From a commoner in Delhi to one of the biggest superstars in the country, Shahrukh Khan is one of the biggest success stories in the industry today. Born in New Delhi on 2nd November 1965 and brought up in the coastal city of Mangalore for the first five years of his life, Shahrukh made his debut in the Hindi Film Industry about 2 decade ago with Deewana (1992), a film that won him his first Filmfare Award for Best Debut Male.
Later in the same year, Shahrukh featured in Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman, a film that remains close to his heart even today. The turning point in his career, however, came with two films in 1993 where he played characters with grey shades – Yash Chopra’s Darr and Abbas-Mustan’s Baazigar.
1995 though was a landmark year in his career. Two of the year’s biggest blockbusters, Rakesh Roshan’s Karan Arjun and Aditya Chopra’s Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge released and the latter went on to become one of the biggest blockbuster in the history of Indian cinema and firmly established Shahrukh as the biggest superstar in the country. DDLJ is still running at Maratha Mandir in Mumbai!
In the following few years, SRK gained iconic status with romantic films like Yash Chopra’s Dil Toh Pagal Hai, Subhash Ghai’s Pardes and Karan Johar’s Kuch Kuch Hota Hai which remains one of the biggest hits of his career.
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The beginning of the current century was probably the toughest of Shahrukh’s career with the media pitting him against Hrithik Roshan who made a spectacular debut in Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai. The two had a epic clash at the box office during Diwali in 2010 when Hrithik’s Mission Kashmir released on the same day as SRK’s Mohabbatein. While Mission Kashmir opened to a better response initially, it was Mohabbatein that eventually won the Diwali clash.
In the last decade or so, Shahrukh consolidated his status as one of the most bankable stars in the country with successful films like Devdas, Chalte Chalte, Kal Ho Na Ho, Main Hoon Na and Veer Zaara. The actor was unable to maintain his success streak when Swades and Paheli failed at the box office. Two rare failures were followed by 10 back-to-back successful films that started with Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna and continues with his latest blockbusters Chennai Express and Happy New Year.
Its been a remarkable career for Shahrukh Khan, as good as any the industry has ever witnessed. More than 20 years since he made his debut, SRK remains one of the most loved actors the industry has ever produced.
Below we have detailed box office analysis of SRK’s career so far.
|57 Movies||24 Years||2100 crore||Average: 36.84 crore per film|
|Deewana||June 25 1992||7.75||Hit|
|Chamatkar||July 8 1992||2.75||Flop|
|Dil Aashna Hai||December 25 1992||1.25||Flop|
|Raju Ban Gaya Gentleman||November 13 1992||2.5||Average|
|King Uncle||February 5 1993||1.65||Flop|
|Maya Memsaab||July 2 1993||1.85||Flop|
|Baazigar||November 12 1993||7.75||Hit|
|Darr||December 24 1993||10.75||Super Hit|
|Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa||February 25 1994||3.5||Hit|
|Anjaam||April 22 1994||3.25||Flop|
|Karan Arjun||January 13 1995||32.15||Blockbuster|
|Guddu||January 31 1995||2.1||Flop|
|Zamaana Deewana||July 28 1995||4.5||Flop|
|Oh Darling! Yeh Hai India!||August 11 1995||1.95||Flop|
|Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge||October 20 1995||61||All Time Blockbuster|
|Ram Jaane||November 29 1995||9.5||Above Average|
|Trimurti||December 22 1995||10.25||Flop|
|English Babu Desi Mem||January 26 1996||4.25||Flop|
|Chaahat||June 6 1996||4.53||Flop|
|Army||June 28 1996||7.25||Average|
|Koyla||April 18 1997||12||Below Average|
|Yes Boss||July 18 1997||9.5||Above Average|
|Pardes||August 8 1997||18||Hit|
|Dil To Pagal Hai||October 31 1997||28||Super Hit|
|Duplicate||May 8 1998||9.25||Below Average|
|Dil Se..||August 21 1998||10.25||Flop|
|Kuch Kuch Hota Hai||October 16 1998||45.25||All Time Blockbuster|
|Baadshah||August 27 1999||14||Below Average|
|Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani||January 21 2000||10.25||Flop|
|Josh||June 9 2000||20||Above Average|
|Mohabbatein||October 27 2000||33.25||Super Hit|
|One 2 Ka 4||March 30 2001||5.5||Flop|
|Asoka||October 26 2001||8.25||Flop|
|Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham||December 14 2001||47||Blockbuster|
|Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam||May 24 2002||13.75||Above Average|
|Devdas||July 12 2002||32.5||Hit|
|Chalte Chalte||June 13 2003||16||Hit|
|Kal Ho Naa Ho||November 27 2003||35||Hit|
|Yeh Lamhe Judaai Ke||April 9 2004||0.45||Flop|
|Main Hoon Na||April 30 2004||33.5||Hit|
|Veer Zaara||November 12 2004||40||Super Hit|
|Swades||December 17 2004||15.25||Flop|
|Paheli||June 24 2005||13||Flop|
|Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna||August 11 2006||45.75||Hit|
|Don: The Chase Begins Again||October 20 2006||51||Hit|
|Chak De! India||August 10 2007||67.7||Blockbuster|
|Om Shanti Om||November 9 2007||79.5||Blockbuster|
|Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi||December 12 2008||86.75||Blockbuster|
|Billu||February 13 2009||23.65||Flop|
|My Name Is Khan||February 12 2010||72.75||Hit|
|Ra.One||October 26 2011||125||Hit|
|Don 2: The Chase Continues||December 23 2011||112||Hit|
|Jab Tak Hai Jaan||November 12 2012||121||Hit|
|Chennai Express||August 9 2013||227||All Time Blockbuster|
|Happy New Year||October 24 2014||204||Super Hit|
|Dilwale||December 18 2015||149||Semi Hit|
|FAN||April 15 2016||85||Flop|
- Disasters – 0
- Flop – 19
- Below Average – 3
- Average – 2
- Above Average – 4
- Semi Hit – 0
- Hits – 14
- Super Hit – 4
- Blockbusters – 5
- All Time Blockbusters – 3
- Success Ratio (Above average or better) – 55.5%
A few interesting points
- Shahrukh is second only to Rajesh Khanna when it comes to back-to-back hits. He currently has 10 and could eventually beat Khanna’s 15 consecutive hits record.
- At the time of this writing, SRK also has almost all the box office records under his name – Highest grosser in India, Highest worldwide grosser, Highest Opening Day / Weekend / Week – just to name a few.
- In every overseas market, Shahrukh is by far the biggest superstar. Some of his older films like Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna are still in the Top 10.
- Not a single Shahrukh Khan film has ever been declared as a box office disaster!
- The total business generated by his films in India is Rs 1642.52 crore, only behind Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar.
Also read: Salman Khan’s Box Office Analysis