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Happy birthday Shah Rukh Khan: How a star was born in this 1991 short film

As Shah Rukh Khan turns 52 on Thursday, we revisit one of his old, lesser-known gems - a short film that he worked in.

bollywood Updated: Nov 02, 2017 08:40 IST
Soumya Srivastava
Soumya Srivastava
Hindustan Times
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Shah Rukh Khan in a still from the short film, Mahaan Karz.

When a star is born, it’s light spreads through the entire universe. Maybe this is what happened when Bollywood’s biggest superstar, Shah Rukh Khan was taking his first steps into the world of movies and theatre. Why do we think so? Because we have found another proof for it.

As SRK turns 52 on Thursday, we revisit one of his old, lesser-known gems - a short film that he worked in.

A 1991 short movie, Mahaan Karz, starring SRK gives us a glimpse of his latent potential that the world explored in coming years. The movie was an Easter special, preaching the importance of the sacrifices made by Jesus Christ for the sake of humanity. The movie itself doesn’t tell the story of Jesus directly but through a metaphor.

Here, Shah Rukh plays a young ‘kunwar’ who seeks employment at the castle of a great Maharaja. The king, impressed by his wit and charm, agrees to keep him as his treasurer. The young ‘kunwar’ manages to swiftly get into the good books of the king. However, he falls into the unforgiving clutches of gambling and loses all treasury in a game of ‘chausar’ with his friends. Overcome by guilt and the fear of losing his life at the hands of the Maharaja, he decides to end his life. What happens next? Watch the video:

This movie was made before any of his big hits like Deewana (1992), Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman (1992) or even Baazigar (1993). Shah Rukh, though, had already done TV shows like Fauji and Circus. The description on the video on YouTube claims that SRK was paid only Rs 3,000 for the film.

After a slew of films like Chennai Express, Happy New Year, Dilwale and Fan, this short comes as a breath of freshness and pure 90’s nostalgia.

Shah Rukh is currently working on Aanad L Rai’s next where he plays a dwarf.

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First Published: Nov 02, 2017 08:28 IST