In the dazzling realm of Bollywood, where stars rise and fade, one name has endured the test of time, captivating hearts worldwide – Shah Rukh Khan. He has charmed the world with his charisma and talent once again
- SRK has been the IMDb Most Popular Indian Star of 2023, topping the list seven times in the year. He also won the 2023 TIME100 poll
- He has a massive net worth that makes him the second richest actor in the world, ahead of Tom Cruise, George Clooney and Robert De Niro
SHAH RUKH KHAN, an iconic figure in Bollywood, made a dazzling return in 2023 after a four-year break, delivering two blockbuster films with another one on the horizon. Demonstrating his passion and versatility, he ventured into unique action genres, once again setting a trend just as he had with romance in the past three decades.
His return to the silver screen not only reignited the cinematic enchantment but also signalled the revival of the film industry’s economy and the cherished tradition of theatrical movie experiences.
OVERCAME ADVERSITY WITH PATHAAN
This year Shah Rukh Khan marked a remarkable return with his blockbuster film ‘Pathaan,’ eagerly anticipated by his fans. However, the movie faced criticism and controversy from extremist groups alleging religious insensitivity, leading to protests and effigy burnings in some states. Despite this, the superstar’s loyal fanbase supported him, showcasing their love by watching ‘Pathaan.’ The film, featuring Shah Rukh Khan as a patriotic spy, emerged amid challenges, including the tough period faced by his son Aryan Khan, involving a drug-related arrest and subsequent media scrutiny. Shah Rukh Khan’s enduring appeal lies in his ability to bridge the realms of reel and real, action and emotion, romance and love, dreams and reality, ultimately connecting movies with their audience.
RULES THE SILVER SCREEN
His movie ‘Pathaan’ shattered box office records, surpassing ₹1,050 crore in global earnings. Its extraordinary five-day opening weekend amassed a staggering $66.24 million worldwide (including $25.5 million from outside India). Along the way, it established multiple records, achieving the biggest opening weekend for a Bollywood film in India.
His films signalled the recovery of the film industry’s economy and the tradition of watching movies in theatres. SRK’s 2023 is not just a comeback; it is a celebration of his resilience, reinvention, and the timeless appeal of Bollywood’s favourite superstar
In addition, his blockbuster ‘Jawan’ created history. It set a record by selling over 2 lakh tickets within the first 24 hours of advance booking. Fans of Shah Rukh Khan, from remote regions such as Raiganj in Bengal to Motihari in Bihar, displayed their love and enthusiasm for the film, watching it at unconventional times like 5 am and even 2:15 am.
The icon of romance triumphed in the 2023 TIME100 poll, surpassing renowned figures like Michelle Yeoh and Serena Williams, with 4% of the votes from over 1.2 million cast.
At 58, he not only leads Bollywood but stands as the world’s second richest actor, outpacing Tom Cruise, George Clooney, and Robert De Niro. His financial ascent in 2023 stems from the success of Pathaan and Jawan, earning him a substantial share of ₹200 crore and a ₹100 crore fee, along with a 60% stake in Jawan’s profits.
Shah Rukh Khan, often referred to as SRK, concluded the year on a triumphant note, leaving his 3.5 billion global fanbase eagerly anticipating his upcoming projects in 2024.
Embracing the era of relatability, he continues to shine as a star without overexposure, maintaining a magnetic presence in the entertainment world.