An Open Letter to SRK..
Dear Shahrukh Khan,
When I was a kid and I watched Kuch Kuch Hota Hai for the first time, I was astounded.
You amazed me, with your raised eyebrows, your nutty jokes, your KOOL chain and your exceedingly gelled hair. The story was so different, so new to the usual Bollywood that I knew. I knew that this was going to be the beginning of a life long fandom.
Over the years, my love for you grew. Yes Boss, DDLJ, Dil Toh Paagal Hai, Karan Arjun, Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa, Baazigar, Darr, K3G, Kal Ho Na Ho, Devdas – the list is endless. I’ve watched every single one of these movies with bated breath, rooting for you everytime; as you were fighting for Simran, as you were reincarnated for your Maa, as you creeped the shit out of Juhi Chawla, as you pissed me off for choosing Madhuri Dixit and her transparent clothes – every damn time. And as time flew, you got bigger! You acted in challenging films like Swades, Chak De India, Dil Se, Asoka, Don! (Unfortunately, I cannot think of more). No denying, you have had your fair share of questionable movies too. For instance, Hum Tumhare Hai Sanam, where you played a weird insecure husband who suspected his wife had a thing with her brother. Seriously bro? They weren’t the Lannisters. Also, Josh. What sort of tapori Goan mockery was that! And let’s not forget the debacle that was Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi. More like Rab Ne Bana Diya Joker.
Anyway. Coming back to the point.
I have rooted for you, Shahrukh Khan. Always. I have defended you when my friends and family have mocked me for standing up for you. I have religiously watched you host Filmfare every time. Even when you overacted a tad bit in MNIK, I said ‘amazing job, totally deserved it!’ When you won the Filmfare for it. I have read your witty comments and vehemently applauded your rapid fire performances on Koffee With Karan. So, why. Why did a smart man like you make Happy New Year?!
Let me just say – I am 20 years old now. Almost 21. And for years, I have loved your silly masala movies. But having seen so many other movies at this point, having tasted a dose of real hard core cinema, I feel sad. Sad, because your potential is being wasted on mere money making. What do you need so much turnover for! I’ve seen the images of Mannat – its a freaking palace. Mind you, I haven’t even watched the movie yet. This assessment has been made merely on the trailer and the incessant marketing for the movie – Happy New Year advertisements, Happy New Year ‘please switch your mobiles to silent mode’ videos at PVR, Happy New Year posters, Happy New Year ice cream flavours at Baskin Robbins. Oh. My. God. To be perfectly honest, I’m sure it’s an okay average type movie. Leave your brain behind and enjoy the fun types. Some jokes should be laughable. Like Deepika Padukone’a accent or Abhishek Bachchan’s presence in the movie.
But what upsets me is how you are selling yourself short. Even though you’re paid like a gazillion bucks. Please don’t disappoint your better expecting fans. You’re better than this SRK. Farah Khan made a good movie with Main Hoon Na, I’ll agree. But this looks quite pathetic. You should have gotten the hint from Tees Mar Khan. You’re the King of Romance, yes. But don’t become the King of Tackiness. Make different movies! Not just these revenue generating, mind numbing types.
Please make more promising movies, Shahrukh. We expect great things from you. Always have.
Much much love,
An everlasting fan 😀