If you are a Shah Rukh Khan fan, let’s be categorical enough. The author would make a lot of enemies from the SRK Fan club. Here’s a critical but an objective assessment on King Khan’s career graph of late. The trailer of director Gauri Shinde’s Dear Zindagi is already for everyone to see and fans can’t wait any longer to see the Badshah of Bollywood back on screen after the much disappointing Fan.
Well, going by the trailers, SRK is looking resplendent and his on-screen chemistry with Alia Bhatt rocks, if we are to use a colloquial term. The bearded SRK seems to be playing his age and his unbiased die-hard fans should be heaving a sigh of relief. Finally, SRK has reconciled to the fact that it’s time to be an actor rather than just a superstar. A product of the Barry John school of acting, Shah Rukh entered the film industry much more prepared than the other two Khans, Salman and Aamir. Yet, stardom has over shadowed the versatile actor in him despite a Swades and a Chak De! India to his credit.
But why is Dear Zindagi so crucial for SRK? Even if we talk of critical acclaims, box-office success matters. His previous two films Fan and Dilwale failed to be blockbusters and through Dear Zindagi, Shah Rukh would not only want to revive his star status but also prove his real worth as an actor.
Talking of revenues, SRK’s friend-turned-foe-turned-friend Salman has established himself as the Sultan of Box-office with one bumper hit after another. Akshay Kumar plays safe within the Rs 120-crore mark, Ajay Devgn’s Shivaay has barely managed to make profit and Karan Johar’s Ae Dil Hai Mushkil hasn’t quite set the cash registers ringing. The Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal set for a Christmas release is the only hope for a Rs. 300-crore- and-beyond business apart from Dear Zindagi.
The film industry has to survive and time and again, it has had to look to the biggest of stars to rake in the moolah. One may, like Akshay look for the percentage of profit by starring in mid-level films in terms of budget, but with production value going up, big bucks are the needs of the hour and it’s only the Khans who can get them.
In this context, not just from the industry’s point of view, but for SRK’s stardom as well, Dear Zindagi will be an acid test. The film may not have been hyped vis-à-vis a usual Shah Rukh release and its promotions haven’t been aggressive enough, but the hatke tag not quite synonymous with a King Khan film has generated curiosity and this is what makes the film a must watch.
Yes, SRK the actor is sincere enough to capture the fancy of his fans and dedicated critics. But SRK, the megastar too needs to spell magic and this makes Dear Zindagi a crucial film for the guy from Delhi. Gauri helmed the successful comeback of Sridevi with English Vinglish (2012). Will she prove lucky for the Badshah of Bollywood too?
All eyes are set on November 25, when the film hits the screens.