Very clever good performance in a clever good video, but as a loyal SRKian, I got totally distracted by analysis of, like, the art on the wall. Also (always and forever), his hair.
Let me be clear: I don’t think he is going bald. But I do think he must be having the same hair distress as most people are suffering (not me, but I’m special). His hair looks soooooooooooooooooooooo good here! So either it is a perfectly styled wig that he just dumped on top of regular head hair, or his regular head hair is looking fan-freaking-tastic and he should never go to a professional cutter again.
I’m gonna post the whole video link I watched, but I am nervous about it being pulled, so I will also summarize for you all just in case. He gave a little speech, then sang a song, then there was an instrumental break and AbRam joined in and danced and sang with him, then AbRam said “stop” and he stopped and gave a sincere request to donate money. It was cute!
Text of speech:
I am Shahrukh Khan. First of all I want to thank everyone involved for getting me on board with “I for India”. Especially because it’s going to showcase so many wonderful singing talents and everybody who knows me knows I can’t sing to save my life.
And so I am doubly thankful for taking this chance on me everybody. But that’s what life is about, it’s about chances, good chances, about hope, about compassion and love. And that’s what we’re here to do on this platform, share love and compassion, in whatever we can.
And so I’m going to try and singing. You know seeing so many people on social media doing so many awkward things, how bad can this be?
And then he sings a pleasant catchy little song by Badshah with lyrics by Sainee Raj about all the strange things happening now, like Shahrukh Khan turning singer. But things will return to normal someday.
In the middle, AbRam shows up dancing in the bottom of the screen, then Shahrukh picks him up to dance with him, and play with the microphone, then finishes the song himself and says “Well, that was it. But I think we can do one more song?” And AbRam interrupts him to say “Papa! Papa, enough song, let’s go”.
Then he says “Now it is time to say I Can, I Must, I Will. Please do your bit for India, press the donate button, and say ‘I…For India’. Namaskar”
Okay, let’s move on to deep analysis! We will take it as a given that the song was clever and managed to stay within his very very tiny vocal range, and that Shahrukh sold it perfectly in terms of emphasizing certain lyrics and all of that.
We will also take it as a given that his opening remarks were perfectly comforting and inspiration at the same time and left us with a beautiful warm glow, and that he OBVIOUSLY wrote them himself, because they have that smart SRK touch.
Moving on, SRK fan analysis! The Hair! The Teeth! The Room! The AbRam!
Room first, this is not a space we normally see, right? I assume it was chosen because it is the most soundproof. It’s not his usually familiar wood lined office. But they did a good job with putting personal touches in it and making it a nice video background. Maybe it is his usual Skype business call office? Versus his personal office he uses for videos to fans?
In the world of Video calls we are all living in, everyone reading this is newly hyper aware of background, right? This has great lighting, no shadows, that picture is perfect for giving something interesting in the frame without dominating, and the stuff on the shelves behind is nicely balanced as well.
Balanced in multiple ways, Hindu on the right and Muslim on the left, along with that really cool K/H sculpture. The K/H also being non representational art, so in keeping with the Koran beneath. And that nice family photo from a few years back on the shelf along with SRK action figures. I wish my Zoom call space was as nice! It’s kind of an old family photo, but Dad’s do that don’t they? My Dad’s office family photo was taken when I was 8, and he kept the same one on his desk until he retired when I was 24.
Now, HAIR! Can we all agree this is a very very good look? I know I have some serious shag fans out there, but even for us shag-neutral folks, this is quite good. It’s not trying too hard or too youthful, but it is still appropriately “cool Dad” feeling. It’s got a nice lift to it too, and just enough highlights to look textured. It’s not falling too much into his eyes, it nicely frames his face and jaw line, just perfect. Only downside is that I can’t see his eyebrows, but that’s really as much on the sunglasses as the hair.
But my primarily question is, is this a wig???? See, it’s kind of so good, I don’t trust it. And that bang line, does something seem a little off to you? It seems a little off to me.
On the other hand, it is a very shaggy look, it could legitimately be what his last regular haircut grew out into being, and this is all just lucky chance and good hair gel.
See???? He even shakes it with AbRam. I just don’t know! I’m so TORN!!!!
But AbRam looks really cute. And his bangs are definitely being cut, but perhaps more in a “Mommy with scissors” way than salon quality.
Oh, and for those of you who are more teeth-analysts than hair-analysts, enjoy a scarily close close-up!
Okay, now talk amongst yourselves! And if some generous person wants to translate the Hindi lyrics, that would be okay too.
UPDATE: Because I am a MILLION YEARS OLD, it did not occur to me to look on instagram for a possibly more stable link. Smart Rachel suggested it in the comments, here is SRK’s instagram post.