The Eternal Loser: On 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' and Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan, the Indian icon celebrates a 23 year old storied career and while I can never be a fan of the man, I will never deny this;

Shah Rukh Khan is by far one of the most exemplary superstars in the business, not just because of his self made image but also because when hell comes to high water, he proves to be an exceptional actor.

If one were to ask me what character in the history of cinema resonates more to you than anyone?

I would have to say Sunil. Not because of his purity of heart or for that matter his sacrificial stance but because-while those two facets being thing I aspire to be, so as to be a good person-his own sad sack loser status and the fact that no matter what crucial losses he faces in the department of romance and love, he soldiers on.

A lot of Shah Rukh Khan's personality is based on his lover boy image that he has cultivated through great hits such as 'Dilwale Dulhaniya Lejayenge' and 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' but none of those can work the way his cult classic film 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa' does.

In 'Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa', Khan plays the ever lovable, sweet, sincere, sometimes misguided and goofy; Sunil. A character and performance whom the superstar himself says is the most dear to his heart.

There's no other reason why but because Sunil is such a perfectly written character and one so humane in a myriad of commercial films full of full blown superheroes in normal disguise. Here is a man who not only loves with true heart but fights for thus with some underhanded tactics, learns a great lesson of humility and kindness and grows into a better person without losing hope.

Kundan Shah might have built his name with the cynical cult film 'Jaane Bhi Do Yaaron', but for me 'KHKN' will remain his masterpiece simply because of its optimism and exuberance that attaches itself from the film and through its lead character.

If there's one romantic film you've got to see from the cavalcade of such films in Hindi cinema; it's this one. Simply for Sunil and the great Shah Rukh Khan; check out 'Kabhi Haan, Kabhi Naa'.

So here's to the King Khan and more years of great work from him such as this.