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Shah Rukh: Sabse Rocking Khan is MTV youth icon

When it comes to box office charisma, SRK wins. Not surprisingly, Khan has been voted as MTV’s youth icon of the year.

10 June, 2005: The Bollywood superstar beat Azim Premji, Sania Mirza, Sonia Gandhi, Irfan Pathan and Sonu Nigam to emerge as the favourite of Generation X from ten Indian cities: Ahmedabad, Chennai, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Indore, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

The age-mix of the sample voters say it all: 15-24. 

So what exactly makes this man with a Masters in Mass Communication from Jamiya Miliya Islamiya, New Delhi, click? Bubbly enthusiasm, raw energy, cheerful presence or a mix of all these? Only time will answer that. One thing is certain, this son of a freedom fighter has been the biggest presence in Bollywood screen since Amitabh. When we say biggest presence, it doesn’t count stars like Aamir Khan who makes a once-in-a-blue moon presence and wins all laurels in and out of box office. 

Shah Rukh is a bigger star and acceptable to a wider mass because he also loses. Like the boy next door. Like you and like people whom you spot in your every day life. You also need to lose at times to win. SRK does exactly that.

That may be exactly why he took up Mass Communication (Film making ). He was prepared to lose, rather than shying away without a try. And that is what connects SRK with the MTV generation of go-getters.

Remember, last year it was Rahul Dravid and before that in 2003 it was Anil Ambani who were voted youth icons.

Shah Rukh’s career as an actor started on the idiot box with Dil Dairya dircted by Lekha Tandon. But Fauji catapulted him to spotlight. And glory. Attention came with Bazigaar. And accolades with Darr. Then there was stardom. Thus the enlightened celebrity with the brand name SRK was born.

So the chirpy SRK, who is a chain smoker but has come out in a slightly-tight lipped backing of ban on smoking on screen, is now focused on his next release: Amol Palekar’s Paheli, produced by SRK himself with the husky Rani Mukherjee in tow on screen. SRK plays a double role.

So it’s a sort of re-invention for the Bollywood superstar, after Swadesh bombed. Khan is also working on a remake of Amitabh’s Don, being directed by Farhan Akhtar. While Amitabh’s role goes naturally to SRK, Akshay Kumar takes over the mantle from Pran and Priyanka Chopra would hopefully give Zeenat Aman a run for her clothes (or lack of it). Then there is a project with Khan’s all time favourite Karan Johar, with Abhishek , Preity and Rani, slated for next year.

So Shah Rukh’s present fixation is his soon-to-be-released memoirs `20 years Of A Decade’. 

Well, the last decade has been more than 20 years for the vivacious youth icon.


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