The classical Hollywood pattern of dealing in the fate of its protagonists and vivisecting them aptly summarizes their narrative.The story of old HW classics was woven around a simple story but it brought out almost all the qualities that life must have and all the emotions a human being might go through.This was an effective narrative pattern that encompassed an array of emotional flavors and focused on the quitessential aspect of a story–the climax.But before the climax there was always a mishap,there was always a chance that a misunderstanding would erupt,that a point may arrive where the boy may never meet the girl.But then it all culminated into a happy ending. HW classics thrived on this hope.
SRK’s story carries enough clues from such emphatic narratives and presents to us a most exhilarating canvas of work where the most important attribute is the emotions of a character.Rather than following the novel pattern of neo-noir that hides the important aspects of a story till the end until it unravels them all,SRK has been that simple story that had accurate pauses,exquisite moments,terrific narrative and immaculate presentation.His story as a star on celluloid might be seen from two perspectives–one from the outside taking the superstar angle in contention and the other from within where you can palpate the immense contribution he has had in bringing the emotional quotients to the forefront.He might have gone “OTT” as his detractors suggest but even in that the emotional saga never lost.People do not understand that if it takes a Sunny Deol to shout at the top of his voice and go mad[which can be termed OTT] to display his anger in a Ghaatak,a certain SRK also needs to express his emotions in a manner that the softer ones touch the heart.Albeit it is no surprise that displaying the softer side of a character is far more a daunting task than to express anger that comes naturally to almost all of us. Being vocal about things in heart is afar more asking task than to be violent about a vengeance.
This post wont discuss his films in detail as there is nothing left to discuss about them.All have made choices about what they have to like and what they cannot/shouln’t/do not like! If you look closer to the phenomenon i.e. SRK,you will see an innate desire to win it all.One may mistake it for arrogance but then isn’t the zeal praiseworthy.The desire to win it all over is akin to a mission where a tantric yogi meditates all his life to achieve nirvana.Vedanta has this philosophy of “Satc-Chit-Ananda”-happiness of the soul. SRK is trying to achieve it,albeit in a very materialistic world.But don’t we all survive to make it big in our lives? The question intensifies when one looks closer at the issue.The fact that even after a comparatively weaker performance in past two years,a streak knowing his desire to bounce back wont last long,he is always a part of that “versus” game proclaims it tall and wide that he is considered the standard for superstardom.This is how one can observe him from outside.
Effervescent,Vivacious,Energetic and ready to conquer all.This is how one can perceive the narrative of SRK.When people become irrelevant after 10 years of success,many just after 5 years–This man is still important after 20 years in the film industry. One may bring the performance of his recent two movies in “comparison” with other stars as a parameter to ignore his relevance but then we all know that if others were playing the cards of strong genres ,this man was playing on all together different pitch.Trying out various things.Some like MNIK,Don 2 fell in the right place,others like Ra.One got flak because of being over-ambitious.Yet the paradox is that the same Ra.One enjoys good TRP’s each time it is telecast. And again,I am happy in proclaiming that the excuse of genre cannot be used to defend Jab Tak Hai Jaan’s BO performance.But yes that wouldn’t even undermine the fact that masala is ruling the roost as of now. This is the essence of SRK–trying to change the game.There is always a danger that the game might change you in the process or demolish you but hasn;t the same man weathered storms galore in the past!The platform of his mind is always active,reading,contemplating and trying to learn various ways how to entertain.
He spends his lives and times in dabbling with histrionics that can guarantee him the status of an immortal entertainer,a status he is inching close to. Reporters swear by his immaculate wit,his fans love his romanticism with the 70mm screen,his detractors end up loving his non-orthodox portrayals of a coach or a NRi scientist.All in all he caters to even those who hate him.What better an entertainer than him who can even force the negativity around him to be only centred around “him”. He becomes the Ebert of Cinema which is legendary when others are devising newer methods to be branded as some Kael or Zizek. His philosophy is simple and effective when others try to go complex in search for a newer meaning.SRK represents the most innate ambitions of a mango man in such a magnanimous manner that the world looks upto him with myriad emotions–some in awe,some with respect,some as an inspiration,some with jealousy,some with love and others with hatred.But again the essence of SRK comes out.He stands at a pedestal where the variety of emotions he induces in the ones who behold him as the most scintillating star in the sky is unparalleled.Bachchan had unanimous love and respect.Aamir has much of respect,Salman has much of fandom..SRK is a perfect mix of all of it.This is not to place him above all but just to say that he combines and amalgamates these qualities in just perfect proportions.When people start to expect your fall and shout at even on your slightest slide in expectation of a fall,one must be certain one is near the goal that one set out for oneself.
Yes,all said and done,I would love to see SRK back in Darr and Baazigar mould.Not necessarily in terms of genre of cinema i.e. suspense and obsession but in terms of the unpredictability of a character.This is the final essence of SRK.When he plays a character other than romance,he imbibes each small detail,works on his voice,improves on his diction and devises some methods which we in his case ignore. Saying out “K..K…k….Kiran” is an improvisation that we miss..that line made the film immortal.That line is film’s signature ala signature.I have seldom seen such improvisation till date in past 20 years of cinema.One may refute my statement by calling it hamming but then they forget to ham and get it effective is what is required rather than ham and look like a fool. The effective summation of an act matters.I would love to see SRK play on his essence,his own kinetic energy,produce some more gems in films of the caliber of OldBoy as a close friend of mine suggests.He has reached a stage where no one can cross his legacy amongst contemporaries.He has earned it via his 20 years of consistency and work.The epithet of king of Bollywood and Baadshah is reserved for him.These epithets have become real life phrases while other epithets for various stars looks like an attempt to match upto SRK’s.
I still remember a scene from DTPH..SRK holding hands of Madhuri and saying Paas,Aur Paas..this line is so haunting romantically that today when you see TV serials take a cue from it,you know SRK,the man has ensure his place in the legacy game.What he can do best now is to gratify his own ambitions and provide us with a few more classics. Wishing SRK a great Birthday[belated] and Wishing him a great success in JTHJ.
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