We will agree with you if you say Shah Rukh Khan’s newer films don’t make the cut when thinking of weekend binges on Netflix but we will put up a fight if you say that his old films weren’t fun to watch. Yes, some of them were problematic now that we’re all woke and stuff, but still, SRK from the 90s and 2000s was in a league of his own and we can’t help but miss the magic he created on screen (and of course, those dimples).
For no particular reason, and in no particular order, we’ve come up with a list of Shah Rukh Khan films that are worth revisiting and you don’t need to go anywhere to look for them. All the films on this list are easily available on Netflix
One 2 Ka 4
We don’t blame you if you don’t remember One 2 Ka 4 but we sure as hell haven’t forgotten this film. As one would often except from Bollywood films back in the day, One 2 Ka 4 had a little big of everything in it: crime, action, drama, you name it. After SRK’s partner at work passes away, he suddenly becomes the godfather of his deceased partner’s children. A hardened police officer who doesn’t know how to be around children? Doesn’t make for the best dad. However, while other things are happening in the background, what makes this film endearing is watching SRK’s character blossom into the father we know he’s meant to become (and we say that because of what a good dad he is in real life as well). The film wasn’t a hit but SRK in the film surely was. You’ll also get to see Juhi Chawla and Jackie Shroff so why not?
Who doesn’t remember Pardes? Released in 1997, this film was a hit of its time. In fact, it was the fourth highest grossing film of that year. However, don’t listen to box office numbers as they cannot always confirm an endearing story. The film stood out for stellar performances from actors Mahima Chaudhry, Amrish Puri and Apurva Agnihotri and also delivered some of the most memorable songs that are still etched in our memory. But the reason this film is one of our favourites is because while SRK was playing a lot of villainous characters in the nineties, he plays the quintessential good guy in this one. He comes to the aide of Mahima and is generally always on the right side of things in this film. 10/10 would recommend!
Okay, so this film is on our list purely because of the chemistry SRK shares with his co-star, Rani Mukherjee. There were very few pairings that we all longed for back in the day, but Shah Rukh Khan and Rani Mukherjee always created magic together. Remember when we briefly saw them together in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham before Kajol came and stole him away? Don’t pretend that you weren’t secretly pining for an SRK-Rani Jodi. Chalte Chalte explores their chemistry entirely and honestly, both actors did full justice.
Om Shanti Om
This is relatively a newer film, compared to the others on the list, but it deserves to be here. Om Shanti Om was Farah Khan’s second cinematic venture as a director and we were pleasantly surprised when it was released. Another thing this film did was introduce the wonderful Deepika Padukone to us (as this was her first film ever as well). Om Shanti Om had an interesting plot line but to be honest, if you watch the film now, you’ll realize that the film was actually quite weak, script wise. But SRK is in full form in Om Shanti Om. In fact, he’s so wonderfully funny and charming and silly that you’ll forget everything else and keep smiling every time he comes in the frame (which will be a lot since the film revolves around him completely.)
You might not have even heard of this film because it didn’t do so well back in the day, but Paheli was one of SRK’s most interesting films. A fantasy story based in the beautiful Rajasthan, Paheli features Rani Mukherjee, whose husband (played by SRK) has gone away on business and left her alone right after tying the knot with her. In the meantime, a ghost takes on the appearance of her husband and starts to live with her. Taran Adarsh said that “On the whole, Paheli is one of the finest films produced in recent times. A film like this proves yet again that we don't need to seek inspiration from outsiders [read Hollywood], when Indian literature is rich enough to provide us with captivating stories,” and we completely agree. It’s the film uniqueness that adds to the story. Also, we get to see Rani and SRK share screen space and man, do they look good together or what?