Shahrukh Summer: Walking Songs!

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?

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6 thoughts on “Shahrukh Summer: Walking Songs!

    • Not so good. I did a long dog walk and then, separately, a long me walk.

      On Sat, Jul 6, 2019 at 8:51 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  1. My favourite walk of his is when he run to camp to find both Anjali’s in KKHH and he stops at the door and then walk to Kajol. You see the boy again and the man he’s become at the same time. Also, I thought he said it about himself that he creates a new walk for each character. I think Karan said or maybe it was Farah that if at all possible have him run in a film.

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    • Oh, that’s a good one! He combines the cocky loping walk from college with the casual straight forward walk of the grown man.

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  2. Dheere Jalna in Paheli is absolute perfection: with the slow steps of an incarnated ghost touching solid ground, he walks as if his body has no weight just as the featherlight gestures he touches his Lacho

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    • Oh, good one! He walks like he is feeling the wonder of the ground under his feet for the first time.

      On Mon, Jul 15, 2019 at 8:20 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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