Shah Rukh Khan, the name that has dominated the Indian cinema and Bollywood for almost 3 decades now and still, movie buffs can’t get enough of this exceptional actor. SRK is one of the best actors Indian cinema ever had and with this impeccable performances in so many films, he has given a golden contribution to Bollywood.
The King of Romance, his signature pose, DDLJ’s dialogues, Chak De India’s inspirational quotes, 90’s villainous acts, the list is unending when you talk of Shah Rukh Khan’s impact on films and our daily lives. SRK has always lived his character on screen and because of his passion in acting, his roles and performances become immortal.
We have listed top 10 performances of SRK which took the audience by storm and Shah Rukh proved why he is one of the best actors of all time.
Here are Shah Rukh Khan’s Top 10 Performances:
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Swades, for us, is Shah Rukh Khan’s best performance till date. In a time when SRK was extremely popular as a romantic hero, he did a very unique film and it was absolutely amazing. Shah Rukh played the role of Mohan, a Project Manager for NASA and he comes to his native place in India. His initial fun with his family and gradual realization of what hardships Indian villagers go through even for basic necessities, his self-journey and eventual redemption are something you can only witness when an actor of such caliber portrays it.
SRK pulls you into this film with his powerful performance. His empathy for people and his urge to change things and efforts won over the audience and Swades became one of Bollywood’s best films till date. When Shah Rukh Khan brings the intensity on screen, there is no match for his talent in this world.
Chak De India (2007)
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The iconic dialogue “Sattar minute, sattar minute hain tumhare paas…” from Chak De India still inspires everyone to do something with their lives. It is the passion of Shah Rukh Khan with which he delivered the role of a hockey coach Kabir Khan that became the talk of the town and he once again proved his acting supremacy.
SRK’s determination to build the women’s hockey team from scratch, his battle against them, with administration and with the inside politics was worthy of witness. He holds his character so perfectly in the film. His chemistry with the players, his understanding of the narrative and the way he displays the role of a coach, made Chak De India audience’s favorite film.
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Another negative role and equally potent, Shah Rukh Khan aced the character of Rahul in Darr. He is obsessed with Kiran (Juhi Chawla) and keeps stalking her to own her like she is his property. Just his eyes convince you how psycho and threatening he is.
His strange ways to get to Kiran, fight with Sunil (Sunny Deol) and most vitally, the kind of dark vibe he brought to the character, make Darr a rare thriller that gets to you. With films like Darr and Baazigar, the Indian crowd realized the powerful actor that is Shah Rukh Khan, who can nail any role.
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (DDLJ) (1995)
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DDLJ, one of the most loved films in the history of Indian cinema and also, the longest running Bollywood film of all time, and guess who is the male lead, the one and only, Shah Rukh Khan. SRK as Raj and Kajol as Simran gave us a romantic film that became immortal and timeless classic. There is no match to this romantic film.
Shah Rukh’s portrayal of a careless young guy, only interested in scoring girls and have fun and then, him falling in love with a simply girl are so entertaining in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. SRK’s hilarious scenes with his friends, when he is mocking Kajol, even when he goes to Punjab to win Simran’s family are something you don’t witness in every film.
It’s the chemistry between these two that was so pure and effective, that it became an instant hit and its magic has not worn off, even today. “Bade bade desho mein aisi chhoti chhoti baatein hoti rehtni hain, Senorita”, what a dialogue.
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If anyone can do justice to the character of Devdas, it is Shah Rukh Khan and he proved that with this 2002 film. Easily, one of the best films of Bollywood ever, Sanjay Leela Bhansali knew the expertise SRK will bring for this role. A young guy, returning from overseas, meeting his childhood love and then, their romantic adventures and tragedy are exceptionally crafted.
Shah Rukh’s romance with Aishwarya, his troubles with his family, addiction to alcohol and then, finding a solace in Chandramukhi (Madhuri Dixit) in a brothel, this is something magical to see and SRK wins everyone with his depth in acting. His chemistry with Aishwarya, Madhuri and Jackie Shroff is one of the reasons why Devdas is a timeless classic.
My Name is Khan (2010)
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The role of Rizwan Khan, with autism and a big heart, is an indication of Shah Rukh Khan’s acting capability. An autistic person but a great deal of knowledge in repairs, falls in love with a woman and a tragedy that sets them apart, this is a film that was difficult to watch and that’s why it was very important.
The post 9/11 effect and SRK’s wonderful performance as Rizwan, his romance with Kajol, his innocent personality to do good in the world and then, the devastation he faces in his life in the latter phase, were brilliantly delivered by him. You will root for him; that is how efficiently he carries the film and the character. Another gem of a performance from the genius.
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If you think SRK is amazing in romantic films, wait till you watch him in negative and anti-hero roles. 1993’s Baazigar showed the world Shah Rukh Khan’s versatility and that, he is here to stay for a long long time. SRK as Ajay, seeking revenge for the murder of his father, his mega plan to succeed, his romance with Kajol and Shilpa Shetty, his face-off with Madan Chopra (Dilip Tahil) are highly interesting in Baazigar.
His charm with Kajol and his entirely different villainous side when he is on a revenge path grabbed everyone’s eyeballs. Boy, his anger and bloody face while he fights Madan Chopra still remains one of the most memorable sights in Bollywood films. One of the best actors in the world for a reason.
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa (1994)
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It’s beyond our understanding how this film didn’t become a cult. This is undoubtedly, Shah Rukh Khan’s most underrated film. SRK as Sunil is in love with Anna and he will do anything to win her. The film shows Shah Rukh’s silly schemes, his innocence, sweetness and his disappointments when he gets rejected by his love as well as friends.
Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa is a lovely film, made lovely by Shah Rukh’s delightful performance of the role that is relevant to many who fall in love and get rejected. The King of Romance, isn’t he?
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Don might not look like one of the best films of Bollywood but it was certainly stylish and most importantly, Shah Rukh made it a perfect modern version of the classic Don, played by Amitabh Bachchan. Understand this, it’s not easy to fill in Big B’s shoes and give something that audience will still remember, but SRK pulled it off with Don.
He was cunning, brutal, stylish and powerful as Don and also, simple and fun as Vijay. He really looked smart, always one step ahead of his enemies and with his happening presence, Don became a highly entertaining movie.
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An actor’s range is known when he can do roles of extreme sides, from romantic to violent. Shah Rukh did a splendid job of delivering the negative role of Vijay Agnihotri, who he is love with Shivani (Madhuri) but she doesn’t love him. His unacceptable ways to win her, violence, obsession, lead to a film that is thrilling and exciting to watch.
Anjaam shows a magnificent performances of SRK and Madhuri. They complement each other perfectly. It remains one of the engaging thrillers of 90’s.
These are Shah Rukh’s top performances but there are also so many of his memorable films which have entertained the audience over the years, like Yes Boss, Baadshah, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Raees, Fan. Bollywood wouldn’t have been the same without Shah Rukh Khan. We hope, he keeps giving great performances and movies to us. Happy Birthday Shah Rukh Khan!