Beginning his career with television shows in the 1980s, Shah Rukh Khan eventually made his way into Hindi film industry with Deewana. The performances of Shah Rukh Khan initially were focused on antagonistic roles with Darr and Baazigar. He changed it effortlessly and starred in romantic roles like Dilwale Dulhania Lejayenge, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, etc. Keep reading to know more about best performances of Shah Rukh Khan.
Here are the 8 Best Performances of Shah Rukh Khan that brought out every aspect of the talented actor-
1. Devdas Mukherjee in Devdas
Talking about the best performances of Shah Rukh Khan, it feels right, to begin with Devdas. Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s epic tragic novel has been adapted into movies several times before this, but Sanjay Leela Bhansali added a charm to it and Shah Rukh Khan’s performance made it even better.
As Devdas found alcohol to be his only companion after Paro and Chandramukhi, the role needed to be played to show an alcoholic man who was not in control of his nerves. Shah Rukh Khan performed well by showing a disoriented sluggish man who had surrendered to alcohol.
2. Rizwan Khan in My Name Is Khan
Showing autism on screen is not an easy task and so Rizwaan was probably one of the hardest roles Shah Rukh Khan had to play. He also had to add to it a Muslim man facing Islamophobia amidst the backdrop of 9/11. However, he did it impeccably. With a face that had little emotion and stammering words, Rizwaan portrayed sympathy, compassion and kindness without using these, for which Shah Rukh Khan’s performance has to be praised. His words “My Name is Khan, and I am not a Terrorist” are bound to stay with you for a long time.
3. Mohan Bhargava in Swades
Breaking the conventional role of the romantic hero, Shah Rukh Khan’s character in Swades was that of a man who had sensibility, curiosity and empathy. As he leaves the layers of Western charms, Mohan Bhargava’s experience into the hidden issues of rural villages and the caste and class system that still prevails in the country. Although the film was not a box office success, Shah Rukh’s performance was acclaimed worldwide and is considered one of the best of the actor.
4. Aryan Khanna/Gaurav in Fan
Showing Shah Rukh Khan in a dual role, Fan had quite a different concept. It followed a fictional lovable superstar, King Khan himself, and an obsessive almost deranged fan who was also played by SRK. On one side of the pole was the charismatic and famous Aryan Khanna, and on the exact opposite side is an ordinary fan who can be seen imitating his ideal gestures.
The characters were entirely distinct and this movie revealed the potential of the actor to seamlessly switch roles while doing complete justice to both.
5. Rahul Mehra in Darr
Only a few are aware that Shah Rukh Khan took anti-hero roles at the beginning of his career. While most amateur actors would be reluctant to take them as it would create a certain image, SRK took the role of a psychotic lover who would go to any length to get his lover.
His character was named “Rahul” but contrary to the hopeless romantic Rahul of Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Rahul in this movie was a freak who would move across the country to stalk his lover, engrave her name on his chest, try to murder her boyfriend and talk to his dead mother on call every night. If you watch Darr you would see a distinctive and unusual performance by Shah Rukh Khan.
6. Aman Mathur in Kal Ho Naa Ho
While the plot itself was both beautiful and heart-wrenching, Aman Mathur’s character stays with the audience for a long time. In the first half, Aman is a happy-go-lucky goofy person with a charm that lightens up everyone around him, the second half reveals his illness and looming death. SrK moved spectators through his expressions, a man who is helpless in the face of death and cannot reciprocate Naina’s love, and instead has to make a plan to help her fall in love with her best friend to make Naina forget him.
7. Ajay Sharma/ Vicky Malhotra in Baazigar
Baazigar marks several things for Shah Rukh Khan- it was the first anti-hero he did, it became his breakthrough film and was also the first movie to show Kajol and SRK together.
Baazigar can be called one of the most outstanding performances of Shah Rukh Khan, since his phenomenal acting, especially in the scene where he takes Shilpa Shetty to the roof while the two happily talk about their marriage and push her down the next second. Baazigar portrayed how easily Shah Rukh transformed from a shy and cheery hero to a cruel and vindictive killer on a murder spree.
8. Raj Aryan in Mohabbatein
Mohabbatein showed that even with star-studded actors like Amitabh Bachchan and an ensemble cast featuring three couples, simple and sophisticated Raj Aryan can stand out and shine. A reimagined version of Dead Poets Society, Mohabbatein follows Raj, a music teacher in Gurukul, as he breaks the three laws of the school- “Parampara, Pratishta aur Anushasan.”
Through his anecdotes and lessons, Raj teaches the students to live their life every day and understand the importance of love.
Over more than 30 years, Shah Rukh Khan has starred in more than 90 films. The versatile actor had played myriad roles admirably. He has been an alcoholic, a hopeless romantic, a murderer, a psychotic stalker, a coach, a teacher, and several more things that he had taken up. Which one did you like the most?