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Will Shahrukh Khan change the template of romance with CHENNAI EXPRESS?

August 8, 2013 04:17:14 PM IST
updated August 9, 2013 11:52:21 AM IST
By Rachana Sheth, Glamsham Editorial
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They say Change is the constant thing, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the phoenix! So why should our Bollywood superstars hang back in accepting this fact? There was a time when stereotypes worked for an actor to succeed and form their own image. It never bored the arse off anybody despite the hackneyed portrayals. But now to keep up with the times, one needs to constantly reinvent onself. And Shahrukh Khan is no exception.


The King of romance who lured with his certain trademark style emerged as hot favorite in romantic outings. Every time we saw him, we cried, danced, rejoiced along with him. The way our romance ka Badshah emoted tugged our heartstrings to the core. But it seems now our icon of romance has realized the need to break through the stereotype and explore newer pastures. As change is the order of the day! And SRK's change begins with Rohit Shetty directed film CHENNAI EXPRESS, which will hit the screens on 9th August 2013.

But how to discern the change, as change is defined by certain telltale signs? Well, first change that SRK seems to have understood is to change the template of romance in terms of its settings. So in CHENNAI EXPRESS romance does not brew in a European surrounding, but moves to the native, brewing in the countryside. When it moves to countryside, then one also need to adapt to the moorings of the native, so we have a SRK who would be seen in the native clothes or the attire of the locals for a longish period of time.

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Another change that seems to have been injected through CE, is that SRK now talks about it as a whole package and a major paradigm shift that SRK has affected is in pandering to the native rather than playing to the gallery for the Diaspora, as realization must have dawned on him that the Diaspora can move on, but the native's adulation is here to stay.

One only hopes that this trigger for change becomes a process of reinventing the wheel for SRK post CE.


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