Shah Rukh Khan turns 53: Why the ‘Badshah of Bollywood’ keeps getting better with age


‘King of romance’, King Khan’ aka Shah Rukh Khan will be celebrating his 53rd birthday today. Shah Rukh Khan has been in the industry since early 1990s and has mesmerized audiences with his impeccable acting and charisma. SRK has made his mark in the industry without any launching pad (unlike so many of his contemporaries), but through sheer hardwork, dedication and utmost sincerity.

Shah Rukh’s roles in films such as ‘Darr’, ‘Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Kal Ho Na Ho’, ‘Chak De India’, ‘Veer Zaara’, ‘My Name is Khan’ and many other films have been iconic and legendary. Shah Rukh Khan’s acting philosophy is quite simple; he doesn’t try too hard and always believes in audience being the real king.

From being the chocolate boy to a hockey coach to a bootlegger to a die hard romantic and umpteen number of roles and shades, King Khan has tried everything under the sun and has seen many ups and downs. But, like any other profession, there will be ups and downs and SRK in the last 7-8 years has not been consistent by his enormous and lofty standards.

The Kolkata Knight Riders owner has worked with Yash Chopra, Shekhar Kapoor, Aditya Chopra, Karan Johar, Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Rakesh Roshan, Imtiaz Ali and the list goes on and on. Every director has always had nice things to say about him and SRK can’t be faulted for not working hard or giving less than 100%.

When the ‘going gets tough, the tough gets going’ and SRK is one of these characters. When you have been in the industry for close to three decades, you will invariably suffer a rough patch. Shah Rukh’s recent films such as ‘Fan’, ‘Jab Harry Met Sejal’ and ‘Dilwale’ have been mediocre and quite average in terms of box office collection as well as audience approval.

Shah Rukh Khan has seen many ups and downs and apart from Salman Khan and Aamir Khan, he has been the only constant in the industry over the past 25 years. He has seen plenty of actors succumb to pressure and fall by the wayside, but SRK is still standing strong amid all this. Shah Rukh might be struggling at the moment, but he is not resting on his laurels and knows the harsh reality that ‘you are only good as your last film’.

So, what next for this legend? SRK is a proven performer and honestly does not have to prove anything to anyone. The recipient of multiple awards and a man with a shrewd mind knows what he is doing. The one thing you can’t fault SRK for is that he is trying variety of roles and in his next venture ‘Zero’, he will be playing the role of a dwarf. The choice show his mindset and security and even at this stage of his career, he wants to expand his range and is always willing to improve.

The film industry is like any other industry and we have seen the likes of Roger Federer and Sachin Tendulkar bounce back from setbacks and set new benchmarks.

Shah Rukh Khan is a witty, intelligent and a genuine individual and his record in public life has been spotless. Now at the age of 53, ‘King Khan’ still has plenty left in the tank. It wouldn’t be a surprise to anyone if he makes a grand comeback and rules Bollywood forever. Here’s wishing Shah Rukh Khan a very happy birthday and an amazing life ahead.

Also read: When Shah Rukh Khan turned into a harsh critic for his own performance in ‘Deewana’