Happy Father’s Day! I gave my Dad a magnetic toilet bowl cleaner. Because they are moving and I knew he wouldn’t want “stuff”, but he also is in charge of cleaning the toilet.
Happy Father’s Day! In honor of this Great Occasion, let us rank all the Shahrukh father roles from best to worst:
English Babu Desi Mem
Two fathers! First, the biological father who decides to risk his life because he is counting on his 8 year old sister-in-law to raise his baby. Hmmm. Second, the father/uncle who uses tricks and schemes to take his nephew away from the only home he has ever known. Neither is great.
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Maybe a little smothering, but over all loving and reliable and responsible and everything a father should be.
Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega
He’s insane and his little daughter has to explain to people why he thinks Rani is his wife. So, that’s not good.
One 2 Ka 4
He yells, he steals, he’s mean and unreliable and hardly ever home. Yes, he does a cute clown song, but is it enough?
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
A little patriarchal with his daughter/sister-in-law, but she ignores him. Very sort of “fun Dad” with his son, sharing jokes and all that.
Is it really responsible to bring a baby into the world knowing you are a ghost?
Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna
Boooo! Mean yelly Dad! Wants his son to be an athlete instead of an artist! Fights with his wife in front of the son! BAD!
Well, he’s gone a lot on his cruise ship, to the point that his son befriends a ghost. But otherwise okay.
Embarrassing try hard Dad, but ready to sacrifice his life for his son, and reacts appropriate to being mugged (calmly doing as asked) instead of heroics. Really a pretty great Dad!
A bit overconfident in his ability to protect his family, which leaves them open to danger.
Long distance father, divorced, only sees his son occasionally. But misses him.
A loving indulgent happy father, but one who knowingly risks his life every day and ultimately leaves his son orphaned.
Doesn’t even know he has a baby, uses it as a hostage, then sneaks into the house to see it, then goes to Mars for 14 years and leaves the baby behind.
Okay, my rankings!
- Ra.One: Being a Dad isn’t about being showy or cool, it’s about being safe and reliable
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham: it’s nice to be the fun jokey Dad, especially when that isn’t how you were raised.
- Kuch Kuch Hota Hai: a little over loving, but that isn’t the worst crime.
- Bhothnath: He’s gone a lot, but he has a solid co-parent to pick up the slack, and he is gone trying to support the family.
- Fan: A bit overconfident, not around as much as he could be, but again he has a solid co-parent and he loves his kids.
- Paheli: He may be a Ghost, but he did really really want that baby
- Raees: If it weren’t for his dangerous lifestyle, he would be a perfect father. And you could argue that the lifestyle was forced upon him by circumstances.
- Dear Zindagi: Clearly he is unhappy with his distance from his son and trying to repair the relationship
- Har Dil Jo Pyar Karega: Yes he is delusional, but he seems loving and kind otherwise!
- English Babu Desi Mem: Bad decisions all around, but he does ultimately come around to being loving and sacrificing. You could argue it was just growing pains.
- One 2 Ka 4: Again, we are seeing the very beginning of his life as a parent. Perhaps after this messy start is over, he will calm down and be the perfect stable happy father
- Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham: No excuses here! Primary caregiver for years, and he is STILL short tempered and angry and scary in a way that is just NOT ALLOWED.
- Zero: You used your baby as a human shield between you and a gun. I just….it’s not….there’s no coming back from that.
How about you? If you can’t rank all 13, what is your top best SRK Dad, and top Worst SRK Dad?
At first I was like wait, what, where’s KANK in the rankings?? Then I realized it’s number 12, which is good because I was SO confused 😅.
Haven’t watched all these movies but I agree with these rankings!
So you would also put Zero at the bottom and Ra.One at the top?
On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 9:36 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
You missed the best dad of them all! Anupam Kher from Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge! He would be my vote for best dad.
And I agree with you on Zero for the worst!
But that’s not Shahrukh as a Dad! That’s a dad in a Shahrukh movie.
Wait! You put Kabhi Kushi Kabhie Gham twice! (at 2nd and 12th place) But I understand because he is both very good and not so good dad. Yes, he is there for his son, works and the famly has everything, but on the other hand he has so many issues, like this enormous photo of his parents in the living room, the fact he was adopted and then rejected.
Sorry sorry! Should have been KANK at 12. BEcause he is TERRIBLE in that.
On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 2:40 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
Yes, he is terrible. I have seen only half of those movies and my list would be:
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham
REally? Paheli is a better Dad than KKHH?
On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 10:10 AM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
Agree with these rankings. And kind of surprising to me now that you lay it out like this that there are such terrible dad roles in his later career. In the 90s the plots were so crazy that a character could end up wildly kind and caring in spite of everything or wildly destructive and heedless of those around him. But what is the excuse for Zero? And in KANK the scenes with his kid make my skin crawl.
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Yep, I don’t understand it either. Maybe just the usual “writers don’t know how to write fathers” thing?
On Sun, Jun 20, 2021 at 5:14 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote:
And, in the interst of Pride month and gender fluidity, the role of Sharukh’s son in Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna was played by a girl.
Yes!!! As was common in Indian film until the modern era. And frankly just makes sense. When kids are that little, why do we get so hung up on if they are a boy or a girl, they are just playing a role!
On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 2:07 PM dontcallitbollywood wrote: