These aren’t right, or true. But they kind of fit and I find it really interesting to sometimes think about theories that kind of fit.
- Jab Harry Met Sejal
Anushka is a detective hired by the ex-fiance of a woman Shahrukh seduced. That is the man she calls her fiance and feels obligated towards, that is why she is obsessive about calling him to give reports (or his assistant who she pretends is her sister), that is why she keeps looking for an angle into his life. She thinks she has found it with the “girlfriend” idea, but somehow she stops pretending to be this innocent girl in order to gain his trust and becomes more and more her true self, a confident female detective, and truly falls in love with him. She wants to keep the farce going, to avoid revealing the truth to him, but he forces her away. She knew she had the ring all along, that was her pretext for being with him and her escape route whenever she needed it. That is what she is telling him at the end. When he shows up for the wedding, it isn’t her wedding, because she was never engaged, she was never who he thought she was at all.
What if Kareena is a guilty hallucination of Shahrukh, a projection of himself? Another royal who is not truly the child of the king and queen, another warrior, another person who has one younger sibling to protect. The ending is truly about Shahrukh confronting “himself”.
What if Ghost Shahrukh is literally created by Rani? What if her hearts wish at the well brings him into existence? He isn’t a ghost who falls for a human woman, he is the fantasy creation of a human woman’s wish. And, as Rani matures in her understanding of the world and of marriage, she wants more. Therefore as she is giving birth to her dream baby, her mind forces reality to change again and bring forth her “real” husband and merge him with her fantasy.
4. Chak De! India
Is Shahrukh in love with his goalie? Is this the story of a man who fights his own heart in order to be a fair coach? And then he must watch her go away, back to her husband who does not appreciate her.
5. Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
What if Anushka falls in love with Shahrukh at first sight just as he falls for her? Her guilt and denial of her feelings are what leads her to make the extreme statement that her heart is dead and she will never love again. She grabs at the possibility of love with “Raj” because it is safer and less guilt inducing to pretend she grew to care for this stranger than that she fell in love at first sight before the corpse of her fiance was even cold. And the end is not about falling in love, but accepting, guiltless, that she has been in love all along.
The robot is not a robot, but a ghost. Real SRK’s spirit at the moment of death leapt into the artificial intelligence chamber. It is still him, just without the memories of his former life. If they can find a way to restore his memories, he will truly be the same man but in a new body.
7. Yes Boss
What if Shahrukh had an affair with his boss’s wife? That is why he is so guilt ridden and loyal, he feels he must make up for his sin. And that is why he waits so long before interfering in another romance of his boss.
What if Aryan Khanna has a split personality? Fame has driven him insane, he has started stalking and threatening himself. Alternatively, the initial Gaurav interaction is real, but after they face each other in jail everything is is Aryan torturing himself. At the end, he sees Gaurav in the crowd because that madness is still there.
What if Shahrukh is the villain and his adopted brother is the hero? His brother is torn apart from the girlfriend he loves and agrees to do the right thing and marry the girl his father picked out. But whenever they start to get close, his jealous servant Shahrukh interferes and drives a wedge between them. At the end, not only has he lost the woman he learned to love, he also loses his relationship with his father when Shahrukh takes that too.
What if all the boys are rapists? Shahrukh is encouraging them to go out and take what they desire, while Amitabh is encouraging morality, ethics, restraint. It is order and civilization versus chaos and male desire.
11. Main Hoon Na
What if Shahrukh is really in love with Amrita? It is her photo that drives him to the campus, and he makes an instant connection with her. However when he learns she is in love with his little brother, he sacrifices his love and instead settles for a more appropriate woman partly because she seems like she will be a good mentor for Amrita. It’s all for Amrita.
12. Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
What if Rani never died. She knew Shahrukh would not remarry and knew their marriage was doomed, so she faked her own death. Heck, what if she never wanted a baby (remember she says Shahrukh was the one who wanted it?) and decided that to make up for running out on her marriage, she will first give him the child he desires. At the end, that is a real vision of Rani that Little Anjali sees at the wedding, she has reappeared just this once to see the happy ending and then will disappear again.
13. Dear Zindagi
What if Aditya Roy Kapoor is Shahrukh’s son? Shahrukh was grooming Alia to be his daughter-in-law all along, that is why he took this job of intensive therapy for a random young woman, that is why he used the love=chair metaphor to begin with (knowing his son was a chair designer), and that is why Aditya shows up with no explanation at the end, his father sent him.
14. Jab Harry Met Sejal
What if Shahrukh has a daughter Anushka’s age? That is the reason he fled India, that is why he feels so guilty, and that is why he is so protective and conflicted about his feelings for Anushka. His redemption through her allows him to return to the home village at last and meet the mother of his daughter (the woman at the end). It is his daughter who has been singing to him all along.
15. Chalte Chalte
What if Rani is pregnant and the film never tells us that but the characters know? That is why Shahrukh is so money focused, that is why Rani is so emotional, that is why Shahrukh sends his blessings with her (and their unborn child). What if the whole film is not the story of a couple, but rather the origin story of a baby.
16. Chennai Express
What if Deepika’s family wanted Shahrukh to marry her all along? They followed this wealthy single man and then made sure to chase her onto his train carriage. Everything was a set up to force the two of them to spend time together, to fall in love, and finally for Shahrukh to fight for her. Her father sent her outside of the village to be educated, she is his only child, perhaps he wants something better for her but also understands that she will reject anything offered directly from him, just as Shahrukh would not appreciate a woman handed to him.
17. Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
Shahrukh is Kajol’s brother. Amitabh objects to their marriage because he fears incest, being the only one who knows the truth of where Shahrukh came from. Once the marriage has happened, he throws them out of the house fearing he will not be able to hide the truth from them and wanting to protect them. But when he learns that there is already a child of the marriage, a child who might deal with issues related to his genetic background in future, Amitabh struggles within himself and finally decides to invite them into his home but always keep this secret from them.
18. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayange
Shahrukh was lying, they did actually have sex. He played the joke in the morning expecting her to laugh at how serious he is being about a fun night, only to learn that she has convinced herself it didn’t really happen because she can’t handle the reality. Not only that, he fears she is pregnant. He is desperate to find her again, and marry her ASAP before she realizes that she is pregnant and what must have happened. He is further terrified at the thought of his child being raised by an abusive husband, or at the very least the abusive husband realizing his wife was not a virgin on their wedding night. Kajol’s strange restlessness and fantasies are a result of her pregnancy hormones going out of control. This is also why she faints during Karva Chauth, and why Shahrukh is so worried about it. Her grandmother figures out the truth and fakes her illness in order to force the wedding date to move up for fear others will find out. Farida does as well and that is why she wants Kajol and Shahrukh to elope, rather than waiting for the wedding that may come too late (at least, too late for Kajol to stay in ignorance).
19. Dil To Pagal Hai
Shahrukh and Karisma are siblings (I know! So much incest!). That is why she and Shahrukh are so close and yet nothing romantic has ever happened, and why Shahrukh is so shocked at the idea. Karisma throws herself carelessly into admitting her romantic love, but Shahrukh is conflicted and torn up about it. He falls in love with the first “safe” woman to come by as a way of running from Karisma’s unhealthy feelings. In the end, Karisma arranges for Madhuri and Shahrukh to be together because she also fears what her emotions may do and needs Madhuri in place as a human shield.
Don is actually Vijay. But Vijay, with no prior training or understanding of undercover work, lost himself in the character. His dance abilities made him a good fighter, and his living on the streets wit helped him take over the gang. But living in this world, wearing those clothes, living in those rooms, turned him evil. He came to truly believe he was Don and forgot he was ever Vijay. Priyanka was the last person who was able to bring the real “Vijay” out in him and thus he both fears her and craves her.
Okay, which is your favorite?