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Dance away your worries like SRK

Koral Dasgupta @KoralDasgupta

Updated: February 19, 2016, 6:47 PM IST
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Dance away your worries like SRK
In between turbulent political ambiance Shah Rukh Khan strikes again. And says, let’s dance! And dance as if there’s no tomorrow.

Shah Rukh Khan has always been criticized by the Leftists for being too consumerist. His self-obsession and business brain must have posed serious threat to some of their ideologies for the last 25 years. It’s a different matter though that the Left mysteriously came to his support when some Right wing elements called foul upon him a while back. But shshshshshsh, that’s behind us. What faces us in front is the song ‘Jabra’ from the Shah Rukh Khan starrer ‘Fan’ produced by the Yash Raj camp, where the actor energetically grooves to the music.

To all those who have criticised SRK for his desperation with self, the actor has served them on platter something that is philosophically called “thenga”! The song shows a hero that is Khan and a fan, which is also Khan, as he hops around madly around his own billboard, of course within the boundaries of the script which requires him to do so. And yet, there’s something much beyond the peripheries of this script which says, if you are not your biggest fan then who else is? If you don’t dance heedlessly to your own tunes, then why should anybody else?

Reminds me of a Kareena Kapoor dialogue from the Imtiaz Ali’s ‘Jab We Met’. “Main apni favourite hoon!”
That “thenga” seems to be for everyone who judged him by his age; for everyone who said he’s over and done; had questioned his selection for the last few releases; and had made fun of his self-selling propaganda. He dismisses them all and proclaims that he is his own fan, and unapologetically so, undeterred by the rest of the world or their opinions. A group of people said they’ll ban his films and cause him losses. They threatened him with dire consequences. Lyrics of the song at some part sound like, “Tere (read mere) madness ne mujhe dhitth kar diya”!

This, on one hand. On the other, he arouses his fans yet again with that cute personification; may be especially those who mouthed openly their displeasure with him in the recent times. The song reminds, “Main to handle karoon har ghanta tera”, as if the star is throwing a challenge to the world – take them away if you can.

What drives back home end of the day is a simple call - Don’t worry, let’s dance! A master stroke. A perfect timing. And a marvellous way of standing by himself. That typical Khanatic language right from the beginning of his career. Make sure you walk away with hearts; so what if the other guy gets to keep the heroine! You may create ruckus in theatres; you may disrupt his shows. But how will you strip him off the love that has become his second skin?

Not sure whether this song was meant to be as symbolic as my blog explains, but it certainly conforms to the Shah Rukh Khan brand of doing it differently and doing it in style.

Shah Rukh Khan, the man known for taking inordinate risks on silver screen and emerge successful, seems to be back. Hardly would any other actor dance like a maniac over himself and kiss self-photographs and get along with it! But this one, we are loving. It has been a habit and custom for 25 years to fall for the SRK fever. And for 25 years fans had been meaning to say, “Tujhe dekhte hi dil mei tantaran ho gaya!"
Hum to kab se isi dhun par naach rahe hai Sir!!!! Aaj aap nei bhi naach diya.

Fan forever for SRK.
First Published: February 19, 2016, 6:47 PM IST

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