|Old or Gold? ( Part 1)
Passing the good old age of 40 has affected some of Bollywood A-listers well and others badly. We take a look at who has gotten better with age and who hasn't…
Shah Rukh Khan
Career: The two Shah Rukhs – pre 40 and post 40 – are two entirely different individuals. In his 30s, his youthful exuberance and energy saw him become the king of Bollywood but the fourth decade of his life presents a different picture altogether. Firstly, it seems the passion that defined his performances is missing. The post-40 Shah Rukh is all about excess and making a statement. Take for example the over-the-top Om Shanti Om and his infamous six pack for Dard-e-Disco! He looked anorexic and botoxed to death but it didn't matter as the movie became a super-hit. Interestingly, the older SRK got, the younger his leading ladies became. Deepika Padukone, Anushka Sharma, Priyanka Chopra, Kareena Kapoor, Katrina Kaif – his heroine's age is certainly inversely proportional to his own!
SRK's desire to hold on to youth is also reflected in his movie choices. Take for example Ra One – many critics cruelly dubbed it his most expensive midlife crisis ever! Mouthing double meaning dialogues, sporting an eight-pack and dancing to Chammak Challo with a young Bebo a gaunt SRK looked more like a super-zero than a super hero!
Personal Life: In an industry where fortunes change every day, if there was one thing that was rock solid about Shah Rukh it was his marriage and personal life. But of late, even that looks shaky. Enough has been said about his alleged close friendship with a young Priyanka Chopra and the repercussion on his family.
Then there are his temper tantrums – Salman, Farah, Shirish Kunder and the guard at Wankhede stadium: SRK has surely had more than his share of brawls since turning 40!
Has he started getting more insecure about his films and career? With young guns like Ranbir and Imran blazing ahead, SRK doesn't look like he's taking his middle-age very well.
Highlights: Shah Rukh has expanded his empire and his brand since turning 40. His forays into production and television have delivered mixed results but he must be commended for trying something different. He has been invited to foreign universities for lectures, has gotten himself waxed at Madame Tussauds, was awarded the Padmashri, the Order of the Arts and Literature by the French government and the Chubb fellowship at Yale University. His IPL team also tasted success this year.
Low Lights: Err… there are too may to enumerate. Besides his desperate attempts to stick to the badshah tag, the unsavoury controversies have definitely dented his larger than life image. Fights, the non-performance or his movies (Billu, Ra One) and of course, the Priyanka chapter have made him look like a petulant 40-something who refuses to see reality.