#DilwaleAlert: 5 must-watch films for all SRK-Kajol fans

  • Arnab Banerjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Dec 17, 2015 19:36 IST
Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol, darling of the masses, in a song sequence from Dilwale. (Red Chillies Entertainment | Rohit Shetty Productions)

When a film stars the Badshaah of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan and the sprightly and naturally charming Kajol, almost instantaneously what comes to one’s mind are two attributes: spontaneity and the onscreen chemistry of the two actor-stars. As we have been told many times before that the much-sought after pair in the Hindi film industry are ‘good friends’ but rumours are afloat that it’s not as if they are socially seen at parties every other day. In fact, they ‘don’t’ socialise.

What the two stars themselves openly talk about is their comfort level and no-strings-attached fun-loving relationship that transforms their work into a most enjoyable and pleasurable experience. The two, pretty much, started off their respective careers together and faced its anxieties, its exuberance and its unpredictable highs and lows. All of which adds to their complete understanding of each other’s craft, dilemmas and off-work idiosyncrasies.

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Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol Devgn attend the song launch for Dilwale in Mumbai on November 18, 2015. (AFP)

Whatever be the box office outcome, the audience looks forward to seeing them together, especially in a love-action-thriller blending mainstream masala films. And if the film happens to be starring Kajol and Shah Rukh, the joyous occasion gets rapturously remarkable as a film, like the forthcoming Dilwale directed by Rohit Shetty which hit screens this Friday.

While booking your tickets in advance, don’t forget to check out our list of the best romantic movies starring Bollywood’s favourite couple -- Kajol and SRK!

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Baazigar (1993)

This 1993 crime-thriller directed by Abbas-Mustan was Shah Rukh Khan’s first role as an anti-hero. (Ganesh Jain)

Raw, almost sans any makeup in some of the scenes, Kajol in her fiery and feisty avatar erupts like a volcano opposite the seething-with-rage SRK in this revenge drama that also makes both SRK’s as well as Kajol’s vulnerabilities evident when they do emotional scenes together.

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Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1995)

Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan as Simran and Raj defined romance for an entire generation of young Indians. (YouTube Grab)

This is the ultimate romance that has all the ingredients of a masala film -- family drama, instinctive maternal obligations and rivalry between two suitors. Finally, it’s about the traditional betrothal promise (vachan) by a man of honour to another friend that sees undercurrents of revolt and rebellion from the GenNext daughter without getting too defiant. And, as expected, what triumphs over everything? It is love, of course, in all its glory. The lead pair begins their romance with flirtatious ‘chhed-chhad’, singing and romancing in Switerland while encountering numerous hardships, vowing to dare and face all hurdles and yet look for approval from people who matter.

A must-see film for any generation of lovers!

The Indian context of undying love between two people who desire for the approval of their family struck a chord with many hearts. (YouTube Grab)

Kuch Kuch Hota Hai (1998)

Candyfloss reloaded: This was the go-to film for school romance as far as the ’90s generation was concerned.

What happens when secret admirers harbour undying love but turn silent when confronted by unrequited love? Suffer in silence, forget and move on until true love resurfaces after a setback. Overcoming awkwardness on the sudden meeting after an 8-year hiatus, the two (SRK and Kajol) meet again. And yes, this time love blossoms on both sides. This one’s a superb combination of young ‘n fresh school romance on the threshold of life that has SRK, Kajol and Rani Mukerji outdoing one another in their couldn’t-care-less-attitude, gusto and camaraderie that befit teenyboppers and their unbridled charm and passion.

Kabh Khushi Kabhi Gham (2001)

Shah Rukh Khan as the duty-bound son and Kajol as his tactless wife made for a compelling viewing for many across India. (Dharma Productions)

This one had the two -- SRK and Kajol -- play slightly older characters where Khan’s love for his family, particularly his father (played by the Big B) overpowers everything else. But what happens when he goes against his father’s instructions for the sake of his love-interest? Fireworks, for sure. But then, family values, parenting and sense of duty define relationships. I know many people who shed tears on every repeat view of this film. Khan’s onscreen pairing as a duty-bound son with a rather tactless and often blundering wife Kajol is the highlight of the film that also boasted of a stellar cast like Jaya Bachchan, Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan.

My Name is Khan (2010)

My Name Is Khan beautifully defined the dilemma of being a moderate Muslim in a terror-hit world of ours. (Dharma Productions)

Their most mature film together, this Karan Johar-directed film had SRK play a man who suffers from Asperger’s syndrome -- a neurobiological disorder -- that is characterised by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication among others. As Johar’s story moves from India to the US of A its lead, an Indian Muslim, takes a challenge to speak to the US President seriously, and embarks on a cross-country journey. Both SRK and Kajol deal with serious issues with elan, poise and complete maturity, a noticeable quality one can’t miss while watching this sensitive tale. The line, ‘My name is Khan and I am not a terrorist’, is the takeaway in a world that began to paint all Muslims with the same brush, dubbing them ‘terrorists’ in the aftermath of September 11 attacks.

Watch the love ballad Tere Naina from My Name Is Khan here:

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