This is the kind of thing that fans can talk about long into the night and no one else cares about. Which of Shahrukh’s directors is his best collaborator?
(I am arbitrarily deciding which directors to put in my list, but you can add others if you want)
One of the people who “discovered” Shahrukh, he helped bring him from Delhi to Bombay. And then became his business partner in his first production house, Dreamz Unlimited. There is a kind of sweetness and silliness to the Shahrukh-Aziz movies.
Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman
Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
The only director to see Shahrukh primarily as an action star! If you want to see a rough tough horse riding kind of SRK, go to Rakesh
Yashji! He is the one who brought out Shahrukh the romantic, Shahrukh the dangerous fast talker, Shahrukh the charmer.
Dil To Pagal Hai
Jab Tak Hain Jaan
The one who really made Shahrukh. Directed two really great films with him, and one kind of boring one-off.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange
Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
For those of you who are Duplicate Superfans (really, just my friend who nags me every time I ignore it), I will include Mahesh.
Shahrukh’s best friend, the artist with which he has the closest understanding and connection. But does that necessarily bring out his best performances?
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
My Name is Khan
Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Only one movie, but it was a very different kind of movie and a different kind of role, so I am including it. Shahrukh as a vicious ruler Asoka.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Again, only one movie, but a big important one. And Bhansali is such a distinctive director, I thought it was worth including.
Wow, it was really late in his career that Farah showed up! Although in another way, she had been there all along doing his songs and dances.
Main Hoon Na
Om Shanti Om
Happy New Year
Only 2 movies, but important different movies and an important different kind of role. And Farhan, like Bhansali, is a really distinctive director.
On that’s right, Rohit did two movies with him! I always forget because they feel like such different movies to me, and came in such different points in his career.
I just love her so much, and what she did with Shahrukh. She deserves to be on this list, looking at Shahrukh with such a different eye from other directors.
Only one movie but, again, such a different eye for Shahrukh from other directors, I really respect that.
Jab Harry Met Sejal
Okay, you ready for my rankings?
Aditya Chopra (almost dropped him for Mohabbatein, but the other two films are just so good)
Karan Johar (love him or hate him, he really does bring out something special in SRK)
Imtiaz Ali (TWIST! I almost put Yashji here, but his last two SRK films were just so disappointing)
Gauri Shinde (Only one movie, but it was the kind of performance we have never seen before)
Rohit Shetty (So sue me, I like Chennai Express and Dilwale)
Yash Chopra (Okay, now he gets to be on the list)
Aziz Mirza (there really is a special sweetness to his SRK films)
Farhan Akhtar (brought out the darker side of SRK)
Farah Khan (brought out the silly side)
Rakesh Roshan (I do love a little bit of rough tough stable boy SRK)
Mahesh Bhatt (They aren’t great movies, but they are definitely different movies)
Santosh Sivan (Interesting performance and all that, but ruined for me by the wig)
Sanjay Leela Bhansali (I just hate Devdas, and I think the way he prettied it up ended up weakening Shahrukh’s performance)
Okay, what’s your ranking? You don’t have to do all of them, just top and bottom or top 3 or whatever.