He was an incorrigible flirt who wore his heart on his sleeve till he fell head-over-heels in love with a girl who was a complete opposite of who he had been the first 25 years of his life in London. The man was Raj, who keeps fantasy alive for many women even today, whether or not the real person with similar characteristics exists in some corner of the world. But one cannot forget how Shahrukh Khan‘s charm has epitomized one of the most romantic characters Bollywood has ever known. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge is one film that doesn’t cease to be a favorite for so many of us, even after umpteen re-runs, even after having memorized most dialogues or aping the characters in whichever way possible… you say the dialogue and the beautiful Swiss locales or the yellow Mustard fields in Punjab captured in the film shall flash past you.
This year, nearly 2 decades later, Shahrukh Khan returns with all his charm intact as Rahul (another common name that the actor was christened with in his movies) in Chennai Express, opposite Deepika Padukone. While this is a first-time association for Rohit Shetty and SRK, the film started garnering immense fan following ever since the simultaneous release of the first three posters.
While the foot-tapping songs, adrenaline-pumping action are in the signature Rohit Shetty-ishtyle, and may remind one of Rohit Shetty’s hit ventures in the past namely Singham and the Golmaal series. What is different this time is King Khan hogging most of the limelight because of his aura of being fabulous – with his confidence, his charm and those dimples – yes, despite everything that may have changed, perhaps for the better, there are somethings that never change, one of them is his essence of awesomeness. The actor has rightly been named the Baadshah of Bollywood. Pick up any film, regardless of its fate at the Box Office, you’ll find strict diligence behind it. As an old proverb goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, similarly, superstars don’t become what they are in just one day.
In Aditya Chopra’s directorial venture, Raj gave his hand out to Simran to help her board the train that led the couple to find potential love between them; in Rohit Shetty’s debut with SRK, Rahul shall give his hand to Meena (Deepika) for her to board the train he is on, perhaps epitomizing the “I want to break free” notion in Hindi films for the second time. Surely, some things really do not change, just like the essence of Shahrukh Khan – from Raj to Rahul.