daughter a powerful headman of the local mafia in Tamil Nadu. Initially, he is unaware of his love for Meena, but once he realizes what she means to him, he is willing to go through hell to win her. Apart from Shahrukh Khan’s romantic appeal which has lasted the onslaught of time, Chennai Express had the advantage of fiery Deepika Padukone whose funny southern accent was so lovable.
5. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
The film needs a mention as one of the top romantic films of Shahrukh Khan because he plays the role of Surinder Sahni (not the attractive Rahul or Raj though one of them comes back later) who wears a non-descript attire, talks hesitatingly, drives his scooter carefully and is a government employee. In short he is far off from romantic hero of the big screen. How he wins his battle over his another avatar of Raj (there you go again) who doesn’t sport a moustache, wears gaudy tees, flashy glares and has sporty hairstyle, forms the story of the film. The film should be watched for the amazing portrayal of two opposite characters, especially the part of Surinder Sahni enacted excellently by Shahrukh Khan.
Shahrukh Khan had a winner on his hands once again with this movie, in which he had to match his acting talent with Bollywood stalwart Amitabh Bachchan. Shahrukh Khan plays the role of music teacher Raj Aryan (What did I say. Here he is Raj again) who introduces love and romance to the Gurukul which is run by strict disciplinarian Narayan Shankar. He wages his war for love, wielding a violin as a weapon and memories of ravishing beauty Aishwarya by his side, making life easy for 6 other youngsters.
3. Dil to Pagal Hai
Shahrukh Khan plays the role of Rahul (Hmmmm…), a director of dance troupe who lives with an illusion of perfect woman Maya in his mind. He tries to create his vision on stage with Nisha (Karisma Kapoor) but fate brings in Pooja (Madhuri) into his life. The chemistry between the two lead characters, who hesitate to express their love for each other, is captured amazingly.
2. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Rahul (of course played by Shahrukh Khan once again) wins the heart of every audience and his lady love when he silently confesses to Anjali that he loves her, and watches in tears as she is brought forth for her wedding with Aman. Shahrukh Khan excels in the role of young romantic in love with Rani Mukherjee and later as a mature man coming to terms that he loves his best buddy Anjali. Kajol excelled as tomboy in the first part of the film who loses her love, and comes back as a great sari clad feminine character to win him again.
1. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
The movie set many records including completion of 900 weeks at Maratha Mandir. The biggest blockbuster of all time has Shahrukh Khan and Kajol at their romantic best. The long run it has had should prove what a timeless classic it is. Shahrukh plays the role of Raj Malhotra (I am not telling you, I told you so), an open minded youngster brought up a liberal father. As fate would have it, he falls in love with Simran who is brought up by a conservative father. Add the NRI touch to the story. The onscreen chemistry between Shahrukh Khan and Kajol is not something that sets the screen on fire, but it is something that will gracefully and silently enter your heart to remain there forever.