Happy 50th birthday, SRK! Here’s why Shah Rukh Khan is more than just a romantic hero

From Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge to Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Shahrukh Khan has played the quintessential lover boy several times on screen. His portrayal of Raj/Rahul (naam toh suna hoga) certainly helped his career’s meteoric rise. But time and again he has proved that there is more to him as an actor than just opening his arms to a lady love as she runs to him.

Shah Rukh Khan. AFP

As King Khan celebrates his 50th birthday on 2 November, he will soon be seen in two unusual movies that are quite different from his usual repertoire.

There is Fan, where he is not only playing himself (a la Billu) but also the title character of a guy who is the biggest fan of… wait for it… Shahrukh Khan! It is set to release on 15 April, 2016.

And then we have Raees, where he is co-starring with Pakistani actress Mahira Khan. Buzz is, it’s a cops-and-robbers movie, in which Khan plays a bootlegger being chased by a cop, played by Nawazuddin Siddiqui. Definitely something to look forward to.

On Shah Rukh Khan’s 50th birthday, we pay tribute to all those times in his career that he has dared to break the mould and look at the films where he has played more than just the chocolate lover boy.

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