Shah Rukh Khan has been in the industry for more than 20 years now and he has been giving HITs throughout his career. Most of his Hits is in Romantic genre and So media has tagged him the ‘King of Romance’. This has made many people believe that he is just keep on doing romantic movies which is far from truth. I am covering basically two points i.e. Versatility in choosing the type of movies and Versatility in acting. I am assuming that we know the meaning of versatility so that when I mention about the movies like Ra.One, Ashoka and Paheli you will not have any chance to say that they were Flops.
Versatility in choosing movies
I feel, among the present lot, SRK is the most versatile actor when it comes to choosing movies in different genres. He has done the role of a romantic hero who lures his heroines by his charm to a wicked man who can do anything for revenge of his father’s death. A mentally challenged man to a Superhero. Just look at his filmography and you can see the Diversity. Short film with Arundhati, KHKN, DDLJ, Baazigar, Dil se, PBDHH, Pardes, Hey Raam, Ashoka, Swades, Koyla, Baadshah, MNIK, OSO, CDI, Don, Ra.one. He tried different things but was unsuccessful most of the times. But he kept trying and i expect him to continue doing that.
So, basically it is the audience that has created this caricature out of SRK and not an actor as we could have had. He has a good theatre background and immense ability as an actor but people dont want to see him as Mohan Bhargava in Swades but Om Kapoor in OSO. Just hear the speech when he received the Filmfare award for CDI and you can realize that he himself miss doing roles which would give great satisfaction to the actor in him. He has tried a lot of different Stuff and it is Sad when he is type casted and reduced to a Romantic Hero.
Versatility in Acting
In Bollywood, I feel most of the actor doesn’t change their acting tactics with the Script. I mean SRK acted in the Same way in DDLJ, DTPH, KKHH etc. Aamir acted in the Same way in DCH, RDB, 3I, TZP. Ajay devgn gave same intense looks in his films. Akshay Kumar keep showing his gums.
The only one actor who acts differently in his movies, IMO is, Hrithik Roshan. I feel that he acted differently in most of his movies. KNPH-KMG-MK-JA-Guzzarish-Kites-Agneepath. He is far ahead from all others and I feel only next Generation actors can beat him.