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Creator / Shah Rukh Khan

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"You don't know who you're dealing with here! This is KHAN! The Tom Cruise of India, the Brad Pitt of Bollywood, the Shia Labeouf of Mumbai, the Topher Grace of New Delhi, the dude from Twilight of Calcutta!"
Aasif Mandvi, The Daily Show

Also called SRK or King Khan by those in the know. Chances are, if you've heard of Bollywood, you've heard of SRK (born Shahrukh Khan, 2 November 1965). Maybe in a newspaper article calling him Bollywood's Tom Cruise or Harrison Ford, as in the page quote, but none of those descriptions can capture the mystique, the appeal, the popularity of the man himself.

Famous for playing endearing manchildren who mature due to the the love of a good woman, but he does display his range in between by playing the Stalker with a Crush (Darr, Anjaam, Dil Se..), Buddhist Emperors (Asoka), coach to the Indian women's hockey team (Chak De! India), and the eponymous Don.

Forms a very popular onscreen jodi with Kajol and Madhuri Dixit.

Notable Films:

His work provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Charmer: Used most famously in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge where he charms not only his love interest, but also her entire extended family including his girlfriend's future-in-laws of her arranged marriage that was being forced on her by her father and gets her father in the end to accept him as his son-in-law.
  • Chronically Killed Actor: Can be considered the trope codifier, it can be easier to count the movies where he dies rather than lives.
  • Signature Move: Spreading his arms in every singing and dancing scenes.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He plays this in almost all his early movies. Either women he falls in love with return his love and he becomes endearing or in a darker movie, he becomes a psychopath.
  • Verbal Tic: He's famous for his stutter. He also has a famous line reading from the movie Darr where his character stutters out the name of the heroine whom he is stalking. "K-k-k-k-kiran!"