Shah Rukh Khan Completes 20 Years In Bollywood
By MovieTalkies.com, 25 June 2012
Shah Rukh Khan started his career in Bollywood in the year 1992 after a fairly successful stint in television having acted in Circus and Fauji, with Deewana opposite Rishi Kapoor and Divya Bharti. During this period, he was also seen in other films such as Hema Malini's Dil Aashna Hai, Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman and Maya Memsaab opposite Deepa Sahi, wherein he appears in a much-publicized sex scene. He won the Filmfare Best Male Debut award for his performance in Deewana and went on to notch up another trophy the following year.
In the year 1993, SRK bagged the big ticket Yash Raj film Darr followed by Abbas-Mustan's Baazigar, for which he won critical acclaim for portraying villainous roles. His stammering line 'I love you Kkkk..iran' garnered much popularity amongst the masses almost becoming synonymous with the persona of the actor. He bagged his first Filmfare Best Actor Award. Of course, this was the first of many more such awards. SRK kept experimenting with various roles playing the happy-go-lucky Sunil in Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa and the obsessive lover in Anjaam. Both the films fetched him Filmfare awards for Critics Best Performance and Best Villain respectively.
1995 belonged to Shah Rukh Khan. He delivered two of the biggest Bollywood blockbusters that year. One of them was the Rakesh Roshan film with Salman Khan Karan Arjun, which was based on the theme of re-incarnation. The film turned out to be one of the highest grossers of the year. His other film was the game changer in his career. Debutante director Aditya Chopra's film Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge turned out to be one of the biggest hits in the history of Indian cinema. It achieved unprecedented critical and box-office success along with ten Filmfare awards. Interestingly, it is still running at Mumbai's Maratha Mandir theatre having completed a record-breaking run of 17 years (and still counting) at the box-office. Khan's chemistry with Kajol worked big time at the box-office heralding the best Bollywood jodi of all time.
The coming years marked a golden run for the actor. Although 1996 began on a sour note with dismal films such as English Babu Desi Mem, Chaahat and Trimurti. However, 1997 turned things around for King Khan as his film with Aziz Mirza Yes Boss turned out to be successful and so did Subhash Ghai's Pardes. Later that year, the Yash Chopra film Dil Toh Pagal Hai alongside Karisma Kapoor and Madhuri Dixit, set new trends in the way love stories were made as well as brought in a new style of choreography, thanks to Shiamak Davar. On the personal front, his son Aryan was born in that year. The following year, 1998, was a case of mixed-fortunes for the superstar. His Dil Se... despite garnering critical acclaim failed to bring in the numbers. Even though his film Duplicate failed to make a mark, Karan Johar's directorial debut Kuch Kuch Hota Hai consolidated SRK's status as King Khan.
He bagged innumerable endorsements with reputed brands, featured on the covers of international magazines and was the much-adored dimpled face of the Hindi film industry!
Shah Rukh Khan started having back problems around this time which has caused trouble for him on innumerable occasions since then. On the professional front, he dabbled with other genres such as action, comedy, drama with films such as Baadshah, Josh and Hey! Ram hence making it a not-so grand status for King Khan towards the end of the millennium. His daughter Suhana was also born in the year 2000. His coming of age was in Aditya Chopra's 2nd film Mohabbatein, where he played a character much closer to him in terms of age. His role of a music teacher garnered critical acclaim. He also set up his production company Dreamz Unlimited with Juhi Chawla and Aziz Mirza, and the first film out of the banner was Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani, which unfortunately failed to make a mark at the box-office in spite of being much ahead of its time, in terms of content. His other production included Asoka based on the life of the renowned Indian emperor. The film got ample critical acclaim and was a moderate success at the box-office. His big-ticket release in 2001 was the Karan Johar film Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, which broke several box-office records at the overseas market, almost making SRK a household name in the Western countries.