20 years in Bollywood and SRK's 'farishtey work overtime'

Updated: June 25, 2012 17:45 IST

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan was at the Trident in Mumbai for the launch of King Khan - The Official Opus of Shah Rukh Khan .

20 years in Bollywood and SRK\'s \'farishtey work overtime\'
20 years ago, in 1992, Shah Rukh Khan debuted opposite Divya Bharti in Deewana, and went on to become Bollwood's all-time favourite romantic hero with films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Mohabbatein, Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna, Kal Ho Na Ho and Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi.

"Twenty uninterrupted years of serving. Not enough talent or looks or game plan. Thank you all. I guess I got lucky, lucky to be working all the time, " tweeted SRK.

"Made mistakes, still continue to do so. A little madness. A bit of solitude. Too silly to realise it's impossible and maybe that's why it gets achieved.

"Mom said to only feel and say positive things. 'Your Farishtey (angels) are always listening and fulfil your words.' My Farishtey work overtime," wrote the 45-year-old.

Coming up: Shah Rukh dances for his loved ones
Shah Rukh dances for his loved ones
After millions of wishes and multiple cakes, the superstar shared his birthday last year with his loved ones — his fans.

“Dancing for my loved ones...celebrated my birthday with all on bandstand,” the actor tweeted with the picture.

Coming up: SRK - Life of a superstar
SRK - Life of a superstar
Long Live The King: Shah Rukh Khan was born in 1965 to Muslim parents of Pathan descent in New Delhi.

His father, Taj Mohammed Khan, was from Peshawar (then a part of British India). According to Khan, his paternal grandfather was originally from Afghanistan. SRK's father came to New Delhi from Qissa Khawani Bazaar in Peshawar before the Partition, while his mother's family came from Rawalpindi.
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Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge: On 25 October 1991, Shah Rukh married his long time girlfriend Gauri.

Though Gauri's parents were initially opposed to the marriage, Shah Rukh eventually won them over.

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Shah Rukh first made his mark on the small screen. His leading role in the 1988 TV serial Fauji as Commando Abhimanyu Rai made him instantly popular.

His next TV show, Circus, was a big hit too.
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Glorious debut: SRK's big break came in the 1992 film Deewana where he starred opposite Divya Bharti. The role won him the Filmfare Best Debut (Male) Award.
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Controversy courts king: Shah Rukh appeared semi nude in some scenes of Maya Memsaab, a cheesy version of Madame Bovary. The passionate scenes between SRK and Deepa Sahi were hugely controversial at the time and were seen by many as a blotch in SRK's career.
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The new black: Baazigar defined the anti-hero in modern Bollywood, and was destined to be a runaway hit.

The role also earned him the Filmfare Best Actor Award and we fell in love with the SRK-Kajol jodi forever.
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K-K-Kiran: Shah Rukh continued his negative streak with elan in Darr, where he played a psychopath obsessed with a woman.

The actor was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Performance in a Negative Role.
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Reincarnation ahoy: Relations have soured between the two actors now but the Salman-Shah Rukh team delivered a blockbuster hit with Rakesh Roshan's reincarnation and revenge themed Karan Arjun.
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The eternal love story: The epic love story in Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge had us all mushy and teary-eyed.

The film has been voted as the most romantic film of all time.

Speaking about the film, Shah Rukh said that the story has strong parallels with his real love life and all we can say is that it showed in the intense show put on by the actor.

He matched emotion for emotion for the charmingly disarming Simran, played by Kajol.

The film won a staggering 10 Filmfare Awards, including the Best Actor Award for Shah Rukh.
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Meri Mehbooba: While SRK's first venture with showman Subhash Ghai, Trimurti (1995) was a big dud, they got together again for Pardes (1997).

Despite melodius melodious music by Nadeem-Shravan and strong lead and supporting cast, the film did average business at the box office.
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Big Boss: Madhuri Dixit and Juhi Chawla were, at the time, Shah Rukh's heroines of choice.

While he shot for Koyla, in the picturesque hills of Arunachal Pradesh, with Madhuri.

Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman team made brewed some more magic with Yes Boss, which was a big hit at the time.
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Three to tango: With Yash Raj's Dil To Pagal Hai (1997), Shah Rukh was back to doing what he excelled in, romance.

Starring Madhuri and Karisma, the film was a monster hit with it's heady cocktail of music, dance and romance.

Shah Rukh won yet another Best Actor Filmfare Award for the film.
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Shooting Star: Shah Rukh starred in a double role in the comedy Duplicate (1998) (nominated for a Filmfare in a Negative role) and played a journalist who loves a terrorist in Mani Ratnam's Dil Se.

But the film that made the producers happiest was the Karan Johar's love triangle Kuch Kuch Hota Hai that starred Shah Rukh with Kajol and Rani Mukerji.

The epic college romance cum coming off age film won SRK another Filmfare Best Actor Award.
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Turning Badshah : His superstar status didn't prevent SRK from playing a secondary role in Kamal Haasan's Hey Ram.

He scratched his comedy itch again with Badshaah, an average success before turning producer with Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani.

Josh saw an unusual pairing with Shah Rukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai playing twins.
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Good Will Hunting: Shah Rukh was back in top gear on romance highway and playing Raj (Aryan) Malhotra only ensured that it went the DDLJ way.

Aishwarya's spirited performance and Amitabh's stern father role added to the epic film that Mohabbatein has become over the years.

SRK received Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance in the film.
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King Khan: After Hey Ram SRK again delved into history with Santosh Sivan's brilliantly shot Asoka. However, the film failed to do well and at best courted controversy while it lasted.
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Family comes first: SRK and Big B were joined by a star-cast of Hrithik Roshan, Kareena Kapoor, Kajol and Jaya Bachchan in Karan Johar's Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham. K Jo seemed to have a hit factory going at the time.
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Tragic love: Sanjay Leela Bhansali's Devdas had Shah Rukh Khan in the lead role, romancing Aishwarya as Paro and Madhuri Dixit as Chandramukhi. Sadly after this Ash and SRK fell out, and no prizes for guessing the reason! Hint: a jealous ex-boyfriend...

But what SRK did lap up was another black beauty in the form of a Filmfare Award for Best Actor.
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Live for today: Nikhil Advani's Kal Ho Naa Ho was seen by many as a modern-day Anand. The film starring Jaya Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan, Preity Zinta, and Saif Ali Khan had lilting music and did well at the box office.
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Taking centerstage: Farah Khan made her directorial debut with Main Hoon Na (2004), which was a runaway hit.

Then SRK was seen trying out cross-border love in YRF's Veer Zara with Preity Zinta.
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Home boy: With Ashutosh Gowariker's Swades (2004) SRK swerved a little off the mainstream. The film received critical acclaim but did not match upto SRK's earlier successes at the box office. Only much later with Chak De he made another attempt at method-cinema. This time it worked wonders and he got rave reviews and a Filmfare Best Actor Award for his performance.
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The big shift: Amol Palekar's Paheli, was produced by wife Gauri, and received a mixed response.

Karan Johar's Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna saw SRK and Big B sharing screen space but this time they had Abhishek Bachchan for company.
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New age Don: After co-starring with Amitabh Bachchan in a number of films, it was time for SRK to do a Big B.

He played the lead role in Don - The Chase Begins Again (2006). Farhan Akhtar's remake of the 1978 hit Don, starring Amitabh Bachchan, though revamped made SRK stand on his own ground and his return to a negative role was acclaimed.
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Abs-olutely hit: Farah Khan made her return to the director's chair with Om Shanti Om and the film, of course, starred Shah Rukh Khan. The SRK appeal was amped up with a six-pack to die for.

OSO launched newcomer Deepika Padukone in a dream debut. She returned the favour with a role in Billu – sadly, a flop!
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Simpleton meets suave: Aditya Chopra's Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi launched Anushka Sharma, but sadly SRK's star-glitter did not rub off on her.

At best the film earned SRK another Filmfare nomination.
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Crossover charisma: My Name Is Khan marked the comeback of SRK-Kajol Jodi and the film was slated to be a hit from that point on.

Add to that a crossover drama and despite multiple controversies and the airport fiasco, SRK had the last laugh as he took home the Best Actor Filmfare Award.
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Sporting King: In 2008, Shah Rukh also became the owner of one of the eight Indian Premier League teams, Kolkata Knight Riders.
A very happy birthday for Shah Rukh Khan
With his career already crossing the zenith and going ever beyond, the King Khan is all set to trump himself with his first Hollywood film.

Titled Xtrme City, the film will star Titanic heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio. And that's not all; it will be helmed by veteran director Martin Scorcese.

For now, the film is on hold due to SRK's and Leo's busy schedules, but you can bet the film will happen.
A very happy birthday for Shah Rukh Khan
Call him the Badshah of Bollywood or title him the King Khan, there's no denying Shah Rukh's supremacy in the film industry.

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