I often hear people say –
“That Shahrukh Khan, how much he overacts???… I just hate him!!! ”
”IPL match KKR v/s KXIP: – KKR should lose …I don’t want Shahrukh to win!!!”
I have always wondered as to what in him makes people to hate him so much??? I agree the mass of people who love him is far more than the ones who hate him…but I am pained to see the reason behind that mass of people who hate him!!!
He is forever all over the place promoting his film…. he supports his friends to the “T” … he owns an IPL team and looks after every need of his team… makes classy team uniform , eye catching ads, KORBO-LORBO anthem, brings in more filmy guests for his matches, comes up with advertising strategies to let people of nation give expert opinions for his team, churns tele serials as well now..!!!
He is an actor, producer, entrepreneur … with career diversified in films like Kabhi haan Kabhi naa, Darr, Bazzigar, DDLJ, DTPH, Don, Chak de India, Swades, Hey Ram, Asoka, etc…and at the same time owner of Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR). He is the highest tax payer in the nation for last consecutive 3 years…. and above all, although being a ‘KHAN’, he is by far the only actor who is literally worshipped in many Hindu households!!! So, where even religion can’t make us to hate him… what is it in him that still makes people to hate him???People may hate his acting… but hating someone as a person sure means a lot!!!
Okay let me accept that… yes I am a big Shahrukh fan… and that is probably the big reason that I am pained to see people hating him. But then I am Shahrukh fan right from his Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (KHKN) days…for his portrayal of cute and unlucky in love -Sunil was so genuine that it made him my instant favorite. Later with villainous roles in Bazzigar & Darr, romantic lead roles in DDLJ, Dil toh Pagal Hai(DTPH), he literally created a wave of admiration amongst his fans. People went crazy for him and so did I. At a tender age of 11, what love is all about???- is one topic that Shahrukh and his DDLJ taught me… (Now don’t judge me over this….it only made me to realize one of the human emotions :P)
In the teens, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (KKHH) gave the perfect dose of friendship and there were lot of us sporting cool chains as neck piece after that. Where DTPH gave new meaning to “someone somewhere is made for u…” JOSH brought the rebels in us to the fore. He is definitely a trend setter what with tight tees of KKHH, cool chains of KKHH to leather jackets and cow boy hat of DDLJ!!!
Chak de India gave rise to passion -to excel at whatever we do!! It strongly urged to look up to sports and women sports in specific. His stubble and slightly aged look suited him to the ‘T’ with portrayal of Kabir Khan –the Indian Hockey coach!!! Another master Act by him that is!!! And Swades literally moved me to tears and made me to hate US of A. It resurrected in me the faith that one day my motherland would be the best in this world if collected efforts are made. With movies like Hey Ram, Asoka, Devdas, Pardes, Kal Ho Na Ho, Don he proved his versatility and while at it slowly but surely claimed his title of ‘King Khan’!!!
Yes let us say he over acts… but then people who don’t???Let us go back to our corporate setups and try and recollect our responses while promoting our work in a particular project. Don’t we go about adding extra adjectives here and there?? In his case, it’s his job to act and over act..!!! He gets paid for that!!! C’mon people give him some breather…I agree that everyone is entitled to have his or her own opinions and views but let’s not just write off person for projecting himself larger than life!!!
In 2008, Newsweek named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the world; he is also awarded with several honors which include the Padma Shri-the fourth highest civilian award by Government of India. In April 2007, a life-size wax statue of Khan was installed at the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, London. Another statue was installed at the Muse Grévin in Paris, the same year. During the same year, he was accorded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Order of the Arts and Literature) award by the French government for his “exceptional career”. In October 2008, Khan was conferred the Darjah Mulia Seri Melaka which carries the honorific Datuk (in similar fashion to “Sir” in British knighthood), by the Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Mohd Khalil Yaakob, the head of state of Malacca in Malaysia. Khan was honored for “promoting tourism in Malacca” by filming One Two Ka Four there in 2001. Some were critical of this decision. He was also honored with an honorary doctorate in arts and culture from Britain’s University of Bedfordshire in 2009.
Now he sure must be having something in him to pull of these things and achieve so much in life..!!!So what if he tries and over smiles, even when his team loses badly in IPL?? So what if he doesn’t support NGOs like other Khans??? So what if he longs for awards and is not double edged in saying that oh, I don’t work for awards…(c’mon everyone works for awards…!!! Just recollect employee of the month award at corporate setups…and you shall get my point). So what if he didn’t bow before the saffron tiger to allow screening his movie??? What should matter is, is he a good human being? Is he involved in criminal cases? Can he prove to be some sort of role model to youngsters? Can he help create a better tomorrow for our country? And to all these questions I feel answer is yes…!!! He is a good human being… I have never heard anyone say anything against his goodwill or his motives. There aren’t any criminal cases against him… being a Muslim himself… he doesn’t support bigamy…or doesn’t even hop from one marriage to another unlike others…!!! Starting with very modest means and having lost parents at very early age this boy stood on his weak but determined legs to go about carving his path in this world. Today he is whatever is totally because of, he himself alone..!!!He didn’t have any godfathers to produce films for him or promote him in any manner… what I only ask for… give one space to breathe!!! Now, if Kolkata doesn’t perform well and win then there is no need for dada supporters to hate Shahrukh for that!!!! Makes sense?
Now let me tell you guys all over again… I am huge Shahrukh Khan Fan and hence this post!!! So avoid the passion in my writing for him if you don’t like it… but at least don’t hate me because I like Shahrukh!!!