Shahrukh Discussion Question: If You Can Only Pick One, Which Iconic Detective/Action Hero Should He Play?

It’s been a while since we talked SRK, he’s probably feeling bad about that. Let’s cheer him up! Let’s have a silly fan conversation about characters he could play!

Columbo

Rumpled average man in an old raincoat, cleverly beating out the rich and famous murderers and charming the innocent victims he champions.

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James Bond

James Bond! Tuxedo, seduction, cool violence.

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Batman

Batman! Rich, but tormented, and a little bit crazy.

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The Saint

A mysterious gentleman criminal who steals from the rich and solves murders for the poor.

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Charlie Chan (but South Asian)

A family man often dismissed by the majority thanks to his membership in a minority group, but ultimately earns their respect through his intelligence and self-assurance.

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Inspector Morse

Weary, older, cynical on the outside and a dreamer on the inside. Always falling in love with the wrong people.

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Father Brown

Kind, warm, wise, simple and brilliant at the same time.

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Indiana Jones

A scholar and an adventurer, always with a clever quip and a wry smile.

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I was thinking Columbo, that kind of everyman vibe would be so good, but now I have fallen in love with the idea of Charlie Chan!!! The original Charlie Chan books (not the later movies with yellow face and stuff) take place in Hawaii and San Francisco in the 20s and 30s, an era when the central Asian community was still dealing with a lot of prejudice. The author actually went out on a limb a bit to have this detective who is calm and polite and puts up with all the insults he gets, and then fearlessly solves the murder and arrests the criminal. Heck, he went out on a limb by having Charlie Chan be a Hawaiian police officer, an American citizen, not an “outsider” at all except in the minds of small minded (usually murderer) people.

Anyway, I want Shahrukh to be a calm South Asian heritage Muslim American who has a large family and a house (not some transitory outsider, but someone fully living the American dream) and rose up through the ranks of the police force, and calmly deals with prejudice and ignorance without letting it defeat him, until the moment he gets to formally arrest some rich white idiot. And also isn’t afraid to refer back to his moral grounding as a Muslim while talking to suspects (“the Koran says…”).

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8 thoughts on “Shahrukh Discussion Question: If You Can Only Pick One, Which Iconic Detective/Action Hero Should He Play?

  1. Batman! Of course Batman. Tortured, sexy and dark. Just up his alley.

    I’m not into religious stuff and prefer not to be clobbered with it. So nay on that.

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  2. I hear you on Charlie Chan but gotta go with Columbo. He’d have to do a slightly different take, I don’t think he could play dumb (not dumb exactly but you know what I mean, Columbo comes off initially as not the brightest). But distracted and accidentally charming until it’s too late and you realize he’s figured it all out…that would be fun to watch.

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    • Yes! Maybe a little shallow? Like always fixing his hair and stuff so the murderers dismiss him as a slightly vain silly fellow?

      On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 12:48 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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      • Yes, exactly. Vain, distracted, unserious. Until he suddenly looks up from under his eyebrows with that gaze that cuts straight through.

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        • Or those little moments when he sincerely feels bad for an innocent victim and turns gentle and kind.

          On Fri, Jan 15, 2021 at 8:02 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:

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  3. I don’t know everyone of those heroes, but I could totally see SRK as Indiana Jones. Not young, but totally making college girls swoon. An adventurer through and through. And then Amitabh plays Senior Jones.

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