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Biography of Shah Rukh Khan

He bears the 'royal' name for a reason: between the four khans who have set the tone in the North Indian film industry Bollywood since the 1990s, Shah Rukh Khan stands out as the nationally and internationally best known and most successful actor of the last two decades. While the Bollywood greats Salman Khan ("Dabangg"), Saif Ali Khan ("Hum Tum") and Aamir Khan ("3 Idiots") regularly ring the box office in their home country, Shah Rukh Khan is a global megastar whose name im West has become synonymous with the Indian dance-and-song melodramas, which have become popular in the local area since the media hustle and bustle surrounding Bollywood in 2001. The 1.73 meter tall, black-haired heartthrob with the big smile and prominent dimples is famous for his humorous and emotionally charged roles in elaborate, ambitious Hindi-language entertainment films. In the course of his eventful career, however, he was also able to distinguish himself as a versatile actor, daring producer and popular television presenter. The reward for this were numerous national and international prizes and honorary degrees.

From exceptional student to involuntary Bollywood hope

Shah Rukh Khan is the son of a lawyer and a social worker and grew up with his older sister Shehnaz in a Muslim family in Delhi. He attended St. Columba's School for Boys in New Delhi and proved to be an outstanding student and athlete, which earned him the school's "Sword of Honor" award. The avid soccer, hockey and cricketer suffered a sports injury at the time, which led him to switch to the acting profession and to be trained by the well-known theater teacher Barry John. Khan's father died of cancer in 1981 and his mother of sepsis in 1991. With a degree in economics from Hansraj College in his pocket, Khan moved to Mumbai in the early 90s, where he made his Bollywood debut in the romance "Deewana" after first roles in television series in the late 80s ("Fauji", "Circus") the then stars Divya Barthi and Rishi Kapoor. The film was a success, and Khan won the Filmfare Award for Best Male Film Debut. But the self-critical Khan was bothered by the shallow material and accepted the role in the Bollywood film for financial reasons alone.

From obsessive lover to aggressive charmer

As a result of several commercial and artistic failures, Shah Rukh Khan Khan dared an image change seldom seen before and in his next two films did not play exemplary heroes suffering from their heartache, but mentally disturbed and violent antiheroes. Both Yash Chopra's unconventional love thriller “Darr” with Sunny Deol and Juhi Chawla and Abbas Mustand's revenge drama “Baazigar” (both 1993) with Kajol and Shilpa Shetty in smaller roles became surprise hits and brought Khan further national film awards. In the same year he also shone in his declared favorite film, Kundan Shah's story of a young musician and eternal loser: "Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa". These so atypical Bollywood protagonists ushered in a new heyday of Bollywood film. But Khan unwaveringly continued to play with his image and turned away from the villain roles again in order to finally establish himself as an icon of Indian and romantic film with his next film.

From King Of Romance to King of Bollywood


In the romantic comedy "Lovers wins Brides", Aditya Chopra's directorial debut, Shah Rukh Khan played the role of an Indian living in England who fell in love with a young compatriot (Kajol) on a trip to Europe and followed her to India for hers To convince father of the bond. Although Khan personally doesn't think much of love stories, the first romantic screen pairing of him and Kajol made film history through their often subsequently copied mixture of comedy, tragedy and romanticism. Since a cinema in Mumbai has shown the film successfully every day since it was officially released, it is considered to be the longest-running film in history. Khan then took on other romantic film roles and had a number of big hits with star-studded productions such as Yash Chopra's "My Heart Is Crazy" with Madhuri Dixit, Karan Johar's directorial debut "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - And Suddenly It's Love" alongside Kajol and Rani Mukerji and Mani Ratnam's provocative terrorist love story “Von Herzen”, which received a lot of international attention and made it into the British box office as the first Indian film. But the following decade would make Khan much better known.

Busy and infallible

After starring alongside Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and newcomer Aishwarya Rai in Aditya Chopra's drama "Love Stories" (2000), Shah Rukh Khan set off with the second film by his friend Karan Johar for the ultimate triumph over the global film industry. The epic family drama "In the good and bad days" with the stars Kajol, Amitabh Bachchan, Jaya Bachchan, Hrithrik Roshan and Kareena Kapoor in the leading roles not only made Bollywood films socially acceptable in the West, but also made Khan's face omnipresent. The tireless and mostly successful multi-filmmaker Khan persisted and took on leading roles in historical costume films ("Asoka - The Way of the Warrior", "Flame of Our Love"), modern love comedies ("Indian Love Story - Kal Ho Naa Ho"), and silly high school -Action clothes (“Main hoon na”, the directorial debut he produced by his good friend Farah Khan) and complicated relationship films (Yash Chopra's “Veer and Zaara - The Legend of a Love”, Karan Johar's “Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna”). He performed acts of strength in more unconventional films such as Ashutosh Gowariker's identity drama "Swades", as a tough hockey coach in "Chack De! India ”and as an autistic Muslim in“ My Name Is Khan ”alongside Kajol. In contrast, he showed courage to self-parody in Farah Khan's Bollywood declaration of love “Om Shanti Om”, the sweet love story “A divine couple - Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi)” and the effective action films “RA. One ”and“ Don 2 - The King is Back ”.

The Muslim Shah Rukh Khan has been married to the Hindu Gauri since 1991, who runs a production company with him. They have a son and a daughter. Her son played the young Shah Rukh in the film "In good as in bad days".

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Chennai Express (2013), A divine couple - Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), Om Shanti Om (2007), Kabhi alvida naa kehna - Until happiness do us part (2006), Paheli - Beauty and the Spirit (2005), Veer and Zaara - The legend of a love (2004), Saathiya - longing for you (2002), Chalte Chalte - Where fate leads us (2002), In the good like in the bad days (2001), Hey ram (2000), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - And suddenly it's love (1998)
Dilwale (2015), My name is Khan (2010), A divine couple - Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), Om Shanti Om (2007), In the good like in the bad days (2001), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - And suddenly it's love (1998), Duplicate (1998), First come gets the bride (1995), Karan Arjun (1995), Baazigar: Deceived love (1993)
Bhoothnath (2008), Om Shanti Om (2007), Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Kabhi alvida naa kehna - Until happiness do us part (2006), Paheli - Beauty and the Spirit (2005), Veer and Zaara - The legend of a love (2004), In the good like in the bad days (2001), Because my love is immortal (2000)
Because my love is immortal (2000), Baadshah (1999), First come gets the bride (1995), Karan Arjun (1995), Oh darling - Yeh Hai India! (1995), Deewana (1992)
zero (2018), Tubelight (2017), Om Shanti Om (2007), I am yours my love (2002), Kuch Kuch Hota Hai - And suddenly it's love (1998), Karan Arjun (1995)
A divine couple - Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi (2008), Jhoom Barabar Jhoom (2007), Kabhi alvida naa kehna - Until happiness do us part (2006), Veer and Zaara - The legend of a love (2004), Indian Love Story - Live and Don't Think About Tomorrow (2004), Dil Se - With all my heart (1998)
RA.One - superhero with a heart (2011), Don 2 - The King is Back (2011), Billu Barber (2009), Om Shanti Om (2007), Don (2006)