After more than 2 decades of playing characters like Raj and Rahul, Sharukh Khan has finally accepted that those characters were not adorable but creepy.
Yes, Bollywood’s most celebrated characters Rahul and Raj, labeled as the love icons of the 90s are nothing more than stalkers. Many spent their childhood idolizing SRK’s characters Raj and Rahul, but SRK finally accepted in one of his recent interviews what he actually thinks about those characters and we feel his thoughts are bang on!
In the interview, Shah Rukh told how both his sons try and act like his characters – Raj and Rahul, and claims that he is nothing like that in real life. He also mentioned that he told her daughter, Suhana, what to do if a guy ever said one of those signature dialogues of Raj & Rahul.
Shah Rukh Khan has apparently advised Suhana to “kick a guy” if he behaves like either of his on-screen characters. He said,
“What is the essence of romance? To make somebody feel it at a particular moment in time. Personally, I’m not like that. If I stood with my arms open and sang a song in front of my wife, probably she’d throw me out of the house. I told my daughter, that if a guy meets you and says, ‘Rahul, naam toh suna hoga’, he’s a stalker. If a boy looks at you across a room at a party and says, “aur paas, aur paas”, go kick him in the shins. But in the film, if I’m able to activate an element of innocence and make it attractive, the role gets reinvented by itself.“
Sadly, Bollywood has a habit of glorifying misogynist characters in the name of entertainment. We feel our superheroes have been quite irresponsible in misleading the young generation to believe these misogynist gestures as romantic gestures.
Sometime back, Shahid portrayed a flawed misogynist and abusive character – Kabir Singh. Our patriarchal society adored the movie and it managed to break quite records. Either our movie stars don’t understand the impact of their characters on young minds and society or they just don’t care.