Ready for a silly theme? I just went for an extremely long walk this morning, and now, worn out and not ready to write something big, I am going to write a post of Shahrukh walking.
Oh Shahrukh! So graceful, so physical. There was an old quote from Karan saying that Shahrukh finds a different walk for each of his characters, part of getting in character. And it’s true!
First walking song, the one that really gets that feeling of trudging along without stopping, “Safar”.
A much more joyful one! “Dagaria Chalo”
And his most distinctive character walk, the Don walk. “Zaraa Dil Ko Thaam Lo”
“Janam Janam” is a great one, the slow steady heavy way he moves in “reality” versus the strong sharp way he moves in the youthful fantasy.
Similarly, “Mitwa”. It’s not just that he loses the limp in his fantasy, it’s that he moves with more ease and openness in every way, no longer overshadowed by physical pain or by self-denial of desire.
“Challa” shows something similar, only this time it is not freedom from pain, it is unawareness of pain, youth which has no fear. Notice how often he walks backwards, jumps into the unknown because he trusts the future completely.
Okay, I could go on and on and on, but that’s all I’ve got for now! What do you think of these songs? Or the theory that Shahrukh changes pace (literally) with every role? What other songs can you think of and want to discuss?