Shah Rukh Khan. These three words are enough to set someone’s heart on fire. The King of Bollywood, with the largest fan base globally, he is a superstar in all aspects. Things however, did not come to him easy, nor was he born with a silver spoon. This man has struggled; a young boy with sky reaching aspirations, he never gave up on his dreams despite the tribulations that came his way. This is the story of how he transformed from Shahrukh Khan to Shah Rukh Khan.
Born and brought up in Delhi, Shahrukh has been an achiever since his school days, having performed well in academics as well as in sports like hockey and football. He has also been commemorated with his school’s highest award. Initially he decided to pursue a career in sports, but a shoulder injury in his early years prohibited him from pursuing this path. He has been appreciated for his acting in his stage plays, especially his impressions of Bollywood actors like Dilip Kumar, Mumtaz and Amitabh Bachchan. During his graduation days, he became an active member of Delhi’s Theatre Action Group where he studied acting under the mentorship of theatre director Barry John.
He also attended National School of Drama during his early days in Bollywood. Tragedy struck his family when his father passed away from cancer in 1981, followed by his mother’s death 10 years later. After the death of their parents, his sister Shahnaz Lalarukh fell into depression and Shahrukh took the responsibility of taking care of her.
His initial career began with acting in television. Fauji was his debut show in television, which kickstarted his career as an actor. He went on to work in several other shows. His look and acting style were compared to those of Dilip Kumar, and he did not seem interested in making the leap into films, since he felt that he wasn’t good enough.
In order to overcome the grief of his mother’s demise, SRK later went to Mumbai from Delhi to try his luck with Bollywood. He was soon signed to four films, making his debut with Deewana, which gave him recognition and the leverage that was needed to kickstart his career. He earned the Filmfare Best Male Debut Award for the same.
Shahrukh also took up anti-hero roles and villainous roles during a period where performing such characters was a monumental risk, but we all know how that worked out for him. Darr and Baazigar became box office hits with SRK being showered with praises for his portrayal of the obsessive lover and murderer respectively. While he lost out on the Best Villain Award, he ended up bagging the Best Actor Award for Baazigar. He then went on to essay romantic roles and rest as they say, is history.
Shahrukh is known to have essayed unconventional roles with such aura that the Indian diaspora could not help but love him. Today, he is a big name to reckon with, a successful actor. Sure, there have been several setbacks that have come his way, but none have been herculean enough to bring him and his stardom down. He is the true epitome of success, and the rightful King of Bollywood.