I don’t even care, I’m just doing posts that are fun for me! We all know Shahrukh’s top TOP movies, but what are the lessor known films that are still surprisingly decent?
So, I’m not including the record breaking hits like DDLJ and K3G. And I’m including the fan favorites like Paheli and Chalte Chalte and K3G. Or the critical favorites like Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa or Darr. No, these are the really obscure ones that you only stumble across if you are a TruFan, and then go “hey! This is kind of a fun movie! I bet even people who aren’t TruFan’s might enjoy it!”
Koyla! The thought of Shahrukh in a mullet playing a mute stable boy is not exactly a natural winner, but as a film, it’s surprisingly good! Shahrukh commits to the whole physical rather than verbal performance, and the plot and characters are well-developed and interesting in an action movie kind of way. The Johnny Lever part isn’t great, and the mullets never really get any better, but it is a movie worth watching.
Such a cute film! Not really a “Shahrukh” movie, more a Naseeruddin Shah movie with bonus Shahrukh. And also bonus Shammi (SHAMMI!). And Urmila Matondkar being aggressive awesome going after cute little baby Shahrukh. It’s based on a Disney live action movie and it feels like a Disney live action movie, very sweet and happy and a little surreal (Naseeruddin plays a ghost, he’s awesome).
I whole-heartedly love this movie. But I still wouldn’t put it on the A or B list for Shahrukh. The plot is really wacky and random. And the cast is very odd, Jeetendra and Shatrughan Sinha and Raveena Tandon and Shahrukh and Anupam Kher in drag (at least, part of the time). It’s still worth watching though, even if you don’t end up loving it as much as me, for thinks like the surprisingly good Raveena-Shahrukh chemistry, and a great spoof of the typical romance film, and did I mention Anupam Kher in drag?
It’s a movie with three heroes and Shahrukh is just one of them. But it’s still a decent movie. Jackie Shroff and Anil Kapoor and Shahrukh have really good chemistry as brothers. And it’s a decent Subhas Ghai plot, great villain in Amrish Puri, great visuals, and some nice twists along the way to the brothers finding and recognizing each other.
First, because I have to say it, “Baadshah Oh Baadshah, Baadshah Oh Baadshah, Baadshah Oh Baadshah, BAAAAAAAAAAD-SHAH!” With that out of the way, let’s talk about this film! It is very very silly, definitely more on the lines of a spoof comedy than anything serious. Go into it with that attitude, and you will really enjoy it. Go into it trying to find plot and logic, and you won’t. Oh, also the songs are great. And Shahrukh and Twinkle have decent chemistry, not great, but decent.
Imagine West Side Story (yes!), in Goa (perfect!), with Shahrukh playing the bad boy gang leader (really? That doesn’t seem right), and Aishwarya Rai playing his twin (yes, this is definitely not right on so many levels). Shahrukh does a decent job with his role, and Aish even does with hers, but it is really really hard to accept them as siblings. And Aish’s guy, the “hero”, is super unattractive in basically every way. And the plot is way way too complicated. But I am still going to recommend it, because the soundtrack is decent, and Goa looks good, and there are definite moments of entertainment.
Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam
So much wrong in this movie!!!!! It took years to film with money running out and scheduling delays, and you can really feel it as they struggle to maintain character and so on. But Shahrukh and Madhuri have some really decent chemistry, and Shahrukh goes to a darker place than he usually lets himself reach. If you want a total melodrama with jealousy and misunderstandings and so on, this is probably the best in Shahrukh’s career.
Love Breakups Zindagi
Of the “Shahrukh does a cameo” performances, Luck By Chance and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil get plent of attention. But this one is surprisingly worth watching. Shahrukh plays himself, and he gives avuncular advice to a nice young couple. It’s a good look for him, a star and special and all that, but connecting on a human level with “average” people too.
This is just such an odd movie, SUCH an odd movie. It came out recently, and yet it is almost never talked about, even in the SRK fandom (so far as I can tell). It’s a brilliant performance, but its not a lovable performance, or even a lovable film, it’s much to smart and difficult to be lovable. Watch Raees for sexy dangerous SRK, watch Jab Harry Met Sejal for romantic Shahrukh, watch Dear Zindagi for wise Shahrukh, watch Zero for leaving-it-all-in-the-floor actor Shahrukh, but watch Fan for “giving everything over to the director’s vision” Shahrukh.
Another Shahrukh cameo, an amazing one. MF Hussain made a movie that was as surreal and image driven as his paintings, and he wanted to throw Shahrukh into the middle of it, and Shahrukh said okay. He and Madhuri flirt and dance for just a few minutes and then the film moves on in a new direction. But it is well worth tracking down as one of his lessor known performances.