Acting is a profession that thrives on chemistry, the ability to improvise based on the interactions with the co-stars, take the audience into the zone of make-belief world and instill a feeling in the heart of the fan that indeed what is panning on the screen can be synonymous with reality.
Shahrukh Khan as an actor has been blessed with this advantage in his acting career, and it could be one of the prime catalysts which has made him one of the biggest movie stars around the world. It is the quotient of chemistry that sets the box-office on fire, and if one were to glance through the successful films in his career, one would find that the success has hinged to a great extent on the chemistry with his co-stars. On the eve of his birthday, here is a look at such co-stars who in their own way facilitated in making Shahrukh Khan what he is now:
Shahrukh Khan and Juhi Chawla: It was the first pairing in his acting career that brought out the best in him as a performer, Juhi playing the perfect cool foil to his over the board performances and was perhaps catalyst in Shah Rukh Khan being conferred awards for his performance. The pairing started with RAJU BAN GAYA GENTLEMAN, was catalytic in making him an anti-hero in DARR (apparently it was Hrithik Roshan who had suggested DARR as the title for the film), YES BOSS, DUPLICATE and PHIR BHI DIL HAI HINDUSTANI. Shahrukh Khan’s association with Juhi Chawla did not end with films in which they acted together, but it has got converted into business venture as well, both being partners in IPL team-Kolkata Knight Riders. Besides, Shahrukh Khan also formed a production company with Juhi, Dreamz Unlimited.
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Shahrukh Khan and Kajol: It is one of the most successful romantic pairs ever to grace the silver screen, in the history of Indian cinema. The saga started in a rather gawky way with KARAN ARJUN, but with DILWAALE DULHANIYA LE JAYENGE it really evolved and may be it needed a banner of Yash Raj Films for its evolution, flowered through KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, KABHI KHUSHI KABHIE GHAM, and reached its acme in MY NAME IS KHAN. Such is the aura of this pair, that even when Kajol is not cast opposite her in a film, she makes an appearance in a song or otherwise, probably she is his lucky mascot.
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Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukerji: Rani Mukerji made her debut opposite Shahrukh Khan in KUCH KUCH HOTA HAI, and also starred together in CHALTE CHALTE.
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Shahrukh Khan and Preity Zinta: When Nikhil Advani made KAL HO NAA HO, it was for the first time that Preity Zinta starred opposite Shahrukh Khan but the chemistry both of them shared on the screen was amazing. It was however in VEER ZAARA that it came into its own element and it was this chemistry that made this film one of the biggest success from the banner of YSR films.
Shahrukh Khan and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Though they starred as brother and sister, the chemistry that they shared on the screen must have been the cue to cast them as a pair by YSR Films in MOHABBATEIN and the whole idea of romance with the presence or rather the physical absence of Aishwarya Rai from the screen but coming more in dream sequences made it one of the hottest pairs, and when DEVDAS happened it underlined what the pair could achieve.
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Shahrukh Khan and Madhuri Dixit: DIL TOH PAAGAL HAI was the film that brought them together for the first time and it stuck magic. It reached its acme of performance in DEVDAS where as PARO and pitted against Aishwarya Rai Bachchan Madhuri Dixit brought out one of her best performances. For Shahrukh Khan indeed it was a high point of his career as he got to perform opposite two of the best actors of the times, Madhuri and Ash.
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Shahrukh Khan and Anushka Sharma: When he made his debut opposite Anushka Sharma in RAB NE BANA DI JODI there was an apprehension that the on-screen age difference could be the stumbling block, but in this film where he played the double role, the spunk and submissiveness of two different roles, made this film one of the biggest hits of the year in which it was released. Probably, it was the chemistry between these two that was a catalyst for Yash Chopra in bringing the pair together once again in JAB TAK HAI JAAN.
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Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone: He has starred opposite her in OM SHANTI OM and in this reincarnation saga they have shared a chemistry spanned over different time frames and it is one pairing that needs to be experimented with further.
Shahrukh Khan and Kareena Kapoor: It was in ASOKA that they appeared together for the first film, and the period film also provided an opportunity for igniting the chemistry. But maybe being a period film, it did not set the box office on fire, but by the time they were paired again in RA ONE, they shared amazing chemistry on screen.
Shahrukh Khan and Priyanka Chopra: Was it on-screen chemistry that whiffed up rumours of both having an affair off-screen as well one does not know, but this is one of the hottest pairing that Shahrukh Khan had in the recent times.
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Shah Rukh Khan and Katrina Kaif: It is one pairing in JAB TK HAI JAAN which is being anticipated with salivation, as the promos are a pointer to the fact that there is a lot of sex and glamour, along with oomph in the pairing, and it would be a visual treat worth watching.
There have been other stars as well opposite whom Shahrukh Khan has appeared on the silver screen, but if one were to talk of raw sex and oomph appeal, that otherwise is not associated with the co-stars referred above on a large scale, one can refer to MAIN HOON NA, where he was paired opposite Sushmita Sen. Both of them set the screen on fire, and maybe one needs to experiment with this pairing once again in an adult sex-comedy. Hope somebody listens and brings them together again!