Remember how Shah Rukh Khan broke into Bollywood scene riding on a bike like a boss in Deewana? From that moment, we know that this was a star to look out for. Now three decades later, Shah Rukh Khan’s entry scenes demands and deserves all the ceetees it elicits in the theatres, because he has commanded himself to this position. In these three decades of ruling Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan has seen several intro scenes directors have made for his character. You could remember him playing football in DDLJ, Running from a helicopter to his house in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham, giving an unconventional lecture at a psychology seminar in Dear Zindagi and so on. And now, even in his latest movie, Raees, he has the most unique entry scene which we are not going to discuss until we issue the below warning…
SPOILER ALERT! Read ahead at your own risk if you haven’t watched the movie and are planning to do so in the near future…
Okay, now let’s talk about what’s unique about his intro scene in Raees. The initial portions of the movie has a young Raees beginning his career as a bootlegger by assisting the liquor baron of Fatehpur, Jairaj (Atul Kulkarni), even though he was just a school kid. Then we see him as a part of the mourning tradition of Shia Muslims during the month of Muharram. The kid goes through the process of self-flagellation which later transforms in Shah Rukh Khan, i.e. Raees in his adult form, again beating his back into a bloody mess.
If you still have no clue how the self-flagellation tradition works during the Muharram festival, watch the below video…Believe me, it’s not a comfortable watch!
Interestingly, Aamir Khan performed a similar scene in the song Bhagwan Hai Kahan Re Tu in PK. Watch it around 2:47 mark
What I felt unique about the scene is that this is was the most intense intro scene Shah Rukh Khan has ever performed in any of his movie. The man who is always associated with roses, friendship bands and hugs, is shown making his back into a bloody mess, through his own beatings. This will always perhaps be the first movie where Shah Rukh Khan makes an entry doing an Islamic ritual, though I maybe wrong here.
So what is your take on Shah Rukh Khan’s entry scene in Raees?