I like Shahrukh month because it gives me an excuse to write out my feelings in little beautiful thought posts. And no one can speak out against me, because it’s Shahrukh Month! The Holiday Protects!!!!
This was a surprisingly hard post to start. I guess because “happiness” is one of those things you can’t really explain or describe, it just exists. Some people, for whatever reason, can bring happiness with them where ever they go.
Maybe the simplest way to describe this is to retreat to the simplest version of people, little children. When I am spending time with a group of small children, they are all wonderful, and special, and fascinating. But some of them have a strange gift of bringing happiness as well. You can see that even with babies. Some babies, whether they are laughing or crying or thinking or pooping, you look at them and it makes you happy. Other babies, not so much. There’s something inborn, some light in there that just brings more joy to the world.
It’s not “fair” of course. There are any number of actors who are talented, hardworking, well-trained, and so on, and are overlooked in favor of actors who just make people smile. Why do we love Sridevi? Madhuri? Rishi Kapoor? Hrithik Roshan? They have talent of their own kind, they work hard (it’s how they lasted so long in the profession), but the down deep answer is that they make us smile when we see them, they have a light inside that brings joy to those around them.
Somehow in recent years the value of being a happiness-bringer has been lost in critical discussions of pop culture. You have to be a good person, you have to be a talented artist, you have to have a “message”, you have to be all of those things. Someone being a success just because they make a lot of people happy isn’t enough. But I think that is wrong. We should be grateful for the gift God gave us in this person who was born with happiness inside. And we should be grateful to this person for sharing their happiness as much as they can with the people of the world. Elvis Presley may not have been a deep thinker, an educated man, a faithful husband, or a trained musician. But he had something inside of him that was amazing and, with great love, he brought that to as many people in the world as he could. Can’t we simply appreciate that?
That is something Shahrukh Khan has as well, and I think, in our discussions, we may not have given proper appreciation to it. Yes, he is an intelligent witty man, someone with a fascinating personal life, and a brilliant actor. But he also just purely makes us happy, makes all people happy. Because he was born that way, being someone who can spread happiness.
So I am going to say, “I watch Shahrukh Khan movies because they make me happy”. That’s the primary reason, and I think it is the primary reason for all of us. Forget the arguments about the hidden messages, the acting ability, all the rest of it. He makes me happy when I see him. That’s enough. And it would still be enough if he were a lazy talentless serial divorcer. Remove the Shahrukh Khan we know and love from the Shahrukh Khan we see in films, and happiness remains.
During Shahrukh Month, I want to take a moment to celebrate that. Celebrate that there is a person in the world with this enormous ability of happiness about them. That alone is reason to be thankful, reason to celebrate this person. He has brought happiness to billions, and happiness is a blessing.