I got pretty silly yesterday. Let’s see if I can pull it back and be serious. The most admirable things Shahrukh has done.
4. Fearlessly calling out “intolerance” in India, despite the affect it might (and did) have on the box office for his next film.
3. Agreeing to appear in the movie Fan, a completely impractical and noncommercial, and yet brilliant, film which would only be made with his support and consent. Truly, a decision of art over commerce.
2. A 20 year history of presenting a template for Indian men of a good faithful husband, a loving and involved father, and a marriage of equal partners.
1. 1. Refusing to back down when the Shiv Sena tried to stop the release of My Name is Khan. I’ve been brought this up a couple of times in these birthday posts, but this was the moment when I realized a movie star could do more than just being a movie star. That Shahrukh had certain values which were stronger than his need for power or fame or even love.