You ready to put on your “SRK Fan/Expert” hats? Time for a discussion post! In which we can all debate the topic which we know and care about the most.
Emily and Procrastinatrix and I have been kicking around the comments the idea of Shahrukh deconstructing his star identity with his latest burst of films. This is an idea I’ve been kicking around since grad school, back then the example I used was Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi, but there have been SO MANY since then!
I tried to break down his recent films but I couldn’t find a strong pattern. Until I realized I was looking at this wrong, it’s not a straight chronological line. Shahrukh in his entire career has been building, maintaining, and deconstructing his identity film by film by film.
Here, I’ll show you what I mean:
Don 1: Building an identity as an action hero
Don 2: maintaining an identity as an action hero
Raees: deconstructing his identity as an action hero
You see? And Don 1 came out right after Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, which was deconstructing his romantic identity. But Dulha Mil Gaya came out after Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and relied on his romantic identity. There is no straight line, it is back and forth.
So, here’s my discussion idea. For Shahrukh as a romantic hero, what 3 films would you pick for building the identity, maintaining, and then deconstructing?
For me, I think I would pick:
Building: Gotta be DDLJ
Maintaining: Paheli. I don’t like it, but it is the purest expression as him as a romantic
Deconstructing: Hmmm. Rab Ne I guess? I’m torn! There are too many!
You can feel free to jump off on this idea with other more specific concepts. Like, for instance, Shahrukh as the Perfect Husband. Shahrukh as the Perfect Movie Star. Shahrukh as the Comic Hero. You can also come up with multiple sets of three. But you have to pick three! Those are the rules, that I just made up.
Or of course you can talk about anything else you like on this topic, pick the film you think most clearly deconstructs him, talk about why you think he has had this career long pattern of building himself up just to tear himself down, anything at all.
Now, go have fun! Be fans!