20 years ago today… Revisiting ‘Darr’

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Shah Rukh Khan in 'Darr'

Release date: 24th December 1993

Director: Yash Chopra

*ing: Shah Rukh Khan, Juhi Chawla, Sunny Deol

Just last month, ‘Baazigar’ (1993) celebrated 20 years. In the same year, Shah Rukh Khan was cast once again as a villain in ‘Darr’ (1993). Directed by Yash Chopra for the first time, Khan took on this role opposite Juhi Chawla and Sunny Deol. Undoubtedly these negatively shaded characters were the turning points in his career and he was well on his way to becoming a Yash Raj Films favourite.

Rahul Mehra (Khan) serenades Kiran Awasthi (Chawla) on their college campus one day but Kiran thinks it is her boyfriend Sunil Malhotra (Deol). Rahul loves Kiran but obviously the feeling isn’t reciprocated. He decides to try and get close to Kiran in any which way he can, leaving her notes and the like. When Kiran marries Sunil, Rahul still manages to get to a close distance even on their honeymoon.

It’s safe to say that Khan’s rendition of Rahul was indeed out of the ordinary for an upcoming hero in those days. However, the appreciation he received for this role was huge. Looking back at the film today may feel a little unfair what with a somewhat unconvincing storyline and patchy plot but at the time of release, the movie was declared a super hit at the box office.

The music of the film proved very popular with typical Chopra-esque style surroundings to match in Tu Mere Saamne and Jaadu Teri Nazar. Khan’s memorable way of saying ‘K K K Kiran’ is remembered even today. Deol was the initial choice for the villain’s role but was eventually signed as hero.

There’s bloodshed, there’s downright obsession and there are little sprinkles of love in the epic ‘Darr’. Today, as it celebrates 20 years, one revisits and remembers mostly Khan’s performance which made up for an otherwise totally unrealistic and unbelievably gory plot.

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