There are two reasons I want to write this post. First, I’m concerned that my fandom for Shahrukh may be seen as blinding me to his flaws and thereby lowering the power of my analytical voice in general. Second, I’m concerned that there is a growing chorus of criticism of things that are NOT his flaws which are obscuring the real problems in two areas: his issues as a representative of women in India, and his issues in selling the audience on his recent films. This also, by the way, doesn’t mean that I think he is a bad actor or a bad person, it is just pointing out that I am not blind and aware he does have faults.
Davos videos are out! Have been out for like a day now, but I am a baaaaaaad Shahrukh fan and just got around to watching them now. Anyway, let’s talk! Because I am guessing some of you have already seen them, or plan to see them. (for background on what Davos is and what it does, go to this post here)
This is a post that has been burbling around in my brain for a while, and I thought I might as well just post it. Plus, it’s been a while since I put up one of those posts that gets everyone talking and angry with me/aggressively agreeing with me.
Just got home, haven’t really replayed it over in my head yet, still trying to shake out everything I saw and how it all fit together. But I think I can at least give you some things to think about while you are watching it for the first time.
Saved the best (and also most obvious) for last! When you talk about Shahrukh supporting and encouraging and teaching young women, it’s all about Chak De, India. But, why is he doing it? Both his character in the film Chak De, and in real life by taking this role opposite Alia in Dear Zindagi?
Aitraaz! This is a terrible terrible movie! Terrible terrible! But very fun. But SO BAD!!! And I will be shocked if anyone shows up in the comments to contradict that statement.